As an ongoing project we'll be compiling a list of Australian galleries that showcase local and international street art. We've started the list off with six galleries, most of them in NSW and Victoria. If you know a gallery and would like us to profile it, give us a shout in the comments section below.
Location: 25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Backwoods, co-founded by Alexander Mitchell and Izabel Caligiore, along with involvement by Australian artists Ghost Patrol, Rone, Reka and Meggs of the Everfresh crew. The gallery was created as a way to present street art authentically.
The ethos and objective of Backwoods is summed up perfectly by Mitchell in an interview with Time Out. He explains, "Street art has a place in all types of galleries – that’s for sure. After all, it's a strange genre; it spans across multiple mediums and styles, but once it's no longer on the street (for example, once it's in a gallery with the exception of the fact that the work may in some way reference the streets), the fact is, it’s no longer street art. But what we gain from having a dedicated space for street artists at Backwoods Gallery is a cumulative and layering effect. It's like the layers of paint that make up our gallery’s walls - there is a history and a community in the layers that spans across Australia and the world."
Backwoods' upcoming exhibition, KUH, by Jun Inoue, opens on the 15th of November. Inoue's work combines the elegance of traditional Japanese calligraphy with the energetic movement of graffiti art. The opening night of the exhibition will see Inoue completing his final piece in front of guests. Don't miss out.
Location: 110 Franklin St. Melbourne 3000
While not technically a gallery, Melbourne Street Art Tours takes people through the streets of Melbourne to see the various pieces of street art the city has to offer. The tours offer insight into the artists behind the works, as well as their processes and technical aspects involved. Their stated goals are to reveal the social and political messages influencing Street Art.
Melbourne Street Art Tours is managed by Adrian Doyle, a PhD candidate in Fine Art, and manager of Blender Studio. Doyle is a busy man as he is also the director of both Dark Horse Experiment and Melbourne Projection Windows, as well as working with the city of Melbourne as a street art consultant to develop a sustainable strategy for Melbourne City and its policies on street art.
Location: 249 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9642 5455
Outré Gallery is Australia's original alternative gallery dealing in contemporary international pop, lowbrow, pop surrealism and underground art, with three galleries in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
Their most recent exhibition, Midnight Ocean, featured the work of world-famous tattooist, Rose Hardy, best known for a dark, feminine vision where her portraiture comes into its own. Midnight Ocean is a series of paintings featuring Roses's iconic femme fatale characters.
Outré's upcoming exhibition, opening up in April 2014, features the work of dad and son team, Jeff and Kasper Raglus. The exhibition, Hollow Case, is split into a two-part showcase at both the Melbourne and Sydney galleries.
New South Wales
Location: 3, 16-28 Foster St
Surry Hills 2010, AU
China Heights is an artist-run independent gallery space created in early 2004. Known for its regular Friday night openings, the gallery exhibits a range of design and art forms ranging from fashion to street art.
Location: 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW 2037
The Tate, located at the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe, regularly exhibits a range of street art and street-art inspired work. Openings usually happen on Wednesday nights at 6pm and some shows are limited to for one night only, so make sure to check out their website.
Most recently, the Tate had the work of renowned graffiti artist ASKEW ONE. Titled 'The Evolving Face', ASKEW ONE explores the evolution of faces and the factors in modern day society that may influence human kind's appearance in the future.
Location: Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Espionage Gallery is an art gallery and studio based in Adelaide, South Australia. The gallery showcases new exhibitions every 2 to 4 weeks and showcases the best local, national and international artists, both emerging and established.
Founded in January 2011 by Adelaide based stencil artist Joshua Smith, the gallery was initially created as a predominately street art/graffiti based gallery but has since gone on to showcasing illustration, oil and acrylic painting, photography, sculpture, vinyl toys and ceramic and glass works. The gallery prides itself on showing the best local, national and international artists, both emerging and established.
Facing possible closure, Espionage has launched a Pozible campaign and an exhibition in an effort to raise $7000 to keep the gallery open. With works donated by local and renowned artists the money
raised will also help to create a shop within the gallery selling prints, vinyl toys, books, t-shirts, jewellery and other items.
With almost two-thirds of the target raised, Espionage needs another $2600. Head over to their Pozible page
if you'd like to help out a supporter of talented local artists.