Takeover

Takeover is a program of public events that celebrates the agency of our communities of diverse young and emerging creatives and creates the opportunity to take back public spaces following Melbourne’s successive COVID-19 lockdowns.

Location: State Library of Victoria

Young artists from Outer Urban Projects, The Social Studio and Youthworx will team up with international students to present works that activate Melbourne’s public spaces during The Big Anxiety. 

Young, culturally diverse people have been impacted by the pandemic including the public housing towers lockdown, racialised and heavy handed police enforcement of restrictions, barriers to homeschooling due to limited access to personal computers and reliable internet, as well as disruptions to casual and precarious employment. Conversely, the last year has also seen an eruption of youth-led creative community organising, mutual aid and inventive public protests in response to the global COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.  

Takeover will showcase the talented contributions of our young emerging artists and their communities. It will challenge the stereotypes and stigma directed at young people and instead promote diverse and unique perspectives, creative skills and aspirations for a better, diverse city post-pandemic. 

Image: Documentation from Takeover at Parliament Steps (2022), taken by Keelan O’Hehir.

 

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.