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BY THE WATER: SOUNDS FROM THE FERRYMAN’S HUT

BY THE WATER: SOUNDS FROM THE FERRYMAN’S HUT

by the water: sounds from the ferryman’s hut

By Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung

KEY CREATIVES

Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung – composer/musician

LOCATION

Ferryman’s Hut,Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung
Jasmine Wing-Yin Leung is a composer/musician who works within concert and installation settings, investigating the possibilities inside intimate sonic and social spaces. She is interested in ideas of listening, resonance, tuning, environment, sharing and communication. She also plays the Erhu and has developed an extended practice for this instrument. An active member of the experimental/improvised music scene in Australia, Jasmin has also shared her work in Europe, China and North America. She is the 2021/2022 Pathfinders Associate Artist for the Australian Art Orchestra and is currently living in Naarm/Melbourne.

DISTURBO

DISTURBO

DISTURBO

By Bare Legs Company

DISTURBO envelops the audience in a darkly humorous world that fuses circus, dance, physical theatre and lip-sync. Poignant, absurd, and visually striking, DISTURBO is an unashamedly queer evocation of connectedness that questions what risks we are willing to take for intimacy.

You enter a darkened space that is alive with sound and movement. You are drawn to a lone dancing light. In the flicker, you glimpse two bodies moving, contorting, searching for something. You hear a sharp intake of breath… then witness a connection.

Praise for DISTURBO

“A dynamic, queer, dark, visceral, physical poem.” – Nadia Jade (Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane)
“Weird, creepy, queer, cool, and extremely beautiful.” – Georgia McKenzie (Anywhere Festival Review)
“A striking exploration of self-revelation and relationship, of queer embodiment and emancipation.” – Nadia Jade (Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane)

KEY CREATIVES

Jay Radford – Co-director, performer, composer/sound designer
Felix Egger – Co-director, performer
Alex Mizzen – Co-director

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

Image by Matt Black & Jay Radford

 

THE ARTISTS

Jay Radford
Jay (they/them) is an emerging circus acrobat and physical theatre performer, who draws on their musical (sound design) background to inform their sense of movement and creation. Jay is a cofounder of Bare Legs Company. In 2021, they performed in the sold-out season of DISTURBO for Anywhere Festival and performed in the sold-out seasons of DWELL at Wonderland Festival and Anywhere Festival 2019. They were an invited guest artist for the creative development of CIRCA’s Leviathan in 2019 and an ensemble performer in Memorial for Brisbane Festival 2018. Jay has previously developed work with Vulcana Circus, Collectivist, MOI Productions, and performed in cabarets, showcases, and festivals in Australia.

Felix Egger
Felix (he/him) is an aerial rope artist whose creative approach to his apparatus sets him apart from his contemporaries. Felix is a co-founder of Bare Legs Company. In 2021, they performed in the sold-out season of DISTURBO for Anywhere Festival, and they performed in the sold-out run of DWELL at Wonderland Festival and Anywhere Festival 2019. Felix was a guest artist for the creative development of CIRCA’s Leviathan in 2019 and an ensemble performer in Memorial for Brisbane Festival 2018. Felix has previously developed work with Vulcana Circus and Collectivist and performed in cabarets, showcases, and festivals in Germany and Australia.

Alex Mizzen
Alex’s (she/her) background has left a wonderful imprint on the artist we find today. As a trained gymnast and a graduate from the National Theatre Ballet, Alex worked as a contemporary dancer, honing both her physical and performance skill before turning her eye to circus. Now as an established circus artist with specialties in both hand balance and aerial chair Alex has worked with some of the leading Australian & international companies: Les 7Doigts de la Main, Company 2, Cantina, CIRCA, Legs on the Wall, La Soirée, Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth, and
Le Grand Cirque.

AGM 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

AGM 2022 ANNOUNCEMENT

2022 METRO ARTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE

You’re invited to our Annual General Meeting! 

 

The Board of Directors of Metro Arts invites you to the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Metro Arts Ltd.

 

Please note: only current financial Members are eligible to vote at the meeting but all are welcome to attend.

DATES

Mon 9 May

TIME

5:30pm

LOCATION

Studio 2
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End.  

RSVP

Please RSVP to info@metroarts.com.au by 9am, Friday 6 May.

PAST Past Performances 2022

PAST Past Performances 2022

In 2022, Metro Arts presented the following performances as part of our Artistic Program. 

