EOI Semester 2 Frequently Asked Questions

Urban Animators: Living Laboratory Public Art Program

Why are you running this program?

With construction activity a constant across the City and the New Academic Street (NAS) capital works project is in full swing on the City campus, the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory program seeks to use the NAS construction site as a canvas to showcase the talent available here at RMIT through its students, staff and alumni. Successful artists will be paid for their commissioned works that will be displayed on prominent public canvases scattered across the campus.

About the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory Elective

Who can enrol?

All current RMIT students, staff and alumni are invited to submit an Expression of Interest.

What is the theme of the Urban Animators Living Laboratory program?

“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.

What’s required to submit an expression of interest (EOI)?

See the Expression of Interest page for details.

Do artists get paid?

There is no payment for the initial EOI submission. Shortlisted groups will be paid a fee of $500 for further concept development. If successful, commissioned groups will each receive an artist fee between $1500 – 5000, depending on the type of response selected. Works will range from 2D construction hoarding responses to 3D installations within the construction site.

How will my artwork be displayed?

Successful works will range from 2D construction hoarding responses to 3D installations within and around the New Academic Street construction site, (Buildings 8, 10, 12 and 14). Projection responses will also be accepted, with the facades of Building 10 or 12 used as a canvas. Smaller scale projection responses will be accepted and projection mapping is encouraged.

Is the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory program open to individual artists as well as groups?

Yes – it is open to individuals and groups. Group work, cross discipline and vertically integrated scholarship collaboration is encouraged.


When will the artwork be displayed?

Hoarding and 3D installation artwork will be displayed in early 2017 until end of Semester 2. Projections will be displayed every night for one week onto Building 10 or 12 during August 2017.

When is the deadline for EOI submissions?

All EOI concept submissions, for hoardings and both projection sessions will be due by late September 2016. Exact dates will be specified through direct correspondence.

When will I know if my EOI submission has been shortlisted?

Shortlisted EOI submissions will be notified within 3-4 weeks of entry.

How many EOI submissions will be shortlisted?

Up to 20 concepts will be shortlisted.

When should finalists submit final artwork?

Final artworks should be submitted in November 2016.

How long will artworks be on public display?

All artworks will be displayed in 2017. Hoarding and 3D location and timings will need to determined but the intention is to have them on display for the large part of Semester 1. The Projection artworks will be displayed for a week in August 2017.

What if I can’t find anyone to collaborate with?

Individual submissions will be accepted.

I am not sure about submission expectations. Will there be a workshop to assist hoarding artwork EOI applicants?

A general information session will be held during the EOI submission period in early September 2016. The session will provide applicants with assistance to respond to the EOI’s technical requirements and submission queries. There will be follow up sessions for shortlisted artists for their different categories.


Who applies artwork to hoarding?

RMIT appointed contractors will install hoarding artworks.

What material will the hoarding artwork be applied to?

This will be subject to discussion and based on the submitted artwork, and the best format for it to be presented.

What size will the final hoarding artwork be?

The Bowen Street fixed hoarding dimensions are about 2.1 metres tall. The length of the work will be determined at the concept stage, depending on the individual art work proposed.

In which digital format should final hoarding artwork be supplied?

The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory workshop will be held for the shortlisted artists to assist them with their hoarding artwork image requirements.

How will the winning artist/s be attributed on the displayed hoarding?

Artists will be credited on their artwork and a description will be affixed close to the installation. All supporting communications and marketing (e.g. website, news stories, etc.) will credit artists.

Ownership of work

Who will own the artwork following the Campaign?

The artwork commission includes an acquisition fee, so RMIT will take ownership of all artwork. Details about how the artists will be able to reproduce images will be determined in the artists’ contracts.

What will happen to the artwork following the Campaign?

All artwork will be sustainably repurposed with the permission of the artist.


Who should I contact if this Q&A doesn’t answer my question?

Please send an email to the Urban Animators curator, Grace Leone, via nas@rmit.edu.au