Fitzroy, Melbourne’s Inner city suburb, situated 3km north east of Melbourne CBD is at the forefront of Melbourne’s Street Art culture. For a self-guided tour of the streets, the best place to begin the journey is from Napier street. Catch No 86 Tram from Melbourne CBD and get down at Stop No 14, which is at the corner of Gertrude and Napier Street. Walk along the Napier street and at the corner of Charles Street is the first point to look around.
At Charcoal Lane, a new street art installation by Gunnai Waradgerie man Robert Young’s artwork – Celebration Dreaming – references Aboriginal identity, connections and culture in Fitzroy. Go straight ahead and the statue ‘Courage’ stands across the road from Fitzroy Town Hall. The life size bronze statue is a symbol of courage for Yarra’s gay and lesbian community.
At Wood street a short walk from Fitzroy Town Hall, Smug, one of the most respected photo-realistic painters, has completed an interesting mural.
The other streets in Fitzroy to look for Street Art are
- Corner Gertrude and Fitzroy Streets
- Corner Johnson and Young Street
- Johnson Street end of Chapel Street
- Corner Brunswick and Leicester Streets
- Rose St, including Rose St car park
- Corner David Street and Smith Street
- Corner Smith Street and Otter Street
- Chopper Lane
- Marion Street
- Young Street
- Little George Street
If you are looking for a guided street art tour Visit this Webpage: https://melbournestreettours.com. While the self-guided street art Tour is free and can be done at your own pace, with a guided tour, you can learn more about the artist behind it and the techniques used.
Walking maps of Fitzroy’s street art can be accessed from this website https://walkingmaps.com.au/walk/5