Term 3: New exhibitions & education tours

In Term 3, RMIT Gallery presents two new exhibitions Quiddity and Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art from 1 July – 20 August, 2016.

We welcome bookings for our free school tours and encourage teachers to attend a public program event as part of their professional development. Free comprehensive teacher’s notes are provided for both exhibitions.

Quiddity: 1 July – 20 August

  • Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a museum?
  • What happens to artworks when they come down off the walls of an exhibition?
  • How are artworks handled, packaged, stored and conserved?
  • What is the difference between a curator and a conservator?
  • What is the effect that the passage of time and entropy has on works?
Quiddity. Unpacking the RMIT Art Collection

Drawn entirely from the RMIT University Art Collection, Quiddity will display new acquisitions alongside some of the University’s older treasures, which have remained largely unseen for decades.

Quiddity promises to disrupt the customary model of displaying art and RMIT Gallery’s exhibition spaces will be translated into the visual language of the storeroom, where materials, provenance, condition, and size are given precedence over theme or chronology.

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.

The Quiddity education kit has been specifically designed for VCE Art and Studio Arts students completing units 1-4 and highlights the relevance of Quiddity to key objectives and learning outcomes of the curriculum.

Quiddity Education Kit

Free education tour of Quiddity (Bookings)

Free public programs

Thursday 7 July 5.30 – 6.30pm In Conversation: Curator Jon Buckingham and Danielle Measday, Conservator of Natural Sciences, Museum Victoria. (BOOK )

Tuesday 26 July 1-2 pm Curator Floor talk (BOOK)

 Thursday 18 August 5.30 – 6.30 pm Panel discussion: Wrapping It Up, featuring MA Arts Management students in discussion with Professor David Forrest, RMIT School of Art. (BOOK )


Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art

Light moves: Contemporary Australian Video Art presents seven major works by some of Australia’s leading artists which explore the possibilities of the body in video.

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Image Caption: Daniel Crooks, Pan No. 9 (doppelgänger) 2012. three channel HD edge-blended digital video, sound, duration 7 minutes 43 seconds collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The exhibition, on tour from the National Gallery of Australia, provides a highly accessible selective survey of contemporary video practice in this country by some of Australia’s most significant video artists.

Drawing on work acquired over the last three years by the National Gallery of Australia, Light moves features seven major works made between 2009 and 2014 by contemporary Australian artists Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, David Rosetzky, Julie Rrap and Christian Thompson.

The exhibition provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Explore a diversity of screen-based work
  • See how artists use the medium to create poetic works
  • Investigate how artists use the medium to speak to their own personal interests and histories, as well as tell great stories.

Light moves: Teacher’s notes 

Free education tour of Light moves (bookings)

Free public programs

Friday 1 July 1-2pm: Curator Anne O’Hehir, Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Australia, will talk about the history of video and the important holdings of early video art held by the National Gallery of Australia. (Book)