MPavilion unveiled

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By Irene Grynbaum


Melbourne has gained a new meeting place in the new M Pavilion which will be found each summer from 2014 till 2017 in the Queen Victoria Gardens opposite the Art Gallery. The pavilion will host talks, workshops and performances for Melbourne festivals.

It was designed by Sean Godsell who recently won the International Architecture Award of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, and also the National Award for Public Architecture at the 2014 AIA Awards for the design of the RMIT Design Hub. The perennial borders that surround the inaugural M Pavilion were designed by the renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay.

Naomi Milgrom, AO, Chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation was inspired by London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion which celebrates design, architecture and creativity. The Foundation will gift Melbourne with four pavilions which will be relocated to other sites around the city.

London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion attracts over 250,000 visitors annually and is ranked in the top five most attended architecture and design events worldwide. The Gallery’s Co-Director, Julia Peyton-Jones, OBE, came to the opening of the M Pavilion to assist Naomi Milgrom in her vision to create a new arts project in Melbourne.

The Hon. Louise Asher, MP, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, believes that M Pavilion will bring both Victorians and visitors to Melbourne. Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle also commented on the M Pavilion. He said “I am pleased that the City of Melbourne is collaborating with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation on this new design initiative. The Council shares many of the Foundation’s ambitions: enlivening public spaces, developing bold new initiatives, engaging with education and creating high quality design programming.”

Deborah Cheetham, AO, Yorta Yorta soprano and Artistic Director of Australia’s national Indigenous company Short Black Opera, composed a new song titled “Long Journey Boon Wurrung” in the Boon Wurrung language. The Dhungala Children’s Choir from regional Victoria sung her composition while Ms Cheetham conducted and was accompanied by the Federation Bells.

The M Pavilion program is a series of free events throughout spring and summer which will include M Talks, M Meets, One Night Stand and the Cathedrals of Culture screenings at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

M Paviliion is now open to the public until the 1st February, 2015. Entry is free though some events will be ticketed due to limited capacity.

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