The heART of Melbourne!

Written by Alyce Matheson of the famed Customer Experience Team

For my first ever visit to Melbourne,  I decided to take the Art Tour of Melbourne. Still coming to grips with street names and dodging impact with passing trams, I wanted someone to safely guide me through the underground art scene to see what all the fuss was about. And believe me it certainly did not disappoint.

Our initial meeting was at a quirky bar in an alleyway near China Town, called  Section 8, where I was not only amazed at the setting; graffiti art and contemporary outdoor setting (not to mention some good looking bar tenders)  but also the shock that my tour guide ‘Bernie’ was a woman.

Melbourne Art

Bernie was warm friendly and extremely knowledgeable, without making you feel you needed to know the entire history of art to fit in, just an interest and open mind.

We started through the alleyways and came across some phenomenal street art, a favourite of mine by the artist “swoon” who specializes in life-size wheat paste prints and paper cut outs of figures. Her initial drawings made into wood block prints. The paper was cut into such beautiful shapes, similar to crochet. This art is produced with great skill and is not at all like the ugly eye sore of tagging. Although her street Art is illegal (many artists have been jailed for the offence) I say it should be encouraged, this uninhabited dank alleyway was turned into something quite beautiful.Melbourne Art

The best thing about this tour was the variety of art we saw. Entering buildings from outside that blended into the landscape, but travel up a few stairs and into an old lift and you were in the studios and galleries of up and coming, as well as established artists. Everything from painting, collage, sculpture, installation, and video art was on show. As well as that one work that always sparks controversy and conversation- The naked girl and her balloon (…that is all I am going to say)

Melbourne Art

Finishing at a small quiet bar and courtyard with a cheese platter a few drinks and good conversation, I can honestly say this tour was the best part of my trip to Melbourne, seeing the gems of the city that are not largely viewed by the general public. With Bernie continually changing locations and galleries, next time I am in Melbourne I know who I am going to see.

 

Street Art

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