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.