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.

art

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

Fri 9 Sep – Sat 22 Oct Open Mon–Fri 11am–5pm (Thu until 7pm), Sat 12pm–5pm +
2016-09-09 00:00 2016-10-22 00:00 Australia/Melbourne Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016 exhibition [off-site] RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne MPAVILION
Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016 exhibition [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]
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
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’
Sun 16 Oct 3.30pm–4.30pm +
2016-10-16 2016-10-16 Australia/Melbourne RMIT Design Hub presents ‘Wetware’ by Atlanta Eke MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets RMIT Design Hub presents ‘Wetware’ by Atlanta Eke
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
Mon 17 Oct – Sun 23 Oct +
2016-10-17 00:00 2016-10-23 00:00 Australia/Melbourne Biennial Lab presents Field Theory’s ‘9000 minutes’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MProjects Biennial Lab presents Field Theory’s ‘9000 minutes’
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
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
Sat 22 Oct 2.00pm–4.00pm +
2016-10-22 2016-10-22 Australia/Melbourne ‘Still Life Drawing?’ with Kenny Pittock MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets ‘Still Life Drawing?’ with Kenny Pittock
Mon 24 Oct – Sat 29 Oct 10.00am–4.00pm +
2016-10-24 10:00 2016-10-29 16:00 Australia/Melbourne Liquid Architecture presents Anne-James Chaton in residence MPavilion MPAVILION
MProjects Liquid Architecture presents Anne-James Chaton in residence
Mon 24 Oct – Sat 29 Oct +
2016-10-24 00:00 2016-10-29 00:00 Australia/Melbourne Anne-James Chaton: ‘RADIO’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic Anne-James Chaton: ‘RADIO’
Tue 25 Oct 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2016-10-25 2016-10-25 Australia/Melbourne Australian String Quartet workshop: György Ligeti MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MMusic Australian String Quartet workshop: György Ligeti
Wed 26 Oct 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2016-10-26 2016-10-26 Australia/Melbourne Australian String Quartet: Close Quarters MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic Australian String Quartet: Close Quarters
Sat 29 Oct 4.00pm–6.00pm +
2016-10-29 2016-10-29 Australia/Melbourne Liquid Architecture presents Anne-James Chaton ‘Testimonies’ live performance MPavilion MPAVILION
MProjects Liquid Architecture presents Anne-James Chaton ‘Testimonies’ live performance
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’
Sat 5 Nov 1.30pm–5.30pm +
2016-11-05 2016-11-05 Australia/Melbourne Hands, feet, mind: An afternoon of performance and ritual MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Hands, feet, mind: An afternoon of performance and ritual
Sun 13 Nov 10.30am–12.30pm +
2016-11-13 2016-11-13 Australia/Melbourne Colour Melbourne presents ‘Design Your Own Melbourne Mobile’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MKids MMeets Colour Melbourne presents ‘Design Your Own Melbourne Mobile’
Sun 20 Nov 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 1.30pm and 2.15pm +
2016-11-20 2016-11-20 Australia/Melbourne ACCA presents Jacqui Shelton: ‘News of the building of the wall’ MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MMeets ACCA presents Jacqui Shelton: ‘News of the building of the wall’
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
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
Wed 7 Dec 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-12-07 2016-12-07 Australia/Melbourne Fund your art MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Fund your art
Mon 9 Jan – Sun 15 Jan 1.30pm–4.00pm +
2017-01-09 13:30 2017-01-15 16:00 Australia/Melbourne Polyglot Theatre, ‘Sound of Drawing’ afternoon session MPavilion MPAVILION
MKids MMeets Polyglot Theatre, ‘Sound of Drawing’ afternoon session
Mon 9 Jan – Sun 15 Jan 9.30am–12.00pm +
2017-01-09 09:30 2017-01-15 12:00 Australia/Melbourne Polyglot Theatre, ‘Sound of Drawing’ morning session MPavilion MPAVILION
MKids MMeets Polyglot Theatre, ‘Sound of Drawing’ morning session
Mon 9 Jan 4.30pm–5.30pm +
2017-01-09 2017-01-09 Australia/Melbourne Signal Summer opening party MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Signal Summer opening party
Mon 16 Jan 4.30pm–5.30pm +
2017-01-16 2017-01-16 Australia/Melbourne Signal Summer artist chats with Ghostpatrol and more MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Signal Summer artist chats with Ghostpatrol and more
Wed 18 Jan 4.30pm–5.30pm +
2017-01-18 2017-01-18 Australia/Melbourne Signal Summer artist chats with Bats of Leisure and more MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Signal Summer artist chats with Bats of Leisure and more
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?
Sat 28 Jan 10.00am–12.00pm +
2017-01-28 2017-01-28 Australia/Melbourne ‘The Design Plot’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets ‘The Design Plot’
Fri 3 Feb 6.00pm–9.00pm +
2017-02-03 2017-02-03 Australia/Melbourne Perfume cassette launch with Autumn Royal and Nerve MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic Perfume cassette launch with Autumn Royal and Nerve
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
Thu 9 Feb – Tue 14 Feb 10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm daily +
2017-02-09 00:00 2017-02-14 00:00 Australia/Melbourne HYPNAPOD: Suspended cardiophonic snooze pods by the Unconscious Collective MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MProjects HYPNAPOD: Suspended cardiophonic snooze pods by the Unconscious Collective
Sat 11 Feb 5.00pm–9.00pm +
2017-02-11 2017-02-11 Australia/Melbourne M*Sync MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic M*Sync
Mon 13 Feb 6.00pm–7.00pm +
2017-02-13 2017-02-13 Australia/Melbourne Among Buildings MPavilion MPAVILION
MTalks Among Buildings
Tue 14 Feb 5.00pm–7.00pm +
2017-02-14 2017-02-14 Australia/Melbourne HYPNAPOD by Unconscious Collective: Valentine’s Day sessions MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MProjects HYPNAPOD by Unconscious Collective: Valentine’s Day sessions
Wed 15 Feb 12.30pm–1.30pm +
2017-02-15 2017-02-15 Australia/Melbourne Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Invitation’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Invitation’
Wed 15 Feb 6.30pm–7.30pm +
2017-02-15 2017-02-15 Australia/Melbourne Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Consumption’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Consumption’
Thu 16 Feb 12.30pm–1.30pm +
2017-02-16 2017-02-16 Australia/Melbourne Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Trade’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Trade’
Fri 17 Feb 12.30pm–1.30pm +
2017-02-17 2017-02-17 Australia/Melbourne Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Currency Exchange’: In conversation with Eugenia Lim MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Currency Exchange’: In conversation with Eugenia Lim
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
Fri 17 Feb 5.00pm–9.00pm +
2017-02-17 2017-02-17 Australia/Melbourne The Last Sunset: MPavilion closing night party MPavilion MPAVILION
MMusic The Last Sunset: MPavilion closing night party
Sat 18 Feb 2.00pm–3.00pm +
2017-02-18 2017-02-18 Australia/Melbourne Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Distribution’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Abdullah M.I. Syed, ‘Flying Buck Exchange: The Art of Distribution’

Regular Events

Wed 5 Oct – Sat 18 Feb +
2016-10-05 00:00 2017-02-18 00:00 Australia/Melbourne Assemble Papers special MPavilion issue Future Local MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Assemble Papers special MPavilion issue Future Local