RMIT Gallery: 2005 Exhibitions

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)

December 2004 – 26 February 2005

NATSIAA profiles contemporary emerging and established indigenous artists from a range of different cultural and artistic backgrounds. The diverse range of works include art with reference to traditions, such as bark painting and fibrework, as well as cutting-edge painting and sculpture. Presented by the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and sponsored by Telstra, this travelling exhibition presents a selection of works from recipients of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Gabriel Maralngurra, Contact Theme – The Berndts

Gabriel Maralngurra, Contact Theme – The Berndts, natural pigments on linen, 1050 x 1950mm, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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Dressed To The Eyes: The Fashions Of Hall Ludlow

14 March – 30 April 2005

Sculptural, sumptuous, yet spiritual and subtle. Hall Ludlow's work has left an indelible mark on the Australian fashion history. As Australia's first true 'couturier' Ludow opened his dress salon in Melbourne in 1949, and subsequently in Hong Kong and Sydney. Ludlow developed a distinct aesthetic and style of dressing that competed with the best of international design trends, and was awarded the prestigious Gown of the Year award in 1953 and in 1959. Ludlow collaborated with celebrated local photographers Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith and Bruno Benini and elite models such as Diane Masters and Maggie Tabberer. Many of these fashion photographs are iconic references to Melbourne during the 1950s. Sourced from private collections this exhibition includes a range of fashions spanning fifty years, from wedding gowns to sun hats and a selection of rare archival material including original toiles, decorative trims, scrap books, photographs and film footage. This exhibition is part of the 2005 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Curated by Suzanne Davies and Diane Masters with Curatorial Advisor, Robyn Healy.

Athol Shmith (Australia 1914-1990), Gown of the Year Award, 1959

Athol Shmith (Australia 1914-1990), Gown of the Year Award, 1959
Model: Diane Masters. Reproduced courtesy of Michael Shmith

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IRWIN: Like To Like

14 March – 30 April 2005

The collaborative artists’ group IRWIN has been a dynamic force in contemporary Eastern European art for some twenty years. Comprised of five artists from Slovenia, IRWIN: Like to Like focuses on three recent installations which cleverly unpick the idea of an artistic ‘avant garde’ in the context of Central and Eastern Europe. This mixed-media exhibition includes six large-scale colour photographs depicting actions and projects in landscape; the result of contemporary reconstructions of performance art by 1970s art movement OHO. IRWIN’s work highlights the paradox of art-making practice in Eastern Europe which is re-establishing itself after Communism.


  • Dusan Mandic
  • Borut Vogelnik
  • Andrej Savski
  • Roman Uranjek
  • Miran Mohar.

Curated by Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Travelling Exhibition.

IRWIN, Corpse of Art, 2003

IRWIN, Corpse of Art, mixed media, 2003

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A Matter Of Time: 16th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial

13 May – 25 June 2005

The Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial is recognised nationally as Australia’s pre-eminent textile related exhibition. The 16th Biennial focuses on time and temporality. Drawn from a diversity of practices including visual art, craft, multimedia, performance, fashion and design, the works engage with the transformation of matter into expressions of time.


  • John Barbour
  • Sue Blanchfield
  • Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation
  • Georgina Cresswell
  • India Flint
  • Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr
  • Desley Henry
  • Meredith Hughes
  • Sara Lindsay
  • Paull McKee
  • Sebastian Di Mauro
  • Linda Lou Murphy
  • Andrew Nicholls,
  • Monique van Nieuwland
  • Rosemary O’Rourke
  • Sue Pedley
  • Sharon Peoples
  • Julie Ryder
  • Sue Saxon
  • Anne Zahalka
  • S!X
  • Holly Story
  • Christian Bumbarra Thompson
  • Liz Williamson
  • Louiseann Zahra.

Curated by Suzie Attiwill.

Travelling Exhibition.

Linda Lou Murphy, drawing threads

Linda Lou Murphy, drawing threads, a sequence of performative actions with artifacts
Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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Goran Petercol: Light2

30 June – 23 July 2005

This exhibition is based on Petercol’s exploration of light as a medium of visual art. He experiments with light in a painterly manner, juxtaposing layer upon layer of light to construct multifaceted spatial installations. Petercol’s light installations draw with directional light sources and manipulated linear forms to cast organic, fragile shadows. Through the interaction of the tangible and abstract he creates transcendental spatial drawings that physically and effectively engage the viewer.

Curated by Suzanne Davies, Director, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.

