Program

MPavilion is an event hub, a meeting place, a temporary landmark, a spontaneous detour and a starting point. We collaborate with thinkers, doers and makers to bring you a free four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October 2016 to February 2017. Browse our events below—with more to be added all the time—and we’ll see you in the gardens!

MPavilion’s 2016 program has been put together by creative director Robert Buckingham, deputy creative director Jessie French and associate producer Jennifer Zielinska.

Download our summer program here which includes December, January and February.

We invite you to explore the many series of our summer program. MTalks are just that—leading minds coming together for heady talks, panels, speeches and all-in chats on architecture, design and more! MMusic is all about music, and sometimes not as you know it—explorations into aural sensations. MMeets is where our unique clubhouse comes to life—you, your friends, and a troupe of makers and creators. MKids is for little tykes and adults alike.

MTalks

Explore the role of architecture and design in contemporary city life with special guests and collaborators from Melbourne and beyond. Running from October to February, MTalks puts leading minds behind the mic and invites them to investigate new ideas. Panellists include acclaimed architect and MPavilion designer Bijoy Jain, MPavilion’s patron Naomi Milgrom, and a whole host of design luminaries.

MProjects

MProjects exist at MPavilion for an enduring time span. Always captivating, MProjects events are unique, site-specific installations and activations at our place in the Queen Victoria Gardens.

MMeets

MMeets, say hello to our 2016/17 season! We’re hosting a third series of free, unexpected gatherings that invite Melburnians to use MPavilion as a clubhouse, a meeting place and a starting point—and explore the value and impact of design and creativity. Meet up with us, your friends and a troupe of makers and creators.

MMusic

MMusic is back for 2016/17 with a series of free shows, sets, workshops and admittedly hard-to-define aural experiences presented in collaboration with Melbourne artists, DJs and experimenters.

MKids

MKids is back for our 2016/17 season! We have marked out all the fun and relaxed, kid-friendly events in our program, including those that are specifically suited to kids and kids at heart.

architecture

Talks, workshops, meets, readings and more on how the spaces we inhabit in our cities and neighbourhoods define our lives.

art

Art. Sound art, visual art, installation, public space interventions and everything in-between.

CPD (for architects)

Registered architects practicing in Australia have to maintain a level of professional development and this is measured by AIA in the form of a tally of formal and informal continuing professional development (CPD) points. Events at MPavilion related to architecture attract one CPD point for attending the event or listening to the audio recording.

dance

From live performances to workshops and talks about dance, these events are all about the art of human movement.

design

Good design = a good life. Come along to these talks, workshops, meetings and encounters all about design.

design & science

Design & Science explores the design in science and the science in design. This topic is made possible by the Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation and includes talks, workshops, interactive installations and screenings!

history

From talks to readings, to performances and workshops, and more—these events have a historical bent.

technology

Technology is ubiquitous in modernity. These events zoom-in on technology’s place in art, architecture, design and our lives.

urbanism

The way modern cities evolve play a fundamental role in how we live. These events focus on all things urban.

wellbeing

Morning yoga. A cup of tea. Meditation. Modern life has come to be defined by a focus on wellness and health—this topic has wellbeing covered!

writing

All matters wordy and worldly with workshops, writing awards, readings, authors in-conversation, and writers (surprisingly!) not necessarily talking about writing.

MTalks

Explore the role of architecture and design in contemporary city life with special guests and collaborators from Melbourne and beyond. Running from October to February, MTalks puts leading minds behind the mic and invites them to investigate new ideas. Panellists include acclaimed architect and MPavilion designer Bijoy Jain, MPavilion’s patron Naomi Milgrom, and a whole host of design luminaries.

