The Arts Centre Melbourne’s Public Realm program offers visitors the opportunity to explore and engage with the arts precinct through activations created by local and international artists and communities.
The Public Realm program includes the Betty Amsden Participation Program, new commissions and presentations and special events with partners and community organisations.
The Betty Amsden Participation Program is an annual community event that inspires people from all over Melbourne to get involved and tap into their creativity.
Since 2014, Arts Centre Melbourne has been host to the Betty Amsden Participation Program, an annual community event that inspires people from all over Melbourne to get involved and tap into their creativity.
These large-scale projects are designed to inspire and delight the entire city of Melbourne. Deep down there’s creativity in all of us. We encourage you to dive in and discover what’s happened, what’s coming and how you get involved. There’s plenty of opportunity to unleash your inner muse.
In 2014, Melbourne was filled with music as 24 pianos, beautifully decorated by community groups, graced the streets for three weeks over summer with the invitation Play Me, I’m Yours.
In 2015, 7,000 little wooden houses – each individually decorated by Victorians from far and wide to represent our feelings of home - filled our streets, parks, favourite city spots and social media for Home.
In 2016, an army of volunteers lined up (and knocked down!) 7,000 breezeblocks in a line snaking its way around Melbourne’s streets and alleyways, bringing people together to celebrate our city for Dominoes.
In 2017, we saw a riotous celebration of community spirit with Fun Run.
In 2018, we saw the greatly anticipated return of Play Me, I’m Yours with 20 pianos stationed in and around the streets of Melbourne, decorated by community artists and ready for YOU to play.
In 2019, we hosted two wonderful Betty Amsden Participation Projects.
In March Those Who Rock took over Hamer Hall for one epic free concert. In a celebration of Melbourne’s live music culture, hundreds of everyday guitarists from across Melbourne played alongside a line-up of Aussie music legends in this intergenerational and accessible event.
Later in the year, A Mile in My Shoes by Empathy Museum popped up under the Spire to delight Melbournians in November. Housed inside a giant shoebox, this free exhibition held a collection of audio-stories contributed from the residents of Melbourne. Visitors were invited to experience the world from a stranger’s perspective by asking them to listen to a story while taking a walk in someone else’s shoes… quite literally. Created by London-based artist Clare Patey of Empathy Museum, this work explored how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.
To find out more, or make a donation, please contact our Philanthropy team on (03) 9281 8022.