Incredible concrete, stone and metal sculptures by Caleb Shea. Imagine one of these fantastic angular sculptures in your garden. How posh! I think I should buy one before Caleb is super famous. See them for yourself at the RMIT Sculpture show - on until Friday the 20th at RMIT in the city (details below).

More from the RMIT sculpture show ending this Friday… top image is Remains by Lalanya Smith, created from pleated raw silk and shellac. Bottom image is a paper sculpture made from telephone directories by AnnaMaria Plescia.

Love the delicate touches and often miniscule detail in RMIT Drawing student Chloe Vallance‘s work… These are from A Fine Line – the RMIT Drawing graduate exhibition 0pening this Wednesday 18/11/2009 at 6.00pm, and running until 26/11/2009 (details below).

It’s that time of year again… November brings with it the usual pre-Christmas panic, a good week or two of unseasonably warm weather… but more excitingly, it’s graduate exhibition time!

Yes that’s right, all the clever kids at RMIT, VCA, Swinburne etc are putting the finishing touches on their paintings, drawings, sculpture, graphic design etc, and exhibitions of their work are popping up all over town. I’ve had a number of emails asking me to attend and/or plug various shows… I’m trying to schedule them in – but disappointingly I am stupidly busy and may not get along to as many as I did last year :( Anyway, thought I should definitely post a list of upcoming shows to encourage you all to get along and support these emerging Melbourne artists and designers! Who knows… amongst them may be the next Collette Dinnigan, Ricky Swallow or Marc Newson!

My top picks are the RMIT Sculpture exhibition, featuring the incredible work of Caleb Shea, Lalanya Smith and AnnaMaria Plescia (images above), A Fine Line – 2009 RMIT Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing exhibition (Featuring Chloe Vallance’s tiny people! – image above), and the RMIT Bachelor of Design show at the Docklands, which incorporates fashion, footwear and textile design under one roof! Sorry for the RMIT-centric focus… no one from any other school has actually sent me IMAGES! If you go to another uni and have some shots of your graduate exhibiton work, send it through and I will add you to this post!

BIG thanks to the wonderful Craft Victoria Blog, who post an exhaustive list of grad shows every year… the list below borrows heavily from one they posted last week over here.

Until 18th November (that is this Wednesday!)

RMIT Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)

Runs from 16/11 – 18/11/2009
Venue: 246 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy
Hours: 12-4pm

Until 20 November (that is SOON too!)

RMIT Bachelor of Fines Arts and Honours in Sculpture

Runs until 20/11/09
Venue: RMIT Building 37, Level 1, Cnr Swanston Street & A’BeckettStreet, Melbourne (Enter from A’Beckett Street)
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

University of Melbourne Timber Furniture (Architecture)

Dates: 13/11 – 20/11/2009
Venue: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Building 133, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Until 22 November

NMIT Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery)

Runs until 22/1//09
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Studio 2, 189 High Street, Northcote
Hours: Open 7 days, 10am-6pm

Shows already started (and running until late November)

La Trobe University Bendigo Bachelor of Visual Arts (Ceramics)

Runs from 13/11 – 27/11/2009
Venue: Bendigo campus in the Phyllis Palmer Gallery within the Visual Arts building.

RMIT Industrial Design

Runs from 13/11/09 – 25/11/2009
Venue: Guildford Lane Gallery, 20-24 Guildford Lane, Melbourne
Hours: Wed-Sun, 12-9pm

NMIT Diploma of Product Design

Runs from 13/11 – 27/11/2009
Venue: Off the Kerb, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood
Hours: Thu-Fri 12.30-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm

Starting soon and running until late November

RMIT Ceramics

Opening 17/11/2009 6.00pm – 8.00pm, runs until 28/11/09
Venue: Skepsi on Swanston, 670 Swanston Street, Carlton Hours: Tue-Fri, 10.30am-6pm; Sat 12-6pm

RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design)

Opening 18/11/2009 5-8pm, runs until 2/12/2009
Venue: No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne (enter from Russell Street)
Hours: Closed Mondays, Tue-Sun 11am-5pm

A Fine Line – 2009 RMIT Bachelor of Fine Arts Drawing graduate exhibition

Opening 18/11/2009 6pm, runs until 26/11/2009
Venue: RMIT Building 4, Level 4, Bowen Street, Melbourne
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm

RMIT Bachelor of Fine Arts and Honours (Painting)

Opening 18/11/2009 6pm, runs until 27/11/2009
Venue: RMIT Building 2, Level C & D, Bowen Street, Melbourne
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm

VCA Bachelor of Fine Art

Opening: 23/11/09 6-8pm, runs until 29/11/09
Venue: Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 40 Dodds Street, Southbank
Hours: Tue-Fri 11am-5 pm, Sat & Sun 12 pm-5 pm

RMIT Bachelor of Design – incorporates fashion, footwear and textile design.

Opening 24/11/09 6-8pm ($10 entry free applies), runs until 26/11/09
Venue: Shed 4 North Wharf Road, Docklands, Melbourne
Hours: 11am-7pm

Box Hill Diploma of Textile Arts

Runs until 28/11/09
Venue: Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Hours: Tue & Fri 10am-3pm; Wed & Thu 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm

Box Hill Diploma of Arts (Interior Decoration and Design)

Runs until 28/11/09
Venue: Lower Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Hours: 12th: 12-6pm; 13th-15th: 12-4pm; 16th: 12-6pm

Box Hill Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery)

Runs until 28/11/09
Venue: Lower Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Hours: 12th: 12-6pm; 13th-15th: 12-4pm; 16th: 12-6pm, Tue & Fri 10am-3pm; Wed & Thu 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-4pm

Round – Swinburne Communication Design Graduate Exhibition

Runs Thurs 26th November and Fri 27th November (12.00pm -8.00pm) and Sat 28th Nov (11.00am – 5.00pm)
Venue: Lot 4 Gallery, 4 Railway Place, Richmond