Tue 26 Jul 7.00pm–8.00pm +
2016-07-26 2016-07-26 Australia/Melbourne Bijoy Jain: Architecture and Lore B117 Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Masson Road, Parkville MPAVILION
MTalks Bijoy Jain: Architecture and Lore
Mon 19 Sep 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-09-19 2016-09-19 Australia/Melbourne Assemble Papers presents Future Local: Art Transforming the City [off-site] The Wheeler Centre MPAVILION Make a booking
MTalks Assemble Papers presents Future Local: Art Transforming the City [off-site]
Wed 5 Oct 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-10-05 2016-10-05 Australia/Melbourne An exhibition walk-through with Bijoy Jain: Making MPavilion 2016 [off-site] RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne MPAVILION Make a booking
MTalks An exhibition walk-through with Bijoy Jain: Making MPavilion 2016 [off-site]
Thu 6 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-06 2016-10-06 Australia/Melbourne Bijoy Jain, Naomi Milgrom and Peter Maddison in conversation MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne MPAVILION
MTalks Bijoy Jain, Naomi Milgrom and Peter Maddison in conversation
Fri 7 Oct 6.00pm–8.00pm +
2016-10-07 2016-10-07 Australia/Melbourne Inside the collaborative architecture studio MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Inside the collaborative architecture studio
Sat 8 Oct 4.00pm–5.00pm +
2016-10-08 2016-10-08 Australia/Melbourne ‘The art of sport’: A symposium hosted by Robyn Archer MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks ‘The art of sport’: A symposium hosted by Robyn Archer
Tue 11 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-11 2016-10-11 Australia/Melbourne From Mumbai to Melbourne: The MPavilion 2016 design and build process MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks From Mumbai to Melbourne: The MPavilion 2016 design and build process
Wed 12 Oct 7.00pm–9.00pm +
2016-10-12 2016-10-12 Australia/Melbourne Melbourne Festival and CCP present ‘The Documentary Take’: Perspectives on the real MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Melbourne Festival and CCP present ‘The Documentary Take’: Perspectives on the real
Thu 13 Oct 6.15pm +
2016-10-13 2016-10-13 Australia/Melbourne Melbourne Festival presents Chiharu Shiota: ‘The Home Within’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Melbourne Festival presents Chiharu Shiota: ‘The Home Within’
Sat 15 Oct 4.30pm–6.30pm +
2016-10-15 2016-10-15 Australia/Melbourne A spring salon with Parlour MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks A spring salon with Parlour
Sun 16 Oct 4.30pm–5.30pm +
2016-10-16 2016-10-16 Australia/Melbourne The architecture of display: Scenography as an agent for performance and design MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks The architecture of display: Scenography as an agent for performance and design
Tue 18 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-18 2016-10-18 Australia/Melbourne High Density Happiness: Developing policy MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks High Density Happiness: Developing policy
Wed 19 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-19 2016-10-19 Australia/Melbourne Biennial Lab: Rethinking public space MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Biennial Lab: Rethinking public space
Thu 20 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-20 2016-10-20 Australia/Melbourne Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Australia and India MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in Australia and India
Fri 21 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-10-21 2016-10-21 Australia/Melbourne Danh Vo in conversation with Jason Smith ACMI X, Level 4, 2 Kavanagh Street, Southbank MPAVILION
MTalks Danh Vo in conversation with Jason Smith
Thu 3 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-03 2016-11-03 Australia/Melbourne MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Tirdad Zolghadr, ‘The Artist as Quarry’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Tirdad Zolghadr, ‘The Artist as Quarry’
Tue 8 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-08 2016-11-08 Australia/Melbourne Global (Sub)Urbanism: Asia, Australia and creating (sub)urban cultures MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Global (Sub)Urbanism: Asia, Australia and creating (sub)urban cultures
Wed 9 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-09 2016-11-09 Australia/Melbourne Jugaad: Understanding India through an Indian concept MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Jugaad: Understanding India through an Indian concept
Thu 10 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-10 2016-11-10 Australia/Melbourne Art in the world: A panel discussion MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Art in the world: A panel discussion
Sat 12 Nov 11.00am–12.00pm +
2016-11-12 2016-11-12 Australia/Melbourne This is not a book club: Charles Manson edition MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MTalks This is not a book club: Charles Manson edition
Mon 14 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-14 2016-11-14 Australia/Melbourne ‘Creative Citizens = Creative Cities’ with Chris Sanderson MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks ‘Creative Citizens = Creative Cities’ with Chris Sanderson
