The Metro Tunnel will transform our public transport network and we are commissioning several permanent artworks along the route.

As Australia's cultural capital where the creative industries play an integral role in the Victorian economy and way of living, we are taking the opportunity to include world-class art as part of this iconic project.

As Melbourne (Woi Wurrung: Naarm) transforms and changes through projects like the Metro Tunnel, opportunities to create markers celebrating First Nations cultures and connection within the urban landscape have emerged.

South Yarra opportunity

In 2021 we called on First Nations sculptors to submit their ideas for a new high-profile sculpture near the Metro Tunnel's eastern entrance.

The reinstated open space at South Yarra Siding Reserve will be a new focal point for the local community, with artists encouraged to explore connections to Country through the sculptural medium.

The opportunity is suitable for a mid-career to established sculpture and/or object-based artist to provide a standalone sculpture or series of sculptural elements. Sculpture(s) that incorporate sound and/or lighting installation may also be considered.

To be eligible, artists must be a Victorian Traditional Owner or a First Nations artist where Victoria is the primary location in which they live and work. This is a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

Submissions have now closed.

For further information see the South Yarra Creative Brief (PDF, 5.4 MB).

Selection criteria

A Creative Advisory Panel will select a shortlist from the submissions received. Selection criteria include:

  • understanding of the Creative Brief
  • previous experience working collaboratively to deliver art projects
  • calibre of previous work
  • alignment of artist’s creative interests, capacity and capability with the Project’s vision, timeframes and technical requirements.

Target dates

  • Phase 1 – August 2021
    Expression of interest opens
  • Phase 2 – September 2021
    Invitation to shortlisted artists to develop concept proposals
  • Phase 3 – Late 2021
    Selected artists to developed detailed designs
  • Phase 4 – Late 2021 to early 2022
    Fabrication and installation

For more information, please contact us.

More information

Contemporary Melbourne sits on the ancient lands of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne and its surrounding Country. We acknowledge the strong and enduring connections with Country, waterways, community and culture of Kulin Nation peoples.

The Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung are the Registered Aboriginal Party for the land on which the new sculpture will stand. Artists responses to this creative opportunity must be respectful to the cultural values of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Find out more about the Metro Tunnel Project.

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