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Metro Tunnel Creative Program

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program features activities and events designed and led by a team of designers, curators, and place managers dedicated to enhancing city life alongside the construction of the Metro Tunnel.

The Legacy Artwork Program

The Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program will provide world-class public art experiences for visitors and users of the Metro Tunnel, ensuring the stations are must-see destinations and enhancing Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital.

The Metro Tunnel Project is commissioning permanent artworks that will be installed in the Metro Tunnel’s five new stations.

A highly-credentialed panel has been appointed to help select the artists under the curatorial themes of storytelling; movement, repetition and time; and environment.

Artists will be commissioned to create the Metro Tunnel’s legacy art either through open expressions of interest or by invitation.

Artist Pool

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program: Artist Pool is a database from which we will select artists for temporary art opportunities, interpretation pieces and activations.

The Artist Pool will be the primary method used to identify and commission creative practitioners to create works including hoarding artwork, painted murals, site activations and installations, written pieces, photographic artwork and more.

Registrations for the Artist Pool have now closed. We will open the pool for registrations again in 2021.

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What's happening at our construction sites

Cultural Programming

As well as providing temporary placemaking activities such as pop-up parks and vibrant artworks on construction hoardings, the Creative Program partners with creative practitioners and cultural organisations to interpret the project in artistic and innovative ways.


The Metro Tunnel Project is committed to a program of temporary creative works that contribute to offsetting the disruption across the project’s worksites, keeping Melbourne a vibrant and attractive destination as we build this city-shaping project.

The focus of the program is to encourage community interaction with construction sites and support local business - at the coalface between site boundaries and where city life begins. The program supports the objectives in the Creative Strategy.


To minimise the disruption to city life caused by the construction of the Metro Tunnel Project through tactical place making, cultural programming and attentive place management, the program has the following objectives:

  • Keep the city vibrant and moving
  • Think laterally about space and place
  • Remain quintessentially ‘Melbourne’ in our approach
  • Stay true to local character
  • Keep Melbourne liveable

Program themes

The program theme for 2020 is:

Movement, Repetition and Time

Artists are encouraged to explore ideas that relate to commuting, underground rail networks, urban transportation, and the mass transit experience of travellers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can people expect to see?

For Melburnians going about their day, it is about discovering unexpected delights and surprises in the corners of the city affected by construction.

They will see pop-up parks and events as well as art on construction hoardings and around construction sites.

The program isn't meant to be a one off major event, it is about helping build resilience at seven sites across the city during seven years of the major construction works.

Where can I see creative program art and activities?

You will be able to see creative program art and activities at each of the seven Metro Tunnel sites from Kensington to South Yarra.

How will the Metro Tunnel Project select artists and collaborators?

The program aims to select a wide range of artworks that represents the cities diverse communities. We're mindful of broadening the opportunities for artists, city institutions and community groups to get involved in the Metro Tunnel creative program, as well as ensuring the construction sites reflect their location.

That is why we will use a number of ways to commission artworks, including inviting artists to register for our Artist Pool from which we select artists for invited concepts, or direct commissions. We also work closely with a number project stakeholders such as the arts faculties of local universities, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Koorie Heritage Trust.

How will the program ensure emerging artists and community groups have the opportunity to get involved?

We actively seeking out ways to involve art students from nearby universities and art schools and local community groups who may be interested in a creative program.

Emerging artists are also invited to register for our Artist Pool.

How do you choose organisations to partner with?

We actively seek out partnerships with Festivals, events and organisations that are impacted by the construction of the Metro Tunnel. We are not seeking to increase our partnerships at this stage.

I have an idea or question For the creative program – how do I reach you?

Send an email to