Queen Victoria Gardens is now home to MPavilion, a cultural laboratory pop-up pavilion designed by world-renowned Barcelona based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós.
To mark its arrival, MPavilion will host hundreds of free public events across four months, that will showcase art, design, dance, Indigenous voices, architecture and ideas.
Divvied up into MTalks, MMeets, MMusic, MKids and MProjects, the series will bring the community together through free talks, workshops, installations and performances. The program has been curated to incorporate the values of architect Carme Pinós, focusing on fostering a sense of community and inclusivity through accessible education.
More than 500 collaborators and international guests will be involved, including London’s former director of Tate art museums Sir Nicholas Serota CH; Hyphen-LabsNY, a collective of women of colour that work in art, technology, science and design; and the UK’s Fixperts, a group of socially-focused designers and makers. Local collaborators will include the minds behind Melbourne Festival, Bakehouse Studios, Chunky Move, Melbourne Theatre Company, Liquid Architecture and Community Hubs Australia.
Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move will get you grooving at 90-minute-long beginner dance classes on two Saturdays; while the Bakehouse Sessions: Secret Rehearsals will welcome emerging musicians to bring the space to life with sound, giving you a sneak peek into their music making processes. BLAKitecture will see regular talks and forums that put Indigenous voices front and centre, to discuss architecture, built environments and design. You can also go on a city walking tour with your dog, check out the free design-focused library or head in for Friday night fiestas.
Other events include quiet morning meditations; a Mirka Mora-inspired doll workshop by Heidi; Rock Academy school program that helps develop the skills of teen musicians; and an endless series the for the kids including workshops in the park with Westside Circus and stories with the State Library of Victoria.
MPavilion will also activate its writer in residence program, welcoming Yugambeh writer and editor Maddee Clark; and will host an artist in residence Esther Stewart, who will work on and interactive installation in the space throughout the summer.
Along with the packed out program MPavilion will also have an onsite-licensed kiosk, whipping up a locally focused menu featuring Four Pillars gin, Three Thousand Thieves coffee and Two Birds Brewing craft beers.
Whether you want to learn something new, be inspired by local collectives, engage with international creatives or see the work of up-and-coming artists and musicians, MPavilion will have an event that'll stoke your creative and intellectual fires this summer.
Find out more about MPavilion.