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Permission Wall Open - Social distancing restrictions in place

The permission wall has been re-opened under strict measures agreed to between Vibrance and City of Hobart. Please read the safety precautions we have implemented when you request a painting permit.

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Permits limited to 2 per day in response to COVID-19

Bidencopes Lane – COVID-19 Restrictions for painters.

Vibrance and the City of Hobart have reached an agreement, based on Tasmanian Government recommendations, to reopen the Bidencopes Lane Permission Wall to painters on May 15.

With some social restrictions easing on this date statewide, Bidencopes will be reopened but will operate a modified program with some restrictions still in place. We want to work with the advice given by local government and offer a safe space for painters and the public.

Until all restrictions are lifted in Tasmania, Bidencopes Lane will operate with the following restrictions:

  1. Painters are asked to try and paint at separate times or paint at opposite ends of the wall if separate painting times are not possible
  2. Painters need to observe the 1.5m rule with spectators and the public and are asked to paint solo without assistance from friends or congregations of friends around the painter while working
  3. Painters are advised to wear PPE while painting
  4. If you feel like you may have cold or flu-like symptoms and have been issued a permit you must forfeit the permit and stay home

Please read the State Government guidelines on social distancing for additional general advice on measures you can take.

All social restrictions set by the State Government are to be observed and painters are reminded that breaking these restrictions can carry penalties which can be enforced by law. We hope to reopen the permission wall further as restrictions ease in the coming months.

We are very happy that we are allowed to get back to the laneway and get painting again. We hope that you understand the restrictions that are in place and please respect them. This way we can keep the permission wall going well into the future with your cooperation.

Where you can paint

Before you sign up for a permit please review the area you are allowed to paint below.

Permit sign up

Please read the above statement on our COVID-19 response before getting a permit.

Fill in the form below to receive a permit to paint the Permission Wall in Bidencopes Lane.

How would you like to receive your permit?


Before you can recieve permission, you need to read and agree to our Community Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.

View Community Guidelines

Whilst painting in Bidencopes Lane please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bidencopes Lane is safe space. Treat all people using the laneway equally and with respect
  • Respect other people's artwork
  • No advertising material permitted
  • No graphic images (sex, violence, or nudity)
  • No imagery or subject material likely to cause offense
  • Artwork should contribute to the ‘creative ambience’ of the City
  • Vibrance and City of Hobart reserve the right to remove imagery/material that may be deemed offensive, derogatory or unsafe.
View Terms & Conditions

By registering to use this service you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • My activity in the laneway will not result in the damage or defacement of property
  • I will abide by the social distancing requirements as stated on the Request Permit page
  • I will ensure that my activities are conducted safely and at ground level.
  • I understand that I am producing a work in a public place. Whilst I may retain copyright of any produced works under relevant state and federal laws, Vibrance and/or City of Hobart are not responsible if a member of the public violates such laws.
  • I will dispose of waste and rubbish thoughtfully and responsibly
  • I will seek appropriate permissions and obtain necessary rights to produce/reproduce imagery
  • I will take precautions to ensure the safety to myself and general public whilst painting
  • I will take precautions to ensure the safety to surrounding property including but not limited to buildings and cars
  • I will ensure that the laneway remains accessible whilst painting
  • I will only paint on the ‘Permission Wall’ once a valid permission slip has been obtained and during the hours allocated. I will not paint outside these hours. I will carry a valid permission slip on my person to produce as proof of permission if asked.
  • I acknowledge that Vibrance and City of Hobart reserve the right to remove imagery/material that may be deemed offensive, derogatory or unsafe.

Indemnity Notice:

  • The Permit Holder is responsible for and indemnifies Council and Vibrance Festival from and against all damages, costs, losses, liabilities, expenses and claims (including in relation to any loss, damage or injury to property or person or death) arising during or after the Permit Period, in connection with or arising directly or indirectly from:
    1. the use or occupation of the laneway by the Permit Holder and its employees, contractors, agents or invitees, except to the extent caused by the negligence of Council and/or Vibrance Festival;
    2. any damage to property owned by Council, the Permit Holder or any third party, caused or contributed to by the Permit Holder or the Permit Holder’s employees, contractors, agents or invitees;
    3. any unlawful or negligent act or omission of the Permit Holder or the Permit Holder’s employees, contractors, agents or invitees in or on the laneway;
    4. any breach by the Permit Holder or the Permit Holder’s employees, contractors, agents or invitees