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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where is your favourite independent art space in Melbourne?