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Kathryn McCool: Jubilee Years (1986-2020)

Barry Street, February 2021 to present

About the artwork

Kathryn McCool’s Jubilee Years (1986-2020) strives to create an account of an elusive territory – not that of her homes in either New Zealand, or rural Victoria, but of her own psyche. Hovering over the decades with no clear place or time of belonging, McCool’s subjects – be they human or not – are given the same weight and presence in every frame in a realm of uncertain purpose and eerie beauty.

Jubilee Years (1986-2020) was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

New Zealand-born photographer Kathryn McCool has lived and worked in Australia since 1994. Her photographs have been shown in galleries across New Zealand including Manawatu Gallery, Wellington City Gallery, Govett-Brewster Gallery and Anna Bibby Gallery. In Australia, McCool has exhibited at Westspace, Blindside, Castlemaine Art Gallery and La Trobe Gallery, Bendigo. In 2011 her documentary film Sand Mountain received a nomination for Oxford American Best Southern Film at Little Rock Film Festival, Arkansas in the US.

Photography by James Henry

Jesse Boyd-Reid: The Gift

Barry Street, February 2021 to present

About the artwork

Intimacy, family, spirituality and connection find allegorical form in the photography of Melbourne-based artist Jesse Boyd-Reid. Merging candid documentation with constructed scenarios, Boyd-Reid explores relationships between the self, family and the environment.

The large-scale work The Gift is a reflection on the ways that community and connection enrich our lives. Lines are deliberately blurred to indicate togetherness and the shifting nature of beliefs around culture, spirituality, sexuality, intimacy and connection to place. This is a realm where ordinary objects act as both images of themselves and symbols of the rituals that nourish and sustain us.

The Gift was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Jesse Boyd‐Reid is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist working primarily with photography. Growing up in northern New South Wales, Jesse completed his Undergraduate and Honours degree in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. In 2018 Jesse was awarded the Lionel Gell Scholarship for Artistic Excellence and was accepted into the Arctic Trust’s residency program in Svalbard, Norway. Recently, Jesse’s work has been included in exhibitions at AIRspace Projects, Sydney, and at Monash Gallery of Art. In February 2020, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW, presented Jesse’s first solo show, Adrift.

Photography by James Henry

Emmanuelle Andrianjafy: Nothing's in Vain

Barry Street, February 2021 to present

About the artwork

In 2011, Malagasy photographer Emmanuelle Andrianjafy arrived in the port city of Dakar, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the westernmost coast of Africa. For the first years of her migration, Andrianjafy was overwhelmed by the city. But eventually, she knew she had to confront her new environment.

Nothing’s in Vain is Andrianjafy’s response to the experience of uprooting to the Senegalese capital – “a city as vibrant as it is disorientating”. Her photography captures a metropolis teetering between construction and deconstruction. Each image careens between street scenes, portraits, landscapes and close-up details, recreating her fluctuating experiences of a multifaceted city.

Nothing’s in Vain is presented by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Living and working in Dakar, Senegal, Emmanuelle Andrianjafy’s photographs immerse the viewer in the street scenes, landscapes and close-up details of her adopted home. Winner of the MACK First Book Award and Contemporary African Photography Prize in 2017, Nothing’s in Vain was also a finalist in the Aperture Portfolio Prize in the same year. Showing soon at the Singapore International Photography Festival, Andrianjafy’s previous exhibitions include Bamako Encounters, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Lagos Photo Festival, Photo London, the Athens Photo Festival, Addis Foto Fest, and the Aperture Summer Open. Nothing’s in Vain has also featured in the British Journal of Photography, Radio France Internationale, CNN, American Suburb X, Contemporary And (C&), and Zum magazine.

Photography by James Henry

Sam Contis: Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange)

Barry Street, February 2021 to present

Large black and white photographs of hands along a wall

About the artwork

In Beating Time, Movement of the Hand, artist Sam Contis crops and recombines a series of photographs by iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Loosening the images from their original contexts, Contis creates a singular, sequential study of gesture.

The work references 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s movement studies. While Muybridge sought to disclose truths previously invisible to the human eye, Contis explores the ways in which the recontextualisation of images can reveal unnoticed truths and generate new meanings.

