Sydney Metro are seeking local artists to assist station upgrades

New South Wales artists are being encouraged to make their mark on Sydney’s newest train line.

Sydney Metro is inviting local artists to design new public artworks that will be showcased at the 10 upgraded stations on the T3 Bankstown Line from Marrickville to Bankstown.

The T3 Bankstown Line is being upgraded and converted to metro standards between Sydenham and Bankstown as part of Sydney Metro City & Southwest.

Sydney Metro will partner with Create NSW to select 10 artists (or artist groups) for 10 separate paid commissions of up to $25,000 each that will be realised as semi transparent artworks, embedded in glass panels across the upgraded stations.

Don Harwin, former minister for the Arts and Aboriginal Affairs said the initiative is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the diverse communities along the Bankstown Line, including a focus on First Nations artists for Canterbury and Punchbowl stations.

“Given the current circumstances, this is an opportune time for artists to be involved with paid commissions that will breathe creative and cultural life into stations with works that will be experienced by so many on a daily basis,” he said.

“This is an opportunity for artists to leave a lasting legacy on Sydney with a welcoming and impressive presence that will enrich the lives of both local communities and visitors along the way.”

The metro network will be fully segregated from the existing Sydney Trains network between Sydenham and Bankstown, improving the reliability of services on the line.

Current upgrade works will allow an interchange between Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains at Sydenham and Bankstown, with improvements to station way-finding and signage.

Artworks will range in size from 10 to 50sqm and will be digitally printed on to transparent interlayer film and laminated between glass panels.

Expressions of interest will close on Tuesday May 5 at 5pm.