Goran Petercol, Dubrovnik and Rotterdam, 1994

Goran Petercol, Dubrovnik and Rotterdam, from the series Sjene Cities, 1994, installation at Pablau Scala, Valencia, mixed media

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Out Of Print: Gordon Bennett

4 July – 23 July 2005

Gordon Bennett describes his background as an indigenous Australian as being fundamental to his view of life and his artistic expression. He refers to colonial history and the documented violence towards Aborigines by the early colonists as well as the current issues of death in custody of Aborigines in the 1990’s.

This exhibition of 120 works forms a visual essay of Bennett's print-media practice between 1984 to 2004. Included in this exhibition are examples of his earlier traditional and labour-intensive printmaking techniques to his recent computer generated printing, tracing his various motivations for the move out of print, into the print-out.

Bennett’s practise has spanned various media including: painting, print, video, performance, drawing, installation and more recently sound, animation and music clips.

Curated by Simon Wright, Director, Griffith Gallery at Queensland College of Art.

Travelling exhibition.

Gordon Bennett, Boomerang, 1996

Gordon Bennett, Home Décor (after Margaret Preston), Boomerang, 1996, inkjet on paper, edition of 10, 30.5 x 23cm

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Slow Burn: The Art Of Nick Mourtzakis

4 July – 23 July 2005

Slow Burn features a selection of exquisitely refined paintings and drawings. At a time when many contemporary artists have adopted the role of production designer rather than maker, Mourtzakis is an artist who revels in the role of material creator. His drawings have been described as works of subtle intricacy and arresting stillness, and his paintings so honed that they function as icons of our urban and industrial environs. Mourtzakis works within the traditional genres of painting and drawing: portraiture, figure drawing, still-life, interiors and landscape.

Curated by Suzanne Davies, Director, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne.

Nick Mourtzakis, Ochre ship,1998

Nick Mourtzakis, Ochre ship,1998, oil on canvas, 205 x 255mm

New Trends Of Architecture In Europe And Asia-Pacific 2004–2005

10 August – 17 September 2005

This internationally touring exhibition creates dynamic encounters between Europe, Asia and the Pacific through architecture, a diverse art form.

The selected works represent the architects and city planners who are generating a new art of global living, but instead of defining a universal approach we see a network of endless diversity. The exhibition includes twenty architects from Europe and the Asia-Pacific and will be shown in Australia, China, France, Ireland, Japan and Korea.

Architects: EUROPE

Austria: BKK-3 ZT GmbH, Finland: Ocean North, France: dECoi Architects, Germany: Jurgen Mayer H, Ireland: Hassett Ducates Architects, Italy: Elastico, Netherlands: Rene van zuuk Architecten bv, Portugal: Didier Fiuza Faustino, Slovenia: Sadar Vuga Arhitekti, Spain: RCR Arquitectes (Rafael Aranda, Carne Pigem, Ramon Vilalta),.

Architects: ASIA-PACIFIC

Australia: Kerstin Thompson, China: Chang Yung Ho, Hong Kong: Rocco Yim, Korea: Yi Jong Ho, Malaysia: ZLG Sdn Bhd, Japan: Atelier Bow-Wow, Shigeru Ban, Nobuaki Furuya, Kengo Kuma, Sei Takeyama.

Travelling Exhibition: Organized by “New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific” Committee. Co-organized by Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture, Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administration Region, Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Rocco Design Ltd., Bamboo Pavilion, 2000

Rocco Design Ltd., Bamboo Pavilion, Berlin, Germany, Hong Kong, China, 2000

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Buda Contemporary Australian Silver And Metalwork Award

10 August – 17 September 2005

Established in 1988 to commemorate the work of colonial gold and silversmith, Ernest Leviny, who lived at Buda in Castlemaine, this exhibition presents the work of professional and student metalsmiths vying for a series of awards.

This is the leading event in Australia for the promotion of contemporary gold and silversmiths and jewellers, celebrating innovation, excellence in design and the traditions of the craft in a contemporary context.

Artists: Diane Appleby, Roseanne Bartley, Vito Bila, Sean Booth, Shirley Cho, David Clayton, Simon Cottrell, Joung Mee Do, Mark Edgoose, Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Marcus Foley, Stephen Gallagher, Kirsten Haydon, Glen Henke, Marian Hosking, Rik Juod, Daehoon Kang, Hong-rye Kim, Shanyn Linklater, Glenice Mathews, Vanessa Raimondo, Amy Renshaw, Gilbert Riedelbauch, Christopher Robertson, Beatrice Schlabowsky, Dore Stockhausen, Louisa Vilde.

Travelling Exhibition.

