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.

design

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

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
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]
Sun 11 Sep 12.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-09-11 2016-09-11 Australia/Melbourne A building with bamboo and rope workshop MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MMeets A building with bamboo and rope workshop
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]
Wed 5 Oct 11.00am–12.00pm +
2016-10-05 2016-10-05 Australia/Melbourne ‘The Conversation Hour’ live broadcast with Bijoy Jain and Waleed Aly MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MMeets ‘The Conversation Hour’ live broadcast with Bijoy Jain and Waleed Aly
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 10.00am–12.00pm +
2016-10-08 2016-10-08 Australia/Melbourne Emerging Architects + Graduates Network model-making workshop MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Emerging Architects + Graduates Network model-making workshop
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
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 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
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
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
Wed 9 Nov 8.30pm–10.00pm +
2016-11-09 2016-11-09 Australia/Melbourne DADo Film Society presents ‘DENCITY’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets DADo Film Society presents ‘DENCITY’
Sat 12 Nov 5.00pm–7.00pm +
2016-11-12 2016-11-12 Australia/Melbourne MADA presents ‘Wearing the Private City’ MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets MADA presents ‘Wearing the Private City’
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’
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 15 Nov 7.30pm–9.30pm +
2016-11-15 2016-11-15 Australia/Melbourne OUTLAW 2: SHOWstudio fashion film award world premiere MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets OUTLAW 2: SHOWstudio fashion film award world premiere
Wed 16 Nov 6.00pm–8.00pm +
2016-11-16 2016-11-16 Australia/Melbourne RMIT Master of Fashion Design graduate show 2016 MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets RMIT Master of Fashion Design graduate show 2016
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
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
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
Sun 4 Dec 12.30pm–4.00pm +
2016-12-04 2016-12-04 Australia/Melbourne Aboriginal weaving workshop MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Aboriginal weaving workshop
Mon 5 Dec 1.00pm–2.00pm +
2016-12-05 2016-12-05 Australia/Melbourne A Queen Victoria Gardens walking tour with Tract MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets A Queen Victoria Gardens walking tour with Tract
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 17 Dec 2.00pm–4.00pm +
2016-12-17 2016-12-17 Australia/Melbourne Assemblage: A Workshop MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Assemblage: A Workshop
Sun 18 Dec 10.00am–12.00pm +
2016-12-18 2016-12-18 Australia/Melbourne Assemble Papers presents Utopia City with Alice Oehr MPavilion MPAVILION Make a booking
MKids MMeets Assemble Papers presents Utopia City with Alice Oehr
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
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 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
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
Sun 22 Jan 1.30pm–3.30pm +
2017-01-22 2017-01-22 Australia/Melbourne Vital (De)signs: sensing space through VR MPavilion MPAVILION
MMeets Vital (De)signs: sensing space through VR
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
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
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
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
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

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