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Metro Tunnel

About the Metro Tunnel Creative Program

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program curates artworks and events to enhance Melbourne city life alongside the construction of the Metro Tunnel.

The Metro Tunnel Project is committed to a program of temporary creative works that contribute to offsetting the disruption across our 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 businesses at the coalface between site boundaries and where city life begins. The program supports the objectives in the Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy.


Through tactical place making, cultural programming and attentive place management, our objectives are to:

  • 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.


The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has been recognised in a number of awards categories:

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Frequently asked questions

What can people expect to see?

Melburnians going about their day can discover unexpected delights and surprises in the corners of the city affected by construction of the Metro Tunnel.

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

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

Where can I see Creative Program art and activities?

You can see Creative Program art and activities at each of the seven Metro Tunnel construction sites from Kensington to South Yarra.

How does the Metro Tunnel Project select artists and collaborators?

The program aims to select a wide range of artworks that represents the city's diverse communities. We're mindful of broadening opportunities for artists, city institutions and community groups while ensuring artworks are relevant to the locations where they are on display.

We 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, as well as direct commissions. We 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 seek out ways to involve art students from nearby universities, art schools and community groups who may be interested in participating. Emerging artists are also invited to register for our Artist Pool.

How do you choose partner organisations?

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

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