Program Submission Guidelines
WANT TO BE PART OF THE MPAVILION 2020 PUBLIC PROGRAM?
The MPavilion 2020 season of free events is going to be uplifting and wide-ranging—and we want you to be involved! Expressions of interest are now open to be a part of our seventh season, happening between 12 November 2020 and 21 March 2021. Collaborate with us by hosting a workshop, talk, debate, presentation, performance, installation or intervention at one of the MPavilions across Melbourne!
Here’s everything you need to know:
WHO CAN APPLY?
Anyone who has something to offer our public program. MPavilion is a network of civic spaces, a cultural laboratory intended to foster discussion and debate about the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is liveable, creative and equitable.
We look favourably on submissions from anyone working, studying or practising in the realm of design and the built environment, which includes (but is not limited to) the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, fashion, textiles, urban design, urban planning, urban and cultural heritage, design theory & criticism, graphic design, furniture design and industrial design.
We also welcome proposals from dance, music, theatre and performing arts practitioners, the literary world, and community groups.
If you fall outside these categories but you’re familiar with our past programs and think you have a great idea, we absolutely encourage you to get in touch.
ARE THERE SELECTION CRITERIA?
Yes. We’re looking to team up with collaborators whose proposals speak to the purpose of MPavilion as a cultural laboratory and civic space; that suit the space both practically and logistically, and that interact with the themes we have allocated to each month of the 2020 program. Proposals should respond to one of the following themes:
- NOV– Re-emerge: A Remix
- DEC– IRL: Exploring Social Spaces
- JAN– Preservation: Propagating Knowledge
- FEB– 1+1: Who Are We Together
- MAR– Space: Experiments in Time
Please ensure your proposed event aligns with the theme occurring during the month of your proposed date.
All events at MPavilion are free and open to the public, and a successful proposal will also take this into consideration. Ask yourself: Who is the event for? Is the topic suitable and interesting to a broad and curious audience? In its past six seasons, MPavilion’s program has featured events across a broad range of topics: art, architecture, design, urbanism, science, business, history, technology, writing & publishing, dance, theatre, music, politics, public space, learning & education, social issues, fashion design, geography & landscape, the future of the workplace, and so much more. Many of MPavilion’s best events have operated at the intersections of these topics.
WHAT KIND OF EVENTS WORK BEST AT MPAVILION?
We love hosting workshops, talks, debates, presentations, performances, installations and creative interventions. Because we try to accommodate a wide range of programming—often with multiple events in one day—we find the best events are the ones that make the most out of a simple setup. (A strong, well-communicated concept helps, too.) Most MPavilion events fall under the following categories:
- MTalks—Talks, seminars, panel discussions
- MMusic—Live music and DJs
- MMeets—Workshops, collaborative activities, classes and performances (e.g. dance, theatre)
- MKids—All of the above, but aimed at the young and young-at-heart!
- MProjects—Installations, interventions and everyday activations.
The best way to get a sense of the scale of the project, and the kinds of events that work well at MPavilion is to familiarise yourself with our past programs and collaborators. Browse the MPavilion 2019 program, as well as the archived sites for MPavilion 2018, MPavilion 2017, MPavilion 2016, MPavilion 2015 and MPavilion 2014—and be sure to check out our audio library of archived talks and events, too.
- MPavilion is a brand-free space, which means no banners, logos or branding of any kind may be displayed inside and around MPavilion.
- All events at MPavilion are free to the public. Bookings may be taken for events with limited capacity, e.g. workshops.
- Sales or monetary transactions of any kind during your event will require permission from our programming team prior to the event date. Please clearly state any plan for sales in your proposal.
- There are limitations to what may be hung from or attached to the MPavilions.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT/ASSISTANCE IS PROVIDED?
This call for proposals is intended to actively open up MPavilion—and the facilities and services that come with it—to the public. Aside from the venues themselves, MPavilion offers curatorial, production and technical support; audio recording for talks (and other events by request); onsite staff and available equipment; inclusion in our public program; and promotional support through our website and social media channels.
With over 400 events in our annual program, financial support for each event is decided on a case-by-case basis. In the submission form, you’ll be asked if your proposed project is self-funded. If your project is not self-funded, please let us know your proposed budget.
- Call for proposals opens: Thursday 4 June 2020
- Expression of interest closes: Sunday 5 July 2020
Please direct any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before getting in touch, we encourage you to read these guidelines thoroughly and to browse the MPavilion website to see if your query has already been answered.
General expressions of interest: Submit your proposal here
Youth 16–25 expressions of interest: Submit your proposal here