BLUE BONES

2 – 12 FEB | THEATRE
When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

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QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL 2022

10 – 12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Queensland Cabaret Festival presents a celebration of creativity, music and storytelling that breathes new life into the cabaret canon.

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YOU ARE PATHETIC!

11 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
Electro-acoustic troubadour Sanfeliu plays Ludwig’s Sonata Op.13 like you’ve never heard it before.

read more

THE BANTER BROTHERS

12 MAR | CAB FEST ’22
A blend of music, vocals and banter. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sound of thirty years of friendship.

read more

FACE TO FACE

16 – 26 MAR | THEATRE
An intimate drama about two women, a generation apart, navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country.

read more

LINDEN STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

LINDEN STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

Metro Arts welcomes new Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy

Metro Arts is delighted to announce the commencement of Linden Tierney as its new Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy.

Linden brings a wealth of partnership experience to the role which has been supported through funding secured from Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program.

Metro Arts Board and its Giving Committee have embarked on a philanthropic journey to secure the ongoing viability of the organisation developing the future of Australian contemporary arts practice, now.

The move to custom built premises in West Village in 2020 allowed Metro Arts to secure a bold initiative, the Metro Arts Future Fund (MAFF), also proudly supported by the Queensland Community Foundation through their General Grant Program.

MAFF enables Metro Arts to give more financial support to more artists to invigorate Queensland’s cultural scene. The fund seeks ongoing donations for investments which in turn provides hundreds of artists a year with the capacity to develop new work now, and into the future.

“We welcome Linden Tierney’s expertise in building long-term connections between donors and the arts, and look forward to her contribution to the 42 years Metro Arts has been helping artists to create, experiment and present their work, and providing audiences with creative experiences that challenge and transform,” says Metro Arts Chair, Dr Fiona Hawthorne.

Linden returns to Brisbane after development and programming roles held at Auckland Theatre Company and Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events and more recently Glasshouse Port Macquarie.

“Linden is tasked to work closely with Metro Arts’ Board and staff to bring the 2022-23 fundraising campaign to fruition and we look forward to her reconnecting with the Brisbane performing arts scene after a 20 year absence.” said Jo Thomas, Artistic Director and CEO. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Metro Arts Future Fund or Metro Arts program please contact info@metroarts.com.au

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

Image Credit: Nadiah NfuZion (featured artist) Janna Imperial (Photographer)
Video Credit: Sharin Yofitasari

Mad Dance Festival is back!

After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

8 – 18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BETWIXT

8 – 11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Inspirational, energetic and thought provoking, Betwixt by Pink Matter highlights the stories of five top street dancers.

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MAD DANCE FESTIVAL BATTLES

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Get ready to show off your epic dance skills as some of the best street dance talents go head-to-head in an afternoon of freeform dance.

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DISTINCT

10 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Walk like a beauty queen, krump like a pro: street dance and storytelling merge in this unique one-woman show.

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THIRTEEN YEARS

11 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Young women bravely share their stories of the journey through the schooling system, revealing unspoken truths.

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DAILY DANCE AT DUSK

13 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Let loose and groove! For one week only Bring A Plate Inclusive Dance Company will hold daily classes at dusk to help you shake off the day, and lift your mood.

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RHYTHMOLOGY

15 – 17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
A wildly entertaining night of brown showmanship putting urbanised cultures and their creatives at the forefront.

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THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL

17 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
An exploration of the different personalities within all of us and how we use them to survive, thrive, and have some fun.

read more

ALEXANDER VOGUE NIGHT

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
Meanjin’s trailblazing House of Alexander brings ballroom and voguing to Brisbane, celebrating all bodies and gender identities.

read more

THE SAD CLOWN

18 JUN | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL
When you wear a different mask for everyone you meet, life is a performance that never ends.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

    


 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2022

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2022

In 2022, Metro Arts presented the following exhibitions as part of our Artistic Program. 

Lotion

15 JAN – 5 FEB | EXHIBITION
Five artists use embodied and soft forms to consider the materiality of healing, empathy, and well-being in relation to the skin.

