Hidden art heroes

We know we’re spoiled for choice in Melbourne when it comes to fabulous art, but it’s not just the bigger galleries that are doing us proud.

We took the time to visit some of the city’s independent art spaces art that make it their mission to bring you the wonderful works of new and emerging artists and designers all-year round.

It’s art made and shared in the name of love and not-for-profit, so be sure to offer your support and pop in for a visit!

Blindside Gallery

Seven flights up and down a dusty corridor, is the cute and curious Blindside Gallery. This artist-run space proclaims it’s best ‘to expect the unexpected’ when stopping by for a visit and that’s why we love it.

Get your fix of contemporary art at Blindside Gallery, 'Flat Forms Flex' by Kendal McQuire

Get your fix of contemporary art at Blindside Gallery (artwork by Kendal McQuire)

Craft

Craft on Flinders Lane isn’t just a place to shop for some of the coolest handcrafted stuff in town. There’s also a gallery space for sublime artwork from emerging and established craftspeople and designers.

Craft Victoria

Ethereal ceramic art by Kris Coad at Craft on Finders Lane

Sticky Institute

Next time you’re down Flinders Street Station way, duck into the paper-filled paradise that is Sticky Institute. Since opening in 2001, they’ve supported 13,000 individual zine titles from local and international artists and thinkers.

Weird, wonderful and affordable zines at the Sticky Institute

Take in your loose change and leave with something weird and wonderful from the Sticky Institute

Fortyfivedownstairs

If you need any more reasons to love Melbourne, fortyfivedownstairs will hit you right in the heart. This cultural haven, hidden in a Flinders Lane basement, delivers everything you need for artistic inspiration: two galleries, a theatre space, regular art forums and live music events.

fortyfivedownstairs runs two galleries from their basement location at 45 Flinders Lane

fortyfivedownstairs runs two galleries from their basement location at 45 Flinders Lane (artwork by David Hirst)

West Space

West Space Director, Danny Lacy, has a lot to smile about. This gorgeous gallery serves up an exciting program of local and international artists that rotates every four to five weeks across its three spaces. They’re located on the first floor of 225 Bourke Street, so just hit the buzzer and head on up.

Meet the friendly director of  West Space,  Danny Lacy

Meet the friendly director of West Space, Danny Lacy

Where is your favourite independent art space in Melbourne?