On the move – Performing Mobilities takes to Melbourne’s streets

Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes' bass player -  performing portable komuso temple compositions at RMIT University, in the laneway between RMIT Gallery and Building 8. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Brian Ritchie, Violent Femmes’ bass player – performing portable komuso temple compositions at RMIT University, in the laneway between RMIT Gallery and Building 8. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

This week, RMIT Gallery becomes the staging point for PASSAGES of mobile performance projects as part of the Performing Mobilities exhibition. From Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October, artists are offering ways to encounter art in various live and moving manifestations.

You might encounter a tour whose subject is the tours available in Melbourne; a woman repairing a bitumen road surface by hand; a VERY LOCAL RADIO broadcast operating from a shopping trolley; or a fleeting composition of space and sound enacted in a PORTABLE TEMPLE.

Numerous mobile performances invite you to walk with the artist, including Angela Kilford’s WALKING ON FALLOW LANDS #2, taking one foot after another into the way that first peoples of Melbourne and New Zealand value place and motion.

The 8 Tours listed all leave from RMIT Gallery. Please arrive five minutes before tour commences. All tours are free of charge. Wear appropriate clothing for walking and in hot weather, a hat and sunscreen are sensible choices.

1. PORTABLE KOMUSO TEMPLE COMPOSITIONS

PERFORMERS: 

WHERE: Friday 9 October 1pm between RMIT Gallery & RMIT Building 8.

DURATION: 45 minutes duration.

COMPANION CURATOR: Mick Douglas

This collaborative project of musician Brian Ritchie and architect Stuart Tanner acknowledges the Zen monk tradition of transitory wandering, whilst exploring contemporary instances of how space, sound, movement, and experience might poignantly intersect. Ritchie and Tanner share an interest in clarity and simplicity. Ritchie’s sonic pursuits are underscored by both the active directness that first propelled and continues to sustain his punk-acoustic group the Violent Femmes, and his traditional training and ongoing practice in the Shakuhachi, for which he is a licensed teacher/performer granted the name ‘Tairaku’, translating as ‘big music’.

2. REPEATING SILENCE

Performance - Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Performance – Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Friday 9 October, 11.30am –1pm, RMIT Gallery (TRACES FLOOR TALK); 1-2pm

WHERE: RMIT Gallery

MORE:  www.christopherbraddock.com

COMPANION CURATOR: David Cross

In Repeating Silence, 2015, a performance with livestream video, Chris Braddock (NZ) stands stationary with eyes closed slowly turning his head from side to side in the institutions and busy lane ways of Melbourne’s CBD. While he is completely stationary and with his eyes closed for an hour at a time, he turns his head very slowly from left to right as if surveying the scene. Video images (from above and close up) are livestreamed to tablets in close proximity, lecture theatres and to christopherbraddock.com.

3. NOW AGAIN

Now Again: Deakin University dance students will take you on guided city tours during Performing Mobilities. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

Now Again: Deakin University dance students will take you on guided city tours during Performing Mobilities. Photo Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMERS: 

  • WHERE: environs around RMIT Gallery
  • WHEN: Wednesday 7 October 9am; Thursday 8 October 10.30am; Friday 9 Oct 9pm.
  • DURATION: 1 hour. The performance involves simple participation.  Please bring earbuds and smart phone as internet access required.
    MORE: http://oliviamillard.net/nowagain/COMPANION CURATOR:  Meredith Rogers

 4. WALK ON FALLOW LANDS #2

New Zealand artist Angela Kilford at RMIT Gallery for her

New Zealand artist Angela Kilford at RMIT Gallery for her “walk on Fallow Lands #2′ tour. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Monday 5 October to Saturday 10 October

WHERE: Meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

TIME: 11:00 am and 1 pm daily

DURATION: 2 hours (Walk on Thursday 8 Oct runs for 1.15 hours).

The walk departs daily from RMIT Gallery to Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne, progressing to the Birrarung (Yarra River).

