Check out these 17 amazing new street art pieces from Melbourne

Photograph by Nicole Miller

The Victorian Government’s Flash Forward Project saw 40 incredible new public artworks commissioned in the city’s lanes, and we’ve compiled a quick selection.

Melbourne is famous for its street art and laneways, and Flash Forward is the largest laneway rejuvenation project in Melbourne’s history.

As part of a $500 million government project, Flash Forward has commissioned 40 incredible pieces of street art from local artists and 40 original musical works from local musicians. We’ve covered many awe-inspiring musical works in the past, but today we’re focusing on the former, with a gallery covering 17 of Melbourne’s CBD’s most stunning new works.

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Public artworks that have already been unveiled include a Little Collins Street mural by artist Prue Stevenson that depicts neural networks surrounded by her thoughts; bold pastel paintings inspired by Ethiopian culture by artist Olana Janfa on Stevenson Lane; Gumbaynggirr Aretha Brown’s series of four lightboxes illustrating colonialism in Australia on Meyers Place; and a three-metre-tall smashed paint can by famed street artist, Ling, in Wills Street – his second work for Flash Forward.

DREZ’s chromatic artwork subverts Ulster Lane into an immersive color experience; a striking mural by multidisciplinary artist Fikaris on Lees Place depicts pandemic workplaces; First Nations artist Jarra Karalinar Steel’s multiple commissions spread across four aisles collectively celebrating his Boonwurrung/Kulin culture; while Melbourne-based deaf artist Gonketa’s large-scale line painting takes over Rainbow Alley.

Other public artwork can be found around town by artists like George Goodnow (Goodie), PUZLE, GETNUP, Bootleg Comics, MERDA, with more to come from distinctive artists such as Kaff-eine, Celeste Mountjoy (Filthy Ratbag), and more. works to be unveiled in the coming months.

Meanwhile, 40 of Melbourne’s most visceral musicians have recorded original, full-length pressed records inspired by the rich history of the city’s backstreets, which complement each commissioned piece of art. The stellar range includes; Emma Donovan and the Returns; Screen saver; Mo’Ju; HTRK; Grace Cummings; MY DISCO; Mindy Meng Weng; The Dacios; Bitumen; Dianas; and many others who have released provocative and critically acclaimed records in 2021 and 2022. All pressed records are available for purchase through Heavy Machinery Records.

You can find more information about the amazing Flash Forward project here.

Christopher S. Washington