Refuge - Emergency Relief Centre

Event Date
November 11, 2017
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St

Join us and take Refuge as we transform Arts House – a City of Melbourne designated Emergency Relief Centre – into a place of safety in a time of an imagined heatwave. This event will be Auslan Interpreted.

The Bureau of Meteorology predict that by 2070 the number of days over 35 degrees in Melbourne will more than double from an average of eight a year, to 17. How can we build resilience, connect and respond in inclusive, ethical and humane ways?

During Refuge, artists, emergency services and you – our community – will come together to start conversations, dream up ideas and forge possible futures.  You can take part in artistic interventions, meet with organisations including Red Cross Australia and the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES) and be a part of experimental and artistic sessions, performances and collaborations.

Refuge explores the role of artists and cultural institutions in times of climate catastrophe. Each year until 2020, we’re bringing together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners, to prepare Arts House as an Emergency Relief Centre, in an imagined climate disaster.

Each of the Refuge artists explores a particular element within the Emergency Relief Centre – sleep, communications, light and warmth, food, well-being or community. Here’s some of what you’ll experience throughout the day and night…

Supported by – Refuge is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and the University of Melbourne.

Refuge supporting partners are Emergency Management Victoria, Red Cross Australia, SES Footscray Division, The Huddle at The North Melbourne Football Club, the University of Melbourne’s Research Unit in Public Cultures, Resilient Melbourne, ACTNatimuk, Nati Frinj Biennale, Creative Recovery Network and Horsham Rural City Council.

Participating artists and friends include:  Hannah Donnelley, Lee Shang Lun, Greg Pritchard, Jillian Pearce, Kate Sulan and Dawn Weleski.