BOOKINGS: Maximum 8 people. Bookings by email to: kilfords (at) gmail.com

COMPANION CURATOR: James Oliver

Take a tour - Angela Kilford heads towards Flagstaff Gardens with a participant. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

Take a tour – Angela Kilford heads towards Flagstaff Gardens with a participant. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

  • 5. VERY LOCAL RADIO (IN FOUR MOVEMENTS)

    PERFORMERS: 

    WHERE:  midday Saturday 3 October departing RMIT Gallery; midnight Sat 3 Oct > departing RMIT Gallery (outside front entrance)

    DURATION:  2 hours. Limited to 3 participants invited to travel with each journey
    Listen at http://broadcast.sashagrbich.com

    MORE: http://broadcast.sashagrbich.com

    COMPANION CURATOR: Paul Gazzola

    6. TECHNOPIA TOURS – WORKING MELBOURNE

  • Technopia Tours - Working Melbourne. As part of Performing Mobilities, Kim Donaldson takes people on tours that reveal Melbourne at work. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

    Technopia Tours – Working Melbourne. As part of Performing Mobilities, Kim Donaldson takes people on tours that reveal Melbourne at work. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

  •  PERFORMER: 

    DATES: Tuesday 6 October; Wednesday 7 October; Thursday 8 October

    WHERE: Meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

    Tuesday 6 October
    12.15pm The Plumbing Tour. Visit Melbourne City Council’s Black Water Plant and see the plumbing underbelly of the Melbourne City Baths. 1.5 hours
    2.30pm The Working Building Tour. Visit an art gallery and the private work spaces of an artist, an animator and a milliner in the Nicholson Building. 2 hours

    Wednesday 7th October
    10.30am Early Bird Special. Meet on the steps of RMIT gallery. Visit the kitchen of the renowned restaurant ‘The Press Club’. 1.5 hours
    12.30pm Visit the State Library of Victoria where a librarian from their Photograph Collection will share with us some historical images of working in Melbourne. 1 hour
    2.30pm See the inner workings of the Grand Organ at the Melbourne Town Hall. 1 hour.

    Thursday 8 October
    11am See food scraps from the cafes of Degraves Street turned into fertiliser for the gardens of Melbourne. 1 hour

    BOOKING: Booking direct through the artist kimd@unimelb.edu.au

    COMPANION CURATOR: Meredith Rogers

Off to see the city: Technopia Tours leave RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

Off to see the city: Technopia Tours leave RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

WHERE: meet at RMIT Gallery foyer

WHEN: Tuesday 6 October 1pm & 4.30pm; Wednesday 7 October 1pm & 4.30pm; and Thursday 8 October 11 am.

DURATION: 1.5 hours; Limited to 8 participants

BOOKING:  Booking is required email:info@billaitchison.co.uk

COMPANION CURATOR:  Fiona Wilkie

8. WALK WITH ME

UK artist Dierdrie Heddon takes participants on a guided audio-walk from RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

UK artist Dierdrie Heddon takes participants on a guided audio-walk from RMIT Gallery. Photo: Evelyn Tsitas

PERFORMER: 

DATES: Monday 5 October and Tuesday 6 October

WHERE: Departing from RMIT Gallery

TIMES: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm daily – 30-minutes duration
Limited to 10 people per walk > Accessible to wheelchair users

MORE: http://walkinginterconnections.com/

COMPANION CURATOR: Fiona Wilkie

RMIT Gallery is open on Grand Final day – come on in!

Power to the People! Collect free color posters of Julio Falagán’s artwork. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography

Power to the People! Collect free color posters of Julio Falagán’s artwork. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography

Yes, it’s a long weekend coming up. Melbourne is a sporting city, and this Friday October 2 has been declared a public holiday, in honour of the AFL grand final. But wait – according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, going to cultural venues and attending sporting events as a spectator are all popular pastimes for many Australians.

So why not do both on the newly minted Grand Final eve public holiday.  RMIT Gallery will be open as usual from 11 am to 5 pm. And also from 12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday 3 October.

The AFL Grand Final Parade will take place from 12pm AEST. Marching bands and roving entertainment will join in from the Old Treasury Building to Yarra Park at the MCG.

The participation and attendance surveys conducted by the ABS indicate that people who participated in sport and physical recreation went to both cultural and sporting events, more so than non-participants. So, if you are in the city for the Grand Final eve festivities, come along to RMIT Gallery as well.

You can collect your free artwork at Spanish artist Julio Falagán’s exhibition Power to the People! The artist invites audiences to become art collectors by taking home posters of the five original works made through the manipulation of popular prints bought in flea markets.

