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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.

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 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 placemaking, 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 2019 is:


During a period of extensive change and transformation, storytelling is a natural and poignant curatorial theme, assisting us to consider the past, the present and the future, embracing disruption as a necessity for improvements for years to come.

As a creative theme, its purpose is to stimulate artists to consider people in place, to unlock the surprising or forgotten histories, to reveal and celebrate, access and uncover the contemporary stories of everyday Melburnian’s, look to new generations and the possible future stories.

The outcomes will be as varied as the partners, practitioners and art forms providing projects of interest to the widest possible audience.

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 open calls to community groups, individuals and cultural organisations, directly commissioned works through established artists, invited EOI’s to selected artists and partnerships with our 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 are 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.

We will also include a number of Open EOI’s for artists as part of our curatorial approach to ensure we give a broad range of people the opportunity to get involved.

For example, from the 2018 Open Call for City Square we identified three artists and one community arts organisation who submitted works that we didn’t use at City Square but we were able to work with at other locations.

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

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