Art on the street brings new life to laneways

Artists Rene Brink (Shrink), Kara Kachinski, Haylee Fieldes (Fieldey) and Mel McVee are part of the Mt Lawley Laneway project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d426312
Artists Rene Brink (Shrink), Kara Kachinski, Haylee Fieldes (Fieldey) and Mel McVee are part of the Mt Lawley Laneway project. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d426312

Mt Lawley artist Mel McVee came up with the idea for the Laneway Collective after a resident suggested she replicate her Grosvenor Road Laneway fence mural in other laneways and on a bigger scale.

The Collective’s first project will have the laneway between Grosvenor Street and Chelmsford Street rejuvenated with artwork from 30 local artists, covering 30 walls.

Most of the work will be finished for the Beaufort Street Festival on November 15.

McVee said all the homeowners she made contact with have approved the project.

‘The City of Vincent is very supportive of street art,’ McVee said. ‘It is empowering the community to make change in Beaufort Street. People stop and talk about it.

‘It’s like an open-air art exhibition. A free venue, where people can enjoy this area.’

The Collective will paint three other laneways in the City as part of the project.

To get involved, go to www.facebook.com/lanewaycollective.