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MPavilion Commissions

MPavilion Commissions

MPavilion Commissions

MPavilion Commissions

From the seats you sit on to the uniforms that adorn our team, every aspect of MPavilion involves people coming together in creative collaboration.

Since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has commissioned extraordinary architects, artists and designers to create unique pieces for each MPavilion – elevating their careers and enhancing visitor experiences. In celebration of our milestone decade, this year’s MPavilion program is anchored by 10 creative commissions spanning art, design, fashion, food, craft and music.


Circle|Square by Davidov Architects has been selected by Tadao Ando for this year’s Chair Commission. The MPavilion 10 architect chose it from nearly 100 submissions – an MPavilion record.

Chair Commissions
MPavilion 10 Chair Commission: Circle|Square by Davidov Architects, photograph by Eve Wilson for The Design Files.


Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran and Jake Nakashima-Edwards of DNJ Paper have been commissioned to create the MPavilion 10 Uniform from linen and washi paper.

Uniform Commissions
MPavilion 10 Uniform Commission DNJ Paper Marie-Luise Skibbe
MPavilion 10 Uniform Commission: DNJ Paper, photograph by Marie-Luise Skibbe.


Created by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO, the Wominjeka Song Cycle opens every MPavilion – welcoming it as a place for imagining a better future together.

Music Commissions


MPavilion 10 Music Commission: Wominjeka Song Cycle, photograph by Casey Horsfield.


Expanding the horizons of design, Japanese wagashi maker Minako Asai will introduce visitors to art of making the beloved Japanese sweets. Made from ingredients like adzuki beans and yuzu and traditionally served with green tea, these edible creations are works of art inspired by nature through the seasons.

Food Commission


MPavilion 10 Food Commission: Minako Asai, photograph by Tomoko Watanabe


Expanding on a long-standing collaboration with Polyglot Theatre, MPavilion has commissioned the company to create a family-friendly installation. With FLOAT, Polyglot Theatre will invite children aged 3–8 years and their families to make boats using leaves, then float them in the pavilion’s reflecting pool. A live musician will respond to the creative energy in the space as the boats bob and drift.

Children's Commission
MPavilion 10 Float Commission: Polyglot Theatre, photograph by Darren Gill, courtesy of Polyglot Theatre

Unity Lab

Unity Lab, curated by Ilianna Ginnis, a researcher at Monash University and an architectural designer, has a profound mission: to raise awareness and advocate for individuals who communicate non-verbally and have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ilianna will bring her activism, creativity and research to MPavilion with a week-long program creating rich experiences for non-verbal communicators.

Unity Lab Commission
MPavilion 10 Unity Lab Commission: Ilianna Ginnis, photograph by Sarah Ruhullah


Qaymi Arts and Craft will bring their ancestral Somali weaving techniques to MPavilion and invite audiences to co-create a collaborative artwork during a week-long workshop.

Come and experience an aqal: the Somali name for a hut, or a home. An aqal is a thatched structure that nomadic Somali people lived in as they moved around Somalia in search of greener pastures. Made from natural grasses and tree branches as well as recycled materials, it represents home, family, and togetherness.

Craft Commission




MPavilion 10 Craft Commission: Muhubo Sulieman


John Gollings AM holds a Master in Architecture from RMIT University and an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. He works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer. Much of his work involves long-term cultural projects, especially in India, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Libya and New Guinea.

John will share his world view, leading two unique workshops – at dusk and dawn – on the craft of architectural photography, using the pavilion as a model. He will also produce a series of images of MPavilion, capturing the design for perpetuity.

Photography Commission
MPavilion 10 Photography Commission: John Gollings, photograph by John Gollings


Japanese ceramicist Yoko Ozawa will create an in-situ installation that seeks to adapt the Zen garden to the Australian context. The installation will change daily during the week-long residency, and connect with the Queen Victoria Gardens surrounding the pavilion.

Ceramics Commission
MPavilion 10 Ceramics Commission: Yoko Ozawa


For MPavilion 10, the Modern Modern Quilt Guild will be crafting a collection of designs inspired by the design of Tadao Ando’s structure. These quilts are imagined as something practical for visitors to enjoy throughout the season for free as they read, drink a coffee or catch up with friends.

Quilt Commission
MPavilion 2023, Quilt Challenge, photo by Marie-Luise Skibbe
MPavilion 10 Quilt Commission: Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild, photograph by Marie-Luise Skibbe

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which MPavilion stands. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present – and recognise they have been creating, telling stories and caring for Country for thousands of generations.

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