Tram Drawing 1980 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 57 x 80.8 (image), 70.8 x 98 (sheet)
signed, dated and titled [on reverse: ‘tram drawing 1980 / Howard Arkley / acrylic on paper’]
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra [84.1559]

One of several drawings related to Arkley’s Tram no.384 1980 [3/M], this was one of two examples included in the group exhibition ‘A Melbourne Mood’ (shown in Canberra in 1983 and again at Monash University in 1984: see main entry for 1983). For the other drawing, see Drawing for Decorated Tram Project 1980 [W/P] (NGA, Canberra, 84.1558).

In the previous Arkley Works entry for the present work, it was mistakenly illustrated with a reproduction of an archive slide now definitely confirmed as showing a different work, Drawing for Tram (1980) [W/P]. The correct photo has been requested from the NGA and will be included when available (note added Feb. 2020).


  • acquired by NGA 1984 (details shown here via NGA website; not reproduced)


  • (possibly) Hamilton AG, 10/80 (Ansett Art Award)
  • NGA 1983 (‘A Melbourne Mood’)