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MAY 2017 

RMIT Alumni News

NAS building

This month we share an exciting opportunity for emerging female artists from the National Gallery of Victoria and MECCA, with the launch of their M-Power program which offers a $20,000 grant plus year-long mentoring.

Discover New Academic Street (NAS) – a major building project upgrading facilities that really matter to students on Melbourne City campus, the final stages are due to open mid-2017.

And if you’re in Melbourne make sure you check out Melbourne Knowledge Week’s great program of events, including Future Audience co-produced by RMIT’s Master of Design Futures.

Best wishes,
Keiran Hargreaves 
Manager, Alumni

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Image above: New Academic Street artist impression

Clare Ellison Jakes


The National Gallery of  Victoria and MECCA have launched their M-Power program, which is offering a $20,000 grant plus year-long mentoring with the NGV for an emerging female Australian artist. This is an outstanding opportunity for a visual artist or designer to realise their creative vision.


Photo by: Mecca

Discover NAS

With a consortium of RMIT architecture alumni led by Lyons, the NAS design is creating light filled arcades and terraces and more than 13,000 square metres of space for students to study and hang-out in. And if you’re in Melbourne head to the Career Deconstruction Series – a free event where you can learn more about the project.


Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination

A illuminating intersection of nanotechnology and art

A spectacular illuminated tapestry created by RMIT researcher and artist Dr Irene Barberis was unveiled last month at Brussels Cathedral. Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination is a reimagining of the famous 14th century Anger Apocalypse Tapestry.



Future Audience

5 MAY 2017

Future Audience

Part of Melbourne Knowledge Week this event, co-produced by RMIT’s Master of Design Futures, looks at how cultural organisations – galleries, museums, libraries and the media – are designing new ways to engage with the public.
Digital Ethnography in Practice

2-30 jun 2017

Digital ethnography in practice summer school

RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) is running a summer school at RMIT Europe and Sónar, International Festival of Advanced Music And New Media Art, in Barcelona.


RASA High Tea

6 JUN 2017

RMIT Alumni 130th Anniversary High Tea

Celebrate 130 years of RMIT at this very special event for retired and senior alumni.

Joining us for high tea will be RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor & President, Martin Bean CBE. Martin is looking forward to reflecting on RMIT’s rich history.

Leyla Acaroglu

Activator | Launchpad profile: Leyla Acaroglu

Alumnus Leyla Acaroglu is the founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, she is a Sustainability Provocateur and TED Talks presenter with over 1 million views.



Cargo Crew

Fashion graduates taking on the world

Victorian label Cargo Crew has conquered the world with a fresh take on uniform design. It was started by alumnus Felicity Rodgers straight out of university – and is now worn by a diverse range of celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Heston Blumenthal.


RMIT rankings

RMIT strengthens global standing

RMIT has improved its position in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, with nine subject areas ranked in the top 100 – two more than last year.


RMIT Bowen Street

SNAPSHOT: cart in Bowen Street (1940-1960)

With exciting progress being made on NAS, we look back on City campus’ Bowen Street history with this photo from the archives.

Image credit: RMIT Archives