The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory Public Art Program has been designed to weave RMIT’s artistic talent into the New Academic Street (NAS) construction project. We’re using the site’s own 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 encourages urban exploration, producing artistic installations that respond to the dynamic and changing nature of the live NAS construction environment. Art installations are displayed in a range of prominent spaces, such as construction hoarding, building facades and within specified areas of the site.

We are inviting current students, staff and alumni to make their mark with this 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.

The Urban Animators program offers the University the chance to give back to the city while showcasing established and emerging local artists. It 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. Selected artists will be paid between $500 and $5000.

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.

If you have any queries, please contact Grace Leone, Curator via


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