Housewarming at Arts House

Thu 8th April, 2021 – Sun 18th April, 2021
1:30pm – 7:30pm
Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Price: Free
The North Melbourne Town Hall is being transformed by 11 Victorian artists. Walk through a galaxy of lasers and crystal balls, enter a pulsating elevator (alone), create an unconventional family portrait in a multi-sensory room and more.

Arts House – the contemporary art and performance collective inside North Melbourne Town Hall – is throwing open its doors for a series of interactive exhibitions and performances.

Eleven Victorian artists were commissioned to make new artwork specifically for Housewarming, a collection of seven works tailored for small groups (and in some cases, for one person only).

King of lasers Robin Fox is back with another showstopping spectacle of light and sound. North Melbourne Constellation uses a mix of light-refracting crystal balls, more lasers and a new audio composition to mimic the night sky and produce a new constellation on earth.

Elevation by Matthias Schack-Arnott, Aviva Endean and Samara Hersch is an immersive experience built for a single person inside a refurbed elevator. Step inside and be surrounded by walls humming with sound as the claustrophobic space gives way to your imagination – all on a slow trip between three levels.

Maori artists Bella Waru (Ngati Tukorehe / Te Ati Awa) and Irihipeti Waretini (Ngāti Rangi) have created a multi-sensory space inspired by flowers and the cycle of nature. It's the backdrop for a suite of moving portraits documenting First Nations and queer families, and audiences are invited to take their own unconventional family portraits.

There's also an interactive palm-reading that explores art and labour by Matto Lucas; a mix of video and textile works by deaf artist Chelle Destefano that looks at the everyday othering of deaf people; a meditative installation on the invisible work of cleaners and service workers; and a roaming discussion done through the streets of North Melbourne.

All events are free, although booking is strongly encouraged.

More information here.