RMIT Gallery is getting ready to open its doors again!

One of the geometric windows designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall - usually covered up to create a functional exhibition space.

One of the geometric windows designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall – usually covered up to create a functional exhibition space.

What’s behind the green door? RMIT Gallery is ready to fling open the heavy wooden portal on Swanston Street that has been closed since our previous exhibitions ended on 30 May.

RMIT Gallery will reopen to audiences on 25 September after an upgrade to its climate control systems. The gallery will feature two exhibitions: “Power to the People!” with work by Spanish artist Julio Falagán and “Performing Mobilities”, curated by Dr Mick Douglas, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT.

Soon to open again - the front of RMIT Gallery on 344 Swanston Street.

Soon to open again – the front of RMIT Gallery on 344 Swanston Street.

We are delighted to announce that right on schedule, the RMIT Gallery building works have been completed and the final stages are being undertaken under the watchful eye of RMIT Gallery’s Registrar Peter Wilson.

While the much needed refurbishment to get the air quality consistent and to museum standard is of course invisible, visitors will note new glass doors in two of the gallery spaces. These will ensure that the temperature stays consistent within and we get the best quality environment for the artworks.

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All staff will move back in to RMIT Gallery at 344 Swanston Street on Monday 7 September as we install the upcoming exhibitions, under the guidance of Director and Chief Curator Suzanne Davies and with support of Exhibition Coordinator Helen Rayment .

Exhibition Coordinator Helen Rayment and Registrar Peter Wilson

Exhibition Coordinator Helen Rayment and Registrar Peter Wilson discuss installation of the next exhibitions.

Meanwhile, it has been intriguing seeing exhibition spaces ‘uncovered’, revealing a palimpsest of architectural and heritage overlays from the magnificent building’s long history. These walls will be again covered to provide hanging space for artworks and a versatile exhibition space.

RMIT Gallery's main exhibition space, with arched windows revealed during building works.

RMIT Gallery’s main exhibition space, with arched windows revealed during building works.

While the remodelling of the Storey Hall building on 344 Swanston Street preserved the original, heritage-protected building, the architectural design of the refurbished section of the building features geometric Penrose tiles, which are arranged to form pentagons.

Usually a view to nowhere - the temporarily uncovered window into RMIT Gallery from Rodda Lane.

Usually a view to nowhere – the temporarily uncovered window into RMIT Gallery from Rodda Lane.

The work was completed in 1995 to the design of Ashton Raggatt McDougall. The refurbished section is also externally adorned with Penrose tiles and is also styled with ruffles, keys and suspender belts to represent the Suffragettes, who used the building as a meeting hall.

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