2020 PROGRAM

Amongst all the challenging pandemic news, Metro Arts remains committed to independent artists and great new work. We are excited to announce some of our plans for this year to keep our artists working, creativity flowing, and community members connected. 

Our performance program and exhibition artists are busy working behind-the-scenes, for delivery in our new home at West Village, however we won’t be announcing these works until later this year. 

We are also working on some exciting new opportunities for artists to assist during this time. Stay tuned for more details soon! 

WHEN WE SPEAK

1 MAY | MUSIC
Stunning music and visuals combine in this intimate recital performance by Katherine Philp, principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra .

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AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER

6 + 7 May | AMY ZHANG + ANTI FISCHER
Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life’ by Amy Zhang + ‘Love Letters in (e)Motion’ by Anti Fischer

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PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE

7 + 8 May | PINK MATTER + GOLDEN COASTLINE
Mad Dance Festival presents a double-bill performance: ‘Betwixt’ by Pink Matter + ‘Peach Papaya’ by Golden Coastline.

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M.I.N.D.E.D.

6 + 8 MAY | DANCE
Elements Collective bring their world class break and freestyle dancers to Mad Dance Festival in this genre-bending dance work.

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

18 – 29 MAY | THEATRE
This is a story of family, mental health, love, strong women, supportive men and so much more in between.

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FERTILE GROUND

25 – 29 MAY | DANCE
With vivid choreography, Fertile Ground manipulates space, sound and a brutalist pile of concrete bricks in this ground-breaking participatory performance.

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WHITE WOMAN

9 – 12 JUN | DANCE
In this dance-based satire, the artist places herself as the object of interrogation to question complicity and the transformational potential of self-enquiry.

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ASSEMBLY NOW

3 – 27 SEPT | Be immersed in a work that transforms space into a light and sound-reactive environment.

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COWBOY

4 – 6 SEPT | Saddle up for an interactive dance work set in an imagined sweeping landscape of a classic old western.

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FUTURE ANCESTORS

6 SEPT | Presented as part of Housewarming, Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists.

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HOUSEWARMING

6 SEPT | The boxes are unpacked, the address is new, we’re all settled in and we want to welcome you!

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THE TYPE

10 – 13 SEPT | Through street dance and hip-hop music, your favourite pro girl gang bring big girl-power energy to the stage.

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HOW TO SPELL LOVE

17 – 20 SEPT | Blending evocative poetry, dance and a powerful live percussive score, in a passionate and triumphant act of personal storytelling.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

BATSHIT

BATSHIT pits the rational, sane truth against fanciful, hormone-inflicted and embellished tales in Shelton’s second collaboration with iconic UK director and provocateur Ursula Martinez.

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DEMOLITION

DEMOLITION is an unapologetic and sweaty reclamation of space in-development by the creative minds behind smash hits Hot Brown Honey and APOCALIPSTICK.

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TRIPTYCH & POSTSCRIPT

A mash-up of 1950s radio dramas, epic poetry and opera, Triptych and Postscript uses words, sounds, songs and electronica to paint a portrait of Western colonialism in the Asia-Pacific.

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GHOST STORY

Theatre and augmented reality blend via a smartphone application and immerses the audience in a terrifying world both physically and digitally.

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EXHIBITIONS

DUNGEON MASTER

10 – 24 APR / EXHIBITION
Featuring drawings created based on the rules of Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Master aims to examine the unclear boundary between fantasy and reality in online spaces.

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LOL

10 – 17 APR / EXHIBITION
LOL features artists responding to the concept ‘Lol’ – often used as an acronym for ‘laugh out loud’ but is also sometimes misread as ‘lots of love’.

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OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

6 -9 MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut.

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Bridging The In-Between

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience.

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Ambit

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy and collaboration.

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LIGHT AFFECTION

15 + 16 – MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle’s exhibition Light Affection will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience

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Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program

OTHER OFFERING

1 – 2 NOV | Other Offering, presents a series of sculptural and floral interventions at the Toowong Cemetery over two days.

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BECOMING

Experience the space between personal memory and shared understanding through combining photography and architecture.

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GIANTS AMONG US

A sound and video installation that transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens.

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Artists in Residence

regroup

FERRYMAN’S HUT
regroup is a collective project that will host salon style events that aim to refresh the dialogue between arts workers.

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HELLE COOK

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience, created by diaphanous paintings on sheer natural fabric.

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AARON CHAPMAN

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Aaron’s Norman Park Substation residency will see him reinterpret photographs through the lens of a childhood craft.

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VOLTFRUIT

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Brisbane-based experimental music duo Voltfruit combine field recordings, found objects, musical instruments and electronics to create a series of sonic activations.

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ALICIA MELONIE JONES

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Alicia will continue her solo body of work, performing detention – a physical exploration into the psychology of breaking cycles of violence.

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JOSEPH BURGESS

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
Joseph is settling in over summer to work on a series of carpet based pictorial works, exploring the ongoing protests that are currently taking place in Portland, Oregon in the United States.

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Produced Artists

COUNTERPILOT

A collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe. Their works Crunch Time and Truthmachine are available for touring, and they are also currently developing a new work.

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ELISE GREIG

Spanning from young love to aging cynicism, Magpie by Elise Greig is a coming-of-age story that will thrill and delight like lemonade ice-blocks and a swim on a hot day.

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DAVID MEGARRITY

David Megarrity is a writer, composer, musician and performer creating at the intersection of music, performance and projected image. His works Tyrone and Lesley in a Spot and Bear with Me are available for touring, and he is also currently developing a new work, Sox.

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LISA WILSON PROJECTS

Bunker by Lisa Wilson and Nathan Sibthorpe is a new intermedial dance work, combining dance with original music, text, rich visual design, interactive messaging, and dynamic video projection to explore the physical threat of virtual alarm. 

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