As work continues on the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project, a new local and international search has begun to find artists to produce six major artworks for five of the new Metro Tunnel stations.

The Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program will oversee the creation of five artworks specific to individual stations, and one line-wide artwork will be commissioned from an Indigenous artist. For the line-wide artwork the chosen artist will be asked to consider passenger experience from platform to concourse and to work with Melbourne’s traditional owners to tell stories that reflect the location of each station.

Artists working across painting, sculpture, installation and multimedia will be considered, and all artists – including shortlisted candidates – will be paid for their work.

Themes for the artworks will include storytelling; movement, repetition and time; and the environment and biophillic design – nature being brought down into the metro system.

Each artwork has been allocated between $655,000 and $1,205,000 to pay for artist fees, design development and construction of the work.

Expressions of interest are open for artwork proposals for the North Melbourne and State Library stations. Proposals for works at Parkville, Anzac and Town Hall stations will be accepted by invitation only. Artists will be selected by the Metro Tunnel Arts Advisory Panel, a group of industry professionals, academics and curators.

Information on how to submit a proposal can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au