Calling for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for the 2021 annual Exhibition Program.

Design Hub Gallery exists to ask questions about design's role in the world today and presents creative research at all phases of development. EOIs are accepted from designers, researchers, curators and others engaged in research in design.

This EOI is part of a two-stage application and review process, outlined below. At this time we are looking for concepts for ongoing collaborative development. All applications received will be initially discussed by the Design Hub Program Advisory Network. 

Before completing the application form please discuss your proposal with the Design Hub Gallery Curators and Creative Producer (contact details below). 

Applications are due by Monday 2 December 2019, 5.00pm AEST

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RMIT Design Hub Gallery exists to ask questions about design’s role in the world today. Through exhibitions, conversations, performances and publications, we explore the process of design – making space to imagine, test and risk new ideas together. Founded within RMIT University, the Design Hub Gallery has its roots in the city and in design research. But most of all, we’re a public place, a zone for exploration and a platform for exchange, locally and internationally. We’re an open space for discovery, questioning and experimentation. 

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we work. 


RMIT Design Hub Gallery accepts proposals from all those engaged in creative research, including:

  • The RMIT design community including staff, design researchers, alumni

  • The wider design community in Australia and internationally


Please complete the online Expression of Interest form here, which involves:

  • An outline of your exhibition concept (up to 300 words)
    Consider the following questions:
    - What are the issues/ideas/research questions you want to explore in the exhibition?
    - Why is it important for this idea/question to be explored as an exhibition (and not a book or a conference for example)?
    - Who is the intended audience for the exhibition? How will your exhibition address this audience?

  • A description of how the project will be displayed (up to 200 words)
    Consider the following questions:
    - What will be included in your exhibition?
    - What will your exhibition look like physically?
    - If you would like to supply a scaled drawing of your proposed project in situ, floor plans and specifications of the available spaces can be downloaded from our website here.

  • A (maximum) half page CV or bio for each participant in the exhibition

  • Support material
    - Please submit up to 10 captioned images (incl. diagrams & sketches), and no more than 5 minutes of video or audio relevant to your proposal.

  • Your preferred dates (please keep in mind that Design Hub Gallery is open Tuesday Friday 10 – 5pm and Saturdays 12 – 5pm)

  • A brief budget 
    - List income and expenditure and any external funding that you might bring to the project. 


All applications received will be discussed by the Advisory Network, which comprises a mix of RMIT design leaders and industry professionals including: the Design Hub Gallery Curators, the Design Hub Gallery Creative Producer, representatives from the School of Architecture and Urban Design, the School of Design, the School of Media and Communication, the School of Art, the School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT Design Archives, RMIT Gallery and invited external members (national and international). 

Applicants selected for ongoing development will be notified eight (8) weeks after the annual DHPAN meeting is concluded in January 2020. 

Selection Criteria:  

Applications that best demonstrate the following criteria will be considered for the Design Hub Gallery annual program:

  • How the concept works as an exhibition

  • Why Design Hub Gallery is an important context for the exhibition, and why an exhibition is an important context for the research

  • Demonstrated relevance and capacity for the project to stimulate critical debate and engage audiences

  • Viability (time and financial) and evidence of good planning

  • Diversity of participants involved in the exhibition (disciplines, cultural background, gender, etc.)


All exhibition proposals accepted into the program undergo a process of development with the Design Hub Gallery curatorial team. Design Hub Gallery offers significant support across all phases of exhibition planning and execution, including curatorial development, creative production, technical and installation support and marketing assistance. All Design Hub Gallery exhibitions are accompanied by a publication and public programs.


Please discuss your project with the Design Hub Gallery Curators Kate Rhodes, Fleur Watson and and Creative Producer Nella Themelios before submitting an application. We also highly recommend that you visit the Gallery before submitting a proposal and / or review past exhibitions via the archive on our website.  

Kate Rhodes 
Design Hub Gallery Curator 
Ph: 03 9925 2041 (Mon-Wed)

Fleur Watson
Design Hub Gallery Curator 
Ph: 03 9925 1520 (Wed-Fri)

Nella Themelios
Creative Producer
Ph: 03 9925 0447


Image: All the jewellery Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can’t be bothered, RMIT Design Hub Gallery, 2019. Photo: Tobias Titz.