Home Art was a very special performance project which engaged eight households in North Melbourne in collaboration with eight of Melbourne’s hottest contemporary artists. Each artist and household collaborated to create a short work which was performed by the household participants to groups taking walking tours between each home. In collaboration with Tipping Point Australia, Home Art created art with the lowest environmental footprint possible, using all found materials in each home.
“Imagine sitting on a an internal stair case, watching someone perform a dance piece in their kitchenor sitting on a mezzanine roof watching a movement piece occur across an entire house.” Bec Reid, Producer
What is your background?
The City of Melbourne’s Arts and Participation Program uses art to engage with communities and influence the development of the city’s culture. The program is located within the Arts Program's Team of the Arts and Culture Branch.
What was required to secure the space?
As the producer, City of Melbourne needed to ensure each space was viable for live performance to small audiences. Minor augmentation for safety was made to one household with the construction of a hand rail on an outdoor stair case. We ensured all production items used in the works were returned as found to ensure minimal impact on the spaces. It was critical each of the eight houses were treated with the utmost respect as people’s personal spaces were used for public performances.
What were the costs?
With the intentional low impact environmental footprint, the costs of the spaces was minimal.
Who helped you to fit it out?
The spaces were fitted out to be performance ready by contractors, the household participants and the project Production Manager.
What were/are the obstacles?
Considering performers and audience experiences from beginning to end. Each home was completely made good post performance season and now their original tenants live happily ever after.
What were/are the risks?
Personal accident, reputational risk, that someone would be unhappy…phew, all avoided!
Sitting on a an internal stair case, watching someone perform a dance piece in their kitchen and sitting on a mezzanine roof watching a movement piece occur across an entire house.
A choreographed listening journey on the water and working with seniors over 70 years young!