Australia is home to some of the vastest galleries of art, and they’re not all hanging on museum walls or being kept in storage. Spanning thousands of years, Australian art dates back to when Indigenous Australians used the environment to create art. Descriptive cave drawings can still be seen today, standing the test of time.
Now, Australia’s streetscapes have become a backdrop for art with graffiti giving way to murals, sculptures and paintings.
Street art has been popular for many years in metropolitan Melbourne with alleyway and laneway brick walls acting as a canvas for street artists. Still known for their subcultures today, Melbourne’s street art scene began in the 1970s and 1980s. Sydney was slow to follow but eventually, inner city streets had their walls splashed with art too.
And now, the country’s regional cities are being exposed to street art with local councils allowing for art to be painted on some public walls and spaces.
A new generation of artists
Street art has helped a new generation of artists emerge. No longer are artists limited to learning in a classroom and working within the confines of a studio. Often street artists are younger and more in tune with the latest themes in politics, news and the local community, using their art to convey a message.
Street art is something that everyone can enjoy during their day-to-day lives, instead of being reserved for those who enter an art gallery.
Social media is another big influence on street art. Not only is sharing art on social media helping regional towns gain further tourism interest, but it’s also convincing businesses and companies to jump on the bandwagon.