Art & Design

Peter Atkins’ New Exhibition Tells The History Of Melbourne Through Train Tickets

By Ioana Dragnef
24th Mar 2019

Move over, Myki—Peter Atkins is reviving the beauty of classic train tickets in this new exhibition The Passengers, so get ready to feel all those tingly nostalgia feels.

The Passengers is a new series of stunning 36 small-scale, abstract paintings that explore the bold, geometric designs of train tickets issued in Melbourne and country Victoria between 1920 and the late 1980s.

The paintings strip away all unnecessary details related to the tickets and instead focus on the beautiful abstraction that represents a complicated and fascinating visual coded language specific to Melbourne.

“These tickets are like connectors,” Atkins says. “Connecting us all through time and place, to locations, events, friends and family in and around our beautiful city of Melbourne.”

The Passengers opens this weekend and runs until the end of April at Tolarno Galleries—so whether or not you’ve had close and personal encounters with train tickets before, it’s definitely not one to miss.

The Details

What: The Passengers by Peter Atkins
When: Saturday 23 March until Saturday 27 April
Where: Tolarno Galleries, 104 Exhibition Street
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Image credit: supplied

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