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Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

12 FEB – 19 MAR | EXHIBITION
This ambitious new work invites you to consider the body as an archive, and how embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces.

read more

A-PART-MENT

5 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Like a gift-wrapped box, A-part-ment is an playful exhibition of non-objective hard-edge geometric three-dimensional paintings.

read more

THIS LIGHT

8 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Inspired by the spontaneous use of light in collective protest against police brutality, This Light remediates a scene of protest during the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

read more

LITTORALIS

8 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Exploring concepts of recollection, memory, simulation, Littoralis creates a personal journey through the landscape into a grove of sheoaks.

read more

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS MAD DANCE FESTIVAL 2022

Mad Dance Festival is back! After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

We want you to help us continue to build and celebrate the thriving street dance community in Queensland!

There are two categories to apply for:
 
1. Full Length Work

For Full-Length Works there is one place available. We are seeking work that is performance ready, possibly having already gone through various development phases. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase new and exciting work.

The artist/group will receive:

• Headliner performance position in the Festival
• $12,000 cash artist fee
• 3 x performances at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts’ New Benner Theatre
• 24 hours (3 days) Rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 70 hours (10 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 7.5 hours (1 day) dedicated tech session including dress rehearsal
• Lighting Designer, to design a shared lighting rig
• Metro Arts Stage Manager/ Operator provided
• Metro Arts & Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Experienced dancers, or dance groups, who have a work in progress near to completion, or a completed work ready for showing. Works that will be performed for the first time at Mad Dance Festival and completed works that have been performed at other events and festivals are all eligible for consideration.

 
2. Creative Development

For Creative Development Showings there are four places available. Artists are invited to begin early development of a new project. Provided with dedicated space and a public showing as a part of the Festival line up, this is an opportunity for artists to explore forms, themes and new ideas. 8-30 hours of rehearsal time can be made available to Creative Development recipients through negotiation with Mad Dance House.

The artist/group will receive:

• $2,500 cash contribution
• 1x 20 – 30 minute showing at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts Studios
• 8-30 hours (4 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 3 hours rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 2-hour dedicated tech session, plus dress run prior to performance
• Venue-standard lighting and sound rig provided
• Metro Arts venue manager/operator provided
• Metro Arts and Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Any dancer or group of dancers with a background, or experience, in street dance. This can include hip-hop, breakdance, waacking, ballroom, Afrobeat, locking and popping and anything else that falls under the umbrella of street dance. Performers do not need to be formally-trained nor have previous public experience. If street-dance is your thing and you’re looking for a platform for your work, please apply!

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Monday 24 January, 9:00am / AEST

Applications close:
Sunday 13 February 2022, 11:59pm / AEST


HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide.

Cool Asian Mum’s Guide to Life by Amy Zhang, 2021.
Image by Alex Vincent.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

SOPHIE TAYLOR

SOPHIE TAYLOR

SOPHIE TAYLOR

Dear Diary

Dear Diary is an exploration into journal keeping using visual art as the medium of expression. Colour, shape and composition will be the language used to convey Sophie’s thoughts and feelings each day.

A new work will be created daily, resulting in a visual experience of Sophie’s headspace over three weeks. What colours show up on happy days? What does frustration or fatigue look like? These are questions Sophie will explore for herself, and hopes to prompt the viewer to ask themselves.

Sophie believes that everyone’s experience of expression is unique, but always therapeutic when allowed space. The focus of this project is not on the aesthetics of the entries each day, but the vulnerability and emotion that they contain.

 

DATES

10 – 30 Jan, 2022

WHERE

Norman Park Substation
97 Wynnum Road, Norman Park

THE ARTISTS

Sophie Taylor
Sophie is a Gamilaraay artist living on Bundjalung Country. She works with ceramic sculpture and mixed media painting, as well as photography and textiles. She is in her second year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art at Queensland College of Art (QCA) in SouthBank. Sophie explores expressionism using both painting and sculpture making. Her work is loose, colourful and expressive. She is inspired by nature, emotions and her mixed cultural background. She is passionate about the benefits art has on our mental well being, and believes it can be used as a powerful tool.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

LINNEA TENGROTH

LINNEA TENGROTH

LINNEA TENGROTH

Black Girl Rising

Black Girl Rising is an original dark comedy piece interrogating black lives and mental health as a result of systemic racism.

This quirky, one-woman show centers on the protagonist of a black girl who is tired of having to justify her innocence, nationality, and intelligence, among other things. To heal her trauma, she has decided to conduct an experiment by inviting the audience into her space, a space that she takes up unapologetically. In this space, she is the norm and everyone else is the other. 

