The new (ab)normal


RMIT Gallery’s inaugural online exhibition The new (ab)normal provides a real-time snapshot of how artists are responding to their new working conditions and circumstances during the COVID-19 global health crisis. 

Curated by Helen Rayment, RMIT Galleries Curator, and Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert, Lecturer of Arts Management (specialising in curating), the exhibition is presented in partnership with RMIT’s School of Art with creative responses from more than 40 School of Art staff, HDR students, and industry partners.

The project honours the value of the work of those who teach and study at RMIT at this time of deep disruption. They have been invited to contribute both written and visual artworks reflecting the impact of their locked down experience. 

What does the life of an artist look like at this time; is work created at home, or is there still access to a studio?  Are there children to educate too? What does an ordinary day look like in this new territory?  These creative responses reflect the reality of this period, giving us an insight into the personal, emotional and transformative. 

The new (ab)normal provides us with a timely insight into how art can unite us, and that although we may be physically distant, our social connections remain strong and are perhaps even strengthened under these challenging circumstances. 

Artists: Sogan Alamdarfard, Rushdi Anwar, Robert Baines, Sofi Basseghi, Kay Mei Ling Beadman, Alison Bennett, Pie Bolton, Susan Buchanan, S. Chandrasekaran, Christy Chow, Kris Coad, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Simon Crosbie, Mig Dann, Rhett D’Costa, Phil Edwards, Yiannis Galanopoulos, Yue Gu, Andrew Gunnell, Guang Hui Huang, Pennie Jagiello, Priyanka Jain, Tassia Joannides, Varuni Kanagasundaram, Martin Kay, Lan Lan, Kit Man Leong, Ye Liu, Peng Liu, Daniel Marks, Christine McFetridge, Jerome De Perlinghi, Robyn Phelan, Milenko Prvacki, Marlaina Read, Steven Rendall, J. Rosenbaum, Benjamin Sheppard, Fleur Summers, Cordelia Tam, Lesley Turnbull, Lan Wang, Peter Westwood, Jude Worters, Theresa Yang 


Curators’ Statement

Alison Bennett

Andrew Gunnell

Benjamin Sheppard

Christine McFetridge

Christy Chow

Cordelia Tam

Daniel Marks

Fleur Summers

Gu Yue

Huang Guanghui

J. Rosenbaum

Jennifer Conroy-Smith

Jerome De Perlinghi

Jude Worters

Kay Mei Ling Beadman

Kitman Leong

Kris Coad

Lesley Turnbull

Marlaina Read

Martin Kay

Mig Dann

Milenko Prvački

Peng Liu & Lan Lan

Pennie Jagiello

Peter Westwood

Phil Edwards

Pie Bolton

Priyanka Jain

Rhett D’Costa

Robert Baines

Robyn Phelan

Rushdi Anwar


Simon Crosbie

Sofi Basseghi

Sogand Alamdarfard

Steven Rendall

Sue Buchanan

Tassia Joannides

Theresa Yang

Varuni Kanagasundaram

Wang Lan

Ye Liu

Yiannis Galanopoulos