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Alternative Education, Party Food Politics and The House

  • Monash University Museum of Art 900 Dandenong Road Caulfield East, VIC 3145 Australia (map)

Group 7 at A Centre for Everything will be held over several events as part of the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) exhibition Direct Democracy. Book for one, or book for all, but places are limited so get in quick!

Alternative Education

2-4pm Saturday May 11 2013 at MUMA

An institution within an institution within an institution, A Centre for Everything brings a discussion about Alternative Education to the Monash University Museum of Art. The trend of establishing creative, small-scale, non-accredited systems of teaching and learning is not new, but has found a strong following in Melbourne in recent years. Join some of the main players in Melbourne’s ‘altucation’ scene: Melbourne Free UniversityLaneway LearningSmall Giants (responsible for bringing School of Life to Melbourne), and Homehouse for a roundtable discussion. Beyond finding out more about these individuals and organisations, the aim of the day will be to collectively envision a new institution.

Photography by Caitlin Littlewood

The House

1-4.30pm Saturday June 8 2013 at MUMA

Number 11 Princes Avenue is a detached Edwardian house with front and back gardens, driveway and garage, bounded by fencing and hedges. Conveniently placed within a stone’s throw of Monash’s multi-storey carpark, and the University’s Economics, Marketing, Business & Accounting, and Art, Design & Architecture Faculties. Situated on a generous block in the heart of this scholastic hub, Number 11 is the last residential property standing within the Monash University's Caulfield campus. Properties like Number 11 are referred to by developers as a ‘nail houses’ or ‘holdouts’. To the owner occupiers, however, “it's not just a house... it's a home” (Darryl Kerrigan, The Castle). Owners have their reasons for not wanting to sell or move out, but it is expected that in the not so distant future the building will no longer stand. Therefore, we invite you on Saturday June 8 to take part in a drawing and painting class in order to record this moment in history. The results from the class will be displayed as part of Direct Democracy and one work will be selected to gift to the owners of Number 11 Princes Avenue.

Party Food Politics

5-8pm Saturday July 6 2013 at MUMA

In lead up to the Federal Elections we ask you to put your vote where your mouth is.
We ask: If Tony Abbott were an ingredient, what would he be? Salt? Sprouts? Tinned pineapple? Sausage? How about Adam Bandt? He’s a Green, so does that mean he would be greens, like peas or broccoli? And would this make a difference to your preferences? To vote:

1. Enrol. Forms are available from April 26 online, and in the gallery at MUMA.
2. Vote. Voting opens June 24. The results of the ballot will determine the meal we cook.
3. Eat. Dinner guests will be randomly selected from the voting registry.

The meal will be served at MUMA as a finissage to the exhibition on July 6.


Group 7 events are FREE

Auslan interpretation available upon request.


Opening 4 May, 3-5pm
26 April - 6 July 2013
Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA
Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Later Event: February 3
New Games, Dumplings and Auslan