Confrontational, the show will not shy away from exploring the uncomfortable areas of racism. The audience is not passive in this experience but participators in the conversation. 

 

DATES

Mon 28 Mar – Sun 10 Apr, 2022

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Linnea Tengroth
Linnea is an emerging theatre-maker and performer from Stockholm, Sweden. Graduating from Calle Flygare theatre school (Stockholm) in 2014, and the Performance Making course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2019. Linnea brings a big passion for intercultural theatre, physical theatre, and female driven narratives. Her work is driven by the desire to give a voice to those who aren’t given the space or freedom to speak. This year she will be working on Black Girl Rising an original dark comedy piece interrogating black lives and mental health as a result of systemic racism.

Some of Linnea’s notable performances include her solo performance PLASTIC PLANET being chosen to represent WAAPA at the Asia Pacific Bureau of Theatre Festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2018, as well as performing her co-devised feminist piece “HAIR” (2021) presented by LadyBusiness Productions at The State Theatre Centre of WA.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

JORDAN WILKINSON

JORDAN WILKINSON

JORDAN WILKINSON

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors contemplates experimental moving image and sound from the queer community, and its allies, who were taken on an artist-led adventure to the agricultural backdrop of Scenic Rim where the artist grew up.

In response to the surrounding natural landscape of the Ferryman Hut, Jordan will turn this artistled residency into a rehearsal space to contemplate and continue his community-based arts project, Behind Closed Doors. Over the last year, Jordan has been connecting the fragmented queer community of the Gold Coast with his own relationship to the natural landscape through a lens-based practice. Embedded in Brisbane for two weeks, where will the journey lead…

DATES

22 Aug – 5 Sep, 2022

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Jordan Wilkinson
Jordan Wilkinson is a visual artist and filmmaker working on Yugambeh land (Gold Coast), Australia. He is currently exploring the relationship between natural landscape as inherent queer spaces and the community interacting within them. Drawing on his own childhood memories of growing up in rural Australia, he explores memory in response to the natural landscape and rural town living in his works. Working across moving image, installation, text and performance, Jordan tackles his experimental film ideas in various artforms and spaces. In 2016, he adapted and directed a short film (Mute) based on the short story by renowned author Stephen King as part of the Dollar Baby Scheme. Most recently, Jordan was a part of the 2021 La Boite Assembly Theatre program, an artist-in-residence with the City of Gold Coast’s LevelUp Program 2020, and undertook a 3-month City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture placement in 2021 with auteur artist and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by GENERATE GC, which is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with Tasdance and SITUATE Art in Festivals.

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

MAVA PATHFINDERS | ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION

*INFO SESSION DETAILS HAVE CHANGED*
Please note, given the changing Covid-19 advisements and restrictions, this event will now run as an online event. 

Find out more about the application process for the 2022 Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) – MAVA Pathfinders program.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2022 METRO ARTS VISUAL ARTS (MAVA) – MAVA PATHFINDERS

Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION:

Tuesday 25 January, 6:00 – 7:00pm

HOW DO I JOIN THE ONLINE SESSION?

On a computer or laptop: Join the session via the ‘JOIN SESSION’ button above OR paste the following link into your browser (we recommend Chrome): https://meet.google.com/rfk-jpap-dpf

 
On a mobile device: You can access google meet through your gmail app, or you can download the Google Meet app. In either of these apps, paste the following code to join: rfk-jpap-dpf
 
Or dial: ‪(AU) +61 2 9051 6596‬ PIN: ‪169 822 520‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/rfk-jpap-dpf?pin=5420151964028
 
GOT A QUESTION?
Send it to jenna@metroarts.com.au to ensure it gets answered in the session.

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS :

Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available at the following times for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

Thursday 27 January: 10am – 12pm AND 4pm – 6pm

Friday 28 January: 12pm – 2pm
 
To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST

HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

PAST Past Performances 2021

PAST Past Performances 2021

In 2021, Metro Arts presented the following performances as part of our Artistic Program. 

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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RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

14 – 16 OCT | MUSIC + ART
The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021, bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art.

read more

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

14 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
In this moment of pure catharsis, Topology offers a collective release to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

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VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

14 – 16 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more.

