15 Sep 2022 — 30 Oct 2022



Footscray Community Arts Centre 

45 Moreland St
Footscray 3011


Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Monday: Closed

Opening celebration: Wednesday 28 September, 6pm – 8pm

“My favourite thing about this exhibition is that it is in my style and I recognise myself.” – Steven Tran  


BOLDER is an interdimensional art exhibition that celebrates visibility and individuality, by artist Steven Tran. Building on his first solo exhibition, BOLD in 2021, BOLDER takes Steven’s drawings and paintings to new realms with Augmented Reality (AR) and expanded sensory experiences. Using his abstract style, Steven encourages his audiences to be distinct, daring and different. 

This exhibition provides viewers with new ways of seeing, hearing and experiencing. It showcases delightful patterns, encouraging audiences to be visible and to be BOLDSteven invites each and every person to step into his imagination and journey through spooky staircases, where structures evolve and explode.

Collaborators include:

Victoria University Hive Lab
Ben Monaghan (Mixed Reality Developer)
Elijah McDonald (3D Developer)
Kati Elizabeth (Product Manager)
Khuyen Phung (Lead UI designer)
Phoebe Watson (Game Designer)
Robert Stephenson (Animator)
Todd Watts (Animator)
Content warning: This exhibition contains high-sensory content including bright colours and animations with fast movements and sound.

Image: Prowl, by Steven Tran

Homepage image: Fire, (detail) by Steven Tran


Artist Biography

Steven Tran

Steven Tran is a contemporary artist and performer. He is currently undertaking an ArtLife Residency at Footscray Community Arts, a program which supports artists with disability to work towards ambitious and high-impact public projects.

Steven’s work features bright colours and intricate patterns, building structure and new worlds with his own sets of rules and regulations. He works across the senses, often making art about music and movement. Steven derives inspiration from his favourite songs, patterns he sees in nature and the architecture of buildings from the urban environment in which he lives. 

Steven’s work has featured in group shows for West Projections Festival and Due West Arts Festival in 2019, where he exhibited drawings for group site activation, “Sometimes I Just Miss Hearing Their Voice”. During Melbourne’s extended lockdown in 2020, Steven co-curated exhibition, ARISING, a virtual and on-site exhibition showing work from 32 artists. Steven produced his first solo exhibition, BOLD in 2021, where he took the opportunity to experiment and deepen his ideas with a new series of paintings and drawings. 

How to Engage

BOLDER requires the use of personal devices that supports Augmented Reality experiences. Instructions will be provided to visitors. 


After his first solo show, BOLD in 2021, Steven Tran achieved momentous growth in his professional development as an artist. Steven produced eight drawings and four paintings for BOLD and presented his work to new audiences. 

BOLDER takes Steven’s work to the next level with collaborations with immersive designers to expand his paintings and drawings into an exciting Augmented Reality experience. 

BOLDER has been made possible with funding from Australia Council for the Arts.