The Level Crossing Removal Project is revitalising station precincts and creating opportunities for artists to add further colour and vitality in local communities in Melbourne’s north east.

Artists are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) for the design of public art works along the Hurstbridge rail line as part of the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade.

The LXRA is currently removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna, building a brand new Rosanna Station, and duplicating a single section of line between Heidelberg and Rosanna.

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This EOI is an opportunity for emerging or established artists to display their work in community areas in Alphington, Heidelberg and Rosanna.

Artwork and sculptures have been installed at previous level crossing removal sites and at new stations, including a sculpture at Gardiner Station in Glen Iris and murals at the new Ormond, Bentleigh and McKinnon stations.

Interested artists can email procurement@nepalliance.com.au for more information or to submit an EOI by 30 September 2017.

Shortlisted artists will then be invited to provide more detail about their proposal in the second round before successful artists are selected.

To find out more, download the Expressions of Interest document PDF, 6.2 MB.

Objectives

The project objectives are to ensure the procurement of engaging public artworks that will enrich the public domain and complement the new and existing urban fabric of the Hurstbridge rail corridor.

They will make an important contribution to transport users as well as to the wider suburban community and environs. To this end, the LXRA has appointed Creative Strategy Coordinators – Eli Giannini and Sue Buchanan – to provide curatorial direction for the project and facilitate the selection process.

The appointed coordinators are assisted by the Steering Committee:

The project objectives are:

1. Demonstrate artistic excellence in public art through:

  • Conceptual strength and artistic merit
  • Complementary to both context and site
  • Global interest, destination quality and local attraction.

2. Include a broad range of artistic typologies and approaches for example:

  • Installations – multi-media, video, sound and light projections or other works
  • Murals, wall art – work that is fixed to selected areas of the built fabric
  • Artist-lead community artworks
  • Interactive artwork
  • Object or stand-alone artworks
  • Works that are varied in scale
  • Artwork integrated with the station building or landscape design process.

3. Consider thematic narratives such as:

  • Transit – railway themes and the concept of journey
  • Reuse of railway infrastructure ie ‘boom gates’, lights, talk of local context and history
  • Community engagement that considers the local history, as well as the current environment
  • Sustainability.

4.  Engage with the community and local placemaking by:

  • Considering the wider demographic – the multiple voices that make up a community
  • Contributing to a welcoming place, with the opportunity to build relationships, collaborate and share different ways of seeing across ages and cultural backgrounds
  • Extending the journey experience beyond the ‘station walls‘
  • Recognising the night-time/day-time needs of the various areas of the sites, as well as each site’s various characteristics – station, parkland, landscaped areas,
    shared user paths.

Ownership and maintenance

All projects are envisaged as permanent works. Permanent works are defined as enduring, site specific works commissioned with an expected lifespan of at least 10 years. It is envisaged that artworks would be managed and maintained by the relevant municipalities, however this will be confirmed at a later stage in the process.

Budget

The budget for the project is a total of $150,000 + GST for the sites listed as Zones 1-3. This includes:

  • The artist fees for EOI – Stage Two
  • The cost of the commissioned work/s
  • Installation and delivery of the commissioned work/s.

Project timeline

DateStage
30 August 2017 Expressions of Interest – Stage One open
30 September 2017 Closing date for Expressions of Interest
EOI – Stage One
2 October 2017 Announcement of shortlisted artists
6 November 2017 Closing date for EOI – Stage Two submissions
17 November 2017 Announcement of selected concepts
March 2018 Completion of all works

EOI – Stage One submission requirements

Submissions will be accepted in electronic format only.

You will need to prepare the following information for your on-line submission:

  • A current CV including website, maximum two pages as a pdf
  • A brief description of your current artistic practice and why this project is of interest to you, maximum 300 words
  • Four (4) images as pdfs of relevant work. This can include internal and external projects. The images should be maximum size 1MB and captioned as follows: Last name_First name_Title of work_Year
  • Brief descriptions pertaining to the four (4) images including project details – materials, location, dimensions, referees (if applicable), maximum 600 words in total
  • A description of your capability and experience in delivering projects in the public realm, including ability to work effectively with local government or similar clients and a range of stakeholders, maximum 300 words

EOI – Stage One submission lodgement details

Closing time: 5.00pm, 30 September.

Please submit all tenders via email (maximum attachment size 10mb) to procurement@nepalliance.com.au

All submissions to be emailed with the project title – LXRA Public Art Program.

Project conditions

It is the LXRA’s policy not to accept tenders received after the specified closing time. No tender submissions by facsimile or hardcopy will be accepted.

We reserve the right, without explanation and for any cause:

  • Not to proceed with this EOI
  • To change the terms and  procedures relating to the EOI
  • To reject or accept any EOI.