About Urban Animators: Living Laboratory

The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory public art program has been designed to weave and harness the talent of RMIT into the life of the New Academic Street (NAS) construction project by using its own site footprint as a canvas to nurture and present new and established creative practitioners.

As a significant landholder in the city of Melbourne with over 400,000 square metres of building space, RMIT’s City campus is very much a part of Melbourne’s streetscape.

The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory will encourage urban exploration, producing artistic installations that respond to the dynamic and changing nature of the live New Academic Street construction environment. Art installations will be displayed in a range of prominent spaces, including on construction hoarding, building facades and within specified areas of the construction site.

We are inviting artists to make their mark on Melbourne’s CBD with the rare opportunity to showcase their work on prominent public canvases scattered across RMIT’s City campus.

Urban Animators: Living Laboratory allows RMIT’s globally-renowned creative community to transform and enliven the City campus over a two-and-a-half year public art program.

Open to current students, staff and alumni, the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory encourages submissions for artistic installations that respond to a number of areas within and around the NAS construction area.

The Urban Animators program offers the University the chance to give back to the city while showcasing established and emerging local artists.

The program aims to encourage collaboration, provocation, solidarity and exchange among RMIT students, staff and alumni.

More than 50 artworks will be commissioned over two-and-a-half years, providing significant public exposure and funding to students, staff and alumni artists.

Expressions of Interest will be released to produce new artworks twice per year and will coincide with Semester 1 and 2 academic programs.

Urban Animators: Living Laboratory is brought to you by RMIT’s New Academic Street Project Team and the RMIT School of Art’s Centre for Art Society and Transformation in the context of the School of Art’s Work Integrated Learning Program.