Public Forum & Walking Tour: Permissible Art, North Melbourne, April 2008

Discusses the production of graffiti, its regulation by local government and its place in urban culture

permissibleartPublic Forum and Walking Tour: Permissible Art, April 2008
Presented by the Cultural Development Network with the City of Melbourne,
at Famous When Dead Gallery, North Melbourne.

This event brought together artists, residents and city managers to discuss the production of graffiti, its regulation by local government and its place in urban culture.

Panellists included ghost patrol, artist; Andy McDonald, gallery director; Professor Alison Young, University of Melbourne and Cr. David Wilson, City of Melbourne.

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Walking tour report.
A large and varied crowd showed up to learn more about the artworks which have been adorning Union Lane in the centre of Melbourne since December last year. As Phase Two of the City of Melbourne’s Graffiti Mentoring Project, Union Lane was painted by more than 80 young artists and mentors, offering young people a blank canvas, quality materials and the opportunity to learn from established artists.  Union Lane is perhaps unique in Melbourne for offering such a wide variety of graffiti art styles in a single space, demonstrating the range and skill of Melbourne graffiti artists in a highly public thoroughfare in the CBD. The walking tour offered an opportunity to talk with program coordinator Amanda King about the birth and evolution on the project, meet Deb, one of the young artists, and have a good look at the artwork. Questions covered the mentoring process, style, outcomes and reactions from the public.