Able's Cathy Staughton selected to feature art on Melbourne tram

Photo of Cathy Staughton in front of a tram with Yarra Trams staff and another artist in the program
22 May 2018


As part of Yarra Trams’ 2018 Inaugural Community Partnerships program, Able client Cathy Staughton has been asked to paint one of Melbourne’s trams as a representative of Arts Project Australia. 

Earlier this month, eight artists each representing an organisation which supports diversity and inclusion were selected through the program. Cathy was selected through Arts Project Australia, a centre of excellence promoting and advocating for the inclusion of artists with intellectual disability. Cathy’s art is well known in the community, and now her distinctive style will be featured around Melbourne city through the tram network.

Cathy will be creating an image of Luna Park on the tram, which she says is her favourite to paint because she likes St Kilda. Art Project Australia has supported Cathy to create and distribute her art, connecting with the community.

“I like making art, meeting people and working with them,” Cathy said about the experience. “I’m excited to see the tram. I recently visited a tram depot.”

On Saturday 19 May, Yarra Trams and Channel 7 brought the artists together to ride in and ring the bells of the tram. Route 48 and 109 will feature Cathy’s artwork, and will showcase it for the next 3 months.

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