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Metro Tunnel

About the Creative Program

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


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

The Creative Program is designed to keep the city vibrant during construction, leaving a lasting legacy for major infrastructure projects worldwide.

It will enhance the reputation of Melbourne as a destination for culture, education, major events, not only after the Metro Tunnel opens, but also while it is constructed.

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our approach is to work collaboratively in order to deliver place outcomes that positively contribute to the character and identity of Melbourne’s unique places and precincts.

Specifically, we will be developing and implementing activities that address key challenges posed by the construction works. These solutions are intended to be flexible and adaptive in order to respond to the changing needs of each location.

An evaluation framework established early in the program will provide data and insights into what solutions resonate allowing the program shaped to respond what our community wants.


The following objectives are what we aim to achieve at each site:

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

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