Overview

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 research practice. But most of all we are a public place, a zone for exploration and a platform for exchange, locally and internationally. We are an open space for discovery, questioning and experimentation.

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

 

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RMIT Design Hub Gallery is part of RMIT Culture.

RMIT Culture brings together the university’s cultural spaces, creative programs and art, film, design and research collections, providing valuable support for the university’s learning and teaching activities and opportunities to inspire creativity and collaboration. By showcasing and expanding RMIT’s cultural assets through new initiatives, RMIT Culture helps facilitate a University-wide approach to cultural engagement.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday to Friday

    10am – 5pm
  • Saturday

    12 – 5pm
  • Sunday and Monday

    Closed
  • Closed Public Holidays.

Location

Level 2, Building 100, RMIT University
Corner Victoria & Swanston Streets
Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053

Entry to Design Hub Gallery
via the Victoria Street forecourt

Gallery located below street level

Accessibility

Accessibility

Design Hub Gallery welcomes all visitors and is committed to making our exhibitions and programs accessible to everyone.

Wheelchair Access

Design Hub Gallery is wheelchair accessible and there is a disabled parking space just outside on Swanston Street. The gallery is located on level 2, one floor down from street level. Please note street level in Building 100 is level 3.

You can enter via the lifts on level 3 just inside the buildings main entrance at the corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets or via the Victoria Street ramp.

Wheelchair accessible bathrooms are located on street level and within the gallery itself. The gallery is an open plan space, with no stairs or elevated areas.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome at Design Hub Gallery.

Hearing Loops

Hearing loops are available in both gallery spaces.

Blind Or Low Vision

All wayfinding signage in the gallery spaces include Braille and raised letters.

Contact Us

Contact Us

General information: hello.designhub@rmit.edu.au

Contact number: 03 9925 3528

*Please note that Design Hub Gallery is not available for event hire, photoshoots or exhibitions that have not been selected through our annual program call-out. If you are interested to apply, please sign-up to our mailing list for future alerts.

Staff

Kate Rhodes, Curator
kate.rhodes@rmit.edu.au

Fleur Watson, Curator
fleur.watson@rmit.edu.au

Nella Themelios, Creative Producer
nella.themelios@rmit.edu.au

Erik North, Production Coordinator
erik.north@rmit.edu.au

Tim McLeod, Production Assistant
tim.mcleod@rmit.edu.au

Michaela Bear, Curatorial Assistant
michaela.bear@rmit.edu.au

 

Volunteer

Volunteer applications for Metahaven: Field Report now open.

Volunteer at RMIT Design Hub Gallery as part of our upcoming exhibition Metahaven: Field Report (Saturday 7 March – Saturday 9 May). Gain valuable skills, develop new networks and expand your knowledge in a broad range of design fields. Metahaven: Field Report focuses on the intersection of digital media, technology and politics, which have become plagued by a lack of accountability in today’s era of information overload. Everybody has become a broadcaster, designer, filmmaker, prosecutor, judge, key witness, perpetrator and storyteller. Metahaven’s films and visual installations explore the increasingly blurred line between fact and fiction.

Volunteers play an important role at RMIT Design Hub Gallery; they are the public face of exhibitions and assist with the day-to-day running of our public spaces. Volunteers at Design Hub Gallery gain valuable skills, acquire new knowledges and develop networks within the design community.

Volunteer applications are currently closed.

Síofra Lyons, Operations Assistant
siofra.lyons@rmit.edu.au

Michaela Bear, Curatorial Assistant
michaela.bear@rmit.edu.au

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Assist with the delivery of public programs
  • Greet visitors and provide directions
  • Provide visitors with information about Design Hub Gallery and specific exhibitions and programs
  • Invigilate
  • Maintain the public spaces
  • General event operations support (some out of hours)
  • Administrative duties as required

Time Requirements

  • The program requires availability of at least one three hour shift per week for the duration of the exhibition (Saturday 7 March – Saturday 9 May).

  • Shift times are:
    Tuesday – Friday: 11am – 2pm / 1 – 4pm
    Saturday: 12 – 3pm / 2 – 5pm

Benefits

  • Skills development
  • Networking
  • Written references where appropriate
  • Design knowledge
  • Invitations to openings and special events
  • To apply, please email the Volunteer Registration Form, your resume and weekly availability the Curatorial or Operations Assistant

Apply

Applications are now closed for the 2021 annual Exhibitions Program. Applications for the 2022 program will open at the end of 2020. 

Design Hub Gallery encourages the public presentation of creative, practice research at all phases of development. Expressions of interest are accepted from researchers, practicing designers, organisations, curators and others engaged in creative practice research.

The EOI is part of a two stage process. We are looking for concepts for ongoing collaborative development. All applications received will be initially reviewed by the Design Hub Gallery Program Advisory Network.

Before completing the application form please discuss your proposal with the Design Hub Gallery curators.

Eligibility

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

  • The RMIT design community including staff, design researchers / students, alumni
  • The wider design community in Australia and internationally

Application Process

Please complete the online Expression of Interest form which involves:

  • An outline of your exhibition concept (up to 200 words)

Consider the following questions:

What issues/ideas/research questions are you exploring in the exhibition?

Why do you want to exhibit at RMIT Design Hub Gallery and how will our remit to exhibit design research be a useful/important context for the exhibition?

Who is the intended audience for the exhibition?

  • A description of the exhibition design and/or how the project will be displayed (up to 150 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.
  • 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 to Friday 10am– 5pm and Saturdays 12 – 5pm).
  • A brief budget.