Beating Time, Movement of the Hand was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Living and working in California, Sam Contis explores legacy and contemporary resonance in photography of the past. She recently exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Her work was included in Being: New Photography at MoMA, New York and Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. Contis' work has been collected by a number of prestigious art museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her most recent book, Day Sleeper, a reimagining of the work of Dorothea Lange, was published by MACK in 2020.

Photography by James Henry

Lillian O'Neil: Everything Forever

University Square, February 2021 to present

About the artwork

Everything Forever is a series of collages composed of photos taken by artist Lillian O’Neil from secondhand books. Collecting the books from book fairs, archives and op shops, O’Neil draws upon an extensive collection of pictures to investigate the contrast between obsolete, pre-digital photographs and the infinite proliferation of digital images today.

Favouring photographs that encapsulate a sense of passing time, natural versus developed landscapes, human drama and shifting erotic perspectives, O’Neil builds each element into a grander narrative: a place where microcosm and macrocosm exist in one visual to become a monument to a disappearing photographic texture.

Everything Forever was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Melbourne-born, Torquay-based artist Lillian O’Neil works with analogue photographic material from pre-digital archives to create large-scale, highly-detailed collages that are image atlases – both encyclopaedic and kaleidoscopic.

O’Neil has exhibited at Artspace, Sydney and Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo. Her work was included in The Body Electric at The National Gallery of Australia, and the 2020 National Photography Prize. Her work has been acquired by Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Sir Elton John Collection.

Photography by James Henry

Me and UooUoo

Royal Park, January to March 2021

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is delighted to be sponsoring a ‘UooUoo’ (pronounced you-you) in celebration of the Royal Children’s Hospital 150th anniversary.

The Me and UooUoo: RCH 150 Art Trail features 100 individually painted sculptures located in public spaces across Melbourne and Geelong. The free exhibition runs from 20 January to 21 March.

Artist Justine Millsom (aka Juzpop) has decorated Metro Tunnel's sponsored UooUoo with beautiful dragonflies and roses. She has named it ‘Tammy’s Donor’, after the lung transplant donor who saved the life of her young cousin, Tammy.

Tammy's Donor can be found at Royal Park's Nature Play playground, adjacent the Royal Children's Hospital, for the duration of the exhibition.

View the art trail map or download the free iPhone or Android app at the Me and UooUoo: RCH 150 Art Trail website.

Melbourne Music Week: Home Made Sound

University Square, December 2020 to February 2021

The world stopped in 2020, but music-making did not. The Metro Tunnel Creative Program and Melbourne Music Week have collaborated to bring you music made at home, during lockdown, by some of Victoria’s talented artists.

Home Made Sound is an artwork and playlist featuring the music and images of:

  • Mystery Guest
  • Bonnie Mercer
  • Diimpa
  • Israel Carter
  • Përolas
  • Tanya George
  • Hannah McKittrick.

The large-scale artwork by Studio Round features images of these musicians in their home studios. You can access the accompanying music on your phone using QR codes available at the artwork in University Square. The artwork will be on display until February 2021.

Photography by Anne-Marie De Boni

A mural featuring images of musicians and blocks of colours covers construction hoarding in a plaza.

Phoebe Powell: Thank You

Royal Parade, September 2020 to present

Photographer Phoebe Powell celebrates the life-saving work of staff at Parkville Biomedical Precinct in her striking photo essay. This work is now on display at the Parkville Station site on Royal Parade.

View the portraits online or explore the making of Thank You.

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The Parkville Storytelling Project

Grattan Street, February 2020 to present

A local writer and four illustrators showcase the diverse people, organisations and programs that have ties to the busy Parkville precinct.

Explore the stories and artworks.

'Rubber Folds' by Lorna Quinn, 2019

Artist Statement

“I take inspiration from whatever my immediate surroundings are – my context – and I often go for exploratory walks to find objects and places to paint. My artworks usually revolve around the vision of a ‘safe-cave’, a context for dwelling, a kind of material ‘lair’. I often return to when I was a child playing alone in my garden, where I would use what was around me to form nests and coves. In my child’s mind the earth and twigs and stones formed a little universe, a complete vision.

"My work now is similarly something of a self-fashioned escape from the realities and anxieties of everyday life, where I can live in an artificial and eclectic kingdom, self-designed so as to allow for my own boundless inclusion, a personal utopia, you could say.”

