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Creative Program at Parkville Station

Me and UooUoo

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.

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Melbourne Music Week: Home Made Sound

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.

'Thank you' by Phoebe Powell, 2020

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. You can read more about the project and view the portraits online.

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The Parkville Storytelling Project

As part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, a new series of artworks is now on display on the construction hoardings in Grattan Street around the Parkville Station site.

'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
Website: evan-whittington.com

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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
Website: caseyjeffery.com

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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
Website: https://www.thecutaway.com.au/

Photography by Casey Horsfield

Instagram: @caseyhorsfield

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