Wrapping it up – Quiddity panel discussion

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Professor David Forrest (far left), Jon Buckingham and members of the of the Quiddity curatorium at the exhibition opening night. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Our current exhibition Quiddity, (until 20 August) curated by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts Management course, gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.

On Thursday 18 August from 5.30-6.30 pm, join the Quiddity team along with guest speakers Professor David Forrest, HRD Coordinator, RMIT School of Art, and David Sequeira, a visual artist, art/business consultant and freelance museum education professional as they discuss the difference between the theory and reality when curating an exhibition, the challenges of using a permanent collection, and what they saw as the successes and failures of the exhibition.

Prospective students wanting to find out more about the RMIT Master of Arts (Art Management) program would also find the session useful. RMIT’s art, design and architecture students learn how to devise creative solutions to design problems by studying in simulated industry settings and working on real-world briefs and projects – such as Quiddity.

Taking its name from the Latin meaning ‘the essence of a thing’, Quiddity  explores the idea of thinking about artworks as physical objects rather than seeing them as items invested with meaning or expressing emotion. All works are selected from the RMIT Art Collection, with RMIT Collections Coordinator Jon Buckingham as lead curator on the exhibition.

Watch the exhibition video:



What: Wrapping It Up: Panel Discussion, with guest speakers Professor David Forrest and David Sequeira.

When: Thursday 18 August

Time: 5.30-6.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Bookings: Free. Register here

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