ArtMoves was a public art installation designed to transform the streets of Kingsford and Kensington with sculptures, street art, outdoor furniture and landscape designs, creating fresh spaces for the community to enjoy. The artworks were installed progressively and remained in place until mid-2018.


Transport for NSW invited artists to submit concepts for a series of new public art, to be displayed along the light rail route in Kensington and Kingsford.

Following a competitive Expression of Interest process, seven head-turning projects were selected by an expert panel.

These works were gradually installed in late 2017 and will remain in place until May 2018.

The artworks are transforming the streets by encouraging locals and visitors to explore the area and use these spaces in new ways.


With strong support from Randwick City Council, five sites were identified to host the public art installations. Providing a blank canvas, these sites allowed the artists to create works that redefine the way locals and visitors relate to public spaces.

The five sites along Anzac Parade in Kensington and Kingsford are within the following locations:

ArtMoves locations video


Ondru - Kingsford – Flying on Community Spirit

Melbourne-based non-profit humanitarian organisation Ondru transformed Southern Cross Close with their engaging large-scale photographic mural Kingsford – Flying on Community Spirit using a montage of individuals from the Kingsford community. Read more about the artwork in our newsroom.

Esem Projects - ViaPhono

Esem Projects, a creative collaboration between Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea, playfully celebrates the musicality of urban cultures with their sculpture ViaPhono, a piece that invites friends and strangers alike into Southern Cross Close to share their personal music. Read more about the artwork here.

Hand2Land Studios - Surprise Dumplings

Hand2Land is an experimental collaboration of young landscape architects Fergus McCarthy, Lewis Haig and Sibyl Jia who together have created Surprise Dumplings, a quirky installation designed to provoke the curiosity of passers-by on Borrodale Road. Read more about Surprise Dumplings in our newsroom.

Mimi Tong - Vintage Enamelware

Mimi Tong works across photography, drawing and installation to explore her interest in architectural spaces and cultural experience. Her Chinese enamelware floral painting is designed to transform the Borrodale Road space inviting locals and visitors to pause and admire. Visit our newsroom to read more about Mimi's artwork.

Elliott Routledge (aka Numskull) - The Playground

Elliott’s work exists in a balance between expressive mark making, the lines, patterns and textures used to create a piece of art, and abstract form. The aim of his bold and playful Strachan Street mural The Playground is to engage and entice. Read more in our newsroom.

Nuha Saad - Velvet Nostalgia

Nuha Saad is a contemporary Sydney artist who works across the areas of sculpture, painting, installation and public art. Her use of form and materials in Velvet Nostalgia,  pays tribute to the area’s rich 19th and 20th Century architectural details. For more on Nuha's artwork visit our newsroom.

Adrienn Lord (Mandylights) - Unwind

Adrienn Lord is a Mandylights production designer with a keen focus on the sculptural and immersive qualities of the team’s work. His Duke Street piece, Unwind, embraces a harmony of function and beauty. It is anything but an ordinary park bench. Read more about Unwind here.


A panel of expert judges selected the seven art installations. The judges are:

  • Gill Minervini, Creative Director ArtMoves
  • Michael Scott-Mitchell, NIDA Deputy Director
  • Liane Rossler, Creative Advisor
  • Professor Ross Harley, Dean of UNSW Art and Design
  • Scott O’Hara, Arts and Culture Consultant


ArtMoves is just one of many ways Transport for NSW is supporting local businesses along the route of the new CBD and South East Light Rail. For more information, see our Supporting Business page.