RMIT University is bringing a fresh blast of public art to Melbourne with its first Winter Blast arts festival set to take off from Wednesday, 24 August.
The inaugural Winter Blast 2016 is showcasing 30 commissioned artists and their works - including performance, 13-storey light projections, 3D installations and billboard artworks – all using an enormous construction site on the campus as a canvas.
The New Academic Street is a campus redevelopment project revitalising key student facilities and creating laneways and arcades which will connect with the surrounding city streets. This is the artists’ canvas.
School of Art student and commissioned artist Cordelia Crosbie’s work Universal Secret Handshake will see giant-sized humans greeting each other over Swanston Street.
“It’s been an incredible experience to be involved and I can’t wait to see my work up there projected 13-storeys high,” Crosbie said.
Festival curator and College of Design and Social Context teacher, Grace Leone, said it was a great opportunity for RMIT’s established and emerging artists to get involved in a real-world project.
Leone, who is also a member of the RMIT Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), said: “The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory Public Art Program has been designed to weave and harness the talent of RMIT into the New Academic Street construction project by using its own site footprint as a canvas to nurture and present new and established creative practitioners.”
What: Winter Blast launch
When: from 5.30pm, Wednesday 24 August
Where: Building 10, opposite 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For interviews, artist contacts and hi-res images contact: Jane Kenrick, (03) 9925 6288, 0419 388 354, or Di Cohen, (03) 9925 6281, 0415 759 383.