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Join Professor David Forrest and the Quiddity curatorium as they discuss the challenges of curating an exhibition, and their view on successes and failures of their choices within the gallery space.
Curated by RMIT Gallery with interns from the RMIT Master of Arts (Arts Management) program,Quiddity (1 July - 20 August) at RMIT Gallery gives students the opportunity to put the skills they have learned into practice and tests whether theory can stand up to the real-time practicalities of curation in a public art gallery.
Drawn entirely from the RMIT University Art Collection, Quiddity displays new acquisitions alongside some of the University's older treasures, which have remained largely unseen for decades. Quiddity promises to disrupt the customary model of displaying art and RMIT Gallery's exhibition spaces will be translated into the visual language of the storeroom, where materials, provenance, condition, and size are given precedence over theme or chronology.
About the speakers
Professor David Forrest is the HDR Coordinator in the School of Art and Professor of Music Education in the School of Education and the School of Art at RMIT University. He has contributed to the fields of music, education and industry linked arts education, policy in music and arts, arts management and cultural development in addition to his work on the Russian composer and educator D.B.Kabalevsky.
Quiddity Masters Curatorium
RMIT Arts Management: Eleanor Boydell, Deborah Elmer, Clare Flynn, Brigid Hansen, Angela Maria Hernandez, Angela Ng, Lead Curator: Jon Buckingham (Collections Coordinator, RMIT Gallery), with Mamie Bishop (Gallery Assistant, RMIT Gallery).
Registration and bookings
RMIT Gallery is located at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets (Melways reference: 1A J4).
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.