We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

West Space
House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue

29 October — 18 December

House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue addresses colonial legacies of monolingualism and its impact on minority languages, power and subjectivity.

Beyond the gallery, House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue includes a day-long Language and Community Symposium facilitated by language advocacy group ViệtSpeak at Footscray Community Arts, and Hát Xe Buýt, a ‘singing bus’, co-curated with Lana Nguyen and hosted by language advocates, musicians, poets, educators and local choirs as audiences are transported between the venues on select days.

Hát Xe Buýt (Singing Bus): Saturday 12, 19 and 26 November
A bus-ride co-curated by Hoang Tran Nguyen and Lana Nguyen will ferry audiences across the two exhibitions. This hosted journey will feature performers and artists across cultural and social movements, engaging guests on notions of place and practices of language reclamation and justice. Hosts include legendary poet πO, Timmah Ball,Beth Sometimes and Tania Cañas.

Hát Xe Buýt (Singing Bus) Schedule:
Footscray Community Arts to West Space
10.00AM and 1.30PM departure, each Saturday (12th, 19th, and 26th November).

West Space to Footscray Community Arts
11.30AM and 3.00PM departure, each Saturday (12th, 19th, and 26th November).

Book tickets to Hát Xe Buýt (Singing Bus)

Language and Community Symposium: Sunday 27 November, Footscray Community Arts
Emerging from the loss of the Vietnamese Bilingual Program and based in Melbourne’s west, advocacy group ViệtSpeak will present the Language and Community Symposium. The day’s program will feature workshops by Đất Nước Collective, Thảo Nguyễn and Kids’ Own Publishing. Three discussion panels by leading scholars, educators and artists will speak of localized language practices and forms of language justice. Panels will be lead by writer Chi Vu and scholars Helen Ngo and Julie Choi.

Book tickets to the Language and Community Symposium

House of Mother Tongue, House of Other Tongue is presented as part of NEIGHBOURHOOD, a new arts festival co-presented by Footscray Community Arts and The Substation. The 17-day festival is a celebration of contemporary art, music and performance across the western suburbs of Melbourne. Based around expanded ideas of language and translation, NEIGHBOURHOOD reflects the current moment and highlights artistic practice in Melbourne.

This exhibition is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups.


Perry Street Building
Collingwood Yards
Collingwood, 3066


Floor access to the Perry Street Building can be made via the following paths. From 30A Perry Street, a footpath leads to the retail area of Perry St (UG) and courtyard. The Perry Street Lift can be accessed via 30A and 30B Perry Street, allowing access to levels 1 and 2 of Perry Street Building. From Johnston Street access to Perry St Building can be made by crossing the courtyard.

Accessible toilets are located in three areas within the Perry Street Building. On the Upper Ground Level (Level UG) the accessible toilets are located in the service corridor in the northern part of the Building. near the staircase. These toilets are open throughout event hours. On L1 and L2 the toilets are located in the northern part of the building, behind heavy manual blue double doors.  All accessible toilets are equipped with manual locks, exit buttons and grab rails.

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