2022 Art Trams — Curator Call-Out

First Peoples Melbourne Art Trams, in partnership with Public Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams and Creative Victoria

The Melbourne Art Trams Program returns in 2022, again featuring all designs by First Peoples artists.

Melbourne/Naarm is a city built on the lands of the Kulin Nation peoples; Traditional Owners who continue to maintain deep connections to their country, kin and waterways that have existed for tens of thousands of years.

Along with Victorian Traditional Owners, Melbourne/Naarm is home to many First Peoples from across the country.

RISING Artistic Associate Kimberley Moulton (Yorta Yorta), curated the six artists and artworks featured on the 2021 First Peoples Art Trams. For 2022, we're inviting expressions of interest for another curator to take on this important piece of Melbourne’s artistic landscape.


We are inviting Victorian Traditional Owners and First Peoples curators to respond to Melbourne/Naarm and the multiple layers of history, country, community, and connections across Victoria.

Applicants must supply a CV and a Curatorial Statement of no more than 300 words for the 2022 Art Trams project—this will form the basis of the artistic Expression of Interest (EOI). Your statement should inspire artist submissions that add positively to the public experience of commuting in Melbourne/Naarm. There will be up to six (6) trams available for the artist EOI.

Your statement will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Strength of the creative vision
  • Originality of Curatorial Statement and how it responds to the project (i.e. riding the tramlines each day)
  • Experience in curation, project management and working collaboratively with First Peoples community


To be selected as a 2022 Melbourne Art Trams curator:

  • You must identify as First Peoples from Victoria and/OR
  • First Peoples from interstate but Victoria is the primary location in which you live and work


Melbourne Art Tram Curator applicants will be interviewed by RISING Co-Artistic Directors and Artistic Associate who will make a recommendation to the Melbourne Art Tram Partnership Group.

The Group is made up of a majority of First Peoples from each partner organisation (employees, board members or other internal stakeholders) comprising representatives of Creative Victoria, Department of Transport, Yarra Trams and RISING. Group members work with the Melbourne Art Tram Curator to lend expertise from their respective fields, ensuring cultural safety is upheld throughout the submission and selection process.

Melbourne Art Tram Artist EOI submissions will be assessed by the curator and and the Melbourne Art Tram Partnership Group.


The successful curator will be contracted and receive a fee of AU$15,000 for the project.

Travel expenses and incidentals will be covered by the project.


The successful curator must be available to finalise and launch the creative project brief for artists between Mon 8—Mon 20 December 2021.

  • Curator Expressions of Interest open—Friday 19 November 2021
  • Curator submissions close 12PM—Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Curator interviews—W/C Monday 6 December 2021
  • Artist Expressions of Interest open—Mon 20 December—Sun 23 January 2022
  • Artists Selected—Mon 14 February 2022
  • Final Artwork approvals— March 2022
  • Curatorial statements and marketing text completed – April to March
  • Artwork Production and installation—April—May 2022
  • Media Launch and Opening of Melbourne Arts Trams with the first tram on the network— May 2022


Curator applications have now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.


The successful applicant will be notified in the first week of December 2021 and officially announced soon after.

On selection, the Melbourne Art Tram Curator will finalise their creative brief for the 2022 Melbourne Art Trams artist selection, and the artist expression of interest will be launched in late December.

RISING will support the curator with project management, production, and stakeholder management and a dedicated producer. A graphic designer will also be available to assist artists with digitising and preparing artwork for the trams.

Once selected, Melbourne Art Tram Artists will review digital proofs to ensure that the final product is an accurate and an acceptable rendering of their artwork with the physical vinyl samples reviewed by Yarra Trams and the Melbourne Art Trams Curator.

Yarra Trams and the Melbourne Art Trams Curator have final decision on tram selection for the selected artists for health and safety and design purposes.

Artwork will be printed and applied to the trams and the launch of the first Melbourne Art Tram will mark the opening of RISING 2022. Remaining Art Trams will be released over the following weeks. Trams will be run on the network for 12 months (unless impacted operationally).

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