Editor’s pick: Open House talks, workshops, exhibitions

Open House Melbourne offers an impactful program of public lectures, workshops and exhibitions leading critical discourse on the value of place and design. Following our release of seven stand-out homes and seven tours of Melbourne’s newest buildings ahead of the 2022 Open House, we’ve compiled a list of events, screenings and programs to see over the weekend of 30 to 31 July.

Modern Melbourne premiere

Open House Melbourne’s Modern Melbourne documentary series makes a grand return with celebrated architect and 2017 Gold Medallist Peter Elliott. This premiere screening at ACMI will be followed by a panel conversation moderated by Heritage Council of Victoria’s Chair Professor Phillip Goad with special guests including Dimity Reed, Katelin Butler and Jon Clements. Read more.

This is Public: Built/Unbuilt

In this speaker series hosted at The Capitol, RMIT, architects, designers and creative practitioners are invited to respond to the 2022 theme “Built/Unbuilt” with a series of short presentations and conversations. Speakers include Kerstin Thompson with Jayne Josem (Melbourne Holocaust Museum), Amy Muir and Mark Jacques (Family Violence Memorial), N’arweet Carolyn Briggs and Jefa Greenaway with Christine Phillips and Jock Gilbert (Building on Country) with Caitlyn Parry (Cloud Studies) joined virtually by Samaneh Moafi. Read more.

The Built/Unbuilt speaker series will be hosted in The Capitol, RMIT.


John Gollings

Future Heritage: 2022 heritage address with Katrina Sedgwick

Newly appointed chief executive of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation Katrina Sedgwick will deliver the Heritage Council of Victoria’s annual Heritage Address at Federation Square. Sedgwick will reflect on her experience shaping Melbourne’s cultural landscape and consider the concept of “future heritage” in a free public lecture followed by a conversation facilitated by Open House board president Stuart Harrison. Read more.

Take Hold of the Clouds

Co-produced by Monash University and supported by the Victorian government, Take Hold of the Clouds is a curated exhibition featuring two key works by renowned international contributors – Forensic Architecture’s Cloud Studies (2021) and Cauleen Smith’s Sojourner (2018) – along with six newly commissioned, responsive works from local and national creative practitioners. Rather than in traditional galleries, these works will be embedded within some of Melbourne’s most significant buildings and urban spaces. Read more.

Take Hold of the Clouds: a curated exhibition.

Take Hold of the Clouds: a curated exhibition.


Courtesy of Open House Melbourne

Australian Tapestry Workshop

Visitors will have special access to the tapestry workshop studio floor in a unique National Trust and heritage-listed building in South Melbourne first established in 1976. Explore the intersection between materiality, technology, geography and storytelling through traditional textile-based media alongside technological interventions and e-textiles. Read more.

Old Customs House – Unbuild and Re-imagine

Multidisciplinary artist Jenna Lee explores her own diverse cultural background through art. Working across sculpture, installation and body adornment, as well as moving image and digital, Lee – a Gulumerridjin (Larrakia), Wardaman and KarraJarri Saltwater woman – uses form to direct her Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Anglo-Australian ancestry. Held in Old Customs House, Lee will host a hands-on workshop where participants will be invited to repurpose colonial paper media to create a collective flower intervention within the Immigration Museum. Read more.

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