Grace Leone


Urban Animators: Living Laboratory (UA:LL) was a public art research project that actively engaged with the RMIT University  New Academic Street capital works project, undertaken at the Melbourne city campus from 2015-2017. The construction site and the surrounding campus were envisaged as a living laboratory encouraging research that engaged with the internal infrastructure, process and community of RMIT University.
As curator of the UA:LL public art program I created a framework that encouraged collaboration, provocation, solidarity and exchange amongst RMIT University students, staff and alumni.  This was achieved through the process of open expression of interests, learning and teaching, invited artists and industry research partnerships all resulting in public artworks embedded in the construction zone. The artistic installations included public artworks on construction hoardings and projections within the constriction zone that positively activated the site condition and helped mitigate the disruption occurring on the campus.
As a curator, artist and designer I proposed a spatial curatorial proposition to the city via a public art installation titled ‘Gantry Section D’ as part of the UA:LL program. ‘Gantry Section D’ was the result of an intensive period of practice based investigation into the condition created when a city is undergoing transformation.


How to Cite
Leone, G. (2018) “Application to Occupy”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(1), pp. 103–108. doi: 10.5204/jps.v3i1.321.
Author Biography

Grace Leone, RMIT University

Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) Distinction, RMIT University (2017); Diploma of Engineering Technology Jewellery, NMIT (2012); Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) RMIT University (1997).
Grace Leone is an artist, designer, educator and curator who lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Leone brings together a range of fine art disciplines with extensive architectural knowledge to create works that question the relationship between art, the body, perception and public space in evocative concepts. Leone teaches creative practice across schools within the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University. Works include ‘Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces & Spaces’ at the Goethe Open Space in Shanghai, China (2015) and Städtische Galerie Reutlingen, Germany (2016). Her interventions concern the urban condition as understood through the reception of architecture’s language and image, while her object based practice relates to a real time engagement between the body and city spaces.
Leone curated Urban Animators: Living Laboratory public art program (2015-2017) designed to integrate practical art interventions into RMIT’s New Academic Street construction site.
Currently this research has developed into URBAN AGENCY, a living laboratory that engages with pedagogy led practice based research exploring the role of creative arts in the interpretation and expression of the changing face of the city.


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