Hosier Lane is a laneway in the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Located on the CBD's southern edge, it extends between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, and opens opposite the Atrium at Federation Square. Since the late 1990s, Hosier Lane has become a popular tourist attraction due to its street art.[1] Despite popular belief, Hosier Lane is not a legal wall, and graffiti in the area is illegal.[2]

Looking up Hosier Lane from Flinders Street

History edit

Street art edit

Hosier Lane opened as a Street Art Gallery in 1998 by the City Lights Initiative.[3] The lane is located opposite the entrance to the Atrium at Federation Square on Flinders Street, placing the lane prominent position in the city. The lane has been noted for the quality and the often political nature of its art.[4] It features in the state-sponsored book The Melbourne Design Guide and in Tourism Victoria's Lose Yourself in Melbourne advertising campaign, leading to questions about the dichotomy of Victoria's approach to graffiti.[5] The graffiti-covered walls and art-installations have become a popular backdrop for fashion and wedding photography. In 2013 street artist Adrian Doyle painted the entirety of the adjacent Rutledge Lane one color with the consent of the Melbourne city council to create a work he called "Empty Nursery Blue".[6]

Hosier Lane in 2015

In November 2013, Melbourne's largest urban art paint-up was undertaken in the form of All Your Walls, organised by Invurt, Land of Sunshine and Just Another and held in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victorias Melbourne Now event. Involving some of the cities finest graffiti crews/collectives and street artists, a major makeover of Hosier and Rutledge Lanes was performed, in order to celebrate the significant role street art and graffiti continues to play in the cultural life of this city. Over a period of two massive painting sessions during November 2013, both Hosier and Rutledge Lanes were first entirely buffed black and then completely transformed, top to bottom, by over 100 local graffiti and street artists – all of which culminated in an event with live graffiti projections in Hosier Lane in homage to Melbourne graffiti and street art.[7]

In early 2020, six masked people 'Colour Bombed' the lane, erasing many artworks in the process. This was treated as an act of vandalism by the Melbourne Lord Mayor and was investigated by police for vandalism, while many street artists believed that they did nothing wrong and were just adding to the 'free for all' nature of the site.[8]

Other features edit

Section of Hosier Lane with bars and cafes

Hosier Lane is also known for its upmarket cocktail lounges including the popular Misty and MoVida. An open air cooking session with MoVida's chef Frank Camorra on Masterchef Australia season 2 showcased the lane as a major Melbourne attraction.[9]

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References edit

  1. ^ Coslovich, Gabriella. "Our colourful underbelly", The Age (Australia), 4 December 2005.
  2. ^ "'It's a bad look for Melbourne': The street artist who wants to take back creative control of the city". ABC News. 2020-04-04. Retrieved 2024-05-08.
  3. ^ "Hosier Lane". 4 April 2015.
  4. ^ Johnston, Chris. "Look around you, it's just street art", The Age (Australia), 16 May 2007.
  5. ^ Freeman-Greene, Suzy. "Urban Scrawl: Shades of Grey", The Age (Australia), 12 January 2008.
  6. ^ Cuthbertson, Deborah Gough and Debbie (2013-08-26). "Artist Adrian Doyle paints Rutledge Lane blue". The Age. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  7. ^ "All Your Walls @ Hosier Lane".
  8. ^ "Melbourne's Hosier Lane has been vandalised. But some artists say it was 'trash' already". ABC News. 10 February 2020.
  9. ^ Kalina, Paul. Secrets and fries Sydney Morning Herald 20 May 2010