Meanwhile, in Performing Mobilities, the majority of the new and experimental works invite you to engage in your own forms of performing mobility. A number of projects even invite you to leave the Gallery with a particular aspect of an artwork as part of participating in mobile performances.

Take a line for a walk! And then take a selfie. This work by David Thomas and laurene Vaughan makes visible the trajectories and duration of transition within and across place.

Take a line for a walk! And then take a selfie. This work by David Thomas and Laurene Vaughan makes visible the trajectories and duration of transition within and across place.

According to exhibition curator Mick Douglas, “Performing Mobilities invites us to challenge ourselves about the way in which we think about and experience mobility.”

“A number of the different artworks invite you to playfully engage with them, even to take the artworks out of the Gallery and interact with them in the city.”

Victorian Seniors Festival: RMIT Gallery morning tea and art tours

Get your free artwork at Power to the People! - RMIT Gallery is giving away large color posters of Spanish artist Julio Falagán's work (pictured, left). Photo: Vicki Jones Photography

Get your free artwork at Power to the People! RMIT Gallery is giving away large color posters of Spanish artist (pictured, left) Julio Falagán’s work. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography

During the first week of the 33rd Victorian Seniors Festival, RMIT Gallery is hosting a special morning tea for seniors on Thursday 8 October from 11 am-12 noon.

Free public transport is available to Victorian Seniors Card holders during this week, with free travel on trams, trains and buses including free travel on V/Line economy class rail and coach.

So, take advantage of this opportunity and come into the Melbourne CBD and enjoy a special cultural activity at RMIT Gallery, with morning tea, as you explore the exhibitions Power to the People! and Performing Mobilities.

Our experienced guide will provide an insight into the new Performing Mobilities exhibition which presents new, experimental work that explores the mobility of people, migration, and worlds in motion.

Kick your shoes off and walk on a large expanse of pink salt from the Murray Darling region – or even lie down and make ‘salt angels’ if you feel so inclined (the artist Mick Douglas says both use and interpretation of the work is up to you – the audience!) Other intriguing works include taking a colored stick for a short stroll around the gallery – or event up Swanston Street; throwing a Frisbee around; or (for the energetic) jumping on arrows placed on the gallery floor. It’s all part of the physical engagement with an exhibition that even reveals a pigeon’s view of the journey home.

Walk in Mick Douglas’ work ‘Sal De Sal’ at Performing Mobilities. The installation presents a body of salt recently collected from the Murray-Darling Basin, an area of increasing salinity. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Walk in Mick Douglas’ work ‘Sal De Sal’ at Performing Mobilities. The installation presents a body of salt recently collected from the Murray-Darling Basin, an area of increasing salinity. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Don’t go home without taking your enormous, gorgeous high quality free color poster of artwork by Spanish artist Julio Falagán, who delighted audiences with his witty take on breaking into the competitive art market during his recent visit to Melbourne.

Julio’s exhibition ‘Power to the People!’ also invites audiences to become art collectors by taking his original work off the wall and for a small coin donation, photocopying your favourite. All money donated goes directly to the RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund for disadvantaged undergraduate students.

We look forward to seeing you at the RMIT Gallery Seniors Morning Tea and Tour. Please note, if you are accompanying a Senior who requires assistance, we also welcome you to join in all the activities, give-aways and morning tea.

What: RMIT Gallery Seniors Morning Tea and Tour.

When: Thursday 8 October from 11 am-12 noon.

Cost: Free for Seniors and their carers.

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street Melbourne (diagonally opposite Melbourne Central station, or take the tram along Swanston Street to Melbourne Central stop).

Bookings: appreciated, for catering: (03) 9925 1717.

Highlights of previous Seniors Festival activities at RMIT Gallery

2014: Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo – curator talk with Dr Jacky Healy

2014: Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo – curator talk with Dr Jacky Healy

2011: Space Invaders – print workshop with street artist Twone

2011: Space Invaders – print workshop with street artist Twone

2010: Somewhat Different: German design exhibition

2010: Somewhat Different: German design exhibition

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Exploring movement: Performing Mobilities opens at RMIT Gallery

Sam Trubridge performs Night Walk outside RMIT Gallery for the opening night of Performing Mobilities. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Sam Trubridge performs Night Walk outside RMIT Gallery for the opening night of Performing Mobilities. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

At the opening night of Performing Mobilities at RMIT Gallery on 24 September, audiences explored a series of projects that captured the traces of journey based projects over the last year. These form part of the exhibition, together with a series of mobile performances taking place in the Gallery and around the Gallery environment. So it was fitting that Sam Trubridge’s Night Walk launched the event.

