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Deborah Sippitts
· November 17, 2017
First Site Gallery is a really cool and great space for emerging artists and student artists. I have seen some incredibly innovative and creative art shows here over the years, with a diverse range of... art and art styles. First Site is also a key and ideal incubator for new art and ideas ... a truly innovative and vital space for art in Melbourne! See More
Ace-Ahio Gordon Grant Wagstaff
· November 19, 2017
First Site is an integral arts space for young artists as it is not only a learning experience and (in many cases) their introduction to exhibiting but also a facilitator of mentorship programs and an... arts incubator.
The health of arts education is much better off because of its existence.
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Neil Shurgold
· November 19, 2017
When i first started enquiring about arts spaces having never exhibited before First Site often popped up in conversation. I didn't end up applying there myself due to personal doubts about my work at... the time but I kept a close eye on their program and was very impressed by the quality of exhibitions. Its a very important space and of huge benefit to young artists and the art community at large. See More
Bangy Bang
· November 20, 2017
A misunderstood and under represented gem in the RMIT student, alumni, staff and industry partner eco system.

First Site is vital to further employment and opportunities for RMIT students....

Please consult with C. Yorke, an employability consultant in DSC, as to whether or not having an accessible, well established art gallery (21 years) on a students Cv as experience is of value. First Site is an invaluable resource to students for gaining employment and further experience. It is one of the only exclusive benefits of being an RMIT student. Yep, that right, that's how good an asset is.

Here's some reporting from Creative Victoria on the state of employment in the creative and cultural industries in Victoria.

- Victoria’s creative and cultural economy contributed $22.7 billion to Victoria in 2013 – representing 8% of the state’s economy

- The creative and cultural economy employed over 220,000 people in Victoria, generated $1.4 billion in exports and attracted cultural tourism worth $1 billion

- The creative and cultural economy is growing at almost double the rate of the broader economy.

- Products and services of the creative industries have demonstrated benefits across a range of social areas, from health to education, corrections to community development.

- Victoria has more than 700 museums, representing a third of all museums in Australia. Largely managed by volunteers, together they hold more than 1.5 million items.

- Creative sectors and occupations account for almost $23 billion in gross value added, and make up about eight per cent of the Victorian economy.

- Creative industries are important to our prosperity. They will drive new approaches to job creation and industry innovation. As our economy transitions and the new jobs of the future emerge, creative industries will be increasingly important to the economic future of the next generation.

RMIT, needs to really ask, 'how can we better support your reach First Site' so in turn First Site can further support students.
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Fawn W. Mount
· November 23, 2017
First Site Gallery is an irreplaceable, vivid arts space. It provides a significant platform for emerging artists to show their work in a professional and supportive environment. First Site presents a...n innovative program of exhibitions, lectures, floor talks, and public events which contributes vibrantly to the cultural fabric of Melbourne and is a unique and much-loved space. See More
Cassandra Smith
· November 19, 2017
First Site is a stepping stone for many artists. It gives them space to experiment with their work with great support from the staff. I highly recommend getting amongst it here!
Melissa Hamlyn
· November 20, 2017
A great space to view emerging artistic talent from RMIT. First Site offers a supportive and approachable gallery for creatives and the wider art curious public.
Bon Mott
· November 19, 2017
It is so important for artists and students to have an experimental space to show their work so that they can produce their best possible work. First Site provides this space.
Rachel Ang
· November 19, 2017
Great space good programming please don't cut it!!
Eleanor Orchard
· November 17, 2017
Exceptional gallery space that presents opportunities for students that no other gallery in the city provides.
Robyn Johnston
· September 14, 2017
A fantastic Space for emerging Artists to exhibit and support Australian art.
Dianne Beevers
· April 11, 2015
First Site Gallery continues to be one of the desirable venues in Melbourne's CBD, especially for artists interested in site specific installations. The white spaces are diverse in format, contributin...g to a dynamic unfolding of each combine of exhibitions. See More
Leanne Waterhouse
· June 23, 2016
A great space for emerging artists to experiment and test new ideas!
Richard Harding says First Site is "21! Amayzing!"
Sam Leach says come to the First Site turns 21 Birthday Show.
Tony and Chris being birthday love clowns

Each year RMIT partner with Melbourne Fashion Festival to showcase the talent of our students on an international stage. In 2018 RMIT students and recent graduates will explore what occurs at The edges and in between.

Featuring works by RMIT students Betty Liu, Bridget O'Rourke, Camille Thomas, Caroline McMillan, Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau, Joiwind Lowe, Liming Zhong, Margaret McJorrow, Minna Loft, Mohsen Meysami, Rochelle Fitzpatrick, Sang Thai, Selina Hegarty, Sharon McEntee, an...d Thao Nguyen.

Co-curated by RMIT students and recent graduates Anastasia Petidis, Brigid Hansen, and Megan McLennan.

The edges and in between is an art, fashion and textiles exhibition that examines how contemporary creative practices embrace the space between traditional boundaries, webs of connectedness and interdisciplinarity.

Traversing systems of duality as the self/other, object/subject, male/female and place/displacement, the edges and in between will act as a critical tool for examining the contemporary experience.

RMIT Creative invites you to explore what occurs at the edges and in between in this exhibition co-curated by RMIT students & recent graduates, featuring the works of fifteen student artists and designers.

Opening event: Tuesday 6 March 2018

Image Credit: Gwan Tung Dorothy Lau. Gloom. yarn, embossed fleece, stuffing, wire, PU coated fabric. 2017.

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First Site Gallery is run by RMIT Creative

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Very cool... Chris Gooch was a past First Site Gallery mentorship recipient in 2014 (with Mandy Ord).Well done for snapping up the @Lord Mayors creative writing prize for a graphic short story, Chris.

Instagram post by Chris Gooch • Dec 7, 2017 at 11:18am UTC