2016 Semester 2 Expression of Interest

An exciting opportunity exists to contribute to the transformation of RMIT’s iconic City campus.

Throughout 2016, the Centre for Art Society and Transformation (CAST), in association with the RMIT New Academic Street (NAS) Project Office, will be calling for expressions of interest in participating in the production of artworks for construction hoardings, 3D installations and projections incorporated into and around the construction site.

Urban Animators: Living Laboratory Brief


“The urban, as the site of complex relations (economic, political, social, and cultural), requires an equally complex range of perspectives and responses that can address both current conditions and future possibilities… a framework that through the conjoining of ecology and urbanism can provide the knowledge, methods and clues of what the urban can be in years to come” - Mohsen Mostafavi.

The theme for the second expression of interest for 2016 will be 'Political Ecology'. We encourage applicants to explore the theme from the unique perspective of their individual disciplines.

Location and Installation

Various sites directly related to the NAS construction are available for artists to create a site-responsive artwork. Examples include the hoarding along Bowen Street, inside Buildings 8, 10 and 12, and the gantries along Swanston and Franklin Streets. Suitable locations will be confirmed via direct correspondence during the EOI process.

Sites for construction hoarding artwork

The construction hoarding is located in highly visible areas around RMIT. Artwork responses that are ‘spatial’ in character and intent are encouraged, particularly if they are flexible and adaptable to the changing conditions of a construction site. Artists will be able to propose the extent of construction hoarding that is required for the concept; an artwork response can occupy part of or the full extent of the available construction hoarding.

Specification of hoarding

The construction hoarding regularly moves as the NAS project progresses. Therefore, the specification and the whereabouts of the hoarding will be communicated directly during the EOI process.

Site for projection

There are also opportunities for projection artworks to be displayed on the building façades of RMIT.

Opportunities for small scale projection installations within the construction zone along Bowen Street exist.

Who can apply?

Current RMIT students, staff and alumni are welcome to enter a submission. Please note: all members of a group must be affiliated with RMIT, as stated.

Group work, cross discipline and vertically integrated scholarship collaboration is encouraged and will be viewed favourably as part of the selection criteria.

Submission requirements

  1. 200 words (PDF format) outlining how the artwork responds to the theme: ‘Political Ecology’ in the urban context.
  2. Nominate if artwork is for the construction hoarding, 3D installation or digital projection.
  3. Nominate preferred location of proposed artwork and extent.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV) of the individual artists in the group (PDF format).
  5. Three images of existing or previous work (PDF format). All images should include title, dates, materials, dimensions and locations.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and images of previous work to be compiled into one PDF document for uploaded, electronic submission. Please ensure the following naming convention is used for all submissions:

Artist Surname_ Artist Firstname _Title of work.pdf

If submitting as a group, please nominate a contact artist.

Note: submissions not following the above requirements will be returned to artist.

How to submit

Please submit your Expression of Interest here.

Selection process

Artist group submission will undergo several rounds of shortlisting. The first round will be conducted by a reference group consisting of representatives from the New Academic Street Project Group, School of Art, School of Architecture and Design, School of Fashion and Textiles, School of Media and Communications, College of Science, Engineering and Health, and the Student Experience Stakeholder committee.

Successful shortlisted artist groups will be paid an acquisition fee to develop their concepts into images for final selection by the reference group. Shortlisted artist groups will be able to engage with the curator to identify suitable materials, installation methods and locations for hoarding artworks.

Selected successful artist groups will be paid an acquisition fee for the realization and commission of their artwork.

All artists and artistic processes will be required to be open and flexible to a curatorial method that reflects and responds to the changing environment of the construction site.


Chosen artist groups will be required to supply artwork in a digital format only for artwork on construction hoarding that is 2-dimensional in nature. Printing and installation will be managed by the NAS project team.

Artwork that is 3-dimensionial in nature, including installations and construction hoarding, will be produced (including supply of all material) and installed by the artist group in consultation with the curator and the NAS project team.

Large-scale projection artwork on building facades will be installed by a technician with the artist supplying the digital file in required format.

Small-scale projection artworks that may form part of the 3D installation installed within the construction zone will be produced (including supply of all material) and installed by the artist group in consultation with the curator and the NAS project team.

Collaboration and advice with the artist will be sought once final artwork moves into production and installation phases.

Artist fees

All shortlisted artist groups will be paid an acquisition fee to develop their concept.

Projection and 2D Construction Hoarding Artwork

Selected artist groups will be paid an acquisition fee for the realisation and commission of their artwork.

3D Installation Artwork within construction zone and on construction hoarding

Selected artist groups will be paid an acquisition fee for the realisation (including materials and installation) and commission of their artwork. Selected artist groups will be asked to submit a proposed budget for the 3D installation artwork.

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact Grace Leone, Curator via nas@rmit.edu.au. We wish you the best of luck with your submission and look forward to reviewing your work.

Submit your Expression of Interest here.