First Site Gallery

Come and explore your creative side at RMIT's student gallery.

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About

First Site is RMIT's student gallery, that presents student exhibitions and events throughout the year. In the past First Site have been led by a student committee who rotate on a yearly basis. In 2022 First Site continues to be impacted by COVID-19 and as a result certain programs are on hold. 

First Site is part of RMIT Culture. 

RMIT Culture brings together the university’s cultural spaces, creative programs and art, film, design and research collections, providing opportunities to inspire the whole community and valuable support for the university’s learning and teaching activities. By showcasing and expanding RMIT’s cultural assets through new initiatives and vibrant partnered projects RMIT Culture helps facilitate an enterprise-wide approach to cultural engagement.

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We are COVID safe

We look forward to welcoming you to First Site Gallery! 

The Victorian Government announced changes to COVID settings which came into place at 11:59pm, Friday 24 June. As of Monday 4 July, RMIT has aligned its policies with the Victorian Government and has now safely removed vaccination requirements. All staff, students and visitors are no longer required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or hold a valid medical exemption to attend any RMIT campus or facility. There is also no requirement for staff, students and visitors to show proof of vaccination to attend campus.

We will continue to review our vaccination requirements in the context of the most current government orders, community feedback and public health advice, to determine what vaccination requirements will be in place.

For the safety of other visitors and staff, we strongly encourage visitors to maintain at least 1.5m distance between yourself and others, and mask-wearing is strongly encouraged.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit First Site Gallery.

Other measures in place at First Site Gallery include enhanced cleaning throughout the gallery and hand sanitiser on offer. 

For more information, visit www.rmit.edu.au/covid/

Our history

The antecedent of First Site Gallery can be traced back to the formation of a Gallery Collective in 1968 that was created soon after the establishment of RMIT Union (now RMIT Student Life). The first gallery, known as ‘The Collective Space’ ran exhibition programs from June to December each year as well as events, such as chess club nights, music performances and discussion groups. 

The union’s gallery was relocated and renamed three times over the next fifteen years until, in 1996, it was moved to its current site and named First Site. From its inception, First Site was conceived as a space to provide students with a conduit into creative practice, independently from RMIT’s teaching programs. 

As its founders imagined, First Site provided students with a space where they could experiment, take risks and learn about presenting their work publicly. In the past 23 years, First Site has presented over 850 exhibitions involving 4000 students that were appreciated by audiences of over 400,000. 

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Contact

Physical Address: Storey Hall Basement, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Location: Melbourne City campus, Building 16

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 5pm

Email: first.site@rmit.edu.au

Phone: +61 3 9925 1717

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Accessibility status

First Site is accessible via a lift. The entrance is on Rodda Lane opposite Building 8. First Site has DDA compliant and gender neutral bathrooms.

First Site is committed to increasing accessibility to our exhibitions and events. If you have specific requirements please get in touch.

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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.