What's On

Open Studio

Presented in Season 2 2017

Presented by Arts House

6pm, Fri 10 Nov

120 mins
FREE. Bookings required

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

Wheelchair Accessible

Before the Refuge Emergency Relief Centre opens and our 24-Hour Exercise begins, come and visit the artists making and talking about their work at Arts House.


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 Proof includes 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.
Image – Sarah Walker