The Pink Room

Residents of the four storey walk-ups of the Carlton Housing Estate are being relocated so the building can be demolished.

The Pink Room – which I haven’t gone to see yet, but think sounds great – is an exhibition documenting some of the residents’ lives in stories, pictures and found objects.

I’ve given you a map since I was too lazy to ‘borrow’ their picture. It runs through the end of the month.

When: Thursday, 13 September – Sunday, 30 September
Where: Flat 3/486 Drummond Street, Carlton
Hours: Thursday to Friday midday to 6pm, Saturday 2pm to 5pm
Cost: Free

Ring (03) 9658 9658 or visit the website (scroll down) for details – there are some other art listings on this site as well.

3 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    Seems interesting. I can tell you in the 3 years I lived across the street from the housing estate, I have memories of:

    -2 flats on fire

    -police storming the estate after someone shot a couple of people (1 dead)

    -a bald guy who would yell “Oi” repeatdly for hours on end to anyone passing on the street

    -a guy who would point a laser at anyone passing by

    -fire engines showing up at least twice a month

    -someone politely asking if I had a needle

    and my favourite, a guy who looked like Sean Connery sitting outside on a bench with a cigarette, giving everyone passing by a sly Connery nod.

  2. brie (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    So you’re not sad to see them go then, I take it.

    I lived across from there, too, and had a great time. It’s nice that the city is doing this exhibit, but I feel bad for people being displaced.

  3. Neil (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    Well, its not going. They are replacing it with accommodation which will house public and private housing. Not sure if it will successful but I wouldn’t want to pay to live in a housing commission.

    What I really don’t like is that they are adding a public/private housing complex to the former school grounds on Keppel and Cardigan St. I feel bad for all the people who bought a property there in a quiet area of Carlton. It also will sandwich the houses and flats in between into a “bigger” crime zone.

    I forgot to add, tires on every car on the housing commission side of the street slashed, junkies shooting up in a laneway behind my house leaving used needles everywhere, a guy walking down the street attacked by a mob of guys, and my house got burgled twice.

    More on the project

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