Culture

RMIT Culture

The Capitol^

Two visitors arrive in the theatre at The Capitol, the ceiling is lit up in purple and peach colours

RMIT Culture

RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Metahaven: Field Report*

A photo of people watching a video installation in a gallery

RMIT Culture

RMIT Design Archives

A photo of a woman sitting at a large table and writing on a notepad in the Design Archives building

About

RMIT Culture unites the university’s public cultural spaces, creative programs and cultural collections, providing opportunities to engage creatively, as well as supporting RMIT’s learning and teaching activities, and disseminating its research. 
 
There are many ways that the whole community, as well as RMIT staff, students, industry and research partners, can engage with RMIT Culture – including dynamic programs of exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, film screenings, online resources, creative development and research opportunities.

Our teams manage the university’s collections and cultural programs including presenting a range of events at The Capitol and exhibitions at RMIT Gallery, RMIT Design Hub Gallery and First Site Gallery. RMIT Culture is also the custodian of RMIT’s Cultural Collections (RMIT Design Archives, AFI Research Collection and RMIT Art Collection). You can visit a City Campus Culture trail featuring publicly accessible works from the RMIT Art Collection. We also offer cultural residencies, grants and prizes to support the creative sector and emerging practitioners.

By showcasing and expanding RMIT’s cultural assets through new initiatives and vibrant partnered projects, RMIT Culture strengthens RMIT’s position as a leading university for enterprise, design and innovation. 

We acknowledge the continuing culture of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation and their contribution to the life and art of this city, including those whose works are represented in RMIT’s exhibitions, collections and cultural resources.

Events | Live Event Recordings

Macumba

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 27 Feb 2024 - 22 Mar 2024

On-Site returns for 2024, sharing the work of Brazilian-born RMIT PhD candidate Cecilia Sordi Campos.

Archiving Fashion and Textiles: 30 Year Celebration

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 28 Feb 2024

During Fashion Week talk guests will have the opportunity to view rarely exhibited pieces from the RMIT Design Archives collection. Guest speaker, RMIT University's Dr. Tarryn Handcock will focus on the relevance of these collections today to emerging fashion designers. Presented as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival's Independent Programme.

Do the Right Thing (1989) and The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 28 Feb 2024

What was the best film you saw at uni?

execute_photography

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 01 Mar 2024 - 04 May 2024

Photography is constantly dying and being reborn. AI represents the latest stage of photography's transformation into a software output, cannibalising the camera and even transforming it into a set of executable text prompts

Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 01 Mar 2024 - 20 Apr 2024

Ulrich Wüst's photographic work captures his wanderings through German history, portraying the social and urban transformations from the GDR and its disintegration, through the German reunification to the present day. Wüst revives the German history in a new static way, where the past and present clash in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.

To See is to Change

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 01 Mar 2024 - 27 Apr 2024

RMIT Culture's Design Hub Gallery presents Bombay Tilts Down, 2022 and A Photogenic Line, 2019 by renowned Mumbai-based artist group CAMP.

Curatorial Tour – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 01 Mar 2024

Exhibition Curator Matthias Flügge joins us from Germany for an informative floor talk and exhibition tour.

Six Young Punks: GDR documentary double feature

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 02 Mar 2024

Across two documentaries, follow the lives of six young artists finding their voice in 70s and 80s East Germany. This screening at The Capitol accompanies the exhibition Wanderings About History – The Photography of Ulrich Wüst, on display at RMIT Gallery.

ASEAN Artistic Collaboration Showcase

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 04 Mar 2024

Join us at one of Melbourne's most iconic and spectacular venues, The Capitol, for a cultural collaborations showcase offering insights into the rich and diverse partnerships between Australia and ASEAN nations.

WIRE's Great Debate: The Good Old Days Weren't That Good

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 07 Mar 2024

RMIT is delighted to be partnering with women's information and referral service WIRE on International Women's Day, marking the trailblazing organisation's 40 years of service with a Great Debate.

Curatorial Tour – execute_photography

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 12 Mar 2024 - 14 Mar 2024

Join the curators as they move through the exhibition, discussing artworks and speculating on the many potential futures that current technologies open up for the medium of photography.

En-visioning infrastructure

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 12 Mar 2024

Join us at Design Hub Gallery for an immersive tour and subsequent conversation of our exhibition To see is to Change at RMIT Design Hub Gallery on the 12th of March, 2024.

News

Spaces & Programs

RMIT Gallery

A premier exhibition space which offers a program of local, Australian and international creative works, research outcomes and cultural stories.

Design Hub Gallery

With exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, Design Hub Gallery questions design's role in the world today.

First Site Gallery

First Site Gallery is RMIT’s student gallery presenting exhibitions from all study areas across the University.

AFI Research Collection

The AFI Research Collection is a specialist film and television industry resource open to the public.

RMIT University Art Collection

The RMIT University Art Collection is a cultural asset for the community and an educational and research resource.

RMIT Design Archives

The RMIT Design Archives actively collects and stores material relating to Melbourne design from the twentieth century.

The Capitol

The Capitol offers global and local programming and provides a 580-seat venue to host festivals, events, conferences and film.

Artothek

The RMIT Artothek Collection is the first dedicated university art lending library in Australia.

RMIT City Campus Culture Trail

The City Campus Culture trail features publicly accessible artworks from RMIT's Art Collection and sites of interest. Click on a point of interest to view the cultural space or artwork that's there, or scroll through the list of sites and find each location displayed on the map. Why not visit the works on a stroll through campus?

McCraith House

RMIT Culture's McCraith House Creative Residency Program offers independent creatives space and time to immerse themselves in their practice whilst being surrounded by the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula.

Stay in touch

RMIT Culture keeps audiences in the loop about the latest cultural events and activities across the university.


Images:

^The Capitol interior, 2020. Image courtesy of Tope Adesina.

*Metahaven: Field Report, installation view, RMIT Design Hub Gallery, 2020. Image courtesy of Tobias Titz.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.