Eight art trams for Melbourne - Art Collector

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8 August 2013 | Eight Melbourne trams will be transformed into mobile works of art as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Making the official announcement from the apt location of a tram, the Victorian minister for the arts, Heidi Victoria stated that Melbourne has an international reputation for their tram system and for their strong art culture, making the project a natural fit for the festival.

The successful Victoria-based artists were selected from 117 applications. They are Jon Campbell, Brook Andrew, Bindi Cole, Luke Cornish, Rose Nolan, David Wadelton, Freya Pitt and an artist collaborative known as Joining Forces. This announcement commences the first of a three-year project that will see numerous art trams return to Melbourne’s transit system. From 1978 to 1993 there were up to 36 art trams in the city’s public transport system, with passengers being commuted in trams hand painted by Howard Arkley, Reg Mombassa, Michael Leunig and Jenny Watson.

The designs will be unveiled in early October and the trams will be active in Melbourne’s vast tram network from 11 October. The launch will coincide with the the 2013 Melbourne Festival. The trams are expected to run for six months. The full program of this year’s Melbourne festival will be announced in less than a fortnight.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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