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MPavilion 2018 is open free to the public from 9 October 2018 to 3 February 2019 in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct.

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Main image from Grandstanding: A reconfigurable future at MPavilion 2017. Photo by Bec Capp.

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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.


MMeets, say hello to our 2017/18 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 is back for 2017/18 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 is back for our 2017/18 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.


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.



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


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


This topic covers all things commerce: from entrepreneurs to ethics to new technology, and the spaces 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.


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


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!

design and science




Honest to goodness, ethics are an essential pillar of our modern civil society. These events explore the principled side of life.


First Nations



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


Indigenous culture






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


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



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!


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


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

Tue 9 Oct 7.00pm–8.00pm
MTalks Carme Pinós opening lecture
Mon 15 Oct – Mon 21 Jan
MTalks BLAKitecture
Tue 16 Oct 6.15pm–7.15pm
MTalks MPavilion: Behind the scenes
Thu 18 Oct 1.00pm–2.00pm
MTalks Identity in density
Thu 25 Oct, Thu 22 Nov, Thu 20 and Mon 24 Dec 12.30pm–1.30pm
MMeets Public art field guide
Sun 28 Oct and Sun 4 Nov and Sun 9 Dec 10.00am–12.00pm
MMeets Rambla de Melbourne
Sat 10 Nov 11.00am–1.30pm
MRelay Ageing, ableism and architecture
Tuesday 20 and 27 November 6.15pm–7.15pm
MTalks Architecture, design, gender and education
Mon 26 Nov 6.15pm–8.15pm
MTalks BLAKitecture: Memorialisation
Sat 8 Dec 11.00am–1.30pm
MRelay Wayfinding and wellbeing
Sun 6 Jan 1.00pm–4.00pm
MTalks One square metre
Thu 17 Jan 7.00pm–8.30pm
MTalks Architecture is good for you

Regular Events