MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture commission—a cultural laboratory where the community can come together to engage and share.
MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and is supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, and RACV.
Each year since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has commissioned an outstanding architect to design a pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct. The MPavilion then becomes the focus of a free program season of cultural events and interventions, lively talks, performances, workshops, installations and kid-friendly experiences.
At the close of each season, the MPavilion is gifted by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to the people of Victoria and relocated to a new, permanent home, where it can be engaged by the community. Find out where to visit MPavilions in Victoria.
But in 2020, MPavilion responded to a year of immense global and local change by unfolding in a radical new way.
At a time when artists and designers have been disadvantaged, displaced and disconnected due to the pandemic, MPavilion adapted its operation to be more accessible to more Melburnians, while supporting new needs in a way that is efficient and sustainable.
Instead of building a new structure, MPavilion 2020 prioritised an expanded program that supported local designers and artists by reusing its original pavilions. With the 2020 program coming to life across these pavilions’ new locations—including Docklands, Melbourne Zoo, and Monash University’s Clayton campus—Melburnians were able to enjoy free MPavilion events in more parts of the city than ever before.
Running from 12 November 2020 to 5 April 2021, this amplified program continued to realise MPavilion’s mission: to foster discussion and debate about the role that design, architecture and culture have in creating cities that are liveable, creative and equitable, and to spotlight Melbourne as the creative and design capital of Australia.
MPavilion returns to it’s original home in Queen Victoria Gardens in 2021, opening in November. Stay tuned for further announcements.