Creative collaboration conjures pop-up gallery for commuters

Part of Moving Galleries' pop up gallery at Flinders Street Station, Photo courtesy:

If we’ve caught up in the last 12 months, you’ve probably heard us talk about our cool client Moving Galleries – a truly Melbourne initiative bringing art and poetry to commuters.

Since early 2011, the c word has been collaborating (one of our favourite c-words) with a number of Melbourne businesses, including another client ISIS Group Australia, to bring Moving Galleries sixth exhibition of art and poetry to Victorian commuters.

The result of the collaboration is a sensational pop-up gallery currently on show at Metro’s Flinders Street Station. The pop-up gallery, which emerged in July, will disappear in August, before reappearing at the Royal Melbourne Show in September. Its last stop will be Federation Square next February.

The visually striking, purpose-built pop-up gallery was designed by 6 Hats architect Daniel Dalla Riva and built by national construction company ISIS Group Australia. It features a number of exciting elements including large sculptural words spelling out ART and POETRY, and white gallery totems to display the art and poetry. The production of the pop up gallery also involved our graphic designer friends at housemouse and the large format print team at Liquid Ink.

Jack Walden, CEO of the c word, welcomes people to the Moving Galleries launch at Metro's Flinders Street Station, Photo courtesy:

The launch was held at Flinders Street Station last month as part of the 2011 State of Design Festival. Our CEO, Jack Walden welcomed guests and shared a brief overview of the project with the 60 people from arts, business and government organisations.

The 18 pieces of art come from Arts Project Australia, a professional arts organisation based in Northcote, which nurtures and promotes artists with an intellectual disability. Many of the pieces in the exhibition are available for sale from Arts Project Australia along with plenty of other amazing pieces.

The poetry was selected from more than 1000 submissions made by the Victorian public. They include a mixture of short and long form poems as well as ‘Rooku’ – an Australian version of the very short Japanese poetry form, Haiku. Our team has spent the last 12 months working with the Moving Galleries poetry selection committee to select 30 poems from an impressive collection of submissions.

If you don’t pass through Flinders Street Station, you can view the entire collection online and, go into the running to win a prize valued at $500 by voting for your favourite artwork and poem in the People’s Choice Awards.

Geoff Gourley from ISIS, Daniel Dalla Riva from 6 Hats and Tass Roufos, Photo courtesy:

The Moving Galleries’ “Observance” exhibition is proudly supported by the Victorian Government’s Department of Transport, Metro, ISIS Group Australia, Committee for Melbourne, Arts Project Australia, 6 Hats, housemouse, Liquid Ink, Allens Arthur Robinson, the c word, Royal Melbourne Show, Federation Square, The Melbourne Review, and the 2011 State of Design Festival.

Moving Galleries was established in 2006 as an initiative of the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Focus Group. Each exhibition brings art and poetry to Victorian commuters through the state’s public transport network.

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