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Council “plays cupid” for street artists and property owners

By ALLISON HORE It started as a way to reduce graffiti around the Inner West, now it’s a pioneering program which has transformed the Inner West into Sydney’s street art capital. The Inner West Council has opened up applications for it’s Perfect Match initiative which tackles unwanted graffiti and tagging by reducing the number of […]

THE NAKED CITY – VANDALISM IN THE MODERN AGE

Depending on your interest in history or a preoccupation with garage music, the Vandals were either a rampaging group of barbarians accused of sacking and looting ancient Rome or a bunch of 80s punk rockers from Huntington Beach California. Both no doubt reaped havoc in their heyday but it is the Germanic tribe who trashed […]

Hateful sprays against gays

BY ALEC SMART In the wake of the national Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite results, which on 15 November revealed 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘Yes’ to allow same-sex couples to marry, two ‘gay-friendly’ wall murals in Sydney’s inner-west were vandalised. A mural on a pub’s exterior wall celebrating the same-sex marriage ‘Yes’ vote, and […]

Captain Cook’s monumental controversy

BY ALEC SMART Graffiti vandals hit the Captain Cook statue in Sydney’s Hyde Park last weekend, demanding an inscription on its plinth be rewritten or erased. After standing in the park with its right iron arm aloft for over 130 years, long after its esteemed human progenitor was clubbed to death on a Hawaiian beach, […]

NAKED CITY – TAG TEAM HUSTLING!

With Coffin Ed. A few weeks ago I made reference to the many fine historical photographs of Sydney that the City Council was now displaying on building sites throughout the city. Enlarged to mural size proportions and printed in evocative sepia, they are a wonderful reminder of what the city used to look like from […]

Liverpool Street Art Festival

For one day only an exciting eclectic mix of live music, market stalls, authentic food trucks and colourful street art will converge in Liverpool for a fantastic free event. Amongst the mixing pot of street art Amanda Parer’s globe-trotting Intrude installation featuring a collection of giant, inflatable rabbits will tumble throughout artworks by the likes […]

Female Artists Take to The Streets

BY RITA BRATOVICH There was a time when the term “graffiti art” seemed contradictory. Graffiti was associated with delinquency, vandalism, risky activity and was almost exclusively practised by male adolescents. The growing street art movement has absorbed graffiti culture into its folds and legitimised it, at the same time erasing the gender boundary that had […]

Trains change, art remains

By ZAC CRELLIN An inner west mural by Portuguese-Australian artist Luis Geraldes has found a new home outside the underpass of Petersham Station. Entitled Fragile World in Constant Expansion, the mural has been removed from its former site on the corner of Audery Street and New Canterbury Road in Petersham to allow for the redevelopment […]

Residents have their spray on City’s graffiti policy

By Joe Bourke   The City of Sydney has been accused of showing “disrespect” and “nonchalance” towards heritage by the president of the Potts Point Heritage and Conservation Society for taking too long to clean up vandalism in the area. Andrew Woodhouse said Potts Point residents “expect a higher standard of care” from council after […]

Street art revival in May Lane

by Carmen Cita May Lane in St Peters is internationally recognised as an exhibition space for street artists. It had its last curated street art program in 2012. Since then local residents have been divided over the future of the art space, prompting Marrickville Council to intervene. Local business owner Tugi Balog invited street artists […]