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North Melbourne School of Displacement (Arts House) [Melbourne]

North Melbourne School of Displacement (Arts House) [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Saturday August 31, 2019 - 10:00 AM


Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St
Melbourne, Victoria 3051


Refer to Arts House Program (pdf) for a list of Auslan accessible sessions throughout the day


Linda D'Ornay & Amber Richardson

Language/ Cultural Consultant:


About the Show

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Presented by Arts House
as part of
Refuge 2019: Displacement


Sat 31 Aug
10.30am Over our heads: Housing and homelessness
1.30pm Lost for words: Displacement through enforced and prioritised language

Sun 1 Sep
10.30am In a strange land: How does culture survive when you can’t go home
1.30pm A billycan, a crowbar and an axe: Indigenous survival techniques for the apocalypse

See full program on Arts House website:


North Melbourne School of Displacement acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our learning takes place, the Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to Elders, past, present and future. We honour the ancient First Nations knowledge systems that have and continue to shape the land and waterways sustainably.

Opening a dialogue from here, North Melbourne School of Displacement puts learning itself under the microscope with a series of discussions that offer vital correctives to the methods of sharing knowledge that dominate our society.

Housed in a temporary architecture constructed from masses of salvaged tents, the school emphasises that learning should not be confined to institutions and instead become more inclusive, accessible and connected to the community.

How does climate crisis impact gentrification and homelessness in cities? What happens when learning your ABCs means renouncing your own language? How would embracing Indigenous culture and ways of thinking help Australia survive the impacts of a climate catastrophe? With subjects focusing on dispossession and displacement, this alternative school promotes learning as a key tool in the fight for social justice.

Installation open
Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep 12.30–1.30pm and 3–5pm
Mon 2 – Tue 3 Sep 10am–6pm
Wed 4 – Thu 5 Sep, 10am–5pm
Come and go as you please

Sat 31 Aug – Tue 3 Sep, various sessions
90 mins
Free, booking required

A Welcome to Country ceremony will be held prior to sessions on Sat 31 Aug and Sun 1 Sep at 10.30am