Moreland Public Art Show 2018

MoreArt is a public art show that showcases Moreland’s community and places, based along the Upfield train line and bike path. From gentle conversation to large scale intervention, we invite artists to take the hand of the community as we explore the ideas that stem from the places where we live.

The Magic of the North

This year, we moved our focus beyond the busy artery of moving metal called Bell Street and into the magic of Moreland’s North. A story was  written from South to North along 10 kilometres of the bike path, children took over a park, we drank tea in a cemetery, explored sensory space with the EPA and smashed 1000 chai cups.

Sounds Like Movement

Dale Gorfinkel and Peter Fraser

sitting man

Sounds Like Movement is a performance group that explores with how dance and music or movement and sound, can be generated by a playful relationship to objects. Two ‘holy fools' (Peter Fraser and Dale Gorfinkel) contend with a tangle of peculiarly assembled materials, musical instruments, and toys– and with each other. This is fertile ground for unique, surprising and beautiful performance making.

Earlier performances have included kinetic sound sculptures, noise-making costumes, footpump-powered modified trumpets, automated percussion, flying pigs, human-sized origami and participatory games.

Absurd, curious and gently funny, their work invites audiences of all ages to tune into the wonderful friendship of sound and movement.

Watch the video. More highlights to come.

Projector Bike Tours

Bike TourProjector Bike and MoreArt are joining forces to present a series of curated projection cycling tours for MoreArt’s 9th anniversary year. The tours will weave a curated contextual canvas of light and sound, through site-specific projection and live encounters with MoreArt artists, who will speak to their work in person. Each tour is different, so join one or all three.


Kate Kantor, Vanessa Chapple, Tanja Beer
 Coburg North Linear Reserve

Parktopia was a unique event which celebrated children’s creative contribution to their local neighbourhood.

Parktopia Water

Together with a team of professional theatre makers, artists and landscape designers, students at Pascoe Vale North Primary School will imagine, design and construct a temporary ‘Parktopia’ in the Coburg North Linear Reserve. The event displays children’s perspectives on sustainability and landscape, as they turn the once underutilised reserve into a flourishing living play space.

Parktopia offers local children the opportunity to demonstrate their creative ideas to the community and council to enhance the future plans for this section of the Linear Reserve. 

They will be joined at this event by MoreArt artists from Sounds Like Movement, Trade Route 55, The Roving Tea Plantation, Journey of 1000 Chai Cups and local community members offering stories, planting tips and more. Come along for this late afternoon interactive celebration!

Bring a picnic! Bring a water bottle!

Sensory Line

Environmental Performance Authority (EPA)

Jewell to Fawkner - Saturday 24 November 3 - 9 pm 
Fawkner to Jewell - Sunday 25 November 3 - 9 pm

Come on a walking adventure exploring the rich sensations of Moreland!

Traversing South to North, Environmental Performance Authority (EPA) invite participants to follow the lead of their senses: to look, hear, smell, touch – even taste. SENSORY LINE focuses on the places in between that we might usually ignore, treating them as complex, valuable ecosystems. Through live performance and guided participatory activities, the journey will release beauty, surprise and vivid experiences from hitherto unremarked places through the changing atmospheres of day, evening and night.

Sensory Line on steps


A Narrow Road to the Deep North

11 November - 15 December, Along the Upfield Bike Path

Narrow Road 

Narrow Road

A Narrow Road to the Deep North is a durational writing performance conceived as a meditation on the urban landscape, the experience of place and the power of walking. From 11 November, Illimine will write 10km of linked poems along the Upfield Bike Path, stitching together the north and the south of Moreland, two areas usually divided by the symbolic border of Bell Street. The writing is the result of the encounter with people and places, inscribed on the landscape that it narrates.

Day by day, the audience will be able to read the unfolding story, thus participating in the journey both through the narrative and physically, as the readers will literally, step by step, replicate the journey written by the artists. 

Photo credit: Brent Edwards

The Roving Tea Plantation

Jiann Hughes

16 November, Parktopia 5.30 – 6.30 pm
24 November, Merlynston Station 7 – 7.30 pm
8 December, Merlynston Progress Hall 2 – 3 pm
6 December, Fawkner Cemetery 9.30 – 10.00 pm
15 December, Joe’s Market Garden 11 am – 12 pm

The Roving Tea Plantation is a post-colonial meditation on tea. 

Harnessing the incantation of the tea party, “fancy a cuppa?” and its revolutionary power to swing elections, start wars, and bring down colonies, this tea trail traverses the brewing arts and ceremony of Moreland’s historic and contemporary tea culture. A tea chest brimming with tea plants is pedalled along the art trail, laying down roots at five gathering grounds.


Rovers enjoy a cuppa while listening to invited speakers discuss the importance of the drink in their culture.