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DOTS+LOOPS

15 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Join Dots+Loops Directors Kieran Welch, Connor D’Netto and Flora Wong as they share some of their favourite contemporary works for strings and electronics.

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DREAMING IN THE SAND

15 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Renowned Brisbane ensemble Bentley String Quintet teams up with GANGgajang’s Robbie James to premiere his new work, Dreaming In The Sand.

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FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

16 OCT | RESTRUNG FESTIVAL
Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performances by Zac Sacrewski, Shenzo, Sallianna Seven, Tipping Point.

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PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

23 OCT | 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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MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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ÙMBRIEL

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
ÚMBRIEL is an electronic, art-pop powerhouse once described as “Like Enya on Steroids.”

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HUNKY DORY

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Alison St Ledger performs a time capsule of Bowie at his most inspired.

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1971 – THE MUSIC

30 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Nadia Sunde takes her audience on a journey into the soundtrack of a year that has never really left us.

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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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SWEET LIFE

CANCELLED | CAB FEST ’22
Savour life’s best and bittersweet moments through song in this richly layered cabaret.

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RISING

3 – 13 FEB | THEATRE
From five fabulous emerging female playwrights, this ambitious new work responds to the looming ecological crisis. Out of the chaos, five stories of integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

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ELEKTRA/ORESTES

3 – 13 MAR / THEATRE
Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

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CONVICTION

17 – 27 MAR / THEATRE
This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

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ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

18 – 29 MAY | THEATRE
Ten actors on stage across three eras; this is a big story told intimately. 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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CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAVA PATHFINDERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | MAVA PATHFINDERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
2022 METRO ARTS VISUAL ARTS (MAVA) – MAVA PATHFINDERS

Metro Arts is thrilled to offer ‘MAVA Pathfinders’, a rare and well-supported opportunity for artists to explore new ways forward in their career.

Ensuring a strong local independent sector of artists, MAVA Pathfinders will support three Queensland, mid-career visual artists to explore new opportunities, and to purposefully harness their potential to build more sustainable careers.

Included in the Program:

A 12-month artist residency (May 2022 – May 2023) at the MAVA Substation which includes:

  • 24/7 access to the secured MAVA Pathfinder studio;
  • Access to the new and fully equipped workshop;
  • Salary $50,700 per annum pro rata (0.6 FTE) + statutory super;
  • Material budget of $5,000 (per artist);
  • Support from the Metro Arts team and broader network that might include but not be limited to:
    • Curatorial
    • Marketing
    • Financial
    • Business development
    • Technical; and
    • Access to Metro Arts’ local, national, and international networks.

MAVA Pathfinders FAQ’s:

 

QUESTION: The Call for Proposal document outlines that the MAVA Pathfinder artists are required to be in the MAVA Pathfinder studio a minimum of 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) for the duration of the program.

What happens if I can’t do all the 22.5 hours every week or have to travel for work or holidays? Is this requirement flexible?

ANSWER: Yes, there is flexibility. Each artists’ schedule will be negotiated between Metro Arts and the artist prior to signing off on the contract.

QUESTION: Do the 3 days/wk (22.5hrs) in the studio need to all fall within weekday business hours?

ANSWER: No, but a minimum of 10 hrs/wk must.

QUESTION: Is the Pathfinder shared studio space secure?

ANSWER: Yes. The studio is NOT for public access. Only the 3 MAVA Pathfinder artists and key Metro Arts staff will have security access to the studio. There will also be individual lockable storage for each artist in the studio.

QUESTION: Does being ‘employed’ by Metro Arts mean I’m an employee and therefore entitled to sick leave, holidays, etc..      

ANSWER: Yes.

QUESTION: What does Metro Arts define as a ‘mid-career artist’?           

ANSWER: Metro Arts define ‘mid-career’ as an artist who has been practicing professionally for 5 – 10 years. If you’re not sure whether you’re mid-career, contact the program facilitator, Jenna Green – jenna@metroarts.com.au – to discuss further.

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Friday 17 December 2021, 9:00am AEST

Applications close:
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 11:59pm AEST

HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: 
The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide. You can preview the online application form here

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS :

Jenna Green (Producer – Special Initiatives) will be available for 15 minute individual consultations to discuss applications:

To book an individual call, email jenna@metroarts.com.au and specify your preferred date / time option.

