• arts & culture

8 May 2018

Applications are now open for the 2018 Melbourne Art Trams, which will see eight Melbourne trams transformed by Victorian artists into dynamic public artworks as part of Melbourne Festival’s visual arts program.

Melbourne Art Tram

The sixth year of this hugely successful public art project invites artists to propose a work that is specific to Melbourne’s trams as a site for collective engagement throughout the city, and to respond to Melbourne as a site of change.

Melbourne Art Trams is a revival and re-imagining of the much-loved Transporting Art program which ran from 1978 to 1993 and resulted in 36 painted trams being rolled out across the Melbourne network.

Read more about Melbourne Art Trams

In 2018, one of the eight trams will recreate an original Transporting Art work, by late expressionist painter David Larwill. Larwill’s work was commissioned in 1986 as part of the United Nations International Year of Peace; for 2018, his W-Class tram will be photographed and adjusted to fit a modern tram design, then printed on adhesive vinyl and applied to the tram.

Melbourne Art Trams 2018 expressions of interest are now open for Victorian professional artists, with one tram design reserved for an emerging artist in the early years of their career as an artist, or who identifies as such regardless of age.

One tram is reserved for an artist who specifically responds to their interpretation of ‘community’.

The Melbourne Arts Trams project is a partnership between Melbourne Festival, Creative Victoria, Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams.

Expressions of interest for the Melbourne Art Trams close on Tue 12 June, with selected artists announced in July.

Visit Melbourne Festival for details