Social Diversity

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About Social Diversity

Social Diversity uses the idea of ‘home’ as a way to explore how people make community in Victoria Harbour. In a series of family-friendly workshops and exhibitions, we invited the public to participate in conversation and reflection about the experience of living in the precinct.

The Exchange joined in the fun of City of Melbourne’s Docklands Sunday Streets on 26 November 2017 for a Kite Making Workshop and Parade. Visitors got creative at our kite making stand and later joined a community parade featuring kites and other colourful creations. During this process, our researchers spoke with kite makers about the environments in the Docklands.


Our Home Truths Portrait Workshop with documentary photographer Nicholas Walton-Healey was an opportunity Victoria Harbour locals to express what home means to them. The exhibition team took a tour of the precinct, capturing a portrait of Victoria Harbour through conversations and photographs of local workers and residents. Selected portraits from the workshop were exhibited in The Exchange gallery space during our Home Truths Portrait Exhibition Exhbition at Knowledge Market throughout December and January.


As part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, The Exchange hosted the Inner Worlds Forum. The forum addressed the interior spaces of Victoria Harbour’s ANZ Global Headquarters, Library at The Dock, Aurecon Centre, Lifestyle Working and the residential buildings of 883, 888 and 889 Collins Street. Inner Worlds featured presentations by the buildings’ designers and representatives, who shared an insight into the design methodologies undertaken as part of these iconic spaces.


Following the Inner Worlds Forum, we launched the Inner Worlds Public Artwork Exhibition. In February 2018, RMIT Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students carried out ethnographic research across seven buildings in Victoria Harbour. The research involved students observing people in their day-to-day life, and interviewing them about the experience of living, working in and visiting buildings in Victoria Harbour. Based on this research, student groups developed six artworks as a way to share their impressions of Victoria Harbour’s architecture.

 

Activities

  • Kite Making Workshop and Parade

    The Exchange at Knowledge Market joined in the fun of Docklands Sunday Streets on 26 November for a kite making workshop and parade. Visitors got creative at our kite making stand and later joined a community parade featuring kites and other colourful creations. 

     

  • Home Truths Portrait Workshop

    What does home mean to you? In December 2017, The Exchange at Knowledge Market explored the meaning of home in Victoria Harbour through a series of community events.

  • Home Truths Portrait Exhibition

    The Exchange at Knowledge Market presents Home Truths, a portrait exhibition of Victoria Harbour locals by Nicholas Walton-Healey.

    The Home Truths Portrait Exhibition follows The Exchange portrait workshop, where residents and workers of Victoria Harbour, Docklands were invited to express what ‘home’ means to them. Participants’ portraits were captured by award winning photographer Nicholas Walton-Healey, while The Exchange research team gathered diverse impressions of what home and belonging mean in Victoria Harbour.

  • Inner Worlds: Public Artwork Exhibition

    Created by RMIT Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students, this site-specific public artwork is inspired by the interior architecture of seven Victoria Harbour buildings.

     

  • Inner Worlds: Forum and Public Artwork Launch

    Inner Worlds will be exploring the interior spaces of Victoria Harbour’s ANZ Global Headquarters, Library at The Dock, Aurecon Centre, Lifestyle Working and the residential buildings of 883, 888 and 889 Collins Street.

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The Exchange is hosting a curated series of public workshops, exhibitions, forums and community events throughout the year-long project.

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