#gpgsurvivalkits2020 What are you bringing?

An ISO project devised by Isabella Wadley and Cecilia Stewart

In a reprisal of Kiffy Rubbo and Meredith Rogers’ 1975 Ideas Show Survival Kits at the George Paton Gallery we invite you to be the artist, inventor, and curator of your own survival kit.

Responses will be posted on this page. There is no deadline for this project beyond the end of lockdown, rather we will post submissions as they are sent.

Image: @rupa_anurendra

“The Ideas Shows… of the 1970s were playful and open-ended, they broadened the participation in the exhibition beyond the practicing artist, curator, or historian and created their own audiences by virtue of the number of people participating in the exhibition.” – Sandie Bridie, Kiffy Rubbo: Curating the 1970’s

As the first director and curator of the George Paton Gallery, Kiffy Rubbo had a visionary and progressive approach, promoting the artistic expression of all, not simply practicing artists. Specifically, in ‘Survival Kits’ a whole range of people were called upon to contribute, an attitude which we would like to reflect in this project.

Almost fifty years on, we find “Survival Kits” a concept that resonates very strongly with our circumstances today; how are we surviving in our drastically changed world?

Whether you’re isolating at home or supporting the community on the frontline, we want to know what’s helping you through these unprecedented times.
There is no right or wrong in your response, think about the things that have helped you through this difficult period, the concept of a ‘Survival Kit’ should be seen as a prompt which can be creatively interpreted however you like.
Your response could take any form; a drawing, painting, photograph, poem, playlist, song, video, sculpture, ritual, dance, textile, conversation, written word or even recipe.
Have the opportunity to exhibit your creative response with the GPG’s online gallery GPG VIRTUAL and engage with the survival kits that others share!
Open to University of Melbourne students and others. All submissions keeping in line with UMSU’s social media policy will be exhibited in GPG VIRTUAL.
Please send your response in the form of (or a combination of)
  • Short video, landscape format, no longer than 3 minutes, titled with your name and title of video
  • Images (maximum of 3) in jpeg format, titled with your name, and title of image.
  • Text included in an email or as an attachment.
  • Include your name, location, short bio if you wish (50 words maximum) and short explanation of your choice of materials for your survival kit.

Send your responses to gpg@union.unimelb.edu.au to be a part of the online exhibition and share on social media with the hashtag #gpgsurvivalkits2020 to spread the word!


Leah Molony, ‘COVID-19 black bored’, 2019


Name: Matthew Molony
Title: A Day In Isolation
Location: Jan Juc, Victoria. (March/April 2020)

Matt is a Melbourne based actor and theatre producer, who found himself in isolation for 6 weeks down on the south west coast of Victoria. Sun, sand, sea and the night sky helped to get him through it.

Name: Sandra Bridie
Title: Food Library, East St Kilda, 14 May 2020

Each day over the COVID-19 lockdown in my local park a new assortment of provisions is available on the picnic table for those in need to pick up, or for those with plenty to contribute to. Supplies include chocolate, canned items, pasta and animal food. Extra chocolate was left out for mothers with a special note on Mother’s Day.


Leah Molony, ‘Donald and Eve in the Garden of Eden under the sea’
Fuzzy felt, 2020

Created whilst spending COVID-19 time with granddaughter Floss.


Therese Molony, ‘It’s all right’


Carmel Molony, ‘Covid-19 Helter Skelter’
Ink on paper, Geelong 2020



Frances Kinna, ‘School of Covid-19’
Still Life, Photography, Newtown 2020