Art & Design

A Group Of Melbourne Street Artists Are About To Create Australia’s Largest Moving Art Gallery

By Ben Tyers
30th Jan 2020

If you still haven’t heard of Melbourne’s upcoming street art festival, Can’t Do Tomorrow, get acquainted fast.

The festival boasts a huge line-up of both international and local artists, and its very own print shop. You can buy original artworks directly from the artists, as well as limited edition prints from the custom-built print store on-site—that is worth the price of admission alone.

The festival is located in the back streets of Kensington, in an old wool store complex that you’ve probably wondered about while driving through the Citylink Sound Tube on the way to the airport.

The old warehouse backs onto a freight railway, which sees weekly deliveries of grain from northern Victoria to the silo, situated right next door.

As part of the 10-day street art festival, a group of talented Melbourne artists will transform the freight train into Australia’s largest moving art gallery. Once painted, the train will continue its normal duties by heading north and picking up the current grain harvest before returning and parking outside the festival.

“Our partnership with SSR trains has enabled us to begin a new conversation between artists and train companies. This 22-carriage freight train, transformed by our presenting artists, will see the festival expand beyond the warehouse, taking these works on the move for an even bigger audience to enjoy.” said Festival Director, Zoe Paulsen.

“At Can't Do Tomorrow, we have made every effort to honour the passion and authenticity of the urban art scene. Melbourne could not have a true urban art festival without fully acknowledging its roots as a place where the scene originated and developed from. The combination of an ever-evolving urban environment and a wild creative culture in Melbourne had a huge impact on the development and honing of many individual artists and writers, as well as on the scene as a whole.”

“Graffiti has shaped this city for decades. Since then many new writers and crews have helped continue this transformation from pure graffiti into urban and street art; becoming a collaboration of all things creatively expressed in public form. The collaboration between Can't Do Tomorrow and SSR trains is a symbol of laying old grudges aside, and in doing so, offering up an opportunity to highlight the best of Melbourne's graffiti and urban artists, old and new, in the largest moving public art gallery in Australia.”

Can’t Do Tomorrow kicks off on Thursday 22 February.

THE DETAILS

What: Can’t Do Tomorrow
When: Thursday 20 February to Sunday 29 February
Where: The Facility, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington
For tickets, head to cantdotomorrow.com.

For everything else happening around Melbourne until then, check out our Things To Do section.

Image credit: supplied

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