Shelter: On Kindness

Shelter: On Kindness is an exploration, an exercise in inviting artists, architects, writers and thinkers to reflect on what qualities of environment and circumstance afford us shelter in a physical and metaphorical sense. Is a shelter a sense of safe haven, a place to protect ourselves from the natural elements, from the unrelenting pressures of modern life or, perhaps, a place or space to reflect on our innermost thoughts. Shelter: On Kindness examines the ideas of nurture and kindness through the filter of the writings of psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillips and historian Barbara Taylor on the history of kindness.

Exhibition dates: 25 September – 25 October 2009

Terunobu Fujimori & Nobumichi Oshima, Teahouse Tetsu, 2006. Photo: Masuda Akihisa

Terunobu Fujimori & Nobumichi Oshima, Teahouse Tetsu, 2006. Photo: Masuda Akihisa.

March Studio, 4” x 2” Nest, 2009, digital image, courtesy of the artists

March Studio, 4” x 2” Nest, 2009, digital image, courtesy of the artists.

 Volunteers help raise Professor Fujimori's teahouse up onto its platform at RMIT Gallery

Volunteers help raise Professor Fujimori's teahouse up onto its platform at RMIT Gallery.


Watch a video of Adam Phillips, whose book On Kindness inspired the exhibition.

Part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Melbourne International Art Festival (MIAF)

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