Takeover at Parliament Steps

Sun 6 Mar 2022

This is a past program.
Parliament House, Spring St East Melbourne, VIC 3002

For Who’s Afraid of Public Space?, The Social Studio’s young fashion designers have teamed up with Outer Urban Projects’ ensemble of talented young performers from the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne to present a fashion parade celebrating modest wear on Sunday 6 March 2022, 2-3pm at Parliament of Victoria’s steps, the home for political debate and democracy in Victoria.

The parade will feature textile and fashion works that reflect upon notions of modesty across cultures, accompanied by dancers, vocalists and a percussionist in an ecstatic, lively celebration of diverse young peoples’ return to public expression and public space.

Curators Grace McQuilten and Amy Spiers have partnered with Dewi Cooke (The Social Studio), David Mackenzie (Youthworx) and Irine Vela (Outer Urban Projects), and their three organisations that foster the creativity of young people from culturally diverse, asylum seeker, First Nations, neurodivergent and disabled communities through training and employment in fashion design, digital media production and performing arts respectively. Together, the curatorial team have commissioned young artists from each art organisation to present works that activate Melbourne’s public spaces, and Bus Projects’ and ACCA’s institutional platforms.