In the Time of Refuge Collection
A timely collection of writings and reflections on art, disaster and communities.
Refuge Publication Project was commissioned by City of Melbourne through Arts House in partnership with the Research Unit of Public Cultures, Melbourne University with the generous support of Emergency Management Victoria.
In the Time of Refuge offers readers an expanded understanding of this six-year project led by Arts House in partnership with Emergency Management Victoria, State Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross and the University of Melbourne. Featuring contributions from artists, Elders, producers, collaborators and witnesses who held, nurtured and steered Refuge from 2016-2021.
“When the emergency is extended deeper into our way of life, we are forced to turn to new habits and ways of relating to each other. If we can listen to the stories in this short book, and spawn multiple other scenarios, then there is a hope that a preparedness is developed, not just in the infrastructure but also in the imagination, before the next wave.” – Nikos Papastergiadis
Explore the collection below or download the PDF book (14MB)
Beyond the bricks and mortar of North Melbourne – N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM with Latai Taumoepeau, Keg de Souza
Building community over time – Uncle Larry Walsh with Tara Prowse, Sarah Rowbottam
Re-directing: Producer Insights – Tara Prowse, Sarah Rowbottam
Time, And the World Cracked Open – David Pledger
A Fresco in a Cathedral… – David Pledger
Re-remembering Community – David Pledger
The simulation is real, rehearsal is over, play’s the thing. – David Pledger
Convergences – Cass Lynch
Editors – David Pledger and Nikos Papastergiadis
Project Lead – David Pledger (not yet it’s difficult)
Administration – Ying Zhang and Sophia Marinos
Copy Editor - Sarah Rowbottam
Design – Ying Zhang
Conversation subjects – Uncle Larry Walsh, N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, Lorna Hannan, Latai Taumoepeau, Harry Lee Shang Lun, Keg de Souza, Cass Lynch, Lorna Hannan, Jen Rae, Tara Prowse, Sarah Rowbottam, Kate Sulan, Faye Bendrups, Angharad Wynne-Jones, Steve Cameron, Christine Drummond.
N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, Uncle Larry Walsh, Uncle Dave Wandin, Aunty Joy Murphy, Angharad Wynne-Jones, Catherine Jones, Sophie Travers, Faye Bendrups and SES volunteers, Damien Moloney and Red Cross volunteers, Steve Cameron, and Emergency Management Victoria team, Nikki Blanch and North Melbourne Language and Learning, Christine Drummond, Meredith Martin, Nikos Papastergiadis, Lachlan MacDowall, Suzie Fraser and the Uni Melbourne team, David Pledger and Not Yet It’s Difficult team, Arts House and City of Melbourne team, and all participating artists, community and friends who have been part of Refuge.
Image – Refuge 2016-2021 Map (detail) showing the intricate matrix of people, organisations, projects and connections made over six years created with Kumu. Compiled by Jen Rae, Harry Lee Shang Lun, Latai Taumoepeau, Sarah Rowbottam.