MPavilion is celebrating its 2019 relaunch with a series of events and commissions that explore Australian design and identity, featuring a roster of inspiring architects, designers and cultural icons.
The installation space is redesigned every year, and this year’s architect is Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Glenn Murcutt. He's created a crisp, white tent-like structure in signature minimalist style.
This Saturday, 13 November, Murcutt joins Naomi Milgrom, whose foundation commissioned construction of the pavilion and the series of events, to discuss the details and inspiration behind his design. On November 23 the pavilion will host a VR experience, taking audiences on a deep dive through Murcutt's latest creations.
Forums will run every day alongside the program of workshops, gigs and discussions. From November 30 to December 1, the Archibald Prize takes over the space, presenting life-drawing workshops with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, zine making with Liminal magazine, and drawing for kids with designer Alice Oehr.
BLAKitecture, an annual MPavilion open forum, will discuss Indigenous identity in the design industry, covering topics such as cultural protocols (December 2), storytelling (December 17) and deep listening (January 21).
Three new design pieces commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation will be unveiled at the launch event on November 14. Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO will perform a newly composed welcome to country song in the Boon Wurrung language. Following the official opening, the RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) Showcase exhibits the final collections of students in the masters program.
Broadsheet readers will also receive a free coffee, made with beans from Edition Coffee Roasters, from the MPavillion Kiosk during November. Just mention Broadsheet when placing your order.