Treatment III

The third installment of the ongoing Treatment public art projects, which engage with waste water infrastructure in Melbourne's Western suburbs.

James Nguyen
Linda Tegg
Robert Andrew
Zanny Begg
24-hour event artists
Anindita Banerjee
Edwina Stevens
Eugenia Lim
Fiona Hillary
Georgina Lewis
Mick Douglas
Peter Burke
Rogue Academy
Curated by
Cameron Bishop
David Cross
Western Suburbs, Melbourne, VIC

Treatment III is the third installment of an adventurous public art project developed by Public Art Commission through Deakin University in conjunction with Wyndham City Council, Melbourne Water, the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund, Scienceworks and Hobsons Bay City Council. The third chapter of this ongoing series will take place across 2023 and looks to capitalise on the success of the 2015 and 2017 public art projects held at the Western Treatment Plant (WTP), Werribee. The project uses contemporary art practice in its myriad forms – performance, video, installation, sculpture, sound, photography – to investigate and celebrate the technologies, histories and communities of the waste water infrastructures in Melbourne’s west.

A project designed to celebrate the unique features, communities, technologies and ecologies of the WTP site, Treatment III will for the first time expand beyond the Western Treatment Plant (WTP) to make work along the historic Main Outfall Sewer (MOS), which runs for 30 km from Spotswood to Werribee. The diversity of the communities and landscapes from Scienceworks (the old pumping station) to Werribee afford the opportunity to investigate important issues like public health, our connections to the environment and relations with each other. These works will unfold with an expanded range of partner and support organisations including Hobsons Bay City Council and Wyndham City, Greening the Pipeline, Scienceworks, and the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. Staying true to the project’s foundations Treatment III will also feature commissions at the WTP site together with an event proposed for the Western Treatment Plant from 21-22 April, 2023.

Program dates: 17 March - 28 April

Digital program launch: 17 March

Opening event at Scienceworks: 5 April

Treatment | Night + Day event: 21 & 22 April

Treatment III received funding from the Victorian Government through the West Gate Tunnel project's West Gate Neighbourhood Fund. This project is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council, Wyndham City, Melbourne Water, Scienceworks Museum and Greening the Pipeline.