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Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program

About the 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.

The Metro Tunnel Creative Strategy guides the delivery of creative works undertaken as part of the Metro Tunnel Project. The strategy supports the Legacy Artwork Program, as well as the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, a program of temporary creative works that is helping ensure Melbourne remains a vibrant and attractive destination for locals, visitors, tourists and event goers during construction of Victoria’s ever biggest public transport project.

Where will the artworks be located?

Six major works will be commissioned, comprising five works for the new stations at North Melbourne (near Arden Street), Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac, and one line-wide commission which spans all five stations.

The artworks commissioned will be embedded within the station architecture creating a sense of place and identity for each of the station precincts.

Engagement with traditional owners

The Metro Tunnel Project team is working with Traditional Owners as part of the Legacy Artwork Program to ensure the artworks developed are respectful of and value the cultural knowledge and contribution of Traditional Owners.

We are engaging with the following Traditional Owner groups to understand their stories, values and themes:

  • Wurundjeri
  • Boon Wurrung
  • Bunurong

Learnings and insights from Traditional Owner groups will inform the development of the permanent artworks at stations and the line-wide commission.

Artist opportunities

A diverse range of artists will be commissioned to create the artwork, through either open expressions of interest or direct invitation.

The artists selected will have the opportunity to work with the contractor design and architectural teams to ensure their creations are embedded in the station design, setting a new benchmark in public transport infrastructure.

Expressions of Interest

The Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program is currently calling for established artists to express their interest in creating permanent public art for the following Metro Tunnel stations and the line-wide piece:

  • North Melbourne Station (near Arden Street)
  • State Library Station (northern part of Swanston Street in the CBD)
  • Line-wide commission (open to Aboriginal artists only)

Applications

Please read the background information provided and then express your interest using the online form.

Submissions close Monday, 29 April 2019.

Background information

Frequently Asked Questions

The Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program is the permanent art that will be installed in the Metro Tunnel’s five new underground stations at North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac, as well as a line-wide piece.

Six major works will be commissioned, comprising five works for the individual stations, and one line-wide commission.

The works will be installed within the stations to enhance the travel experience for the many thousands of passengers who will use the Metro Tunnel everyday. See the station concept designs here.

The line-wide commission will be one artwork which spans all five stations and will be created by an Aboriginal artist. It is an opportunity for the artist to consider the passenger experience from concourse to platform alongside the sense of place and identity at each station.

The artist will work with Melbourne’s Traditional Owners to explore Indigenous narratives and stories that reflect the local character of each of the station precincts, but also speak to the experience of journey and travel across Melbourne.

Artwork for the Legacy Artwork Program will be commissioned by direct invitation and open expressions of interest.

  • Commissions for North Melbourne (near Arden Street) and State Library Stations will be via an open call for expressions of interest.
  • Commissions for Parkville and Anzac Stations are invited proposals. Town Hall Station commission will be via direct invitation to interview.
  • Commission for Line-wide is a call for Aboriginal artists only to submit an expression of interest.

Emerging artists are eligible to submit an Expression of Interest. However, please note that capability to deliver the artwork is a key consideration of the selection process.

We are happy to EOIs from groups of artists. Each member of your team should submit an EOI separately and note in the form under “Artist Introduction” that they would like to be considered together as a collective. Each artist should name the other members in the collective e.g. “This EOI is a collaboration between [artist name 1], [artist name 2]” etc.

Following the Expression of Interest and direct invitation processes, artists will be shortlisted by the Metro Tunnel Arts Advisory Panel. The final decision is made by Rail Projects Victoria.

The final artworks will be embedded within the station architecture and will be site-specific new work. This is the ensure that the artworks are representative of that station's vision, designed to sit within its architecture, setting and context.

Therefore, existing artworks that have been commissioned for other projects are not eligible for consideration.

We are looking for a wide range of artists including painters, sculptors, installation and multi-media artists.

The Metro Tunnel Arts Advisory Panel is a highly-credentialed panel appointed to help select the artists who will create the legacy public art that will appear in the Metro Tunnel’s five new stations and near the two tunnel entrances.

