RMIT Gallery

About RMIT Gallery

RMIT Gallery is a public art gallery presenting an engaging and thought-provoking program of contemporary exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists and curators. It is committed to showcasing RMIT research outcomes and cultural stories, presenting exhibitions and events that are relevant to the student population and experience.

Opening on 16 March 1977, with an inaugural exhibition of 40 works by John Brack, RMIT Gallery is located in Storey Hall, one of the University’s most iconic buildings, with a reputation as a major architectural site of the city. Throughout its long colourful history, the building has been a part of the life of Melbourne – from social and political protest to its current role as a significant contributor to the city’s arts and exhibiting calendar. 

WE ARE COVIDSAFE 

We look forward to welcoming you back to RMIT Gallery! 

Visitors aged 16 years and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption, in line with the Chief Health Officer’s Directions. All people entering RMIT Gallery who are over 16 years of age from 6pm Friday 29th October will be required to show one of the following upon entry: 

  • Your vaccination status via the Service Victoria app on your smartphone 
  • A printout of your MyGov COVID-19 Digital Certificate or an official Immunisation History Statement 
  • An official medical exemption. Details on proof of valid medical exemptions can be found below. 

Without one of the above, you will not be able to enter RMIT Gallery. 

RMIT does not keep or store this information. 

Once our staff have sighted your vaccination status, you will be asked to check in via the Services Victoria app using our venue QR code. 

To make things as easy as possible for you and for our staff, we ask that you please link your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app before your visit to ensure a quick and efficient entry process. We ask that you please be patient and courteous with our Front of House staff who will be facilitating this process. Read how to link your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Services Victoria app

For the safety of other visitors and staff, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines to keep RMIT Gallery COVIDSafe: 

  • Maintain at least 1.5m distance between yourself and others 
  • Wear a mask when maintaining 1.5m social distancing is not possible. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit RMIT Gallery 

Other measures in place at RMIT Gallery include enhanced cleaning throughout the gallery and hand sanitiser on offer. 

INFORMATION ON MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS 

You may be able to receive a medical exemption if you are unable to be vaccinated because you: 

  • have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, or 
  • have an acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection for up to 6 months (or earlier if the medical practitioner specifies an earlier date) 

If you have a medical exemption, please let our staff know. You will need to provide:  

  • a MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate that states you are unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of any COVID-19 vaccine that is available in Australia or, 
  • a printed version of the COVID-19 digital certificate referred to above. 

RMIT Culture

RMIT Gallery is part of RMIT Culture.

RMIT Culture brings together the university’s cultural spaces, creative programs and art, film, design and research collections, providing valuable support for the university’s learning and teaching activities and opportunities to inspire creativity and collaboration. By showcasing and expanding RMIT’s cultural assets through new initiatives RMIT Culture helps facilitate an enterprise-wide approach to cultural engagement.

Information for your visit 

Hours of Operation

RMIT Gallery is open 11am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and Saturday 12.30pm-5pm. The gallery is only open during exhibition dates and it is closed on public and University holidays. 

Getting Here 

RMIT Gallery is located on Swanston Street in Melbourne’s CBD. The Gallery is located in RMIT Building 16 and is a part of Storey Hall, one of the University’s most iconic buildings. RMIT Gallery has two entrances, the Swanston Street entrance has several stairs. Our accessible entrance via lift is on Rodda Lane opposite RMIT Building 8. 

  • By car: There is a limited amount of ticketed on-street parking in the area. There are multiple commercial carparks located in the Melbourne CBD, many within close proximity to RMIT Gallery.  
  • By tram: The closest tram stop is Stop 6 La Trobe St/Swanston St, Tram Route Numbers 1-6, 16, 30, 64, 72 service this stop. 
  • By train: The closest train stop is Melbourne Central. 
  • By bike: There is bicycle parking located on Swanston Street outside RMIT Gallery.  

Planning your visit (for individuals and groups less than ten) 

RMIT Gallery is free to visit and if you are visiting on your own or in a group less than ten you do not need to pre-book. As a condition of entry, you will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical exemption. This declaration is mandated by the Victorian State Government.

Planning your visit (for any group visit of ten or more people, including RMIT student and staff groups) 
 
We require all groups of ten or more people to book their visit to RMIT Gallery in advance. Bookings are essential to manage our Gallery capacity in accordance with RMIT’s COVIDsafe plan and to minimise clashes with other events and programming. 

Please note that the current Victorian state restrictions have capacity limits for each gallery room which may impact group visits.

To book a self-led group visit, please complete our online booking form. Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance of your planned visit date. Confirmation of your visit will be provided within three working days. If you have not made a booking and are wanting to visit within two weeks, please email rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au with the time and date you are wanting to visit on and the number of people in your group. Due to our current COVIDsafe policy, we may not be able to accommodate group visits that are not booked in advance but will do our best to ensure your visit can go ahead. 

We strongly encourage educators to visit our exhibitions before booking a group visit. If you have any questions about the exhibition and/or specific artworks, please mention this during your booking so we can best support your visit. Depending on the size of your group, we will ask you to split your group into smaller groups upon arrival and enter the gallery in intervals to adhere to current social distancing capacity requirements. 

Introductory talks given by Gallery staff are available upon request and are subject to staff availability. Introductory talks provide a brief overview of the exhibition and run for approximately five to ten minutes. Teachers and educators are then responsible for group engagement with the exhibition. If you are interested in an introductory talk for your group, please mention this whilst booking. Introductory talks will not be available for groups booking within two weeks of their visit or who arrive at the gallery without making a booking in advance.  

For primary and secondary school groups, adult supervision of students is required at all times, at no time will RMIT Gallery assume responsibility for your group. Please find below the required teacher-to-student ratios and ensure the adequate number of teachers and/or guardians are present during your visit:

  • 1:5 for primary groups  
  • 1:10 for secondary groups 
  • 1:20 for tertiary groups 

At the gallery 
 
Upon arrival at RMIT Gallery, please stop by our Front of House desk and see the staff member/volunteer on the desk to check your group in for their visit. For group bookings, please note that backpacks will need to be left at the Front of House desk before you enter the gallery.

Before entering the gallery, it’s a good idea to go over gallery etiquette with your group. At RMIT Gallery we ask that visitors: 

  • Treat staff, other visitors and each other with respect while visiting RMIT Gallery 
  • No touching of the artworks, unless the work is interactive (staff will invigilate group interaction with interactive artworks)  
  • Don’t use flash photography when taking photos of artworks 
  • No running, loud voices or eating and/or drinking while inside the gallery spaces 
  • Sketching and/or completing worksheets in the gallery is permitted with dry materials only (pencils, graphite sticks, and/or wax crayons). 

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