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The MPavilion 2015 launch program will feature a special welcome performance by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham, the Dhungala Children’s Choir and dancer Rheannan Port.

Representing the second wave of free events at MPavilion, designed by AL_A, the studio of British architect Amanda Levete, the program includes Womin Jeka Elements 2, commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and MPavilion, and inspired by Architecture of Wellbeing, the theme for MPavilion 2015.

Womin Jeka Elements 2 is a collaboration between Cheetham and Melbourne-based composer James Henry with Cheetham's performance at 10.30am on Monday 5 October marking the launch of MPavilion 2015.

The MPavilion 2015 program builds upon the strong design focus of the program's first wave including MTalks, MMeets and MMusic events along with films and gatherings exploring architecture, landscape and design.

Event highlights

The first event on the MPavilion 2015 program, ‘How the built environment and physical structures affect our mood, health and overall outlook’ will be hosted by the Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 16 September, kicking off the series of MTalks events exploring the Architecture of Wellbeing theme.

The talk is co-chaired by Eugenia Lim and Rachel Elliot-Jones of Assemble Papers with guest speakers including Research Director at the Centre for Positive Psychology; Dianne Vella-Brodrick; founding director of Breathe Architecture Jeremy Mcleod; and curator-designer Sarah K.

A special MPavilion printed edition of Assemble Papers will be launched on Saturday 12 September at Sydney’s Artspace as part of Volume 2015 – Another Art Book Fair.

The MTalks event on Friday 6 November starts a global conversation connecting Melbourne with the United Kingdom, with ‘Night meets day: a discussion of memory’ presented by Channels and Fact. Streamed live from Liverpool, the discussion will be hosted by Britain's Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) and will include a screening of videos exploring the theme ‘Memory, time, space and identity’ selected by FACT’s artists-in-residence Soda_Jerk, artists Shona Illingworth, and Rory MacBeth and senior curator at ACMI Sarah Tutton.

The MTalks discussion ‘Museums, monoliths and mobility: how can museums collaborate and co-exist in the 21st century?’ on Tuesday 6 October is moderated by MPavilion Creative Associate Natalie King, and will be a candid discussion between Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum and Rhana Devenport, Director of Auckland Art Gallery, exploring institutional collaborations, new models for travelling exhibitions and curatorial collaborations with leading artists such as Lee Mingwei, Ai Weiwei and Shilpa Gupta.

As part of MMusic, Liquid Architecture by Johannes S Sistermanns presents a performance set to transform MPavilion through sound and light. The multi-sensory audio-visual work titled ‘liftoffwehaveliftoff’ takes place on Sunday 25 October.

The Architecture of Wellbeing is also the MTalks theme of the Neometro Dumbo Feather session focusing on urban social initiatives encouraging collective ownership of inner city communities on Wednesday 7 October; the Robin Boyd Foundation discussion, Designing houses for families, on Thursday 5 November; and the conversation with Manchester creative developer and civic entrepreneur Tom Bloxham, a collaboration with the University of Melbourne on Tuesday 10 November.

MPavilion will be open to the public from 6 October 2015 until 7 February 2016. Entry to MPavilion will be free and all programmed events presented at MPavilion are free.