Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

January 11 2024

MTALKS: Play and the art of nature at MPavilion

Reflections on the importance of natural environments for engaging children in the arts.

A photo of Cat Sewell, Polyglot's Artistic Director and co-CEO. She has long hair, and wears a green plaid shirt. She stands in front of a large tree and bank of green shrubbery, smiling at the camera. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

Join Cat Sewell, Polyglot’s Artistic Director and co-CEO, and guests Jenny Anderson and Kathleen Gonzales, for a panel discussion and Q&A on the joys of engaging children and families in arts experiences that connect to nature and natural environments.

From its large-scale touring theatre works to small playful interventions, Polyglot has increased its focus on the way nature and sustainability feed into the organisation and its members’ arts practice. Exploring the intersection of this mindset and the built environment allows for creative adaptations and site-specific activations.

General Access

  • There is wheelchair access from the paved paths in the park to MPavilion with a short distance on the grass to reach the structure.
  • Accessible bathrooms are located in the Queen Victoria Gardens on Linlithgow Avenue.
  • There is parkland surrounding the MPavilion for participants needing a quiet space before, during and after the talk.
  • Seating will be available.
  • A Changing Places toilet is located at Hamer Hall (100 St Kilda Road Southbank) on Level 3, near the south lift, and users are asked to bring their Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) to open.
  • If you have accessibility requirements (seating, audio, visual), please contact MPavilion:


  • Flinders Street Station is approximately 500m from MPavilion.
  • Facilities include: lighting, escalator, Hearing Loop, lift, stairs, tactile ground surface indicator, accessible telephone, accessible toilet, pay phone, indoor waiting area, sheltered waiting area, kiosk, passenger information display, toilets, CCTV.
  • Head south on St Kilda Rd/Swanston St. Continue across Princess Bridge towards the Botanical Gardens. Head to the State Theatre and cross the road, you will find a pathway which will take you to MPavillion here. Go straight down this path and take the first right turn to reach MPavilion. MPavilion is located directly opposite the Arts Centre building.


  • Arts Precinct/St Kilda Rd #14 (Zone 1) services tram routes: 1, 16, 3-3a, 5, 6, 64, 67, 72.
  • Facilities include: lighting, tactile ground surface indicator, accessible ramp, myki machines.
  • This stop is approximately 200m from MPavilion.


  • Victorian College of the Arts/Southbank Bvd (Zone 1) services bus route 605.
  • Facilities include: lighting, tactile ground service indicator, accessible ramp, myki machines.
  • This stop is approximately 200m from MPavilion.

Visit to plan your journey.

MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture commission: a place for debate around the design of today and tomorrow. Conceived and created by Naomi Milgrom AC as an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, MPavilion celebrates a decade as the country’s cultural laboratory in 2023.

Since 2014, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation has invited extraordinary architects from Australia and across the world to design a meeting place for the Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne’s heart. From this MPavilion, a five-month design festival of free events is launched – prompting locals and visitors alike to consider how architecture, art and design can change lives.

MPavilion’s myriad collaborations are a testament to Melbourne’s status as a local and global centre of design. Its ambitious program is made possible through the visionary support of its partners, principally the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne, ANZ and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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