Brunswick Street Art Tour

deTour curated by: Unimelb, 2015

The identity of the Northern suburb of Brunswick is intrinsically linked to graffiti and street art. From it’s hidden laneways covered in monotone tags and stencils, to the walls that line the train tracks between Anstey and Jewell Stations, thick with generation’s worth of paint. Street art and graffiti are often clustered into key areas, where art is intensely practiced and the audience is just as eager to participate. This neighbourhood is exactly that, taking the exclusivity of the white cube gallery and instead presenting art as free, accessible and just around the corner. Throughout this tour your knowledge of street art and graffiti will be expanded as you question it’s role in adding vibrancy, connecting the personal to the local and in engaging it’s audience with their urban surroundings. This tour will explore the idea that street art and graffiti have a transient nature and that aesthetically and culturally, Brunswick would not be recognisable without it.

Locations for deTour

Our urban exploration of Brunswick starts here in this tunnel situated in Princes Park. With hidden, dark, blank walls, perhaps it is unsurprising to seethe tunnel covered in graffiti. However, the dog walkers, cyclists, and school children…

Trains, tracks and stations are synonymous with the early emergence of graffiti in New York City. Which has influenced artists cross-globally for generations. Standing on the tracks, looking North of the city, it would seem that the walls lining the…

The street art on the walls of this café, Steam Junkies, can be viewed from both the train station platform as well as the street. The location of the café provides the perfect transition between the letters and images viewed on the walk here and…

Moving away from the train line you’ll find yourself on Sydney Road, a strip of shops, food and drink, music and art, synonymous with Brunswick. As an art supplies shop that sells both spray cans as well as oil paints and paintbrushes, Villain…

At this last stop, you may find yourself currently standing in an empty laneway, with the exception of a few pot plants lining the ground. At the time of writing this tour, photographs were hung here as part of the newly established Brunswick Lane…
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