The ominous black plastic bubble moved up and down Swanston Street before oozing up the RMIT Gallery steps.

Trubridge, a New Zealand artist, said that the bubble – a two and a half metre diameter sphere made from black plastic bags – is very fragile. However, visibility inside the inflated shape is actually rather good – about the same as if he was wearing sunglasses. Good to know when navigating traffic in the city streets!

“I walk it through various passages in the city. And the idea is the fragility of this object kind of allows it to be marked by its passage and by the features of the landscape that passes through, creating a trace or a map of that journey. And it slowly disintegrates as it goes until it becomes more slick and oil like or liquid movement sort of type spherical piece of architecture to something disintegrated or more threatening or more ghostly,” Trubridge said.

Sam Trubridge performs Night Walk at the opening of Performing Mobilities at RMIT Gallery. Photo Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Sam Trubridge performs Night Walk at the opening of Performing Mobilities at RMIT Gallery. Photo Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Exhibition curator Dr Mick Douglas, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT, said Performing Mobilities (25 September – 24 October) explores the tensions between increasing mobilities in a global sense and ways of performative creative arts practice, trying to directly engage with these problematics of mobility and immobility, of the uneven distribution of mobility.

“The exhibition presents new, experimental work that explores the mobility of people, migration, the mobility of matter, and the mobility of non human species,” he said.

“The curation of the program brings these different projects into a relationship with each other so that the different art of these mobilities brush up against each other to reveal something new to us about worlds in motion.”

Getting to grips with Kaya Barry's Pan which activates an accumulating collection of moving panoramic images. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Getting to grips with Kaya Barry’s Pan which activates an accumulating collection of moving panoramic images. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Performing Mobilities invites us to challenge ourselves about the way in which we think about and experience mobility. The exhibition was opened by Professor Maaike Bleeker, President of Performance Studies international (Psi), and Chair of Theatre Studies, Utrecht University.

The series of projects in different ways challenge us to re-engage in a way in which mobility affects us in our everyday lives, challenges us to think about our relationships to territory, to land, to the relationship with borders and how borders are monitored.

Playing around with David Thomas & Laurene Vaughan's participatory performance work

Playing around with David Thomas & Laurene Vaughan’s participatory performance work “Taking a Line for a Walk’. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

A number of projects invite you to leave the Gallery with a particular aspect of an artwork, some of the mobile performances invite you to walk with the artist encountering the city through the lens of the artist. Douglas explains “It starts to have us rethink and reimagine these relationships between our embodied experience and mobility and its significance in the world today.”

Douglas said some projects such as ‘A few Steps Not Here Not There’ by Mammad Aidani, Omid Movafgh, Mike Fard, Moshen Panahi and Hada Kazemitame is an installation exploring asylum seekers’ experiences of displacement. Dr Mammad Aidani has a PhD in hermeneutics and phenomenological psychology, and an MA in sociolinguistics and identity. His current research project focuses on perceptions, interpretations and ways of trauma and suffering amongst Iranian diaspora men.

“The project undertaken by Iranian asylum seekers, over two generations opens up to us ways of thinking about experience of asylum seeking,” Douglas said.

“What it is trying to do is help refugees come to terms to living in a new city, to explore the tensions between one place of origin and a place of current inhabitation.”

“A few Steps Not Here Not There’ creates an intimate setting for experiencing the looping film and encountering the original text of this installation exploring asylum seekers’ experience of displacement. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

The works in the program are all experimental and new works from the Australasian region. They particularly try and explore the local relevance but also the global relevance in mobilities.

Douglas said that Graham Miller’s work is the only internationally invited work and it plays a really pivotal role in helping us negotiate this tension between locality and globality.

“His project Beheld has been documenting where stowaways have fallen to ground from planes. It’s a really haunting project that reveals to us an Australian incident of this tragic circumstance of desperate forms of migration,” Douglas said.

