As the 12 months finishes it’s a great time to replicate on the resourceful city art scene in Melbourne. It has been an appealing calendar year. 

With the transition from lockdown quite a few of the laneways fell into disrepair with non-artists taking more than a handful of lanes. This has left Hosier Lane as a shell of its former self. 


Combined with development, it has not been a excellent 12 months for the laneways of Melbourne. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions with some of the much more concealed laneways remaining redone around the year and some are now seeking rather excellent. 


So, I will do one thing that I assumed I would never do and record my existing favourite lanes in the CBD …

1. Lovelands 

A secret lane, you need to know in which this lane is to come across it, but when you do it is wonderful, and massive, and loaded with artwork, as well as it has just lately been redone. 

2. AC-DC 

This is one of the most popular laneways in Melbourne and even even though the bottom conclude has been formulated and the Cherry Bar has been compelled to shut there are continue to several magnificent artworks, and a lot of hidden sculptures and stencils. 

3. Maloney (new Blender Lane) 

Close to Flagstaff Gardens, this laneway is next to the Blender Studios and is one of the only lanes in Melbourne that is curated and is, for that reason, in pristine affliction with murals, a stencil wall, sculpture, and significant-excellent graffiti pieces. This is a great lane that sits just on the edge of the CBD. 

4. Croft Alley 

Ordinarily a graffiti lane, this lane is hidden in the coronary heart of Chinatown and is frequently soiled and smelly, which can be an appealing and eye-watering encounter. The artwork in this laneway is modified moderately usually and several of the considerably less-proficient artists are not aware of its existence so the walls are terrific and there are lots of concealed insider secrets. 

5. Duckboard Place 

This lane utilized to be one particular of the most effective lanes in Melbourne, but now the west conclusion of the lane has been produced offered for poster advertisements which has vastly affected the aesthetics of the lane. But this lane still has several concealed delights from art-vertising, to stencils, sculptures and even a Banksy or two. 

6. Drewery Lane 

This lane is opposite the previous Caledonian Lane which was one of the best lanes about 15 a long time back and noticed the starting of the St Jerome’s franchise. It’s continue to really worth a glance but after the advancement of Emporium this lane shed fifty percent of its wall space and has fallen into disrepair. But Drewery Lane is an intriguing combine of graffiti and nu-muralism with a couple of big commissioned is effective, some craft and a significant Lush Sux piece, this lane is however bought a couple concealed secrets and techniques. 

7. Presgrave Place 

Set up all-around 7 many years ago by Akemi Ito, this hidden lane was amazing with artists sticking framed artworks, sculptures, disco balls, photo miniatures, tiles … everything! This lane was one particular of my favourites, concealed in the block among Swanston and Elizabeth streets, it’s however worthy of a go to immediately after fifty percent the lane was wrecked by the redevelopment of a hotel. And then the rest was graffitied more than, it is continue to an amazing lane and I hope it will bit by bit get well as it is an wonderful, and a incredibly Melbourne, avenue artwork location.

8. Oliver Lane 

This lane has many more mature functions and some wonderful perform from Moose, Earlier mentioned, Lush Sux and the Blender Crew. The extended you shell out browsing, the much more you will find. 

9. Blender Lane 

Whilst earmarked for advancement, Blender Lane was a person of the best lanes in Melbourne, however the west 50 percent of the lane and the close of the lane is becoming ripped out. There is nevertheless some wonderful operate from artists this kind of as Ha-Ha, adnate, Heesco and Blak Le Rat. The awesome matter about this lane is that it has been lined in an anti-graffiti coating and so one working day all the messy tags and filth can be washed absent, and some features of the lane (which includes its famed stencil wall) can be returned to its previous glory. 

 10. Stevenson Lane 

This lane has also taken a little bit of a battering, but it has however bought some good do the job all around. Like Hosier, a lot of the good work is up higher as the do the job at ground amount has slowly but surely been wrecked. I love the dirtiness, and smells of this lane. It is a lane that proves that Melbourne is a residing working and in some cases soiled town.


As the metropolis variations and develops the laneways stay the cultural veins of Melbourne, which is an awesome city that nevertheless has 1 of the major no cost galleries in the globe so get out there and be a tourist in your possess metropolis. 


The artwork, though struggling, is continue to brilliant and seriously well worth examining out – it is one of a kind to Melbourne. 

Have an great new yr. •

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