First Site Gallery

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

Current exhibitions

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The Act of Looking by Jana Papantoniou

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 16 Apr 2024 - 10 May 2024

The Act of Looking pieces together old prints from Jana Papantoniou's personal archives to create new bodies of work in a monochromatic puzzle of pictorial language.

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Between personal and political: material substances, transactions, actions, and movements by Jing Liang

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 16 Apr 2024 - 10 May 2024

Between personal and political pays homage to working women in a collection of experimental ceramic works navigating physical labour, feminism and family history.

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I Spoke To An Echo: The Jewellery Studio as an Archive of Human Interaction with Material by Teegan Horat

Icon / Small / Calendar Created with Sketch. 16 Apr 2024 - 10 May 2024

As an RMIT University student, Teegan Horat fell in love with the community in the jewellery studios, a discipline often misrepresented or misunderstood by the public.

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First Site opening celebration - Jing Liang, Jana Papantoniou and Teegan Horat

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Please join us to celebrate the opening of The Act of Looking by Jana Papantoniou, Between personal and political by Jing Liang and I Spoke to an Echo by Teegan Horat at First Site Gallery!

Previous exhibitions

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.  

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!

RMIT is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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 on how we are keeping safe, please see the University’s commitment here.

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

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: galleries@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.