Refuge – Arts House Melbourne 2016-2021

From droughts to floods, mass displacements to pandemics and heatwaves, Refuge was never just a hypothetical.

 

Refuge drops us in the hot zone of different climate-related disasters. Flood, heat, pandemic and displacement: this six-year project offers us new ways to rally as a community and prepare for climate crisis.

 

Since 2016, Refuge has brought together people who might not normally collaborate in a crisis – local residents, artists, scientists, Elders and experts from the world of emergency services. Their task is to identify what matters when the unthinkable becomes real: what being prepared means in the face of disaster, how the survival of the individual is inextricably bound up with the survival of community, and what role we can each play.

 

Refuge promotes new ways to ground equity, access, dignity and hope in our response to catastrophe through a creative approach.

In 2016, we imagined a local flood and transformed the North Melbourne Town Hall into a relief centre for 24 hours.

In 2017, we envisaged the increasing possibility of five consecutive days over 40°C.

In 2018, we examined a pandemic event and what happens when the risk of contagion means you would never bring people together.

In 2019, we examined displacement prompted by climate crisis.

In 2021, we ask what happens when these crises meet.

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