Sydney and Melbourne are among the most developed Australian cities, so it’s completely natural they are also the ones with the most thriving art scene. Whether we’re talking about the high-class, mainstream galleries or the underground street art locales, there is something for everybody visiting these beautiful cities.
Both Sydney and Melbourne offer fertile ground for aspiring young artists and allow talent to spring and grow. In fact, the art scene in both cities is growing and they are excellent destinations for art lovers, artists, enthusiasts, and aficionados, alike
Street art is perhaps where one can see the uncompromising talent of an artist come to life. When they spray-paint on the street, young artists don’t have to think about style and limitations – it’s just the artist, the message, and the wall.
Turning a boring and colourless wall into a work of art is an easy task, and though some people would argue that street art is not considered “art”, we would respectfully disagree. It definitely is art, and it’s well-recognized in Australia.
In fact, it has been a part of Australian culture for centuries, from the time the indigenous people were etching on walls to the modern-day youth who are looking for the best way to express themselves.
There are several famous locales in Sydney where anyone who is interested enough in seeing raw, authentic talent in action can do so.
We’re talking about powerful emotional expressions and meaning messages through the use of vibrant colours and interesting technique. Isn’t that what art is all about?
May Lane is one such place. The lane is often referred to as an “outdoor gallery”, because it hosts the work of many different street artists.
It turned from a dark alley people were avoiding due to the threat of danger, to one of the most colourful places in the whole of the city. It was a complete makeover in a few short years and today it’s one of the most interesting places in the city.
Sydney University Graffiti tunnel is another great example of street art done right. It’s one of the largest places where artists can gather and paint on the walls to their heart’s content completely legally.
Anyone is allowed to express themselves in any way they see fitting, as long as what they paint is not offensive to others. This is not censorship, per se; it’s common sense.
There are places like this all over the city, which helps young talent to find a way and express themselves. Melbourne is not much different. Melbourne is world-famous for its street art and once you take a tour of the streets of the city, you can see why.
If you ever find yourself in the city, make sure to check Hosier Lane, Degraves Street, as well as the surrounding streets and lanes. The graffiti you will find there are quite impressive and are definitely worth checking out.
The streets and lanes between Brunswick Street and Nicholson Street are also worth the visit. Many aspiring young artists go there to express themselves and almost all pieces are beautiful and expressive, though are the occasional acts of vandalism. Still, all of this allows the art scene in the cities to grow.
If you’re not a fan of street art (perhaps we can convince you to reconsider?), there are a lot of different venues that present traditional art in both cities. The traditional art scene is just as lively and vibrant as the street art scene (perhaps even more so).
Sydney is the home of some of the best galleries and art venues in the world. The culture scene in the city is almost unparalleled and offers some world-famous venues. The Sydney Opera House is simply iconic and offers a wide variety of cultural events that are a must-see.
The State Theatre and the Belvoir St Theatre also offers some spectacular performances throughout the entire year. You can watch critically acclaimed performances from some of the best artists in the world.
Not a fan of opera and theatre? Perhaps some of the famous Sydney galleries would be more to your liking. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is definitely worth the visit, whether you’re a true art aficionado or simply an admirer of beautiful works.
It hosts a wide variety of contemporary works of art (as the name suggests) and there’s something for everybody, whether we’re talking about paintings, sculptures or photographs, you will definitely find what appeals to your taste. Another great thing about the MCA is that most exhibitions are completely free.
Usually, only special exhibits require the purchase of a ticket. This is a great example of the attempts to make art more accessible to anyone who’s interested. Another interesting gallery is the Art Gallery of NSW, which holds a lot of different works of Australian art.
It’s also home to one of the biggest collections of Aboriginal Art in the country. The Powerhouse Museum has a more science-oriented focus, where creativity is a blend of scientific achievement, but if you’re not looking for pure art but something more interactive, that’s the place for you.
What Melbourne has to offer in terms of galleries is just as impressive. The National Gallery of Victoria hosts a plethora of different works of art in different fields coming from all over the world. It’s the oldest public gallery in the country and the building can, itself, be considered a work of art.
The same can be said about the RMIT Gallery after a large portion of the building has been overhauled with an artistic knack. The gallery has a relative focus on public art, thus it can be said that it supports aspiring artists and helps the development of art in the city.
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art does the same thing to even higher degree. Ambitious artists are welcome to express their daring ideas in the beautiful building and become a part of the Melbourne art scene.
The works of some of the most interesting and creative artists can be found in Sydney and Melbourne. Bianca Hester is an impressive artist that whose work is truly mind-bending. She explores the ways we interact with space. She can truly make you think about what you think you know about the world by using multimedia and ordinary objects. Her work can often be found in Melbourne.
Patricia Piccinini is another interesting contemporary artist who provides lots of relevant social commentary that has to do with bioengineering and the possible future of different species.
Through her work, she examines the different possibilities and creates new life forms through genetic combinations. Her sculptures are frighteningly realistic and create the idea that the scenarios she presents are not that far-fetched.
Ben Quilty’s work can also be a bit mind-warping, especially when it comes to his Rorschach-inspired pieces where he plays with the different notions related to paranoia and delusions. He exaggerates the ink-blot test in such a way that it’s possible for anyone to feel like there’s something wrong with them.
As you can see, the art scene in Melbourne and Sydney is living and breathing, inviting both young and aspiring artists, as well as for established names, alike. It welcomes everybody and is actually fantastic for anyone who enjoys art.
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