Train artwork

Four First Peoples artists and collectives are in the running to have their artwork splashed across all seven carriages of one of our first High Capacity Metro Trains following an expression of interest process.

Here's what our artists have to say about their designs.

Fiona Clarke

Fiona Clarke's design features symbols of Melbourne landmarks and important meeting places


Fiona’s work features symbols of Melbourne landmarks and important meeting places, including the MCG, the Yarra/Birrarung River, the City Loop and train stations, and Federation Square. 

“The overall aim is to pull all the important things about Melbourne into the centre and to connect all the things that make Melbourne a great community while acknowledging and sharing our First Peoples' culture and history.”

Kaptify (Adam Magennis)

Kaptify's creative work symbolises and celebrates the diversity of the Kulin Nation cultures


Our creative work aims to symbolise and celebrate the diversity of the Kulin Nation cultures within the metropolitan Melbourne train network.

The illustrative designs showcase the diverse cultural landscapes of the Kulin Nations - Woiwurrung, Dja Djawurrung, Taungwurrung, Wadawurrung and Boonwurrung language group areas - and recognised cultural elements of these Kulin Nation cultures. 

We have undertaken preliminary consultation with individual Kulin Nation community members to identify cultural symbols, natural shapes and patterns, which will feature on the train livery design.

We have also conducted preliminary research about Kulin Nations in appropriately qualified internet search engines. Further consultation is required with Registered Aboriginal Parties if awarded the project. 

Bunjil and Waa (Creator) will be on front and rear end of the train carriages with individual carriage designs representing each Kulin Nation member.

Illustration includes the topography from spiritual mountain ranges of the Kulin. Plants, animals, insects and geology will also be included on each carriage design.

Mandy Nicholson

Mandy Nicholson's artwork highlights cultural layers of Wurundjeri Country that are almost hidden in our urban context


Wurundjeri culture has many different elements that make up the whole. These are physical or tangible elements of culture, such as language (Woiwurrung), dance, animals and the environment, and within those are the intangible or spiritual elements. 

These include the six layers of Wurundjeri Country: Tharangalk Biik (The Forest Country above the clouds), Wurru Wurru Biik (Sky Country), Murnmut Biik (Wind Country), Baanj biik (Water Country), Biik-dui (On Country) and Biik-ut (Below Country). These layers are all intrinsically linked and cannot survive without the other.

These ancient connections are relevant to all that now call Narrm (Melbourne) home. In my design, the train carriages depict different layers of Country and the theme of ‘journey’. 

Highlighting these layers of Wurundjeri Country shines a light on a culture that is almost hidden in the urban context. It will help people understand our spiritual connection has always been and will continue as we all travel our shared path.

Pitcha Makin Fellas

The Pitcha Makin Fellas design explores the concept of time


Pitcha Makin Fellas have been interested in ‘time’ for some time. We are all time-poor it seems, running to work and then somewhere else in a hurry. Blackfella Time tells a different story.

For the livery design, a selection of clocks will be integrated into the background image ‘More Than One Golden Nation’.

One clock might have the six seasons of the Gunditjmara all over its face and just a sweep second hand. Another clock might go from 1 till 60,000 to remind us how long Aboriginal people have been here.

‘More than One Golden Nation’ is a sparkling picture representing some of the 300 Nations that made this country and how they connected. It tells us that Aboriginal people were here before gold was discovered, were present on the goldfields and are still here, now. It reminds us of the wisdom, resilience and creative strength of Aboriginal people and their generosity of spirit.