Researchers in RMIT's School of Art have teamed with local groups and government to rebuild and transform train stations in Melbourne.
RMIT's Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST) played a key role in the development and implementation of eight public art works at train stations and surrounding infrastructure in Melbourne's west.
CAST Director Dr Geoff Hogg and Member Clare McCracken had the unique opportunity to collaborate with diverse stakeholders on the Community Identity urban rail renewal project.
Ms McCracken provided key curatorial expertise in the project’s expansion, liaising with an array of groups including the Department of Transport, Metro, VLine, Office of the Victorian Government Architect, VicRoads, local government, local communities, artists and the Wurundjeri Tribe Council.
"Working with a diverse range of stakeholders gave us the opportunity to look closely and critically at our processes and refine them to improve collaboration and outcomes," she said.
The Community Identity program, run by the Regional Rail Link project, aimed to create aesthetically interesting public areas in order to encourage a sense of local ownership and pride in Melbourne’s burgeoning west.
An Art in Public Space researcher, Ms McCracken said she was pleased with the artwork CAST had helped install across the Footscray, West Footscray, Tottenham and Sunshine train stations.
"Several months after the project's completion, each of the works have settled into their surrounds and become an important part of the station’s sense of place and identity," she said.
Dr Hogg said the Community Identity program perfectly illustrated RMIT’s collaboration with industry and community partners to generate creative solutions in the urban context.
"RMIT has developed a successful partnership with the Department of Transport, culminating in the most far-reaching integration of art and infrastructure within the Victorian public transport system," he said.