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Portage: Flotilla

Presented in Season 2 2019

Presented by Arts House
as part of
Refuge 2019: Displacement

Sat 31 Aug – Sat 7 Sep
Mon-Tue 12pm-6pm
Wed-Sun 12-5pm
Entry every 20 minutes
Free, no booking required

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Arts House and our artists take every effort to make works that are accessible to all patrons however, due to the unique nature of Portage – Flotilla, this work is not wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions please contact us on 9322 3720 and we will work with you to curate an accessible journey of Refuge so you can get the most out of your experience at Arts House.

Decades of echoing sirens and warnings from the global science community have gone unanswered. Flotilla is a space to take heed and contemplate those calls – an immersive installation, comprised of the collaboratively built and assembled watercrafts from the Raft workshops. Audiences will be led into the space to experience what it feels like to be in close proximity with strangers, adrift in a small vessel in darkness, with only the horizon as their guide.

Flotilla is part of Portage,  a series of workshops, installations and walks as part of Refuge 2019.

Portage: Raft Workshop
Sat 24 – Wed 28 August

Portage: Shelter – Weavers Walk
Sat 31 Aug

Portage: Shelter – Weaving Workshop
Sat 31 Aug

Lead artist: Jen Rae, Mittul Vahanvati and Munir Vahanvati, Giant Grass
Sound design: Marco Cher-Gibard
Master weavers: Vicki Kinai, Bronwyn Rezam, Dr Vicki Couzens, Kirsten Lyttle, Abshiro Hussein, Muhubo Sulieman

Supported by – This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by The Venny; Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre; North Melbourne Language and Learning; Kensington Neighbourhood House; Museums Victoria and the City of Melbourne through the Park Rangers – Parks, Property and Waterway, and Arts House.
Image by – Jen Rae