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5 October 2016

The first Melbourne Art Tram for 2016 has hit the tracks.

A tram

"Always was, Always will be Aboriginal Land" by Reko Rennie. Photo: Melbourne Festival

Designed by Victorian-based visual artist Reko Rennie, the first Art Tram is one of eight that will roll out across Melbourne in the weeks ahead, as part of the Melbourne Festival.

A revival of the Transporting Art project that ran between 1987 and 1993, Melbourne Art Trams is a partnership between Melbourne Festival, Creative Victoria and Public Transport Victoria in collaboration with Yarra Trams.

Part of Melbourne Festival's visual arts program, this year marks the fourth year of the initiative. The creative brief for 2016 invited artists and designers to reflect on Melbourne and its diverse and vibrant community. Submissions were received from both professional and student artists.

Reko Rennie's tram – titled 'Always was, Always will be Aboriginal Land' – reflects Reko's Indigenous heritage and appeals for recognition and acknowledgement of the original inhabitants of Australia.His works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with the stylistic elements of street art.

The 2016 Art Trams artists are: digital artist, Damiano Bertoli; artist, Joceline Lee; mixed-media artist, Eddie Botha; painter, Jon Cattapan; painter and print-maker, Mimi Leung; art-student, Eliza Dyball; and co-creators of the Women's Mural in Northcote, Megan Evans and Eve Glenn. Find out more about the other Art Trams artists here: Artists Announced for 2016 Art Trams.

The 2016 Melbourne Art Trams will remain on the tracks until April 2017. 

For more information, visit the Melbourne Festival website