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Not a Drop to Drink

Keg de Souza

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Commissioned by Arts House for Refuge 2021

Installation open

Mon 10 – Fri 14 May: 10am – 5pm

Sat 15 May: 10am – 12pm / 3.30pm – 6pm


Drop in anytime, no bookings required

North Melbourne Town Hall


Wed 12 – Fri 14 May: 7pm

Sat 15 May: 1pm / 7pm

Price: $15

Duration: 90 minutes

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North Melbourne Town Hall


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Wheelchair accessible.

This installation is visual and auditory. The space will involve low light and no strobe.
Meals will be intimate and conversational in nature.

Take a seat at the table for tomorrow: Not a Drop to Drink is a large-scale installation and series of meals that invite community to prepare for climate crisis.

Food shortages due to water scarcity is one of the biggest climate concerns for people living in Australia, and everything on this drought responsive menu has been developed through interviews with experts ranging from Indigenous Elders and farmers to water-policy lawyers and botanists.

Set inside a temporary architecture, featuring an immersive soundscape by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, these meals – designed by Mabu Mabu’s Nornie Bero – will conjure a space that centres conversations on these urgent matters.

“Not a Drop to Drink, is an installation and series of performative meals inviting community to prepare for climate crisis through conversations around food and water scarcity. The central element, a large glass table pressed with drought-tolerant plants and soft temporary architecture, hosts a pedagogical platform through performative meals. An immersive soundscape featuring narratives behind the table’s drought-tolerant plants fills the space.”Keg de Souza, 2021.


About Keg de Souza

Keg de Souza lives and works in Redfern, Sydney on unceded Gadigal land and uses mediums such as temporary architecture, food, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the poetics and politics of space.

Artistic Credits

Lead artist – Keg de Souza; Sound - Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey; Sound Consultants/ Collaborators – Fayen d’Evie, Andy Slater; Cultural Consultant – Senior Boonwurrung Elder N’arwee’t Carolyn Briggs; Food design – Nornie Bero, Mabu Mabu; Interviews – Nayoka Bundle, Zena Cumpston, Claire G. Coleman, Jen Rae, Aviva Reed, Adam Grubb, Erin O’Donnel, Caitlyn Molloy, Neville Walsh and Tom May (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne); Creative Producer – Sarah Rowbottam.

Supported by –  the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the NSW government through CreateNSW. Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. Special thanks to Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Image – by Rafaela Pandolfini.