Joungmee Do, Object Container

Joungmee Do, Object Container, copper, steel, gilding metal, 925 sterling silver, fine silver, pure gold, monel, H200 x Ø 120mm, W150 x W134 Ø 100mm

Martin Sastre: Hola Australia! The Iberoamerican Trilogy

27 September – 5 November 2005

The Iberoamerican Trilogy, a recent video project by Uruguayan artist, Martin Sastre, is an ironic and humorous commentary on the international art scene, from the eyes of a Latin American artist trying to establish himself in the mainstream art world. The Iberoamerican Trilogy recounts the future of the planet beginning with the fall of Hollywood and the creation of a new order, the Iberoamerican Axis - when the world finally becomes known by its real name: The Third World.

Travelling Exhibition: Artspace, Sydney.

Martin Sastre, Hola Australia! – the iberoamerican trilogy, 2005

Martin Sastre, Hola Australia! – theiberoamerican trilogy, video installation, 2005
Image courtesy of Artspace.

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Stephen Little & Nike Savvas: A Million Suns

27 September – 5 November 2005

A Million Suns is a collaborative installation by London-based Australian artist Nike Savvas, and Stephen Little. This multi-screen installation references contemporary discourses on several playful levels. It melds fluid ink-like shapes and shifting areas of cognition within a hybrid sensibility, engaging painting within an expanded field. Morphing colour and shapes, at times similar to ink blot tests, are projected on to the walls. An accompanying narrative formatted in an accessible children’s story, relates directly to the concerns of the visuals.

Stephen Little and Nike Savvas, A Million Suns, 2005

Stephen Little and Nike Savvas, A Million Suns, Video installation, 2005
Image courtesy of Artspace.

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Outer Limits: International Soundscape Project

27 September – 5 November 2005

Outer Limits is comprised of three surround sound compositions investigating the specific sonic dimensions and interactions that define the acoustic environments of Melbourne, Australia, Cuneo, Italy and Aarhus, Denmark, contoured to form densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience.

Outer Limits simultaneously presented in Australia, Italy and Denmark is a collaboration between the School of Art, RMIT, the Cuneo Conservatory of Music, and Aarhus University.

Andrew Curtis, Surround Sound Recordist, 2002

Andrew Curtis, Surround Sound Recordist, 2002

Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarships Exhibition 2005

14 – 19 November 2005

The Siemens RMIT University Fine Arts Partnership is one of the most exciting business-arts initiatives to be launched in recent years in Australia. The partnership culminates annually with the selection of eight students to receive a combined $32,000 in financial scholarships to further their studies and careers.

Chen - Chi Fang, Gagaism-Ego

Chen - Chi Fang, Gagaism-Ego, oil on canvas, 1500 x 1350mm

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Grots To The Show – Natalie Woodlock

24 November – 24 December 2005

Grots to the Show is a ten minute video work that combines stop-motion animated narratives, drawings and video footage to create an evocative work that explores the pleasures and traumas of a North Queensland childhood. An enchanted world of childhood moments and family rituals, Grots to the Show is concerned with themes of family tension, gender roles and personal connection to place. Working alongside and setting the work, an emotive soundscape of ambient and found sounds and snatches of spoken narrative.

Natalie Woodlock, Grots To The Show, 2005

Natalie Woodlock, Grots To The Show, video still (detail), 2005
Image courtesy of the artist.

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Art Connexions

24 November – 28 January 2006

Art ConneXions is a cultural exchange program organised by the Goethe Institut in partnership with various galleries to develop a new curatorial model. German artists engage with artists from Auckland, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney to form a combined residency, art production and exhibition program using photography as the central medium. This exhibition of photomedia is the response the artists’ various residencies.

Artists: Juergen Bergauer, Lisa Crowley, Martin Fengel, Albrecht Fuchs, Shaun Gladwell, Uschi Huber, Yee I-Lann, Leah King-Smith, Matthias Koch, Vu Le, Reiner Leist, Nicola Meitzner, Valentina Seidel, Sherman Ong Beng Ann, Michael Shoawanasai, Heidi Specker, Erik Prasetya, Jay Yao.

Curators: Suzanne Davies, Alasdair Foster, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Firman Ichsan, Peter Shand, Tran Luong, Thomas Weski, Terence Yeung, Beverly Yong.

Kate McCaughey and Robert Bridgewater, sculptors, (after “The Arnolfini Marriage” Jan Van Eyck)

Kate McCaughey and Robert Bridgewater, sculptors, (after “The Arnolfini Marriage” Jan Van Eyck)
Image courtesy of the artist.

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