Your weekly journey into deep space

Today in our office we’ve been talking a lot about the hierarchical value of cultural spaces— this in light, of course, of Tuesday’s inferno at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. But something else of significant cultural value, and currently facing a similar tragic destruction, is happening right here in Australia. A group of sacred indigenous birthing trees in Western Victoria, as old as Notre Dame - if not older - are earmarked for removal to make way for a freeway. The trees, only a few of which remain, were the traditional place for women to safely give birth for over 50 generations and therefore hold huge emotional and cultural connection for the Djap Wurrung people, and in turn, you’d assume, for all Australians.

Despite two years of protesting from local groups, this week the Federal Government has deemed the site not worth saving. Why are these sacred trees accepted as something that can be destroyed at our whim? Whereas the loss of a church roof is mourned across the world? Why is it that we refuse to recognise that environmental spaces hold equal significance of churches and buildings for our First People?

We read a great article in relation to these questions, which ended with this pertinent sentiment: “Surely we have reached a point in history where we are capable of global cultural sensitivity where it is possible to identify with an imagined community that stretches beyond borders of nation, of Europe, of the West, one that crosses cultural and linguistic barriers. Without such a sensibility, we will continue to value some treasures more than others.” Read the rest here.

When it comes to honouring these spaces, we’ve got a lot of work to do.

See ya next week,

SM x


Visit the Djap Wurrung Embassy for more information here.


‘Good Failure’ — Dual book launch: Large Amounts Of Failure by Tim Meakins & Good Morning by Simran Singh, Thu 18 Apr, 5:30-8:30pm

Frequent collaborators, Tim Meakins and Simran Singh, both launch publications tomorrow night; Meakins’ a collection of thoughts, ideas and illustrations recorded over a two month period earlier this year, and Singh, photographs of Japanese oddities captured at sun up around Tokyo.

Highgate Continental, Level 1, 312b William Street, Northbridge


The Life Around’, Ian Williams and Ellen Norrish, Thu 18 Apr, 6:30-8:30pm

Ian Williams and Ellen Norrish explore virtual landscapes and the complexities of being present in a technological environment for The Life Around. The exhibition showcases the distinct paintings styles of the two emerging artists as they establish a reflective space in-between two realities. (Taken from the MJAC website)

Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland. Show runs until Saturday 8th June. Open Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm.


Carla Adams, Nathan Brooker, Wade Taylor at Nyisztor Studio, Sat 20 Apr, 6pm

Director of our very own Smart Casual gallery, Carla Adams, and ex-MANY tenant Nathan Brooker, join friend of MANY Wade Taylor for ‘Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place’, an exhibition of new works from the trio.

Nyisztor Studio, 391 Canning Highway, Melville

Exhibition runs until Sunday 5th May. Nyisztor Studio is open 11am-5pm Tue-Sat and Sun 2pm-5pm.


An aerial image of the Blue Pool at Bermagui in New South Wales. Photograph: Nicole Larkin via The Guardian


We’ll use this section to share some tidbits we’ve come across the last week from you, our tenants, and the www.

+ “A new residential dementia village is set to open in Tasmania in 2019. Inspired by the Hogeweyk dementia village concept pioneered in the Netherlands, it offers a potential shift away from traditional models of dementia care in Australia” via the wonderful, Matters Journal

+ Poverty as a moral question: do we have the collective will to end it? via The Guardian.

+ “From maternity wear to rooftop honey, we introduce you to Brisbane's thriving community of social enterprises

+ Ocean pools are making a comeback — and not just for their seductive beauty

+ Are you going to Japan? Here’s a great Facebook group called JaPlan! and it is such a great source of all things Japan and planning your trip.

+ The World Resources Institute (WRI), a nonprofit global research organization, awarded its first-ever Ross Prize for Cities yesterday to SARSAI, a program that makes trips to school safer for children in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and other African cities. The $250,000 Ross Prize was created “to elevate examples of urban transformation around the world,” according to WRI. Read more here via CityLab.

And just these last two very important things…

+ If you watch GOT (no judgement here) you must also include these weekly recaps from Sinead Stubbins at Junkee. The dessert to a delicious GOT main course.

+ And also this meme below (I’m sorry).

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Heathcote, Applecross
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We have two spaces available in our MANY North Freo warehouse (one 55sqm & one 70sqm). Rent includes three-phase power, rubbish collection, and water, AND you get to work amongst a super bunch of other local makers. Other benefits include high ceilings, great access and, a short walk over Leighton footbridge; you’re at the beach!

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