Expressions of Interest for 16-25 year olds


Expressions of interest are now open to be a part of our seventh season, taking place between 12 November 2020 and 21 March 2021. If you have a great idea for an event at MPavilion—whether it’s a workshop, talk, debate, presentation, performance, installation or intervention —we want to hear from you!

To apply:

1. Read the submission guidelines here.
2. Fill out the submission form here.

Key dates:

  • Call for proposals opens: Thursday 4 June 2020
  • Call for proposals closes:  Sunday 26 July 2020
  • MPavilion season runs: 12 November 2020 – 21 March 2021

In 2020, events will be divided into five monthly themes that reflect the ethos of our unique approach to the MPavilion program. Proposals should respond to one of the following themes:


November – ‘Re-emerge: A Remix’
2020 has been a year of radical global change. As we re-approach the world with fresh perspectives and new ideas, MPavilion 2020 begins where the whole project first started—celebrating the power of community. So how do we make the most of these shifts in our minds, collectives and cities? November is all about the ways creative collaboration can bolster, guide and inspire us in times of emergency.

  • Connection as antidote
  • The healing power of the collaborative project
  • Answering urgency with responsive design
  • Looking to First Nations custodians
  • New spaces for new voices
  • Rethinking housing
  • The future of the city


December – ‘IRL: Exploring Social Spaces’
Here we are. But where is ‘here’? The boundaries between public and private life are dissolving in an increasingly online existence. With our constant shifting from the physical to the digital (and back again), humanity is experiencing space and time like never before. In December, MPavilion zooms in on questions of social space. Between hugging and video conferencing, congregating and live-streaming, physically visiting and virtually viewing, what does presence mean? And how does an online existence affect our perception of reality?

  • Identity
  • Inhabiting physical and digital spaces
  • Online connection
  • Traditional fabrication and digital manufacturing
  • The blurring of environment and time
  • Ritual


January – ‘Preservation: Propagating Knowledge’
Land. Language. Architecture. Food. Design. Cultural relics. Deciding what needs protecting and maintaining—and what needs to be scrapped—is critical to a city’s growth. What meaningful ways can we tend valuable knowledge, empower emerging generations, and use the past as a tool for the future? 

  • Indigenous knowledge and practices
  • Generating adaptive spaces
  • Empowering the young
  • Communing with nature
  • Taking radical new design approaches
  • Prioritising green spaces


February – ‘1+1: Who Are We Together?’
February 2021 at MPavilion dives into the meaning and potential of all kinds of relationships—between people, structures, cities, and beyond. Questions around love, art, space, First Nations’ knowledge, spirituality, discord and harmony take shape through discussion, performance, workshopping and collaboration. Who are we on our own, and what can we be together?

  • Occupying the city
  • Communal ceremonies
  • Togetherness through different cultural lenses
  • Romance
  • Play
  • Loneliness


March – ‘Space: Experiments in Time’
If you could use MPavilion however you wanted for a specific period of time, what would you do? Turn it into a speaker’s corner? A classroom? The site of a sleepover? The birthplace of your dream design? March is the month of temporal experimentation in Melbourne’s favourite cultural laboratory—a time to consider all that is pop-up, temporary and impermanent, and push it to its limits. 

  • Architecture as a ‘blank page’
  • New classrooms
  • The purpose of a pavilion
  • Manipulating time
  • Public Space


Submissions close on Sunday 5 July. If you have any questions please email

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.