The artists behind this year’s Melbourne Art Trams have been revealed

The artists behind this year’s Melbourne Art Trams have been revealed

Melbourne art tram
Image: Public Record Office Victoria
Words by Jonti Ridley

Cruise around the city in style.

Melbourne International Arts Festival has unveiled the seven artists who’ll be making over some of Melbourne’s trams. Plus, this year includes a special re-creation of a historic ‘80s design.

Participating artists announced for this year’s Melbourne Art Trams showcase include Kent Morris and Nusra Latif Qureshi. Emerging talent Vandal, Sophie Westerman, Gene Bawden, Nyein Chan Aung and the Beaconhills Year 3 Collective will also be lending their talents to the event.

Melbourne Art Trams’ predecessor, The Transporting Art program originally ran from 1978 to 1993. It was revived in 2013 by Melbourne International Arts Festival with help from Creative Victoria, Public Transport Victoria and Yarra Trams. As a tribute to the mobile art show’s history, an eighth tram design will feature a re-imagining of Lesley Dumbrell’s Transporting Art piece originally commissioned in 1986.

The eight mobile artworks, inspired by our city’s iconic trams, will hit the tracks on Tuesday October 8 until August 2020. A people’s choice award will also be available upon the tram’s debut, so make sure you vote for your favourite.

Head to the festival website for more info.