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On Track – Applications Open For 2015 Melbourne Art Trams

23 April 2015

Artists and designers across Victoria are invited to submit their ideas for transforming one of our most iconic and unexpected canvases – Melbourne’s trams – into public artwork as part of the 2015 Melbourne Art Trams initiative.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, today opened applications for the project, encouraging artists and designers to reflect on the architecture, urban planning and interiors of Melbourne.

Mr Foley said that submissions should also reflect the 2015 theme, ‘Architecture and the City’.

The Melbourne Art Trams Project, which is a partnership between the Andrews Labor Government, Creative Victoria, Melbourne Festival and Yarra Trams, is now in its third year.

Eight Victorian artists will be selected to transform a variety of Melbourne trams – from the latest low-floor class trams, through to the historic W-Class tram – into moving artworks as part of the 2015 Melbourne Festival.

One tram will be designated as an Emerging Artist tram, featuring the work of an artist or designer who is under 25 years of age.

The call for applications come as the 2014 Melbourne Art Trams project reaches its close. After six months on the tracks the popular works designed by artists Jeff Makin, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Kristin Headlam, James Cattell, Christian Thompson, Janine Daddo and emerging artist Callum Croker, will make way for the 2015 project.

Expressions of interest for Melbourne Art Trams 2015 close on 29 May 2015, and the eight selected artists will be announced in June.

For more information, including expressions of interest, visit: www.melbournefestival.com.au/tramsExternal Link

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“Victoria is defined by its art, architecture, design and creativity. This year’s Melbourne Arts Trams celebrates what makes our city unique, and will once again bring great works to our streets.”

“Artists and designers right across Victoria should apply, to take inspiration from Melbourne’s cityscape and turn it into their own vision for a public artwork that will traverse the city.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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