Upcoming Book Launch

Street Art: Melbourne

by Lou Chamberlin

“Street art can be described as a visual conversation between many voices. It’s an open-air exhibition space that is constantly changing through the work of many people acting alone and yet together. It can be colourful, raw, controversial or witty. Melbourne has long been renowned for its dynamic street art scene that covers everything from stencils, paste-ups and yarn bombing to sprayed, rolled and brushed paintings that appear overnight on city streets. And because of its transient nature, street art is best recorded through photographs. This book is a witness and a celebration of street art photographed around Melbourne over the last eight years.”

• Features the work of over 80 local and international street artists, including Banksy, Two One, Swoon, Everfresh and Da Mental Vaporz.

• Photographs divided into chapters on different types of street art.

• Ideal travel memento of Melbourne’s colourful street art scene, or for anyone in the art world.

• Foreword written by Luke McManus, Chairperson Hosier Inc.

Save the Date

Street Art: Melbourne is to be launched in Hosier and Rutledge Lanes on the 26th of October 2013, and supported by Melbourne City Council. Some street artists will be ‘at work’ during the launch.

About the Author

Lou Chamberlin is an artist, author and arts educator. She has been teaching and writing about art and artists for children and young adults for 20 years and has created artists’ books for the last 10 years. Her interest in street art has been fuelled by living and working in Melbourne with its vibrant and ever-changing street art scene. She has also researched and prepared photo-documentation of the street art of Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso. The photographs in this book were taken between May 2005 and March 2013.

Publication Date • November 2013

PRICE: $39.95; paperback

ISBN: 9781741174311

EXTENT: 232 pages

FORMAT: 220mm x 235mm

ILLUSTRATIONS: Full colour throughout

CATEGORY: Travel; Art

IMPRINT: Explore Australia

Extract: StreetArtMelb


Living Voice…stencil workshop

Come to the Living Room this Friday the 12th of November and Monday the 15th at 1pm to participate in an interactive stencil art workshop with Until Never Gallery ( ) owner Andy Mac and the Victorian Electoral Commission!  Andy and the participants will create a mural based on the theme ‘Living Voice’ – what does having a voice mean and how do you use it…

Then come along on the 16th to vote in the State Election at the Living Room’s mobile voting booth…

Greening our Rooftops

The City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne and Green Roofs Australia invites you to an evening with Edmund C. Snodgrass and John Rayner. Discover the latest trends in Green Roof research, design and implementation from a unique global and local perspective.

Green Roofs Seminar: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

About the speakers:

Edmond C Snodgrass is a fifth generation farmer and founder of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants. Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 400 green roof projects throughout the United States and Canada. Edmund collaborates on green roof research with academic institutions including Penn State University, North Carolina State University and Michigan State University, and he advises botanic gardens, including the Singapore Botanic Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden, on green roof installations.

John Rayner is a lecturer in urban horticulture at Burnley, University of Melbourne. His teaching and research areas are focussed around the design and management of urban landscape plantings, including green roofs, vertical greening, climbing plants and children’s and therapeutic landscapes.John presents regularly at conferences and seminars in Australia and around the world and has published widely in industry journals and magazines. He has helped establish a research program to develop green roofs suitable for Australian conditions as a climate change adaptation strategy and is actively involved in substrates research and development.

Refreshments will be served



Edmund will be speaking at the Green Roofs Australia Conference in October in Adelaide.  For further information on the conference visit

Overdose Awareness Day

31st August 2010. Today was an opportunity to raise awareness, and remember those who have died or are living with permanent injuries as a result of overdose. The day was marked by Youth Projects and The Living Room in Hosier Lane with a gentle memorial ceremony and laying of flowers in memory of those lost or permanently damaged by overdose. Photos include the chair of our board with a clients and floral tributes left by other clients, family and friends during the day.

Melbourne Municipal Strategic Statement

Last night, the council invited Melbourne city “residents” to one of the first public forums introducing the new Melbourne Municipal Strategic Statement (MSS) an overview of how the future of Melbourne is anticipated to look. The vision is;

…… grow Melbourne as a global city and as one of the top ten most liveable and sustainable cities in the world…….

Interestingly about 90 residents attended the meeting – 60,000 invitations had been mailed. Aparently the media campaign has been quite aggressive with a front page of the Age and one TVC?

Nine months has been spent creating this “High Level” statement encompassing many objectives and identifying “key” issues, however this is the first time “the Public” have been officially invited to give their views or register their concerns (this must be done via offical submission on the correct submission forms).

Things to look forward to;

  • Density of population – the council team could not define whether this would be a sustainable
  • No intention of change to Melbourne’s current green zones at this stage
  • Several new train stations and routes
  • A whole new gantry to the West
  • More of the same in both The Docklands and Southbank
  • A new high density housing area lining the Moonee Ponds Creek
  • And lots more…..

Check the COM website and have a good read of what is proposed – it is our city and we only have until 3 Sept. 2010 to put forward our submissions – there is a lot to question and even more to embrace. Read more about the statement here.

The Question remains: what are they intending for Hoiser and Ruttledge?

3 thoughts on “Events

  1. Ilana Jaffe says:


    An opportunity to raise awareness, and remember those who have died or are living with permanent injuries as a result of overdose.

    Tuesday 31st August
    1.30 – 3.00pm
    @ The Living Room

    There will be music, food, flowers and an open mic. People will have the opportunity to remember & honour loved ones who have passed. All welcome…

    Ilana Jaffe
    Manager Health and Human Services at the Living Room

  2. cavendishhouse says:

    I just hope they remember the residents and the need for safe accessible rubbish bins.

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