Free, booking required


Sat 26 Mar
11:00 am – 5:30 pm


L1 (Atrium) Glyn Davis Building, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne Parkville
University Plaza, University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia


Wheelchair Access

Festival of Publicness

Festival of Publicness @ University of Melbourne Past Event

Presented by The Melbourne School of Design x Museums & Collections

The theme of Publicness is at once a statement of being in public space – where we come together – and a useful thread bringing together various disciplines and people connected with the public realm: art, architecture, landscape, urbanism, Country, and place.

The Festival of Publicness is a one-day program of short talks, workshops and music presented at the L2 (Atrium) Glyn Davis Building, at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. The events will take place in close proximity to key exhibitions Emu Sky at the Old Quad, and a survey show of the work of NH Architects at the Melbourne School of Design building. Taking these exhibitions as a departure point, the Festival draws together voices across design, art, and architecture from Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, to explore what it means to embrace Publicness.

For speaker times during the day, see:


Daniel Boyd | Multidisciplinary artist
Gabi Briggs | Anaiwan & Gumbaynggirr gedyura (woman) and research-based artist
Maddie Collie | Food Art Research Network
Edition Office | Architecture studio
Rory Hyde | Associate Professor in Architecture (Curatorial Design and Practice), University of Melbourne
Aaron Johannes | Vice President of Cultural & Social, UMSU International
Mohan Kwatra | President, UMSU International
Hamish Lyon | Director NH Architecture
Madison Miller | Darug woman, archaeologist, creative, and researcher at the University of Melbourne
Tiriki Onus | Yorta Yorta man and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne
Bruce Pascoe | Author, farmer, and advocate
Hannah Presley | Curator at the University of Melbourne
Sarah Lynn Rees | Lead Indigenous Advisor at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Lecturer at Monash University
Kerstin Thompson | Principal and Design Director of Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA)