We’re excited to connect and support leading and emerging thinkers and doers with our MPavilion initiatives. Our initiatives seek to reach beyond our season programming to allow longer periods of professional development, or to meaningfully and directly engage the community.

MERGE: Commissioning 5 new musical works

In times of emergency, music lifts us. Consoles us. Brings us together and guides us forward. And right now, there has never been a greater need for music—especially music that is powered by creative communities, coming together in a spirit of collaboration.

In this one-off partnership – MPavilion, Open House Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week are joining forces to commission five Melbourne artists to: 

  • perform an existing musical work (approx 15 minutes) as part of Open House Melbourne in July 2020 which will be live streamed and broadcast across our social channels, and 
  • create a new musical work (approx  15 minutes) and perform it as part of Melbourne Music Week in November 2020, at MPavilion. 

The commission is open to both solo artists and bands/collectives. A fee of $2,000 (ex. GST) will be awarded to successful applicants, to be used for the project. All production (and backline) costs will be covered by MPavilion (subject to agreement).


Submission Deadline: Applications are due by 5pm on Sunday 14 June 2020

Click here to apply

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In 2020, MPavilion is nurturing young and emerging arts curators with our M_Curators (that’s pronounced “M space curators”) initiative. MPavilion’s Creative Director Jen Zielinska is guiding a talented group of up-and-coming curators through the ins and outs of arts programming, culminating in a number of events at MPavilion 2020.

Starting in 2019, this program has given an invaluable opportunity to young people aged 16-25, with events programmed ranging from conversational relays about climate change to Auslan art classes.

Meet our M_Curators from the previous 2019 season:

Lana Jones’s practice extends beyond interior design to include public performance, public dialogues and objects for public display.
Jess Eddy is a multidisciplinary artist interested in issues around identity and mental health, and is constantly exploring new ways to create work in unfamiliar mediums.
Henry Nguyen is a multidisciplinary creative with a background in visual communication design.
Athiqah Ummi Salma is graduate of Interior Architecture (Honours) at Monash University, currently practicing as an interior designer at DesignInc. 
Zadie Mccracken is a writer, producer and spoken word artist, and has been published in Ramona Magazine, Rosie, Fluff and Verve Magazine.
Henry Pyne is a Thailand-born, Melbourne-based spatial practitioner and graphic designer.
Jett Janetzki is currently studying a Master of Science (Chemistry) at The University of Melbourne, researching new molecular materials.
Felix Garner-Davis is primarily a writer and music producer. As well as an album, he's working on several long poems of his own, alongside a textuo-musical undergrad thesis at Monash.

Public Programming

Since 2017, we have invited members of the public to submit expressions of interest and directly lead events at MPavilion. People from all over Victoria with a huge range of interests and expertise have collaborated with us to host workshops, talks and panels, performances, kid-friendly experiences and more.

A significant number of fantastic events at MPavilion have come from our public callout. In 2018, public-initiated events included The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) presenting a panel discussion on women in design at HERitage: How women have shaped Melbourne’s cultural landscape; designer Lynda Roberts of Public Assembly leading guided tours of Melbourne’s public art through the Public Art Field Guide; and experimental electronic music duo Polito performing at Polito: A crimson audiovisual landscape.

This year, we are welcoming expressions of interest from the community starting in early June—check back to our website for more details soon.

Heide presents 'Mirka Mora-inspired doll workshop' at MPavilion 2018. Photo by Marie Luise.

Writer in Residence

Maddee Clark speaking at MRELAY—Beyond Diversity: Creating Global Cities at MPavilion 2018. Photo by Alan Weedon.

In partnership with the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and supported by State Library Victoria, the MPavilion Writer in Residence program awards an emerging writer with a grant and dedicated working space to further develop their practice, as well as support during the MPavilion program to collaborate with other practitioners, and to curate and be involved in MPavilion events.

Our inaugural MPavilion 2018 Writer in Residence is Maddee Clark, an exciting and emerging Yugambeh writer, editor, and curator. Maddee was one of un Magazine’s 2018 co-editors, has had work published by Overland and Artlink, and is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Melbourne, writing on Indigenous Futurism.

Read more about our MPavilion 2018 Writer in Residence, Maddee Clark.

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.