About the artist

Lorna Quinn is a Melbourne-based artist born in East Melbourne in 1995. She is a recent graduate of Victorian College of the Arts, where she majored in drawing and printmaking, and graduated with honours in 2018.

She works predominantly in oil paints, but is also a prolific drawer and sometimes sculptor. The artwork on this hoarding is based on an original oil painting of Lorna’s.

Instagram: @succulenteggplants

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2019 University of Melbourne Open Day

For the 2019 Open Day, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program showcased student musicians at sites around the Parkville campus.

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'REJ' by Evan Whittington, 2019

Artist statement

"This hoarding artwork is based on an original piece from 2018 that took the form of oil paint on shaped aluminium panels. The original artwork evolved from my exploration of rhythm, movement and dancing. Working in abstraction, I sought to capture the dynamic nature of dance as a form of embodied movement.

"When visiting the site of the project it struck me how busy it was with pedestrian activity. I thought it interesting that the length and narrowness of the site funnelled people through it in a long, straight line. There is a rhythm created by the movement of the pedestrians as they travel past the colourful forms of the work. Like the blurred image one gets of a landscape from a fast-moving vehicle, the reflected light and colours of the work become indications of motion."

About the artist

Evan Whittington is a Melbourne-based artist who completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018. He is currently studying honours at VCA. Working across drawing, painting and printmaking, he explores the dynamic and fluid nature of embodied movement.

Instagram: @evan_whittington_art

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'Suburban Fringe' by Naiose Halloran-Mackay, 2019

In this work for the Metro Tunnel project site in Parkville, Naoise Halloran-Mackay presents a series of aerial views of newly constructed homes in Melbourne’s outer fringes that have been reduced to their simple geometric forms. Pattern and colour are exaggerated in order to capture certain unearthly nuances surrounding geometry and abstraction within the architecture of newly built structures. The work encourages passersby to reflect on the Metro Tunnel Project’s importance to facilitate this constantly growing city.

Halloran-Mackay’s paintings act as a documentation of Australian attitudes surrounding space, land, urban planning and architecture within today’s globalised world. He describes his work as a continuation of conversations and questions surrounding place and identity that have existed throughout the history of post-colonial landscape painting in Australia.

About the artist

Naoise Halloran-Mackay is a young artist who currently lives and works in Kyneton, Victoria. He graduated from the Painting Department at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018.

He was the recipient of the 2018 GoGo Foundation Art Award as well as the 2018 Tolarno Hotel VCA Annual Art Award.

Instagram: @Na0ise

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'Reveal' by Casey Jeffery, 2019

Casey Jeffery paints her inquiry of the stripe – specifically the striped fabrics of Brella window awnings found on many of the facades of inner-city and suburban houses.

Jeffery’s application of paint experiments with colour, line and depth, which tricks the eye whilst offering a particular insight of visual perception (deception). She utilises the structure and order of the stripe as a way of addressing notions of the past, the personal and the familiar.

The seemingly banal observations of the structures that are built around us can explain a lot about one's own identity and what it means to be here geographically in Australia today.

About the artist

Casey Jeffery is a Melbourne-based painter who completed her Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2018. Jeffery has exhibited both locally and internationally.

Instagram: @caseyjeffery

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'Pretty Little Things' by The Cutaway, 2019

The world of medical research, when viewed through a microscope, is one of wonder and beauty where nature and biology can be seen in the most delicate and intricate forms. Tiny cells, a cluster of embryos, organisms multiplying – these are the unique views seen through the researcher’s lens. It can be a beautiful and breathtaking view not often seen by members of the public.

Pretty Little Things is a collaboration with the University of Melbourne that celebrates and explores this beauty, re-interpreting microscopic images contributed by students, staff and researchers into modern, abstract patterns through the blasts of a vibrant, fluorescent colour palette.

This artwork has picked up one of the world’s most coveted design prizes – a Gold from the A’Design Award and Competition.

Further information is available at the A'Design Award and Competition website.

About the artist

Led by Creative Director Beck Storer, The Cutaway is an award-winning creative studio that creates immersive visual experiences in the public environment. Combining a love for design, technology and craft, their work challenges the curious and presents visual stories that are compelling and memorable.

Instagram: @thecutaway

Photography by Casey Horsfield

Instagram: @caseyhorsfield

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