The Living Pavilion was a transdisciplinary project that brought together Indigenous knowledge, ecological science, sustainable design and participatory arts on a temporary ecological site at the University of Melbourne. Over 2,000 people visited the site, where they were encouraged to connect with the Wurundjeri place and 40,000 Kulin Nation plants through hands-on workshops, talks, musical and poetic performances, self-guided and guided tours, and soundscapes that were created as a response to the site.
The Living Pavilion was a co-production and collaboration with CAUL Hub, THRIVE Hub (Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning) the New Student Precinct of the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, and CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Festival.
For more information, visit the official Living Pavilion webpage here.
CAUL Hub Events and Research
CAUL Hub Talk Series: a series of three panel discussions, bringing together diverse experts from the CAUL Hub and wider stakeholders. All talks were live-streamed on CAUL Hub's Facebook page.
Frog Fest: three days of all things frogs, produced by CAUL Hub Leader Kirsten Parris. Frog Fest was an all-ages event, including dress-ups, face painting, craft, choir and a soundscape (also produced by Kirsten Parris).
Research: full details on all the research conducted through The Living Pavilion can be found over on the Place Agency website. CAUL Hub research includes:
- The social and ecological benefits of bringing nature back into cities (Luis Mata, Leila Farahani and Cecily Maller)
- Enhancing eco-literacy through temporary event spaces (Zena Cumpston and Kirsten Parris)
- Whether The Living Pavilion fostered understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems (Zena Cumpston and Kirsten Parris)
Indigenous plant use: A booklet on the medicinal, nutritional and
technological use of indigenous plants
The Living Pavilion signage - words by Zena Cumpston and Illustrations by Dixon Patten of Bayila Creative.