The public has spoken and Shepparton based artist Mimi Leung has taken home the 2016 Melbourne Art Trams People’s Choice Award and the accompanying $5,000 cash prize.
The eight trams debuted on the streets of Melbourne in early October as part of this year’s Melbourne Festival visual arts program and votes for the People’s Choice Award closed on Sunday.
A Hong Kong born artist, painter, illustrator and printmaker residing in Shepparton, Mimi’s movement driven works have appeared in numerous international exhibitions and editorial including The New York Times, Dazed and Confused, The Guardian, Vice, Mute Magazine and more. Through her design she aimed to celebrate the tram as an unusual, distinctive and authentic place where audience and artists are intertwined creating an immersive experience through a show of colour and fluidity.
A revival of the Transporting Art project that ran between 1987 and 1993, Melbourne Art Trams is made possible through a creative partnership between Melbourne Festival, Creative Victoria and Public Transport Victoria in collaboration with Yarra Trams.
IMAGE | James HH Morgan