Announcement of the artists for the works of Metro Tunnel

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Five world-class artists have been selected to create large-scale permanent artworks for each of the new subway tunnel stations.

Artist’s rendering of the entrance to Arden Station


The artists were chosen following a rigorous process by an expert advisory committee including leading figures from Victoria’s creative industries. The artists are:

  • Abdul Abdullah (Arden Station) – a multidisciplinary Australian artist whose work focuses on experiences of otherness, Abdullah’s work has been included in exhibitions at international and Australian museums and galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia .
  • Patricia Piccinini (Parkville Station) – an internationally renowned Melbourne artist who represented Australia at the 50th Biennale de Nice, Piccinini’s work examines the boundaries between the artificial and the natural and what it means to be human.
  • Danie Mellor (State Library Station) – Mellor’s work explores the landscape and relationships between First Nations and non-Indigenous cultures, and is housed in galleries such as the National Gallery of Australia and the British Museum.
  • Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Town Hall Station) – Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican-Canadian artist whose work is known for fusing architecture, technology and audience participation. His work is held by institutions around the world, including Mona in Hobart and the National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Raafat Ishak (Anzac Station) – Egyptian-born, Melbourne-based Ishak’s work focuses on the history of painting and architecture. He is Director of Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

They join Yorta Yorta / Wamba Wamba / Mutti Mutti / Boonwurrung artist Maree Clarke, who was announced in 2020 as the commissioned artist for a work covering the five new metro stations.

The artwork and architectural design elements of the new stations will become new landmarks in the cultural fabric of the city, giving Melburnians and visitors the opportunity to experience world-class art and design every day.

The works are still being developed in a process involving the artists, station architects and engineers, and will be unveiled before the metro tunnel opens in 2025 – a year ahead of schedule.

The Metro Tunnel will create capacity for more passengers on Melbourne’s rail network and bring locals and visitors to the doorsteps of Melbourne’s iconic cultural institutions including the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, ACMI and the Arts Center Melbourne.

For more information on the Metro Tunnel creative program, visit https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/metro-tunnel/community/art

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