 

Image: Sarah Poulgrain, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts Visual Arts (MAVA) Substation is supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

Presented in partnership with Playlab Theatre

We’re excited to partner with Playlab Theatre to present three shows here at Metro Arts as part of their 2022 season.
Join us for a season of connection, resilience, and guts.

 

PLAYLAB 2022 SHOWS

6 – 8 MAY
Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s street dance scene.

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BLUE BONES

2 – 12 FEB | THEATRE
When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

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FACE TO FACE

16 – 26 MAR | THEATRE
An intimate drama about two women, a generation apart, navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country.

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BRUTAL UTOPIAS

18 – 28 MAY | THEATRE
The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

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PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB 2022 SEASON PASS

PLAYLAB THEATRE 2022 SEASON

Presented in partnership with Metro Arts

Purchase a season pass to all three Playlab Theatre productions at Metro Arts;
Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong, Face to Face by Emily Wells and Brutal Utopias by Stephen Carleton.

All season passes include a ticket to each show, a copy of each show’s publication, and a complimentary drink (choose from house wine, Bricklane Brewery Beer & Softdrink) at the Metro Arts Bar.

 

THE DETAILS

 

PRICES
General Three Play Season Pass: $129.50 + booking fee
Concession Three Play Season Pass: $112.50 + booking fee

LOCATION
New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End QLD 4101

Please see individual show pages for detailed accessibility and warning information.

PLEASE NOTE

Preview and opening night performances are not available for a season pass.

 

HOW TO BOOK

  • Click “BOOK A SEASON PASS” button

  • Select your ticket type

  • Select your preferred date for each show

  • Fill out your details to complete your booking

  • Your publication will be available for collection at the Box Office before each performance. The drink voucher will be given to you when you attend your first show, and can be used at any Playlab season performance

 

For School bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au or click here

BLUE BONES
2 – 12 FEB 

“I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.”  When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years ago etched into her bones, she is compelled to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

TIMES
7.30pm, 5 – 12 February 2022

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

FACE TO FACE
16 – 26 MAR

“Are you seriously going to sass me in my own apartment?” An intimate drama about two women navigating the complex effects of disconnecting from Country, and criticism from your community, your family, and above all, yourself.

TIMES
7.30pm, 19 – 26 March 2022

Approximately 80 minutes. No interval. 

BRUTAL UTOPIAS
18 – 28 MAY

“I’m not abandoning my principles; I’m coming here to apply them.”  The lofty political ideals of three architects are put to the test as their projects intersect with some of the greatest challenges that the world has ever faced.

TIMES
7.30pm, 21 – 28 May 2022

Approximately 120 minutes, including interval. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

Want to join the Metro Arts’ team in 2022?

Metro Arts is developing the future of Australian contemporary arts practice, now. Championing all contemporary art forms, the two core activities of the organisation are developing and co-presenting contemporary arts. Within our  venue is a team of creative professionals who are passionate about diverse contemporary art that makes your heart race and the hairs on your neck stand up.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS EMERGING PRODUCER XCHANGE 2022

The Emerging Producer Xchange is a flagship mentorship program supported by The Ian Potter Foundation. Over 2021-2022, six emerging producers will be invited to participate in paid internships, embedded within nationally-recognised multidisciplinary arts organisations. The host organisations are Metro Arts in Queensland and The Mill in South Australia.

Under the mentorship of a lead producer in each state, the emerging producers will receive exclusive insights into the operation of two professional and prolific Australian arts organisations, and have unparalleled access to networking, skill-sharing and professional development opportunities. After successfully running the program during 2021, Metro Arts is now calling for two new emerging producers to work with the organisation in 2022.

Between January – October, the emerging producers will support the delivery of the host organisation’s annual artistic program, supporting artists in the creation, presentation, and touring of new work.

The emerging producers will also accompany lead producers to attend a number of major industry events, conferences and marketplaces throughout the year, and participate in a series of dedicated activities specific to the Emerging Producer Xchange.

The Emerging Producer Xchange is designed to address the ongoing shortfall of professional development opportunities for skilled producers particularly in the independent performance sector.

Q&A with Associate Producer Milly Walker

AMELIA (MILLY) WALKER, Associate Producer

Milly is a producer and theatre maker in Meanjin/Brisbane. Having graduated from QUT with a BFA in Drama, Milly now works as an associate producer at Metro Arts and is a Company Partner within her own independent theatre company, Chance Collective. Creating dynamic productions in environmentally conscious and theatrically innovative ways is at the centre of Milly’s work. Milly is passionate about sustainable and inclusive practices in the arts, and in forging supportive relationships between collaborators, audiences, and the art itself.


