Festival of Publicness

Festival at Melb Uni

The Atrium Level 1, Glyn Davis Building Melbourne School of Design University of Melbourne Parkville, VIC 3052

Presented by The University of Melbourne’s Museums & Collections and the Melbourne School of Design, supported by the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Design Week.

Hear from artists and architects on Publicness in a program of fast-paced talks and reflective workshops.

The theme of Publicness is at once a statement of being in public space, and is a useful thread that brings together architecture, cities, art, and people. ‘Publicness’ reflects our being in public space – this is where we come together – and draws 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 Melbourne School of Design's Atrium 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.



11:00 –11.30 am

Welcome to Country 

Festival intro

Hannah Presley + Rory Hyde

11.30am – 1.00pm


Public Culture

Hamish Lyon + Tiriki Onus


Public Ecology

Kerstin Thompson + Sarah Lynn Rees


Public Material

Gabi Briggs

1.00 – 2.00pm


2.00 – 3.00pm


Public Collaboration 

Edition Office + Daniel Boyd


Public Living 

Mohan Kwatra, President International Student Union

Aaron Johannes,  Vice President (Culture & Social) International Student Union

3.30 –  
4.15 pm


Public Provisions

Georgie Meagher + Maddie Collie

4.30 –5.30pm


Bruce Pascoe + Maddison Miller

* Bruce will join remotely for this live conversation

Closing remarks

Hannah Presley + Rory Hyde

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.