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Refuge 24-Hour
Exercise – Sleepover

Presented in Season 2 2017

Presented by Arts House

12 noon, Sat 11 Nov – 12 noon, Sun 12 Nov
FREE. Bookings required
This event is for people aged 18 years and older

Arts House
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

How to experience this work:
Attendees can expect to participate in aspects of all of the artists projects. You may be required to help prepare the food, activate the projects that are happening around the building as well as attend workshops and information sessions.


Part of this event is accessible via Auslan and an Audio Description Tour. Sleeping will be on camping mattresses on the floor and you will be required to provide your own bedding. Please contact us directly if you have any specific access needs or questions.

Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe. Each year until 2020, we’re bringing together emergency management, artists and local and regional communities to prepare Arts House as a relief centre for 24 hours, in an imagined climate disaster.

The Refuge 24-Hour Exercise includes a sleepover at Arts House – but this is no slumber party! You’ll need to be ready to help run the relief centre alongside volunteers, artists and others. It’s an exercise in preparation, mutual aid and creative response.

Refuge is about social and community resilience and valuing an artistic approach to complex issues, propelling a growing cohort of artists into leading edge innovators of creative preparedness. This project is key to Arts House’s commitment to explore responses to climate justice, engage deeply with local communities and present innovative and experimental art.

In 2017, Refuge will envisage the increasing possibility of five consecutive days over 40°C. How can we connect and respond in inclusive, ethical and humane ways? In times like these, what’s our most precious resource? The kindness of strangers? Each other? A plan? What skills do we have? Come and help us make a Refuge, collaborating alongside artists and emergency services. We are stronger together.

Presented by Arts House

12 noon, Sat 11 Nov – 12 noon, Sun 12 Nov
FREE. Bookings required
This event is for people aged 18 years and older

Arts House
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Asha Bee Abraham
Reaching out to loved ones or the vulnerable, staying connected, or building morale in an emergency – Contact draws on artistic and activist tactics to expand the ways we communicate in crisis situations.

Lorna Hannan
Crow’s Corner
Come and chat about challenges we face and how to make change! Named for North Melbourne activist, humanitarian and environmentalist Ruth Crow AM (1916–99), Crow’s Corner is conversation-as-action, over a cup of specially blended Ruth Crow tea.

Emily Johnson & Vicki Couzens
Redreaming our being through healing, rest and sleep – this is an encouragement to redream ourselves into a future, and from catastrophe into health. Join the overnight component of Refuge with artists Vicki Couzens and Emily Johnson to come together in a space where the anthropocentric experience of climate change is decentred; and where animals, plants, multiplicities of knowledge are heard, shared and viscerally experienced.

Dave Jones
In a tactile exploration of an extreme-heat scenario, a team of young collaborators construct a room-sized model apartment block and subject it to a halogen heatwave. As the space heats up, how will residents respond?

Jen Rae
Future Proof by Fair Share Fare
Building on survival skills of food foraging, harvesting, preparing and preserving, Future Proofincludes DIY workshops, demonstrations and exercises to boost collective know-how for crisis scenarios. The proof is in the pudding!

Latai Taumoepeau
HG57 (Human Generator 57)
In the Tongan language, maāma means light and māfana means warmth. These concepts are the basis for HG57, a participatory performance that generates expanded ideas of inner warmth, drawing from ordinary daily fitness rituals. These projects will sit alongside a range of workshops, information sessions and emergency preparedness activities run by Red Cross Australia, Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) and other emergency services and community partners. Drop in on Saturday 11 November to take part.

Supported by – Refuge is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; The Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; and the University of Melbourne.

Refuge supporting partners are Emergency Management Victoria, Red Cross Australia, SES Footscray Division, The Huddle at The North Melbourne Football Club, the University of Melbourne’s Research Unit in Public Cultures, Resilient Melbourne, ACTNatimuk, Nati Frinj Biennale, Creative Recovery Network and Horsham Rural City Council.

Participating artists and friends include:  Hannah Donnelley, Lee Shang Lun, Greg Pritchard, Jillian Pearce, Kate Sulan and Dawn Weleski.
Image by  – Bryony Jackson