Darebin Public Art - Temporary

Darebin's collection of temporary public art

Darebin's collection of temporary public art projects

Temporary public artworks can encompass artworks in a wide variety of mediums and technologies. The majority of these artworks are developed by the artist specifically for the short term opportunity available. The lifespan of a temporary public artwork or project can range from a few days to a number of months or even a few years.

Temporary artworks are often experimental in nature and the artist may be responding to specific sites, themes, or opportunities.

View a selection of Darebin's recent public art projects below:


In partnership with the Victorian Government’s Reservoir Revitalisation Program, we have commissioned 5 artists and artist collectives to create murals that depict the uniqueness of Reservoir, the Broadway and Edwardes Street Shopping Centre and its surrounding public spaces.

The murals in this series explore Reservoir’s diverse and multicultural community; its natural landscapes; and its local flora and fauna. In addition to highlighting what makes Reservoir so "uniquely Rezza", the program provides the 5 talents with broad exposure across Melbourne’s arts scene. Completed murals are located in 5 locations across Reservoir and will remain in place for a period of 3 years.

The featured artists are TextaQueen, Abbey Rich and Olana, Christine Martin, Emily Green, and Hayden Dewar.

Mural in Reservoir

TextaQueen created the mural "Feeling a Fervour for a Fertile Future" at 5 Edwardes Street, Reservoir.

TextaQueen is a multi-genre artist of Goan descent living on unceded Wurundjeri land. Their practice encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, video, performance, curating, writing and murals to envision an ever-expanding alternate universe of collective and transformative possibility, centring those not often witnessed in states of empowerment.

Public Artwork Darebin

Abbey Rich and Olana created this mural for Rezza at 2C Cheddar Road, Reservoir.

Abbey is a public and exhibiting artist based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Their work predominantly looks at gender, pattern and environment, with a particular interest in accessible and community co-designed public art making. Collaboration is key to Abbey’s practice, and their work intends to be easily approachable and welcoming.

Olana is an Ethiopian-Norwegian proudly self-taught artist based in Thornbury. His vibrant, distinctive works offer a unique take on everyday life – exploring themes of culture, identity, status, and the migrant experience with humour, sensitivity and social insight. He also regularly teaches art to school children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Mural in Reservoir

Christine Martin created "Three Creeks" to represent life bound together by the Merri, Darebin and Edgars Creeks.

Christine is an artist working predominantly in pen and ink, creating detailed illustrations that focus on the subject matter of native Australian birds and flowers. Connections between people in her life, loss, grief and love and the complexity and richness of human relationships and experiences, all form a central part of her work.

Mural in Reservoir

Emily Green is the jewellery designer and creator of the mural ‘Yummyvoir’.

Emily is a Reservoir based artist and jewellery designer whose bright and vibrant work explores bold patterning and clever colour combinations.

Mural in Reservoir

Hayden Dewar created a mural about the beginning and the future of Reservoir, at Broadway in Reservoir.

Hayden is a muralist and painter whose colourful, surreal, nature-based murals can be found littered all over Melbourne and the surrounds. He is passionate about transforming public spaces through mural art and thrives on the positive change and public engagement resulting from his creativity in the urban space.