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About the 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 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.

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.


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


In September 2020, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program received a prestigious Good Design Award Best in Class Accolade in the Architectural Design Urban Design and Public Spaces category in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958.

Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.

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