Tue 22 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-22 2016-11-22 Australia/Melbourne High Density Happiness: Equal gender representation in the property industry MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks High Density Happiness: Equal gender representation in the property industry
Wed 23 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-23 2016-11-23 Australia/Melbourne The Mahabharata: Past and present. Exploring India’s grandest epic poem MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks The Mahabharata: Past and present. Exploring India’s grandest epic poem
Thu 24 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-24 2016-11-24 Australia/Melbourne Cities Alive: Towards a walking world MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Cities Alive: Towards a walking world
Fri 25 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-25 2016-11-25 Australia/Melbourne ‘Art, culture and commerce’: A panel talk with Julia Kaganskiy of NEW INC MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks ‘Art, culture and commerce’: A panel talk with Julia Kaganskiy of NEW INC
Sat 26 Nov 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-11-26 2016-11-26 Australia/Melbourne Glenn Murcutt in conversation with Sean Godsell MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Glenn Murcutt in conversation with Sean Godsell
Mon 28 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-28 2016-11-28 Australia/Melbourne The influence of Bauhaus MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks The influence of Bauhaus
Tue 29 Nov 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-11-29 2016-11-29 Australia/Melbourne Penelope Seidler, Ann Stephen and Philip Goad in conversation MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Penelope Seidler, Ann Stephen and Philip Goad in conversation
Tue 29 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-29 2016-11-29 Australia/Melbourne Bauhaus émigrés in Australia MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Bauhaus émigrés in Australia
Wed 30 Nov 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-11-30 2016-11-30 Australia/Melbourne Talking trees: Climate change in the city MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Talking trees: Climate change in the city
Thu 1 Dec 6.30pm–8.30pm +
2016-12-01 2016-12-01 Australia/Melbourne Parlour: Marion’s List MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Parlour: Marion’s List
Fri 2 Dec 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-12-02 2016-12-02 Australia/Melbourne ‘India Dark’: Author Kirsty Murray in conversation with Justine Hyde MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks ‘India Dark’: Author Kirsty Murray in conversation with Justine Hyde
Tue 6 Dec 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-12-06 2016-12-06 Australia/Melbourne Trading tales on India: Garland Magazine launch December issue MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Trading tales on India: Garland Magazine launch December issue
Wed 7 Dec 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-12-07 2016-12-07 Australia/Melbourne Fund your art MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Fund your art
Thu 8 Dec 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-12-08 2016-12-08 Australia/Melbourne Southbank: From precinct to neighbourhood? MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Southbank: From precinct to neighbourhood?
Sat 10 Dec 11.00am–12.00pm +
2016-12-10 2016-12-10 Australia/Melbourne This is not a book club: Gilmore Girls edition MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MTalks This is not a book club: Gilmore Girls edition
Wed 14 Dec 6.15pm–9.00pm +
2016-12-14 2016-12-14 Australia/Melbourne Insights into S, M, L, XL practice with Emerging Architects and Graduate Network MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Insights into S, M, L, XL practice with Emerging Architects and Graduate Network
Thu 15 Dec 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2016-12-15 2016-12-15 Australia/Melbourne MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Dieter Roelstraete, ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! Reconsidering Art as Historiography’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Dieter Roelstraete, ‘Turn! Turn! Turn! Reconsidering Art as Historiography’
Mon 19 Dec 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-12-19 2016-12-19 Australia/Melbourne [cancelled] Indigenous astronomy with Duane Hamacher MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks [cancelled] Indigenous astronomy with Duane Hamacher
Tue 20 Dec 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2016-12-20 2016-12-20 Australia/Melbourne Dwelling as a political form: The work of Archie Moore MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Dwelling as a political form: The work of Archie Moore
Sun 8 Jan 4.00pm–7.00pm +
2017-01-08 2017-01-08 Australia/Melbourne Chapter Music presents ‘Eat to the beat’: Where the passion for food and music intersect MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Chapter Music presents ‘Eat to the beat’: Where the passion for food and music intersect
