A new partnership between the National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT will combine academic research and student work with curatorial excellence to strengthen Victoria’s design industry.
As NGV Design Partner, RMIT will collaborate on the inaugural Victorian Design Program to be delivered by the Gallery, in partnership with the Victorian Government, over the next three years.
“RMIT has been collaborating with the NGV since the inception of its Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture in early 2015,” said Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President.
“The Gallery is the first in Australia to embrace architecture and design as a collective and we applaud and support NGV’s vision for Victoria as an international hub for design.
“As Design Partner, we have now formalised our support and I look forward to a close and rewarding relationship between our two organisations.”
Tony Ellwood, Director of the NGV, said: "RMIT and NGV have shared expertise and ambitions for quality design and architectural outcomes.
"The NGV is very grateful for RMIT University’s support as the NGV’s official Design Partner and looks forward to collaborating during Melbourne Design Week 2017."
The Victorian Design Program will provide a curated year-round calendar of events for the design industry, students, businesses and the public.
The 2017 calendar begins with Melbourne Design Week from 16-26 March. To date there are more than 100 talks, exhibitions, tours, workshop and launches happening over the 10 days.
Fleur Watson, RMIT Design Hub Curator, said: “RMIT is currently involved with 12 Melbourne Design Week events across the campus showcasing a diverse range of creative works from academics, alumni and students.
“We are particularly pleased that the major exhibition High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion will form part of the Melbourne Design Week program at RMIT Design Hub. Additionally, Design Hub will host a one-night only exhibition and event called The Temporal Pavilion on 21 March.
“The exhibition and event includes presentations from the 2016 entrants to the NGV Summer Architecture Commission along with the announcement of the 2017 shortlist.
“The depth and diversity of the Melbourne Design Week program is inspiring and we’re delighted to be contributing significantly to this new initiative by the NGV and the Victorian Government.”