Being held over four days in July, Arts House presents Future Assembly, which unifies a new

group of fierce activists who will crack open fresh ideas, bringing new possibilities.

Developed as an exchange of new thinking, Future Assembly brings together Jody Haines,

Jamie James, Quinn Eades, Hannah Brontë (Fempress), Candy Bowers, Emily Johnson

(Catalyst) and a host of Arts House friends.

Through a series of manifestos, making and mad parties, Future Assembly will challenge

overlapping perspectives into inclusion, gender equality, feminism, leadership diversity,

labour, gendered violence, place and belonging.

Arts House Artistic Director, Emily Sexton says that Future Assembly is a non-patriarchal

approach to stimulate action and find hope, “This isn’t a conference, a talkfest or a think tank

– we’ve curated a fiery group of cross-cultural artists, protagonists who are a welcome respite

from the sea of suited clones who purport to guide us.”

“With exhibitions, spoken word, dance and music, some of the finest minds will share a new

outlook with us to imagine an optimistic and very different future,” said Sexton.

Future Assembly is set in motion with three exhibitions that take over Arts House at the

North Melbourne Town Hall – #IAMWOMAN by photographic artist Jody Haines, WHY2K

by Hannah Brontë and QUEERDOM by the collaborative creative research collective,

Making the Margins.

Paying tribute to women’s strength, beauty and complexity, #IAMWOMAN is a large-scale

public portrait exhibition that forms part of Haines’ ongoing social research examining new

approaches to creating photographic portraiture with women for use in public space. This free

exhibition will continue to run until 4 August.

A collaborative audio-visual exhibition by photographer-poet James Eades (photographer

Jamie James and poet Quinn Eades), QUEERDOM draws on 25 years of queer and fringe

performance and fetish scenes.

Created to inspire and take activists to the next level, bring an open mind and an abundance

of curiosity and take part in Future Assembly:


Dates: 10 – 13 July 2019

Location: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall

Times: Multiple times and events. Website for full details

Admission costs: Many events free. Website for full details

Arts House Website