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In the Time of Refuge Collection

A timely collection of writings and reflections on art, disaster and communities.

Presented in Season 3 2021

Commissioned by Arts House in partnership with the Research Unit of Public Cultures, Melbourne University.

Download the PDF book (14MB)

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)

Introductions
Imagining Refuge    Nikos Papastergiadis
Introduction from an Intermediary – Angharad Wynne-Jones

Artists
Some of What I Know   Lorna Hannan
Unfinished Business   Jen Rae
Hope in the Unknown – Kate Sulan
Play – Harry Lee Shang Lun

Elders
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

Producers
Re-directing: Producer Insights – Tara Prowse, Sarah Rowbottam

Witness
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

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Artistic Credits

Refuge Publication Project (not yet it’s difficult)
Project Lead – David Pledger
Editors – David Pledger and Nikos Papastergiadis
Administration – Ying Zhang and Sophia Marinos
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.
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Supported By

Refuge has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding and advisory body, Emergency Management Victoria, State Emergency Services, Resilient Melbourne, University of Melbourne and The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australian Red Cross, St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre, Creative Recovery Network and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. In 2017 and 2018 Refuge was supported with funding provided by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories under the National Partnership Agreement for National Disaster Resilience and the Victorian Government through the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS). In 2017 Refuge was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Special thanks
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.

Related News & Insights:

Imagining Refuge – Nikos Papastergiadis - Isolate and Contain! Mapping the Pandemic by Harry Lee Shang Lun with PlayReactive, Refuge 2018: Pandemic, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Imagining Refuge

Nikos Papastergiadis
Introduction from an IntermediaryBoon Wurrung Elder N’arweet Carolyn Briggs and Angharad Wynne-Jones during Refuge 2016: Flood welcome, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Introduction from an Intermediary

Angharad Wynne-Jones
Some of What I Know - Ruth Crow Walks by Lorna Hannan and Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Refuge 2021, Photo by Anne Moffat.

Some of What I Know

Lorna Hannan
Hope in the Unknown - Nest by Kate Sulan, Refuge 2016: Flood, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Hope in the Unknown

Kate Sulan
: Isolate and Contain! Mapping the Pandemic, Harry Lee Shang Lun with PlayReactive, Refuge 2018: Pandemic, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Play

Harry Lee Shang Lun
Beyond the bricks and mortar of North Melbourne - Boon Wurrung Senior Elder N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM, Refuge 2019: Displacement Welcome Ceremony, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Beyond the bricks and mortar of North Melbourne

N’arweet Dr Carolyn Briggs AM
Building community over time - Uncle Larry Walsh pictured in North Melbourne School of Displacement by Keg de Souza, Refuge 2019: Displacement, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Building community over time

Uncle Larry Walsh
Re-directing: Producer Insights - Tara Prowse, Refuge 2017: Heatwave, Photo by Bryony Jackson

Re-directing: Producer Insights

Tara Prowse & Sarah Rowbottam
Re-remembering Community - David Pledger - Portage: Shelter Weaving Workshop by Jen Rae with Master Weaver Vicki Kinai (pictured), Refuge 2019: Displacement, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Re-remembering Community

David Pledger
Convergences - Cass Lynch - Harry Lee Shang Lun with SES and Australian Red Cross during Refuge 2017: Heatwave, Photo by Bryony Jackson.

Convergences

Cass Lynch