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When a friend moves house, you want to be there to help out. Whether it’s pivoting a couch down the stairs or getting a couple boxes over to the new digs; you want to help out in some way. Though there are those friends who seem to do it in a blink of an eye and the next thing you know, you’re holding an invite to the house warming. Well, that exact thing just happened to us with our friends from The Blender Studios moving into their fine new foundations at the Docklands Art Precinct.
You’ll know The Blender Studios due to all their awesome work over the last (almost) 20 decades. From fine art to street art, these are the cats at the forefront of both scenes here in Melbourne and what a job they’ve done.
Back in 2000, Adrian Doyle found the almost derelict warehouse on Franklin Street and packed it out with 22 studios for artists from all walks of life to come in and take up residence as they refined their craft.
With Melbourne leading the street art scene in a national sense, the new studio space is only going to build on the nurturing of up and coming talent. The opening of the Dockland space also sees the local favourite Dark Horse Experiment reopen as well as the launch of the Blender Pop Up space.
So next time you’re in town, craving a little bit of art and culture be sure to drop by the studio or even better, book onto Melbourne Laneway Tour, a partnership with The Blender Studios and QT Melbourne. You’ll get a tour of the studio space, a 2.5hr tour of the finest laneway art around town, throw in transfers and a round of drinks on your return and you have yourself a fine afternoon.
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