Victoria’s first High Capacity Metro Train will feature work from First Peoples’ artists when it hits the rails later this year.

The train is the first in a fleet of 65 being developed in a $2.3 billion Public Private Partnership with the consortium, Evolution Rail. It will run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, following the upgrades that are currently in progress.

Four local Aboriginal artists and collectives have submitted artwork to be featured. The vibrant designs celebrate themes that range from meeting places to journeys, time and cultural diversity.

A panel of judges, including traditional owner representatives, will soon select one of the shortlisted designs for the train exterior.

The shortlisted artists are:

  • Kirrae Whurrong woman Fiona Clarke (Warrnambool)
  • Boon Wurrung man Adam Magennis (Mornington)
  • Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson (Hampton Park)
  • Ballarat-based mob of three Koori men, Pitcha Makin Fellas, who belong to different language groups.

For more about the designs, visit the Department of Transport.

Design by Fiona Clarke. Fiona’s work includes symbols of Melbourne landmarks and important meeting places, including the MCG, the Yarra/Birrarung River, the City Loop and train stations, and Federation Square.
Design by Kaptify (Adam Magennis). The design includes topography from spiritual mountain ranges of the Kulin. Plants, animals, insects and geology will also be included on each carriage design.
Design by Mandy Nicholson. Mandy's design depicts different layers of Country and the theme of 'journey'.
Design by Pitcha Makin Fellas. The design features a selection of clocks and helps reminds us how long Aboriginal people have been here.

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