Journey Of 1000 Chai Cups

Varuni Kanagasundaram

The humble Chai Clay cup made of terra cotta clay is a familiar sight in India along stations, a quick drink of Chai marks a pause from the busy rhythms of the day. The artist translates the symbol of the Chai cup for the Fawkner Festa and along the Upfield line during the MoreArt festival, connecting with diverse community groups in making the cups that form installations. They become a humble vessel to serve a ritual drink of tea, to then return to ground in celebration of smashing during Fawkner Festa, connecting many in our community along its journey.

 1000 clay cups

Mind the Gap

Simon Rankin

LOT 47/57 Cameron Street Brunswick

Simon's project for MoreArt 2018, stems from a fascination with the Moreland landscape: a landscape not often associated with ‘magic’. This installation of surreal, oversized instructional signage acts as starting point for an exploration of ‘magic in the north’.

Symbols like arrows and crosses are common instructional graphics along the Upfield train line. This language is re-contextualised and used in a playful, whimsical and surreal way, indicating the ambiguous direction that magic could be found.

The project provides a surreal, magical interval during the journey to the north via train or a visit to the south along the bike path.

Simon Rankin lives and works in Brunswick, creating art in both digital and traditional mediums. His work commonly revolves around diagrammatic visual elements.

Wooden Sign


ReluminescenceMadelena Rehorek and Aristo Ambyo

Based on interviews with Fawkner residents as well as photography and data visualisation, Re(lu)minescence is a journalistic and artistic attempt to re-imagine and map the story of Fawkner’s past, present and future through various media.

Journalists and artists Tito Ambyo and Madz Rehorek have been researching, interviewing and collaborating with Fawkner residents to explore the stories and the journeys of the peoples and places that make Fawkner what it is today.

The resulting work is a series of installations including photographic light boxes, flags and paste-ups that combine art and journalism, to show visitors to Fawkner Festa a glimpse of the richness and diversity of the suburb.

Trade Route 55

Amie Anderson and Kate Davis

16 November, Parktopia, 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Installations: Coburg Station, Gowrie Station, Anstey Station

a mapTaking its name from the local Urban Highway, State Route 55, ‘Trade Route 55’ will connect the North and South of Moreland through establishing trade routes along the Upfield public transport and cycling paths. These trade routes will nurture rich local networks through the physical trading of objects, food, arts, crafts and artefacts contributed by people Moreland wide. In addition to the physical trading of objects, other kinds of trade may take place, in the form of new insights, relationships, skills or ideas.

The Witches of Brunswick

And Also Presents

11 November – 15 December
33 Saxon Street, Brunswick

Witches of Brunswick

And Also Presents develops and supports creative and social equity projects led by female and genderqueer makers and doers, while cultivating an ever-increasing ecosystem of brilliant feminists.

For MoreArt 2018 we are pleased to curate a series of outdoor posters called The Witchesof Brunswick, celebrating the magic of female and genderqueer folk through image and text.

This project is proud to help celebrate International Day of People with a Disability, and is kindly supported by the MetroAcess program at Moreland City Council.

Everyone Has Their Own Way

Open Studio

Friday mornings during 11 November – 15 December 10.30 am – 12 pm
NDIS office: 1a Louisa Street, Coburg

Picture of Face

‘optic neuritis 2018’ by Nektaria Renfree

“Everyone has their own way of doing their art” – Clarke Bourizk, Open Studio artist

Everyone has their own way of walking, talking, seeing, dreaming, dressing and living.

‘Everyone Has Their Own Way’ is an exhibition that explores individual expression and a series of workshops that engage the theme Magic in the North with the artists from Open Studio.

Open Studio is an exciting weekly opportunity for artists with disability facilitated by an experienced and inclusive artist, that runs at the Coburg Community Houses. It is an art making and community program that aims to increase access and professional opportunities for artists of all abilities.

For the period of the MoreArt festival the artists will be engaged in a residency at the NDIS office in Coburg. The residency will include an exhibition of the groups' work and Friday morning art workshops that the public are invited to join. Meet the artists and see them at work or take part in the group and make your own artwork.

Lines Of Site; [de]constructing the fence

Richard Machuca

House front

Encompassing a series of observations, site analyses and in-situ experiments, culminating in the exhibition of documentation produced during the process, this live research laboratory is an exploration of 'the fence' from a sociospatial perspective.

Fences originated to contain crops, domesticate livestock, and to demarcate boundaries of ownership. They now exist outside an agricultural setting, having become a ubiquitous element in our urban environment. There is a disconnect between how we perceive certain constructions within our built environment, and the mostly overlooked histories or implications of their origins. This work seeks to bring that disconnect into focus while investigating the physical/social structures of 'the fence' within a local context.



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Moreland City Council
Public Art Officer
Phone: 9240 1111