Situated in two CBD sites, both down busy laneways, Citylights redefines and challenges the idea of what an art gallery is and how public space can be utilised, while introducing international and local street artists to the wider populace.
Andy Mac’s vision foresaw the rise in popularity of street art and the always-open Citylights combines the street with the gallery in an unconventional and unique way. In 1996, creative space was successfully claimed in Centre Place for the community of artists living and working in the area. A second site in Hosier Lane was started in 1998, and due to the proximity to Federation Square and its own infamy, can attract upwards of 5000 visitors daily.
The perspex light boxes are changed frequently and have featured street artists of international acclaim such as Shepherd Fairey and Space Invader; they’re currently showing work by Swiss collaborative duo Husmann/Tschaeni. As well as the light boxes, numerous public art pieces, including a tram painted by Melbourne street artists and educational programs, are part of Citylight’s offsite projects.