Open House Melbourne 2022 EOI and Theme Announced

Posted Tue 23rd Nov 2021 | Brianna Carroll

In 2022, Open House Melbourne makes a long awaited return to a physical program to ‘open up’ a diverse range of heritage and contemporary places and spaces across our city for everyone to encounter, experience and enjoy. And we want you to be involved – apply now!


Built / Unbuilt

This year’s theme Built / Unbuilt seeks to catalyse a city-wide conversation about the future of architecture, landscape and urban design through the lens of pressing issues facing cities today, including how the built environment contributes to and shapes public life and communities; the relationship between the built and natural world; and how to reveal, reconcile and acknowledge the prehistories and afterlives of places, spaces and buildings. 

Built / Unbuilt celebrates the contribution and impact of good design in our built environment yet also explores the city and suburbs at diverse scales and systems – the urban, civic, public, landscape, interior; as well as those spaces that are ‘unbuilt’ and in-between – the unseen, divergent, porous, interstitial, and inter-connected. 

We reflect upon the atmospheric impact of the built and profile projects that pursue sustainable practices and net zero outcomes. We also consider the experience and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus, invisible and uncontained, and how the experience of extended isolation continues to
shape expectations of how we live, work and gather in space.  


Responding further to this thematic, the 2022 OHM July Weekend program will include a curated exhibition titled Take Hold of the Clouds. The project invites creative practitioners across visual art, architecture, design, landscape, and film to make an installation or creative work in response to eight sites they have selected, ranging from buildings to landscapes, as part of the OHM 2022 July Weekend. 

Rather than simply placing art in buildings, the exhibition stages a series of thoughtful encounters between site-specific and temporal creative works and architecture, in which each practitioner responds to both form and context, adding a new layer to how we understand these buildings and spaces. 

Importantly, Take Hold of the Clouds models best practice for high-impact yet sustainable and resource-sensitive exhibition making by using the city as an exhibition space rather than a traditional gallery, and supporting the production of curated projects that are light in footprint.

The project is curated by Tara McDowell (Director, Curatorial Practice, Monash University) and Fleur Watson (Open House Melbourne). The exhibition will be accompanied by a micro website and publication and is supported by funding from the Victorian Government and the Besen Family Foundation.


We want you to be involved – apply now!

In response to the Built / Unbuilt theme, the Open House Melbourne team invites you to submit your proposal for a tour, event, talk, workshop or creative program for inclusion in the Open House Melbourne July Weekend 2022. 

Although our intention is to pursue an ‘in person’ program in 2022, the Open House team encourages proposals for physical and/or digital events as we continue to extend our commitment to hybrid programming creating greater access to our program for all. 

Fleur Watson
Executive Director | Chief Curator
Open House Melbourne

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Monday 28 February 2022


Please note: in line with Victorian Government health advice, all programs must be produced to Covid-safe settings and vaccination status checked on entry. 

For more information please contact:

Brianna Carroll, Program & Communications Manager
[email protected]

Helen Sweatman, Business &Operations Manager
[email protected]



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