SITE EIGHT / 13 to 28 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 14 June 5-7pm)
With a flair for the abject, four artists are navigating the narrow path between “I” and “it” to investigate what it means to be human. Each work asks the viewer to confront the visceral, to embrace it in order to find new ways of looking and understanding who, what, and why we are.
Julian Cobb is a recipient of the 2018 RMIT:ART:INTERSECT Curatorial Internship. The Curatorial Internship is a six-month internship which concludes with an exhibition of current RMIT School of Art Honours and Masters of Fine Art students, curated by the intern.
SITUATE / 7 April to 1 June 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 18 May to 21 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 17 May 5-7pm)
Chien-Ju Chia is the recipient of the 2018 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange, supported by RMIT University and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. During her residency in Melbourne, Chien-Ju will explore particular everyday objects to find a link between the city and its people in order to capture a single colour that represents Melbourne. Through a period of observation and exploration, she aims to find the particular visual impact of a city which in turn stimulates a specific sense of place.
SPARE ROOM / 18 May to 21 June 2018 (Opening Thursday 17 May 5-7pm, with opening remarks by Peter Westwood)
Lucie McIntosh's exhibition and research based practice explores the politics surrounding notions of the image and the materialities of the photographic ‘image object’. McIntosh engages with themes of knowledge, perception and representation, reflecting upon the nature of seeing by building relationships between viewers, objects and space.
LIGHTSCAPES / 4 April to 22 July 2018 at Knox Place, Rodda Lane and the Building 2 Lightwell
Each year INTERSECT showcases a selection of exceptional work from the School of Art's most recent graduating students in the LIGHTSCAPES. Located across all three LIGHTSCAPES Sites, Highlights provides these artists a pathway to exhibit in public space immediately after graduation.
Penelope Moye is one of the recipients of the 2018 Honours Travelling Scholarship, an award which is generously supported by RMIT University School of Art. Penelope plans to travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Italy to undertake research focused on the initiation of a project at the intersection of art and psychoanalysis. The intended travel will allow Penelope to develop and deepen her research into the confluence of psychoanalytic theory and processes and her art practice. As she intends to continue studying and practicing in both areas, the trip will allow Penelope to visit and investigate the prominent institutions of art and psychoanalysis in Europe where it may be possible to continue her studies at a post-graduate level.
PROJECT SPACE / 29 June to 9 August (Opening Thursday 28 June 5-7pm)
This exhibition will showcase a collection of paintings developed by Indigenous artists from the Martu community that explore their local environment. The project, curated by Dr Damian Smith, celebrates the rich and uniquely inter-cultural location that is the Pilbara shire in Western Australia.
SPARE ROOM / 29 June to 9 August (Opening Thursday 28 June 5-7pm)
Between 2014 and 2017 the West Australian Shire of East Pilbara ran an international artist residency in the remote mining town of Newman. Over the three successive years, three artists—Hannah Quinlivan [AUS], Yasuaki Onishi [JPN] and Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya [USA]—developed successive bodies of work. In 2017, these artists worked with curator Dr Damian Smith to develop an exhibition of works.
This project will show a combination of the documentation from the Art at the Heart project as well as Chloe Bartram's photojournalistic impressions of the Shire.
SITUATE / 10 July to 3 September 2018
Siegmund Skalar is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
Skalar's photographic works often focus on assembling different pictorial objects to create a small typography. Documenting everyday things and putting them into a new perspective. Finding society’s underlying structures.
SPARE ROOM / 17 August to 27 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 16 August 2018)
Felicity Griffin is a recipient of the 2018 RMIT:ART:INTERSECT Curatorial Internship. The Curatorial Internship is a six-month internship which concludes with an exhibition of current RMIT School of Art Honours and Masters of Fine Art students, curated by the intern.
SPEAKER / Tuesday 4 September 2018, 12.30pm at RMIT Building 1, Level 2, Room 17
Yu-Fang, Chi is a Taiwan-born jewellery artist. In 2014, she moved to Melbourne where she studied PhD degree at RMIT University, School of Art, Gold & Silversmithing. Her research project investigates the concept of femininity in jewellery and objects and its cultural connotations. Yu-Fang introspects the processes of making and the position of female body. Her practice involves repetitive fibre-related techniques which can be connected to traditional domestic art processes.
SPEAKER / Wednesday 12 September 2018, 12.30-1.30pm at RMIT Building 12, Level 5, Room 2
Léuli ML Eshrāghi is a visiting curator with Freja Carmichael, Lana Lopesi, Tarah Hogue and Sarah Biscarra Dilley at the Institute of Modern Art in 2018. He is an artist, curator and Monash University PhD candidate visiting Kulin Nation lands and waters. Léuli hails from the Sāmoan villages of Āpia, Leulumoega, Siʻumu, Salelologa, the Persian village of Najafābād, and other ancestries. His work centres on ceremonial-political practices, language renewal, and Indigenous futures throughout the Great Ocean. Residencies include Sovereign Words (Office of Contemporary Art Norway with Artspace Sydney at the Dhaka Art Summit), Para Site Hong Kong, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and University of British Columbia - Okanagan. He exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad, and serves on the board of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (Canada), editorial advisory committee for un Magazine, and the Pacific advisory group to Melbourne Museum.
Helen Grogan is the 2018 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
Drew Pettifer is the recipient of the 2018 Taiwanese Arts Residency Exchange. Drew's residency project aims to reveal some of the hidden histories around the ongoing marriage equality and queer rights debates in Taiwan through archival research, collaborations and interviews. In 2017 the Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled current marriage laws unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend them. Australia’s recent marriage equality debate shares some similarities with that in Taiwan, offering a unique opportunity for discourse, exchange and reflection. The outcome of the residency will take the form of photographs, video interviews, documents and, where available, objects that inform this history. A secondary strand of the project will focus on taking photographs in the landscape of the Kuandu region, including the hot spring culture of the Beitou area.
SITUATE / 1 September to 26 November 2018 at Eastside International Los Angeles, United States of America
Phebe Schmidt is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award at Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA). Phebe will undertake a three-month studio residency at ESXLA, located in the Brewery art colony complex in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. This award has been generously supported by Eastside International Los Angeles.
SITUATE / 3 September to 2 December 2018
SPARE ROOM / 2019
Madeleine Thornton-Smith is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne. Madeleine's residency will conclude with a solo exhibition at RMIT’s SPARE ROOM gallery in 2019.