Creative Program at Town Hall Station
RAILway by Peter Atkins
RAILway by renowned Melbourne artist Peter Atkins has been selected for display on the construction hoardings at City Square on Swanston Street.
The work is based on abstracted designs of suburban train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s that departed from or arrived into Melbourne.
About the artist
Peter Atkins is a graduate of the National Art School, Sydney and currently lives and works in Melbourne. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia and Internationally.
Atkins’ practice centres around the appropriation and re-interpretation of ready-made abstract forms that he documents within the urban environment. This collected material becomes the direct reference source for his work, providing tangible evidence to the viewer of his relationship and experience within the landscape.
Read the artist's essay and biography for more information.
Me In Couture by Adele Varcoe
To celebrate Melbourne Fashion Week, Adele Varcoe's work Me In Couture was on display at the Town Hall Station construction site.
The City Square area has in previous years been a significant site for fashion week events, now hosted elsewhere nearby.
Me in Couture proposes a new kind of fashion collection that might be part of a Paris or Melbourne fashion week. It could be considered high-end, conceptual or as Haute Couture.
Varcoe is interested in the behaviour fashion evokes and the role social interaction plays in shaping our perception of dress.
The garments pictured in the work are made from plasticine, exploring ideas for future textiles that might consist of a material that can be constantly remodelled to create a new garment.
About the artist
Adele Varcoe is an Australian artist and designer creating fashion experiences exploring the social and emotional effects of fashion, dress and clothes.
In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, the hoarding at Town Hall was used to promote masterpieces from the MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibition.
Prints of the MoMA pieces including iconic artwork from Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and others were on show along Swanston Street, encouraging people to see the original works at the NGV a short walk away.
Crowd Stance by Rafaella McDonald
Crowd Stance depicted an imaginary collective of bodies made up of many feet and hands, caught in a dance and lifting off the ground. The artwork uses bold colour, intuitive mark making and cartoon like images of the body in various forms of action to playfully mimic the exchange between individual subjectivity and the collective identity of a crowd.
Crowd Stance seeks to explore how the individual considers themselves within, and also separate to a crowd. What do we project onto a crowd, and in doing so, how do we shape a crowd from within?
About the artist
Rafaella is an artist living in Melbourne and works in gallery settings, public spaces, on clothing and in collaborative performance. She is interested in using colour, bodily gestures and hand-made materials to explore joy as a strategy. Rafaella has exhibited work at The National Gallery of Victoria, West Space Gallery, TCB Art Inc, The Substation and in the biennial Next Wave Festival for emerging artists.
She has painted large-scale mural commissions for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Shepparton Art Museum and the City of Stonnington.