• visual

3 May 2019

Expressions of interest are now open for Victorian artists with creative ideas to transform trams into public artworks as part of the popular Melbourne Art Trams program.

colourful art tram

Lesley Dumbrell painted tram, 1986. Photo: Public Office Record Victoria

With the program now in its seventh year and open to both professional and emerging artists, any proposed works should respond to the theme ‘welcoming and borderless city’.

Community groups and artists are also invited to collaborate and present a design for the Community Tram, that reflects their understanding of community.

All selected artworks will be generated as digital images before being transferred onto vinyl adhesive and applied to the trams. The trams will roll out on the network as part of the 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Melbourne Art Trams is a reimagining of the popular Transporting Art program which ran from 1978-1993 and saw 36 trams painted by leading artists of the day. This year one tram will recreate the 1986 painted tram by artist Lesley Dumbrell.

Expressions of interest for Melbourne Art Trams 2019 are now closed, with selected artists announced in July 2019. For more details visit www.festival.melbourne/trams

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