Six Moments in Kingston

Tal Fitzpatrick
Laresa Kosloff
Shane McGrath
Spiros Panigirakis
Steven Rhall
Field Theory
Curated by
David Cross
Cameron Bishop

Supported through Creative Victoria's Creative Suburbs program, Public Art Commission curated the biggest public art project ever undertaken by the City of Kingston, responding to six unique moments in its history.

Six contemporary artists working across performance, music, craft, installation and video, were commissioned to create public works that resopnded to:

  • the election of Moorabbin’s first female councillor in 1976
  • the disappearance of aviator Fred Valentich who flew out from Moorabbin airport in 1978
  • a celebration of globally successful Parkdale-raised rocker Rick Springfield, who received a Grammy for his song Jessie's Girl
  • VFL player Phil Carman’s notorious head-butting incident at Moorabbin Oval, which resulted in a 20-week suspension
  • The story of The Grange, a homestead built on the Nepean Highway in the late 1800s, controversially demolished in 1983 and replaced with the Moorabbin Police Station
  • The protest movements that mobilised Moorabbin, including the tent protest against homelessness by two teenage girls, protests for fair wages and anti-nuclear armament marches.

Through workshops, site visits and historical talks, community members worked with artists to develop and deliver a creative response to each story. The works were presented via a public art bus tour across two weekends in May; featuring voice-over stories told by legendary Australian actor Michael Caton, the tour took passengers on a 2-hour experience that stopped at six locations where each historical moment originally occurred.