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Ruth Crow Corner

Lorna Hannan in collaboration with Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Presented in Season 1 2021

Commissioned by Arts House for Refuge 2021

Sat 15 May: 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 4pm

Free – drop in anytime between opening hours

North Melbourne Town Hall

For Blaktix – email Kalyani.Mumtaz


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Wheelchair accessible

Auslan interpreters available on request – email Samira Farah before Mon 3 May to book.

A staple of Refuge since 2016, Ruth Crow Corner has provided a cosy nook for practical and through-provoking chats about floods, heatwaves and pandemics. Now our attention turns to the convergence of emergencies.

This years Ruth Crow includes Ethiopian coffee ceremony, activities for the family, conversations with Red Cross and more.

Hosted by historian Lorna Hannan and a band of locals, Ruth Crow Corner is a space where you can meet your neighbours, quiz experts and throw around new ideas for how we prepare for the long emergency of climate crisis. This welcoming space is named after local humanitarian and environmentalist, Ruth Crow AM (1916–99) who showed us that great things can happen when we talk over a cuppa.

Refuge 2021 will also feature Ruth Crow Walks, where you can explore the fascinating stories of North and West Melbourne neighbourhood through the trees and waterways.

“Refuge is striving towards equality. It uses creativity to create empathy for us to connect with each other and the environment. Our creativity delights our lives, and fills us with joy – but it is also deeply serious. It is tied to our fate and the fate of the universe. You can’t have equality without empathy, and you can’t have creativity without empathy. This is why artists as so important for the world. They hold creativity at the centre of their being.” – Lorna Hannan, 2021.


About Lorna Hannan

Lorna Hannan has lived in North Melbourne for over 50 years and watched the many changes that have made it a distinctive place to live in. Her father was the headmaster of the Errol Street State School, the school that all four of her own children attended as well as a mix of cousins and later quite a high proportion of her grandchildren. Links with the area have given Lorna's life a richness that she treasures and many stories to enjoy and retell. Refuge gives her the opportunity to harvest these stories and to savour the arts of conversation.

About Hannah Morphy-Walsh

Hannah Morphy-Walsh writes, tends gardens and is an avid collector of anecdotes. She draws on her love of storytelling to inform her daily life. Hannah is currently Community Liaison – Indigenous Cultural Program at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Artistic Credits

Lead Artist - Lorna Hannan; Collaborator - Hannah Morphy-Walsh.

Supported by – Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image by Anu Kumar.