An alternative way to learn
Honouring the ancient First Nations knowledge sharing systems, the North Melbourne School of Displacement will create an open dialogue and debate around issues relating to social justice and equality from a local perspective. The North Melbourne School of Displacement is a communal retreat and a massive installation of salvaged tents.
It will take over the main hall inside the North Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Art House 'Refuge project, which responds to the impacts of displacement. Led by Keg de Souza (artist, architect and founder of SquatSpace Artist Collective) with collaborator Claire G. Coleman (Wirlomin Noongar writer of the award-winning Terra Nullius), the North Melbourne School of Displacement program features a series of discussions led by a number of experts focusing on dispossession and displacement.
Discussion topics include:
- Over our heads: Housing and homelessness
- Lost for words: Displacement through enforced and prioritised language
- In a strange land: How does culture survive when you can’t go home
- A billycan, a crowbar and an axe: Indigenous survival techniques for the apocalypse
- The Future is Indigenous: Cultural change to survive a climate change world
- Not a drop to drink: Aqua nullius and global warming, securing First Nations water rights
Arts House Artistic Director, Emily Sexton explains that displacement is a genuine humanitarian issue – it affects people. Over the past four years, 'Refuge' has inspired experts from Emergency Management Victoria, Australian Red Cross, SES and other emergency service providers to consider the different approaches that arts practice can contribute when preparing for disaster responses and recovery.
Location: Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall
Address :521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Information: artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720
31 Aug – 3 Sep various sessions and times
31 Aug – 1 Sep 12.30pm – 1.30pm and 3pm – 5pm
2 – 3 Sep 10am – 6pm
4 – 5 Sep 10am – 5pm