In a break from tradition, there will not be a new MPavilion design for 2020. Instead, the organisers will activate the six MPavilions already in existence! Each of the architecturally designed structures from 2014-2019 was gifted back to a Melbourne organisation (they live on at places like the Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne University, and the Hellenic Museum) at the end of their 4-month occupancies of Queen Victoria Gardens, and are now being called back into action in the wake of COVID-19.
With many creatives financially affected by COVID-19, MPavilion is redirecting their energy and funds into the most important part of the program: the creators themselves. MPavilion is commissioning people from all walks of life to create, debate and share their knowledge, offering up to $5,000 in funding to creatives, curators, designers and educators with a bright idea for a public event.
This year’s program has doubled in size, delivering 450 events across the six pavilions over six months, and the organisers are calling out for talented creative people to fill this expanded repertoire across various fields and formats – this could be hosting a workshop, talk, debate, presentation, performance, installation or intervention.
In 2020, events will be divided into five monthly themes that reflect the ethos of a unique approach to the MPavilion program. Proposals should respond to one of the following themes: There are: Re-Emerge: A Remix (November), IRL: Exploring Social Space (December), Preservation: Propagating Knowledge (January), 1+1: Who are we together? (February), and Space: Experiments in Time (March). Start working on your project submissions now – applications close in early July!
Calls for proposals for MPavilion’s 2020/21 public program close Sunday, July 5th at 5pm. Read more about the call-out here.