Making Home


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Image by Samantha Donnelly

Women over the age of 55 are the fastest growing cohort of homeless in Australia and current research estimates that there are over 400,000 women over the age of 45 at risk of homelessness. Many of these women have led productive lives and have had conventional housing histories. However, they find themselves facing homelessness in later life. How did we reach this point of crisis?

Making Home will tell the stories of women who find themselves in this situation. We will unpack the issues and policies that have led to this crisis, talk to people who are working to prevent it and look at current research into providing homes for these women at risk.

Making Home also presents an installation by architects Samantha Donnelly and Sophie Dyring.  Sam and Sophie asked women with lived experience of homelessness what housing and home meant to them.  Their stories and circumstances are presented on a series of banners installed at the MPavilion that reflect women’s work to create comfort and privacy in their homes.

Join us for a Making Home event and come to see the installation.

The Making Homes series, installation and workshops have been made possible with generous support from MPavilion and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.


Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.