Carlton’s lesser known street art history tour

A walking tour that follows the cobblestone pathways of Carlton, a suburb on Melbournes city fringe, to find street galleries and remnant political markings from the 1970s to the present.

The tour runs for 19 minutes and has 7 stops.

About your tour guide Tom Sevil

Tom (AKA Civilian) is a d.i.y. artist and activist graphic designer who publishes posters, zines, stickers and newspapers. His stencil work has been featured in various media including Melbourne Stencil Graffiti Capital and the ABC TV series Not Quite Art and he was a feature artist in the Melbourne Stencil Festival 2004 and 2005. The National Gallery of Australia has acquired eighteen of his works. Tom has exhibited in community art spaces, empty shows and on the street, has run stencil making workshops in different communities and given various public talks about the political nature of street art.

Tom is one half of Breakdown Press, radical publishers of three Poster Series covering issues of Indigenous sovereignty in Australia, corporate-globalisation and the nuclear industry, and the book YOU: some letters from the first five years, an anthology of an ongoing anonymous letter writing project.

Breakdown Press latest book is How to Make Trouble and Influence People, which explores Australia’s radical past through tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hi-jinks, student occupations, creative direct action, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, street theatre and billboard liberation. It includes stories and anecdotes, interviews with pranksters and troublemakers, and 300 spectacular photos documenting the vital history of creative resistance in Australia.

This tour was recorded and edited by Jane Curtis, produced by Community Radio 3CR and funded by the Office of Public Records Local History grant program.

2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival event

We were proud to be part of Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Check out the photos on Flickr of the Fringe Festival walking tour on Sunday 27 September.