If you’re a city commuter, you’ll have something new to look at this autumn as you wander through the historic underground depths of Campbell Arcade to get to Degraves Street.
Subway grit meets artistic flair when the “Dirty Dozen” glass display cases along the underpass beneath Flinders Street houses an exhibition of works from RMIT University Fine Art students and graduates based in Melbourne and overseas.
The exhibition, Museum of International Connectivity, explores themes of location, identity and temporality while focusing on the role museums have in presenting cross-cultural and international dialogue.
Dr Phil Edwards, from the RMIT School of Art, is curating the exhibition in collaboration with the Hong Kong Art School, which delivers RMIT Fine Art programs to an international cohort.
“RMIT has had strong links with Hong Kong for 18 years, which has produced some stunning work that has gained international recognition, so we have been able to bring together some fantastic artists from all over Asia,” Edwards said.
The exhibition features artists who are represented by the Saatchi collection, Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Shenzen Biennale and international art galleries.
Artists will utilise a variety of mediums, including print-making, video, painting, sculpture and photography.
RMIT Master of Art graduate and PhD candidate Pia Johnson uses photography and bright neon colours to unpack the Eurasian identity, and the complexity of owning cultural customs and costumes.
“The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a great public space to be able to present work as the audience are not only people who are there to look at the art like in a traditional gallery, but also those passing through,” Johnson said.
“I think collaborating in group shows is important for creative communities, understanding cultural moments and also experiencing a diverse range of ideas and artistic forms within one space.
“RMIT has provided the unique ability to have several artists connect and create a dialogue between works to potentially gain more meaning.”
What: Museum of International Connectivity – International Art Exhibition
When: Installation dates: Tuesday 19 April – Monday 25 April. Exhibition dates: Tuesday 26 April – Monday 20 June
Where: The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Arcade, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne
For general media enquiries: Louise Handran, (03) 9925 9088 or 0400 715 363.