Tue 10 Jan 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-01-10 2017-01-10 Australia/Melbourne Migration, diversity and making Melbourne MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Migration, diversity and making Melbourne
Sat 14 Jan 11.00am–12.00pm +
2017-01-14 2017-01-14 Australia/Melbourne This is not a book club: Witches in pop culture edition MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MTalks This is not a book club: Witches in pop culture edition
Tue 17 Jan 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-01-17 2017-01-17 Australia/Melbourne High Density Happiness: In defence of the three bedroom apartment MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks High Density Happiness: In defence of the three bedroom apartment
Wed 18 Jan 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-01-18 2017-01-18 Australia/Melbourne Rooftop activation: Lessons from Asia, Europe, and North Africa MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Rooftop activation: Lessons from Asia, Europe, and North Africa
Thu 19 Jan 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-01-19 2017-01-19 Australia/Melbourne Balloon’s Eye View: Greening Bourj Al Shamali MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Balloon’s Eye View: Greening Bourj Al Shamali
Sat 21 Jan 2.00pm–3.00pm +
2017-01-21 2017-01-21 Australia/Melbourne Virtual reality in medicine MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Virtual reality in medicine
Fri 27 Jan 6.00pm–8.00pm +
2017-01-27 2017-01-27 Australia/Melbourne Who’s in the House? MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Who’s in the House?
Wed 1 Feb 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-02-01 2017-02-01 Australia/Melbourne Vital (De)signs: VR & the science of space MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Vital (De)signs: VR & the science of space
Thu 2 Feb 5.30pm–8.30pm +
2017-02-02 2017-02-02 Australia/Melbourne Nothing Happening: A symposium on nothingness MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic MTalks Nothing Happening: A symposium on nothingness
Sat 4 Feb 10.00am–9.30pm +
2017-02-04 2017-02-04 Australia/Melbourne MRelay MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MRelay
Sat 4 Feb 1.00pm–3.30pm +
2017-02-04 2017-02-04 Australia/Melbourne MRelay Part 2: Play MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MRelay Part 2: Play
Sat 4 Feb 4.00pm–6.30pm +
2017-02-04 2017-02-04 Australia/Melbourne MRelay Part 3: Pause MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MRelay Part 3: Pause
Sat 4 Feb 7.00pm–9.30pm +
2017-02-04 2017-02-04 Australia/Melbourne MRelay Part 4: Narrate MPAVILION
MTalks MRelay Part 4: Narrate
Sat 4 Feb 10.00am–12.30pm +
2017-02-04 2017-02-04 Australia/Melbourne MRelay Part 1: Cultivate MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks MRelay Part 1: Cultivate
Sun 5 Feb 2.00pm–3.00pm +
2017-02-05 2017-02-05 Australia/Melbourne Tales from TOM:Melbourne make-a-thon MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Tales from TOM:Melbourne make-a-thon
Mon 6 Feb 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-02-06 2017-02-06 Australia/Melbourne Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran in conversation with Santilla Chingaipe MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran in conversation with Santilla Chingaipe
Tue 7 Feb 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-02-07 2017-02-07 Australia/Melbourne Aric Chen: Design and architecture from an Asian (museum’s) point of view MPAVILION
MTalks Aric Chen: Design and architecture from an Asian (museum’s) point of view
Fri 10 Feb 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2017-02-10 2017-02-10 Australia/Melbourne A tale of three cities: Jan Gehl in conversation with Rob Adams and Monica Barone MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks A tale of three cities: Jan Gehl in conversation with Rob Adams and Monica Barone
Sat 11 Feb 11.00am–12.00pm +
2017-02-11 2017-02-11 Australia/Melbourne This is not a book club: True crime edition MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MTalks This is not a book club: True crime edition
Mon 13 Feb 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2017-02-13 2017-02-13 Australia/Melbourne Among Buildings MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Among Buildings
Mon 13 Feb 7.00pm–8.00pm +
2017-02-13 2017-02-13 Australia/Melbourne David Adjaye in conversation with Michael Williams MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks David Adjaye in conversation with Michael Williams
Thu 16 Feb 6.15pm–7.15pm +
2017-02-16 2017-02-16 Australia/Melbourne ACCA presents Cities of Architecture 2017 opening lecture MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks ACCA presents Cities of Architecture 2017 opening lecture
Fri 17 Feb 10.00am–4.00pm +
2017-02-17 2017-02-17 Australia/Melbourne Independent Convergence MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MTalks Independent Convergence
Sun 19 Feb – Tue 3 Oct +
2017-02-19 00:00 2017-10-03 00:00 Australia/Melbourne Thank you for a great season MPavilion MPAVILION
MKids MMeets MMusic MProjects MTalks Thank you for a great season