The panel includes:

  • Professor Donald Bates – Director of LAB Architecture Studio, Lead Architect of Federation Square and Associate Dean (Engagement) and Chair of Architectural Design at The University of Melbourne.
  • Max Delany – CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University.
  • Professor Natalie King – Prominent Victorian curator with over two decades of experience in international contemporary art; Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
  • A senior Victorian Indigenous curator is also on the panel, whose practise focuses on South Eastern Aboriginal arts and culture.

Two members from Rail Projects Victoria, one from Creative Victoria and one from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect are also represented on the panel.

There are three main curatorial themes:

  • Storytelling – invites artists to consider and explore people and place, celebrate the contemporary stories of everyday Melbourne, and look to new generations and possible future stories.
  • 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.
  • The Environment and Biophilic Design – bringing nature down and into the metro system, opening up the opportunity to connect with nature daily.

Artists working in a variety of mediums and artistic approaches are encouraged to submit an EOI. As part of the selection process, consideration will be given to how the Artists' practice would suit the artwork opportunities identified in the Artist Briefs for each commission. The Artist Briefs are available here.

For North Melbourne, the artwork opportunity is located on the eastern façade of the station building, adjacent Laurens Street, which presents an exciting opportunity for an artist to work at an architectural scale with tiled panels or patterning.

At State Library Station, a glazed wall at the station’s main entrance on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets presents an exciting opportunity for an artist to work at an architectural scale with glass and light.

For the Line-wide commission, there are opportunities to work with a line-wide material palette of visual components, common fixtures, fittings, and finishes to create a series of artistic expressions that will repeat across all five stations.

Each station commission and the line-wide commission has been allocated a budget between $655,000 and $1,205,000 for the production of permanent artworks. The legacy artwork budget is inclusive of artist fees, design development and fabrication of the artworks.

The cost for commissioning, developing and installing the legacy art across the five stations is funded by the Cross Yarra Partnership, as part of the Tunnels and Stations package of works.

All artists engaged through the Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program will be paid for their work. Shortlisted artists who proceed to interview / concept stage will be paid honorariums and the final selected artists will be paid commission artist fees.

North Melbourne and State Library stations

Phase 1: Artist Expressions of Interest

  • Artist EOI submissions close: 29 April 2019
  • Notification to shortlisted artists: mid-late May 2019

Phase 2: Concept design development by shortlisted artists

  • Shortlisted artists concept design development commences: from late May 2019
  • Shortlisted artists concept design development presentations: mid-September 2019

Phase 3: Detailed design development by selected artist

  • Successful artist notified for detailed development: late September 2019
  • Detailed development by selected artist: from October 2019

Phase 4: Fabrication and installation

  • Produce and install work: 2022-2025 (timing to be determined in consultation with the construction contractors and the selected artist)

Line-wide

Phase 1: Artist Expressions of Interest

  • Artist EOI submissions closes: 29 April 2019
  • Notification to shortlisted artists: mid-May 2019

Phase 2: Artist Interview and Presentation

  • Interviews of and presentations by shortlisted artists: late May 2019
  • Successful artist notified for concept development: early June 2019

Phase 3: Artist Interview and Presentation

  • Selected artist concept design development commences: from mid-late June 2019
  • Selected artist concept design development presentation: mid-September 2019

Phase 4: Detailed design development by selected artist

  • Detailed development by selected artist: from late September 2019

Phase 5: Fabrication and installation

  • Produce and install work: 2022-2025 (timing to be determined in consultation with the construction contractors and the selected artist)

Metro Tunnel Arts Advisory Panel

A highly credentialed panel has been appointed to help select the artists who will create the legacy public art that will appear in the Metro Tunnel’s five new stations and near the two tunnel entrances.

The panel includes:

  • Professor Donald Bates – Director of LAB Architecture Studio, Lead Architect of Federation Square and Associate Dean (Engagement) and Chair of Architectural Design at The University of Melbourne
  • Max Delany – CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University
  • Professor Natalie King – Prominent Victorian curator with over two decades of experience in international contemporary art; Enterprise Professorial Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne
  • A senior Victorian Indigenous curator is also on the panel, whose practise focuses on South Eastern Aboriginal arts and culture.

Two members from Rail Projects Victoria, one from Creative Victoria and one from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect are also represented on the panel.

More information

For more information on the Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program – Stations, please email legacyartprogram@metrotunnelcyp-dc.com.au