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Announcing the MPavilion / Art Monthly Writing Award

Slow Art Collective’s ‘Leaf House Music’ installation, MPavilion 2014. Photo by Jeremy Weihrauch.

As part of our commitment to celebrating the value of design, MPavilion is partnering with Art Monthly Australia to present an innovative new writing award exploring the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design. The award will be administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). Australian writers are invited to submit a proposal of no more than 200 words—for an essay of no more than…

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A new home for MPavilion 2014 designed by Sean Godsell Architects

MPavilion 2014 by Sean Godsell. Photograph by Earl Carter.

Sean Godsell’s inaugural MPavilion has a new, permanent address! A gift to the City of Melbourne, the fully automated, blossoming structure will now live on in the gardens at William Street’s Hellenic Museum. The site itself has a rich history—having played host to public cricket matches and bazaars before being earmarked as the location for Melbourne’s branch of the British Royal Mint. Constructed in 1869 and designed by architect JJ…

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Announcing MPavilion’s next architect

Lord's Media Centre, image courtesy of AL_A.

We’re thrilled to announce that 2015’s MPavilion will be designed by AL_A, the studio of Stirling Prize winning architect Amanda Levete. Since its formation in 2009, AL_A has refined an intuitive and strategic approach to design that has radicalised clients and briefs, and led to a diverse range of concepts for cultural, retail and commercial schemes around the world. Recent commissions include the highly anticipated expansion of the Victoria &…

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Thanks everyone and stay tuned…

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Thank you to everyone who visited our inaugural MPavilion, and to the hundreds of creative collaborators who helped bring the 2014/15 program to life. Sean Godsell’s inspiring structure will soon take up permanent residence at a new location thanks to the City of Melbourne, making room for the next MPavilion commission—to be unveiled in October this year. For a quick stroll down memory lane, check out the photo diaries from…

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Blow Up Cinema presents…

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Gus Berger and his Blow Up Cinema team will be inflating their screen at MPavilion on Tuesday 20 January and Wednesday 28 January to present two architecturally minded classics. Both screenings are free (no need to book) and we’ll be going ahead rain or shine (aka indoor cushions or outdoor grass). Check out the mini-program below and put a popcorn session in your diary! The Fountainhead Tue 20 Jan, 8–10.30pm “Do you want to stand alone against…

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MPavilion final weeks! A cheat sheet…

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The final weeks of our program are here and we’re not wasting a single sunny day. Or a rainy one for that matter. Want to catch a flick on an inflatable cinema screen? In need of a mind-de-cluttering morning meditation? Keen to help a certain Melbourne fashion label celebrate its tenth birthday, or get advice from legendary local artists and designers? Behold: our cheat sheet guide to the remaining meets,…

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Everyday Orphans’ Christmas

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Not all traditions have to include family obligations and ill-conceived Kris Kringle gifts. Why not squeeze a trip to MPavilion into your Christmas Day schedule? Everyday Coffee have just announced the chosen charity for their fundraising morning at the Everyday at MPavilion cafe this Thursday 25 December. From 9am to midday-ish, pay as you feel for your cup o’ joe (filter or espresso) and all takings will go to the…

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ACMI and MPavilion present a Yang Fudong discussion

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This week ACMI is set to open the first ever Australian survey exhibition of work by China’s pre-eminent moving image artist, Yang Fudong. In the lead-up—on Tuesday 2 December—we’re excited to be co-presenting a discussion evening at MPavilion, exploring the artist’s stylised use of architectural motifs. Moderated by MPavilion senior curator Natalie King, the panel will include Li Ning (curator of the Academic & Research Department at the Shanghai Art…

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The Telepathy Project at MPavilion

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What do ufologists, astronomers, sci-fi buffs, cosmologists, werewolves, moonlight dancers, astrologers and Sophia Brous have in common? They’re all descending on MPavilion this Monday for The Telepathy Project’s dusk-’til-dawn event Star Pavilion. As part of our One Night Stand series of interventions, curated by Natalie King, Sean Peoples and Veronica Kent of The Telepathy Project will be presenting a series of mind-bending aural and participatory events this week—in the pavilion, the gardens…

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Slow Art Collective and The Instrument Builders Project

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Since Saturday, NGV Studio has been home to the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project. Curated by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern, it’s a collaboration that invites artists to conceptualise, build, exhibit and perform new sonic artworks together over the course of a month spent in a shared workshop. Meanwhile, as part of the One Night Stand program at MPavilion, Slow Art Collective are in the process of creating…

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