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Rutledge Lane covered in blue paint, Melbourne Melbourne artist Adrian Doyle painted Rutledge Lane from top-to-bottom in blue. He named this work "Empty Nursery Blue". Doyle remarked: "I just wanted to cover the whole laneway as one piece, I wanted to claim the colour was street art".
  • Street Art

    Street art inspires, questions and challenges our experience of the street as a public space.

    Street artists choose walls, bridges and alleyways as their canvas to communicate directly with their audience. Opinions are often blurred between whether it is art or vandalism; is it a case of ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’?

    Watch a set of videos and answer the questions to find out more about street art in Melbourne:

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]


    Ghost Patrol and Miso

    Questions:

    • What makes graffiti ‘street art’? Is it who the artist is? Is it a question of it being illegal or legal? Or is street art a case of ‘beauty in the eye of the beholder’?
    • Is there a difference between graffiti and vandalism? Where and when is the line drawn?

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    Lachlan MacDowall on Banksy's Little Diver

    Questions:

    • Do we as a community have a responsibility to preserve and conserve street art?
    • What are the difficulties in preserving art that is temporary in nature?

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    Miss Riz on the Arnold Lane Mural

    Questions:

    • Is there a difference between public art and art in public places?
    • Given that most pieces are site-specific, what are street artists trying to say about place?

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    Lachlan MacDowall and David Jolly on the Richmond Abattoirs

    Questions:

    • Why would graffiti artists create their own ‘gallery’ in abandoned buildings?
    • How does street art differ from art in a gallery? Compile a list of descriptive words.

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    Hannah Mathews and Gabrielle de Vietri on Keith Haring

    Questions:

    • Why would an artist choose to work on the street and not in a gallery?
    • What are some of the issues that arise when considering the preservation of street art? Can you find arguments for and against the conservation of street art?

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    Reko Rennie and Julia Fox on the 3CR mural

    Questions:

    • What important roles do audience and intention play in the design and creation of street art in community spaces?
    • How can street art give a voice to minority groups in the community?

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    Reko Rennie on the Preston Mural

    Questions:

    • How has history and time be immortalised in this mural?
    • What is the relationship between the mural and its environment/location?

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    Activities

    Explore

    • What different styles of street art exist? Research as many as you can.
    • Choose some examples of Melbourne street art and identify the social issues addressed.

    Create

    Compose a series of clips that explore the political and social messages communicated by street artists in your local area. Use a range of interesting shots, angles and movements to capture the work. Experiment with timelapse techniques to show a particular piece of street art as a permanent or temporary fixture in its environment.

    Download the resource worksheet [doc]

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    About ACMI Education

    Screen and digital literacy play a critical role in empowering the creative and learning capacity of young people. At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), we’re inspiring a new generation of moving image makers.

    Our Education team delivers unique, curriculum-focused programs for students and teachers, including film screenings, talks, workshops and exhibition tours. Programs outlined are conducted within our cinemas, studios and exhibition spaces, including our permanent exhibition Screen Worlds, and the Australian Mediatheque.

    Visit the ACMI Education Page for information on programs and learning resources. 

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