Shortlist announced for train artwork

The shortlisted designs for the First Peoples wrap on the first of Melbourne’s new bigger, better trains have been revealed as part of a major creative commission.

Four Victorian First Peoples artists and collectives are in the running to have their artwork adorn the first High Capacity Metro Train

The shortlisted artists are:

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

The artists have produced vibrant, uniquely First Peoples designs for Melbourne's longest moving canvas at 160 metres, with themes ranging from cultural diversity and meeting places to journeys and time.

One of the design concepts features colourful clock faces to reflect the rich history of the Aboriginal people, while others use symbols to represent iconic Melbourne landmarks, different layers of Wurundjeri Country, and the many cultures of the Kulin Nations.

The shortlisted artists and collectives will each receive $2,000 for their design which will now be judged by an evaluation panel including two Traditional Owner representatives.

The winning artist will be awarded an additional $18,000 commission for their work to be manufactured and installed on the first new train.