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Refuge 2021

Presented in Season 1 2021

Wed 21 April – Sun 16 May

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Refuge 2021 takes place at North Melbourne Town Hall as well as offsite locations, and a digital program will be available online. See individual events for details.

Download the Refuge 2021 program in plain text (25 pages) – PDF Version | Word Version 

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Refuge 2021 Digital Program



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Come and find refuge in each other.

For six years Arts House’s annual Refuge program has imagined how we might prepare in the face of a disaster. In 2021 we ask what happens when these crises meet.

From droughts to floods, mass displacements to pandemics and heatwaves, Refuge was never just a hypothetical. For the final instalment in this long look at climate crisis, we’ve invited emergency experts, artists, scientists and deep thinkers from a broad range of communities to share knowledge, experience and tradition together, with you.

Taking place over four weeks, experience ten new projects stretching from the comfort of your home to the pavers of neighbourhood streets, and all the way to the North Melbourne Town Hall.

It’s time to share.

Refuge 2021 Artists and Projects

Black Wattle – this mob

Convergence – Harry Lee Shang Lun/Play Reactive

First Assembly of the Centre of Reworlding – Jen Rae in collaboration with Claire G. Coleman

I am here, You are there, I miss you – Neika Lehman

MASS MOVEMENT – Latai Taumoepeau

MASS MOVEMENT FOLAU: The Arrival– Latai Taumoepeau

Not a Drop to Drink – Keg de Souza

Portage: Shelter2Camp  – Jen Rae

Ruth Crow Walks – Lorna Hannan and Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Ruth Crow Corner – Lorna Hannan in collaboration with Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Tension//Relief – Corin Ileto and Diimpa

Watershed – Cass Lynch


Supported by – Refuge 2021 is supported with funding provided by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding and advisory body; the University of Melbourne; Emergency Management Victoria. It is supported by Resilient Melbourne; Australian Red Cross; SES Footscray Division; The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; North Melbourne Language and Learning; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Image – MASS MOVEMENT by Latai Taumoepeau, photo by Teresa Tan.