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Published on April 29th, 2009 | by john.weir

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An Australian first: Melbourne tour run by street artists

The first city tour in Australia run by street artists has now been launched in Melbourne.
 
Designed by street artists to give the best representation of the city’s underground street art scene, visitors on the Melbourne Street Art Tour discover some of the most interesting street art and galleries in the world, as they are led down hidden laneways and arcades.
 
Melbourne is renowned for its tiny lanes and back alleys, which are filled with colourful graffiti – including one of Banksy’s very first works. The City of Melbourne has developed policies to allow street art to be legally incorporated into the cityscape and local businesses are increasingly commissioning artists to decorate their buildings.
 
The artworks are very popular with tourists too, with visitors to Melbourne regularly spotted taking photos in street art hubs such as Hosier Lane and Centre Place.
 
The Melbourne Street Art Tour operates 3 days a week and costs AU$69 (£33) per person. The tour route will change and be updated regularly, in line with what’s hot on the art scene.
 
www.melbournestreettours.com

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