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Koorie Heritage Trust - Koorie Art Show, 2019

'Mirrigang Days' by Peter Waples-Crowe, Ngarigu, 2019

About Peter Waples Crowe

Peter Waples-Crowe is a Ngarigu artist living in Melbourne. His intersecting experiences as an Aboriginal person and his work with community health and arts organisations give him a unique perspective as an artist and community cultural development worker. Waples-Crowe creates bold colourful work that explores the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture, often referencing the dingo as a totemic figure and an analogy for queer, outsider Mob.

Peter has been a multiple finalist for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, the Victorian Indigenous Art award, and received the three major awards in its ten-year history. In addition to a successful solo career including two group shows in 2016 and 2018 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).

Artist statement

Mirrigang is the Ngarigu word for wild dog and the dingo is a totemic animal for me. It guides me spiritually and as the alpine dingo species is on the verge of extinction in the wild, I feel I need to honour this creature and make it visible. It’s often seen as a pest, something that gets in the way of farming livestock so I use this animal to represent myself as a queer high country Ngarigu person. My sexuality and Aboriginality can sometimes feel like I’m invisible too, both inside and outside the Aboriginal community. I have been using the orihon (Japanese book) as a medium for a few years now but this only my second artbook. My partner gave me an orihon some years back and it’s usually a place to record rubber stamps you find at many Japanese temples, so I have made this book a prayer book to the Dingo and my life. A culture book.

‘Mirrgang Day’s won the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award at Koorie Heritage Trust as part of the 2019 Koorie Art Show.

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Open House walking tours, 2019

Over Open House weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2019, the Metro Tunnel opened its Parkville construction site for over 150 members of the public to access.

Over the course of the weekend, ten tour groups learned about the current construction activities including the excavation of the station box which will eventually be up to 32 metres below ground and approximately 270 metres long.

The Metro Tunnel will transform the way we travel to and from the suburbs. In Parkville, the new station connects this world-class education, health and research precinct to the rail network for the first time and includes station entrances on the doorstep of The University of Melbourne and some of Victoria's biggest hospitals.

This event was presented by the Cross Yarra Partnership and Rail Projects Victoria as part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

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'This is Public' by Open House Melbourne

In May 2019, supported by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, Open House Melbourne launched a new bi-monthly podcast series that asks big questions about the future of our city, with a special focus on built and natural environments and the people who shape them.

‘This is Public’ is hosted by Emma Telfer (Open House Executive Director) and Sally McPhee (Open House program collaborator) saw the opportunity to make more public the stories, ideas and issues that are being addressed by Open House Melbourne’s expanded program.

It was an apt fit with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2019 theme of ‘Storytelling’ as it considers people in place, unlocks the surprising or forgotten histories of the city, and looks to Melbourne’s future.

The first episode of This is Public documented Open House Melbourne’s special Waterfront program for Melbourne Design Week 2019 and includes an interview by Paul Thomas from Rail Projects Victoria explains how the Metro Tunnel Project navigates complex tunnelling under the Yarra.

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'Melbourne Knowledge Week: Disrupt' by Alex Hotchin, RMIT and STREAT, 2019

DISRUPT was a storytelling project and exhibition to map the stories of Melbourne. It was a living artwork made possible by a series of creative writing workshops, and an ongoing collaboration between RMIT, STREAT and creative map maker Alex Hotchin. During the period of Melbourne Knowledge Week, passers-by saw the story map unfold with the contribution of story litter, an archive of found texts spotted and collected from our streets by STREAT, a social enterprise dedicated to helping homeless and disadvantaged young people.

Melbourne Knowledge Week is a City of Melbourne initiative encouraging people to explore ideas and take action about our future through seven days of talks, workshops, performances and celebrations.


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Koorie Heritage Trust

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is a proud sponsor of the Koorie Heritage Trust.

At the Koorie Art Show awards this month, the winner of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D award was Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos with "To cover over with possum blanket".

Manager of Architecture and Design from Rail Projects Victoria, Ewan McLean presented the award to Kelly whose work featured on a Metro Tunnel hoarding in 2019.

Image credit: Kelly Koumalatsos (Wergaia / Wemba Wemba) Benim Wile. To cover over with possum blanket. Wergaia., 2018. print making ink on paper with linen thread. Winner of the Koorie Art Show 2018 Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award. Tiffany Garvie Photography.

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Tunnel / Vision

In November 2018, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program arranged access to construction sites so that local musician Bonnie Mercer and Sound Engineer Lisa Rae Bartolomei could record the noises of piling and excavation.

The end result was a two-hour performance as part of Melbourne Music Week held in The Cube at ACMI. The Tunnel / Vision experience started with an ambient soundscape while multi-media graphics were displayed on the walls of the room that were designed by local digital artists Sar Ruddenklau and Simon Burgin. The graphics were programmed to respond to the noise and a microphone in the room proved popular with children shouted and clapped into it in order to make the graphics on the walls change shape.

The second half of the performance featured Bonnie playing experimental rock guitar with Tom Carlyon from Melbourne band Time for Dreams.

Tunnel / Vision provided an innovative way of interpreting the Metro Tunnel project – taking the sounds and reinventing them for a new audience.

As part of the project the creative team collaborated on a music video:

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