Melbourne Art Travel Special: A City of Artistic Diversity

July 5, 2015

As July is approaching, we at Widewalls are still celebrating travelling, with our art travel special edition. After exploring Barcelona, Culver City and Berlin, we are now directed to Australia, to Melbourne. Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia, located in the state of Victoria. This beautiful city is known for its high level of life quality (in 2014 it was ranked first in the list of the world's most livable city). Apart from great architecture and beautiful nature, Melbourne has quite amazing art scene. This city has a rich art history, and Melbourne today can be proud of its rich art scene. The city is sometimes called the “cultural capital” of Australia, and let’s see why is that.

Melbourne Street Art
Melbourne Street Art, via Wikimedia Commons

Melbourne Contemporary Art Galleries

Melbourne has dozens of great galleries, both public and private ones, that are following the latest trends of global contemporary art scene. Also, many world renowned artists have been exhibited in the city, so do not be surprised if you bump into a great show in some of the Melbourne’s galleries. Some of the galleries you have to visit are Tolarno Galleries, Maroondah Art Gallery, Backwoods Gallery and many others. Widewalls has been covering the exhibitions at Backwoods Gallery, that is focused on urban contemporary art, street art and illustration. Gould Galleries is one more amazing art space that you should visit; this gallery is focused on Australian contemporary art.

Melbourne Google Map

Street Art Scene in Melbourne

Melbourne is known as one of the world's great street art capitals. The history of street art is quite rich in this city. Once it was called a “stencil capital of the world”, due to big number of young artists painting the walls of Melbourne’s streets. In the early 2000s, Melbourne saw a huge number of young street artists, that were quire creative, working without any constraints or rules. Some amazing artists emerged from this art-boom, including James Reka, TwoOne, Ghostpatrol, and many others. There are several spots you should visit if you are a street art lover: Hosier and Rutledge Lane, Caledonian Lane, off Little Bourke Street; Union Lane, off Bourke Street Mall; Rear of 280 Queen Street in Finlay Avenue.

Melbourne Art Travel Special: A City of Artistic Diversity
Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne 2 (courtesy of

Art Scene in Melbourne

There are so many interesting art-related places in Melbourne that you have to visit. You should visit Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, which is Melbourne’s leading contemporary art space, and the only major public gallery in Australia focused on commissioning rather than collecting. Also, don’t miss National Gallery of Victoria, the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia.  Situated over two magnificent buildings – NGV International and NGV Australia – the Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. After visiting these two big institutions, you can walk around the city, and you will definitely find some amazing art.

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