Graeme Miller (left) and Mammad Aidani contemplate the latest Australian based addition of Miller's installation Beheld, which documents sites where stowaways have tragically fallen from planes. This was taken at Sydney airport, which was the site of such an accident in 1970. Photo; Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

Graeme Miller (left) and Mammad Aidani contemplate the latest Australian based addition of Miller’s installation Beheld, which documents sites where stowaways have tragically fallen from planes. This was taken at Sydney airport, which was the site of such an accident in 1970. Photo; Vicki Jones Photography, 2015.

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UK Artist Graeme Miller – BEHELD & beyond – public talk

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The new RMIT Gallery exhibition Performing Mobilities, which opens on 25 September, explores how contemporary life in Australia, the world’s largest island continent, is framed by borders whilst constantly being reconstructed through dynamic processes of mobility.

The works encompass the performing, visual, new media and social and spatial arts, revealing tensions around movement of people migrating lands or crossing a city; the movement of cultural ideas and social practices; the movement of matter through time and across space and through transformations of state; and the movement of non-human species and other than human forces.

UK artist Graeme Miller’s installation BEHELD (2006 -), showing as part of Performing Mobilities, frames the social and political in its geography. Updated with a haunting event that occurred in Sydney airport, this powerful installation charts locations where stowaways have fallen to earth from the wheelbays of airliners in an interactive projection of image and sound in glass.

Miller writes; “BEHELD does not mark the migrant lives lost in no-man’s land, nor at sea, in containers or under lorries, nor even the many souls found in undercarriages at airports. BEHELD is not exactly a work of mourning, a Trauerarbeit, but more one of geography. Human geography. The horizon is the border that mediates other frontiers – separating races, cultures, individuals, the living from the dead. Those who fell through it fell from common sky into lands of complicated memberships and privacies, hedged on all sides but one.”

Graeme Miller will be giving a public talk on the development and continual evolution of the powerful work BEHELD on the opening day of Performing Mobilities at RMIT Gallery.

What: Graeme Miller artist talk – BEHELD & Beyond

Date: Friday 25 September

Time: 1-2 pm

Venue: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Cost: Free

Bookings: (03) 9925 1717

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Invitation to RMIT Gallery’s new exhibition openings on 24 September

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You are invited to become part of the process of this new Spanish exhibition featuring artist Julio Falagán, photocopying and stamping the artist’s work in the gallery and taking home posters to start your own art collection with a coin donation. All funds go to the RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund to support disadvantaged undergraduate students.  Be the first to print your very own artwork and chat to the artist over churros and Spanish wine on his Melbourne visit, at a pre-opening talk and preview from 4.30 pm on 24 September.

What: Power to the People! Exhibition opening

When: Thursday 24 September

Public forum: 4.30-5.30 pm: public forum with Julio Falagán, Dr Antonio Castillo, Ciro Márquez, followed by poster printing and churros and wine; then official opening 6-8 pm.

Offical opening address 6-8 pm: by Deputy head of mission at the Spanish Embassy Cesar Espada, who is in charge of cultural affairs at the embassy. Mr Espada is also a film director as well as a diplomat and his short film “Spot” premiered in April at the 2015 Spanish Film Festival at the Palace Electric in April.

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street.

FREE – but bookings essential (maximum 40) Call RMIT Gallery on (03) 9925 1717.

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Performing Mobilities (exhibition 25 September – 24 October)

Curated by senior RMIT lecturer Mick Douglas, who performed Library Returns at the launch of the RMIT 700s Arts festival, this exhibition seeks to creatively and critically explore forms, forces, dynamics, meanings and consequences of performing mobility through a program of new experimental work.

The offical opening address will be presented by Maaike Bleeker, Professor and the Chair of Theatre Studies at the University of Utrecht The Netherlands.

Maaike Bleeker is President of Performance Studies international, Member of the International Advisory Board of Maska (Ljubljana) and of Inflexions: A Journal of Research-Creation (Montreal), and Member of the Editorial Board (Humanities) of the Amsterdam University Press. Author of Visuality in the Theatre, (Palgrave, 2008), her recent research argues for the potential of theatre and theatricality as a ‘critical vision machine’ providing us with critical tools for analysis of media culture, politics, spectatorship, censorship and the arts.

What: Performing Mobilities exhibition opening

When: Thursday 24 September

Time: Official opening 6-8 pm.

Where: RMIT Gallery 344 Swanston Street.

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.