The RMIT University Art Collection, a source of inspiration for scholars and students for more than 125 years, will take a leap into the 21st century when it is launched online this week.
The intuitive website will feature about 1000 works from the collection, including fine art, photography, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, new media and a groundbreaking sonic arts collection.
The result is a meticulously annotated fully searchable database displaying works from the RMIT Art Collection over the past 125 years, giving lecturers, research students and the global public access to the collection.
Suzanne Davies, RMIT Gallery Director and Chair, RMIT University Art Collection Committee, said cataloguing the entire collection took four intensive years, starting with incomplete paper records to full accounting of all the fine art works that the University holds, in keeping with international best practice.
“While we try to rotate the works and make them as accessible as possible, our ability to show the entire collection is limited,” Ms Davies said.
“Bringing the RMIT Art Collection online provides a global showcase for the university’s strengths in the design and fine art sphere, revealing its remarkable and esoteric collections and illustrating how these areas are in dialogue with each other.
“The launch of the collection online also highlights RMIT’s commitment to global education and technology and to Australia’s cultural history – and its future.”
The RMIT Art Collection tells the history of the University through the creative output of its staff and alumni, and reflects RMIT’s core values of innovation, creativity, sustainability and social engagement.
It provides a considerable overview of Australian art history and includes some of the most highly regarded and successful artists that both the country and RMIT have produced, including significant alumni Sam Leach, Lisa Roet, Vincent Fantauzzo, Robert Jacks, Clement Meadmore, Helen Brack and Reko Rennie.
What: Launch of the RMIT Art Collection online – http://rmitartcollection.com.au
When: Wednesday 25 March, 5.30-7pm
Where: RMIT Gallery, Building 16, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
RSVP: (03) 9925 1717. Strictly admittance to media only
For interviews and general media enquiries: Evelyn Tsitas, RMIT Gallery Media Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (03) 9925 1716.