17 September 2015
Victorians can take a new kind of creative journey with the launch of the first Melbourne Art Tram for 2015.
Designed by Melbourne-based visual artist Amanda Morgan, the first Art Tram is one of eight that will hit the tracks in the month ahead as part of the 2015 Melbourne Festival.
A partnership between Creative Victoria, Yarra Trams and Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Art Trams invites Victorian artists and designers to imagine a new creative work to adorn an iconic Melbourne tram. The trams go on to be moving artworks that add a touch of creativity to everyday life, travelling on routes across the tram network.
This year marks the third Art Trams outing and this year's artists were selected from more than 145 proposals from across Victoria. The creative focus for Melbourne Art Trams in 2015 was developed in association with MPavilion and this year's artists were asked to create designs that responded to the theme 'Architectures and the city'.
Amanda Morgan's tram - titled 'Architectures of light'- reflects her long fascination with and exploration of light in her artworks. Her tram design is made up of photographs of public art projections she has created to illuminate and transform historical sites and landmarks across the city.
Amanda, who works primarily in digital media, has made street art, public art and installation pieces that have been shown across the globe. Her projection work has featured in White Night Melbourne and Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
The other 2015 Art Trams artists are stencil artist Louise Forthun, typographer Stephen Banham, photographic artist James Voller, visual artist Kathy Temin, mixed media artist Martine Corompt and Bird and Adams, a collaboration between choreographer Philip Adams and architect Matthew Bird. One tram is allocated to an emerging artist with honours for 2015 going to RMIT Design student Tom Vincent whose geometric design will give a contemporary edge to a historic W class tram running on the City Circle line.
Once all the trams join the network for the opening of Melbourne Festival on 8 October, the public will be invited to cast their vote for the 2015 People's Choice with the winning artist taking out a $5,000 prize.
The 2015 Melbourne Art Trams will remain on the tracks until April 2016