Students are curating their own creative futures with the support of funding from RMIT Link Arts and Culture.
Nineteen creative RMIT applicants received funding during semester two to support the development and completion of their artistic projects.
Funded by RMIT Link Arts and Culture, the successful applicants are creating a diverse range of innovative projects - from exhibitions and productions to establishing a small press or an event program.
RMIT Link Arts and Culture offers funding for student arts projects across the University's three Melbourne campuses to individuals and groups twice a year.
Will Cox - who is completing an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing - was awarded the grant to fund his project, The Casuals Network Press, which will publish fiction, non-fiction and comics in a specialised hybrid book and magazine form.
Mr Cox said that through the project, he hoped to showcase the talents of a diverse range of writers and that each publication would be an exemplar of their creativity and unfettered imagination.
"The specialised book form was borne out of creating something for pieces which are too long as magazine feature pieces, but too short to fill a regular book," he said.
"The hybrid magazine and book - enabled by the financial support of the arts grant - will be nailed down, edited, and published in a form which can be readily consumed in one sitting."
The first Casuals Network publication will be launched this month.
Bachelor of Design (Fashion) student Max Thomas Sanderson used his grant funding to open his menswear collection, L'Atelier, at RMIT's Project Space Gallery in October.
Dancers modelled the garments in an intimate setting, accompanied by a film of the collection by Olivia Lorraine Tran.
As part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival, Bachelor of Communication (Media) student Benjamin Sheen received funding to direct and distribute The Pillowman with Four Letter Word Theatre.
In Mr Sheen's chilling black comedy production, a writer is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders.
Audiences were asked to step inside the interrogation room to watch and listen as the twisted fairy-tale unfolded all around them.
Chloe Powell, a Master of Arts (Arts Management) student, is using her funding to program Radiant Pavilion, a jewellery and object practice forum.
The program will be open to local, national and international artists at different stages of their careers and will bring together makers, wearers, galleries, collectors, curators, theorists, and the public for a week of investigation, collaboration and exchange.
Applications for arts funding will open again in March 2015.
Successful arts funding applicants in semester two 2014:
- Aiden Morse, Soft Opening, $800
- Tassia Joannides, Divulge, $800
- Pia Johnson, In Dim Light, $800
- Raphaela Mazzone, Transformations, $800
- Benjamin Sheen, The Pillowman, $1,600
- Brendan Eichholzer, New RMIT Link Science Fiction Collective, $1356.50
- Chloe Powell, Radiant Pavillion, $1,600
- Heather Gile, Smiths, New RMIT Link Advertising Collective, $867
- Max Thomas Sanderson, L'Atalier, $1,546.96