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! 

COLLISION

14 – 18 JUL | PERFORMANCE
This cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teams together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House.

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LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

23 JUL | CABARET
Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist, featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe.

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THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

30 JUL | DANCE PARTY
Celebrating diverse bodies, identities and movement. Featuring pop-up performances – come watch, listen, learn and if you’re feeling it get up and dance!

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PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

21 AUG | DANCE
We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party! Dress fresh and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

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MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

3 – 26 SEPT | EXHIBITION
Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

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WEREDINGO

3 – 11 SEPT | THEATRE
Karul’s signature sharp movement and humour will challenge what you think you know about shapeshifting.

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THE MAKING OF MEN

18 SEPT | CONVERSATION
Bystander trainer Michael Jeh lead a conversation on raising men to overturn cultural pressures and traditions.

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WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

22 – 25 SEPT | FAMILY
A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

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FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

22 – 25 SEPT | COMEDY
Three Hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show. Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter for this smashing evening of comedy.

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RESTRUNG FESTIVAL

14 – 16 OCT | MUSIC
Immerse yourself in this banquet of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art.

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BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

9 – 18 DEC | PERFORMANCE
This festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

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PINK INC

20 DEC | DANCE
Join the Pink Matter team and say bye-bye to 2021 with this end-of-year party like no other!

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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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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

On the Shoulders of Giants explores the transition and adaptation of culture, toxic masculinity and intergenerational trauma of First Nations men navigating their way through everyday life.

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COLD GHOST

Familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns in this fascinating expedition through time.

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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

THE WEATHERMAN

6 – 24 JUL / EXHIBITION
The Weatherman is a new video work that proposes an experimental approach to queer remembrance.

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MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

3 – 26 SEPT | EXHIBITION
Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

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soul-hole

20 – 27 NOV / EXHIBITION
The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

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AZADEH HAMZEII

4 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Arts in association with 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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777-ELEVEN

4 DEC – JAN 2022 / EXHIBITION
Joaquin Gonzales presents 777-Eleven, a Catholicised convenience store selling all the Catholic necessities nobody asked for.

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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

JOSHUA PETHER

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Across this two-week residency at Ferryman’s Hut, Joshua will perform a journey of a ritual seeking hidden clues to some of Queensland’s most elusive and baffling mysteries.

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JAMES HAZEL

NORMAN PARK SUBSTATION
My Father the piano is an installation which explores the relationship between the artist and their working-class family.

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OLIVIA LACEY

FERRYMAN’S HUT
In her new work Almost Heaven, Olivia Lacey revisits a childhood fascination with Olivia Newton-John as the roller-skating muse from her iconic film Xanadu (1980).

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LITTLEBITTS

FERRYMAN’S HUT
Comedy duo LittleBitts are bunkering down in Ferryman’s Hut this July to work on development of a new sitcom.

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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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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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