West Side Place Artcade
Some of Australia’s best contemporary artists – including Rone, Adnate and Reko Rennie – have transformed part of a new CBD shopping precinct into an immersive public art gallery.
Dubbed the “artcade”, empty spaces inside West Side Place arcade – which are destined to be retail shops, cafes and restaurants – have become a series of murals and art installations.
For around six months from Tuesday November 10, Melburnians can visit the arcade to see the pieces, which include a walk-in work by Rone, the street artist behind hit 2019 project Empire at the dilapidated Burnham Beeches mansion.
Other contributors include Reko Rennie, a Kamilaroi artist and veteran of Melbourne’s street-art scene, who has created a sprawling tribute to the Kamilaroi people across a 225-square-metre hoarding wall; and Adnate, whose realist spray-paint portraits evoke indigenous cultures from around the world.
There are also works by Lisa King, George Rose, John Aslanidis, Caleb Walmlsey (aka Mayonaize) and Meggs.
The West Side Place takeover is a collaboration with Melbourne art collective Juddy Roller, known for its vibrant, inclusive street-art projects and events.
Check it out at 651–669 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.