Like Melbourne is the epicentre of street art in Australia (sorry, Sydney, but … you’re on a well-deserved second place! Not bad either, is it?), Newtown is the epicentre for street art in Sydney.
In this hip, bohemian suburb, (together with neighboring hoods St Peters, Erskineville, Enmore and Camperdown) you stumble upon the coolest pieces everywhere.
(I wrote about street art in St Peters here.)
To maximize your stumbling chances, you need to get off the main roads though. Most street art treasures are found in smaller side streets, back alleys and lane ways.
Needless to say, that where you spotted a mural yesterday, it may have disappeared tomorrow. That’s street art.
Despite that characteristic of street art, there are a few ‘classics’ to be found in Newtown, like “I have a dream’ and ‘Map of Africa’.
For the rest, it is a matter of walking around and returning from time to time to streets and alleys that are known to have street art. This way you will keep stumbling on new pieces.
Don’t forget to take pictures; the art work you enjoy so much today may be gone next time you pass by.
This wikipedia article is pretty complete in its information about street art in Newtown. It provides info on the history, artists, murals and locations. A very useful resource for street art hunters like myself.
For the rest you may find the following links and articles interesting:
- FaceBook Page ‘Street Art in Newtown &Inner West Sydney’
- Article about street art in Newtown by FrugalFrolicker
- Article about street art in Sydney by The Hedonist
- Article about Sydney’s best walls by FBIRadio
- This site about street art in Newtown
For those of you who visit Newtown, I wish you a successful street art hunt!
Are you a street art lover? What is your favorite city for street art spotting?