If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to get your kit off in public, this is it. And there’s no threat of being tackled by a security guard at a footy oval.

American artist Spencer Tunick will return to Melbourne in June to headline Provocaré 2018, a festival of performing and visual arts held on and around Chapel Street.

The artist is known primarily for photographing large-scale nude shoots, sometimes featuring thousands of participants. Tunick often uses colour in his compositions, whether by grouping his subjects by skin tone, or painting them in vivid colour.

Tunick last visited Melbourne in 2001 for his first Australian performance installation The Unfamiliar Familiar, which saw 4500 naked people arranged on the banks of the Yarra River, down St Kilda Road and in Alexandra Gardens. In 2010 he photographed 5200 people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House for his work The Base.

For his work Return of the Nude, which will be staged at Provocaré 2018, Tunick will photograph participants in the Chapel Street precinct over two days and is looking for volunteers to make it happen.

“While it’s me bringing my art back to a city full of fond memories, it’s also the return of the body as a pure sculptural entity,” says Tunick in a statement.

Melburnians of all genders, races, abilities and body shapes are being encouraged to participate. The only restriction is that participants must be aged 18 years and over. The work will take place regardless of weather conditions but periods of nudity during the shoot will be kept to a minimum. Each participant will receive a limited-edition print in exchange for their work.

The performance installations will take place from July 7 to10, 2018. To register your interest head to provocare.com.au.