How do you explain what you do to your parents?

I tell them that it’s like any other administration job but the end product is some Very Cool Art. I support people to get their dreams onto the stage.

What led you to this role?

There aren’t many positions that bridge the gap between the early stages of an independent career and becoming an independent producer with recognisable industry experience to back it up. And there are far less that are paid opportunities. No one wants to pay you while you’re still developing your skills, even if the work you are doing is really integral to the independent theatre scene. Having the opportunity to be paid while undergoing professional development is extremely valuable, and that’s what led me to it!

What’s an average week like?

Contacting, negotiating, and maintaining relationships with the artists who we are engaging in the program at Metro Arts fills a lot of the week. There’s research into every little bit of theatre making that needs to be done, specific to the obscure needs of the artists you’re helping. Administration and data entry too. There’re also many meetings that need to happen between the producers and every other department, as everyone’s work is very intertwined as we work together to get the program up. Oh, and there’s also at least 3 spanners in the works and one artist who needs the pep-talk of a lifetime.

What is the biggest misconception about working as a producer?

There’s a lot more emails than I realised going in.

In an interview for your job, what would you be looking for?

Emotional fortitude and resilience, and a real love for this industry.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved in at Metro Arts?

Fertile Ground by Ashleigh Musk and Michael Smith. Theatre is my main practice, so a work like Fertile Ground – a contemporary dance piece – really pushed me outside of what I know, but was such a beautiful work to be on. Site specific, experimental, featuring sound design by the incredible Anna Whitaker, and beautifully performed by Ash and Michael – this show was just otherworldly enjoyable.

What’s the best thing that’s happening in your field at the moment and why?

Chance Collective 🙂

Q&A with Associate Producer Peta Kishawi

PETA KISHAWI, Associate Producer

Peta Kishawi is an emerging artist and arts worker with a broad range of performance experience, as well as a developing skillset in production and behind-the-curtain administration. Since graduating a Bachelor of Acting and Performance with the University of Canberra and TAFE Queensland in 2020, she has continued to pursue training and work experience within the industry throughout 2021. Focusing on multidiscipline engagement with fellow emerging artists across theatre, music and visual arts, Peta finds inspiration in the transformation that performance inspires in artists and audiences alike.


How do you explain what you do to your parents?

I do administration for a creatively satisfying payoff.

What led you to this role?

Artists are often balancing their ‘day job’ with their arts life, but this position lets you make those one in the same. It’s incredible to have a paid opportunity that allows me to dedicate so much time to developing myself in a way that directly contributes to my journey as an artist.

What’s an average week like?

Each week will take you on a thrilling journey through your to-do list, comprised of many emails, spreadsheets and meetings! No two projects are the same, each presenting new and exciting challenges to work with, and you’ll often be managing multiple threads at once each week. Expect to be picking up new skills at every turn, and meeting many new faces as you engage with the artists.

What is the biggest misconception about working as a producer?

You have to get very used to bothering people with emails, but it’s for a good cause!

In an interview for your job, what would you be looking for?

Above all, a generosity and passion for supporting artists has to drive you. This will fuel your resilience to stick with it! Working in the arts industry is unique in that there’s always a lot of emotion riding behind the work. Assisting people with the presentation of their art can’t be taken lightly – you’re not just dealing with a product or a payslip, you’re dealing with passion and self-expression. I’d be looking for someone with this capacity to always handle with care!

What’s the most interesting project you’ve been involved in at Metro Arts?

The incredible thing about Metro Arts is it’s multidisciplinary focus – getting to work with musicians during the Restrung Festival presented a chance to engage with an entirely new crowd, and it was amazing to see and hear the cutting edge explorations that are happening in a medium I was unfamiliar with.

What’s the best thing that’s happening in your field at the moment and why?

Opportunities like this, these pathways in are vital!

KEY DATES:

Applications open:
Thursday 21 October 9.00am / AEST

Applications close:
Monday 8 November 9.00am / AEST


HOW TO APPLY: 

Application Guide: Download / view the application guide here.

Online Application Form: The link to the online application form can be found in the application guide.

