An alternative way to learn

Offering an alternative way to learn and share knowledge, Melbourne’s newest school is open to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, sexuality or political circumstances. There are no uniforms or school bells – the North Melbourne School of Displacement emphasises that learning should not be confined to institutions and instead become more inclusive, accessible and connected to the community.

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:

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 VictoriaAustralian Red CrossSES 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: 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

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