Image: Tangerine Hour by NDRNCE, 2021. Photo by Nick John Bleeker.

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

METRO ARTS x BRISBANE FESTIVAL
DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

We’ve teamed up with our legendary neighbours Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Bazaar to bring you two tasty, value-packed dinner packages during our Brisbane Festival 2021 season.

Located in the West Village precinct (less than two minutes-walk from our front doors), it’s the perfect pre-show soiree to complete your night out – minimum organising required!

Package Prices: General $70  / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Packages are available for the following Brisbane Festival shows:

WeredingoAgapi | Αγαπη & Other Kinds of Love  | This Ain’t No Pussy Show  | Funny Mummies Comedy Gala.

THE DETAILS + HOW TO BOOK

  • Peruse the dining offers below

  • Head to your Brisbane Festival show of choice

  • Select ‘BOOK NOW’ button and your preferred show date

  • You’ll then have the option to choose your preferred dinning option and also General or Concession pricing

  • We’ll complete your booking, to be made 90 minutes prior to your show time

  • For Group bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au – include your name and a contact number and our Ticketing staff will be in touch.

DINING OPTION 1:
CHEEKY POKE BAR | DINNER + SHOW

If you’ve been craving Cheeky Poke Bar’s famous signature tacos, poke bowls or scrumptious bone broth soups, we’ve got you covered!

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Signature Poke Bowl
  • Main Serving of Signature Tacos
  • Signature Soup

PLUS any drink on the menu (excluding cocktails)

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

DINING OPTION 2:
BEIRUT BAZAAR| DINNER + SHOW

Boasting succulent shawarma and sambousek, this authentic Lebanese menu has been designed with friends and family in mind – best enjoyed when shared.

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Chicken Shawarma
  • Lamb Shawarma
  • Veggie Shawarma

Plus one serving of a choice of Hot Mezza pastry: 

  • Safiha – Meat
  • Sambousek – Meat
  • Sambousek – Cheese
  • Fatayer Spinach

PLUS a complimentary glass of House Red or House White wine

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

Callum McGrath

Callum McGrath

CALLUM MCGRATH

Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent.

Your practice disrupts typical engagement with the past and challenges the aesthetics of public memorialisation to make way for a speculative queer community. What is the significance of forming such a community and what interests you in particular about expressing these ideas through acts of remembrance?
Hmm.. big question… I am interested in the ways in which queerness can be used as a methodology to consider the challenges and complexities of representing, presenting, documenting, and archiving the past. I think each work I make deals with history in a way that is against the hegemonic systems that deal with and organise the past.  As much as my work is about remembering and acknowledging the past, I think the work is equal parts against history or opposed to its linear and temporal unfoldings. For me, the queerness of this methodology lies in its resistance to history as something that is linear and or a closed loop. I think by looking at queer history (which is just one example of the kind of marginalised past this methodology can be applied to) we can see the destructive and corrosive nature of the past.  History for me is negotiated through a complex web of comprises, truth, lies, mistakes ect. Take for instance the work at Metro, as much as this work is framed as a historiographic project, I think in many ways it’s intentionally failed. It refuses to give away details and compromises truth, instead, it is a fragmented cinematic failed picture of a violent past that continues to secrete/ leak into the future. 

What is particularly interesting to you about the case of Ross Warren?
The Ross Warren case has been of interest to me for quite some time, I have wanted to make a work about it for many years but never really known how. What is interesting for me is not the particular circumstances that happened which is of course awful but instead, him being a semi-media figure and that being something that we can cling to. Unlike many of the other queer people who were murdered, Ross’s image exists recorded on film. Particularly significant for me knowing I wanted to make a video work. That said, part of the reason in the video it included fragments from other incidences from a range of historical time periods is precisely because I didn’t want to just priorities the case of Ross’s. I think this is where I am attempting to negotiate to complexities of the past and utilise an experimental approach to re-telling a history? 

How do you hope people will engage with this work?
Well, I think there are two mains goals for this project, firstly I think it’s important for the public to become aware of this history and engage with it in a way that is on an emotional/ affective level. Something that I think public memorial spaces often lack. Secondly, I really want this work to generate conversations around histories problems; specifically the complexities of remembrance and memorialisation. Thinking through different and experimental approaches to telling the past that can do interesting and important things in regards to temporalities and a de-linear or even messy image of the past. I think the work pulls, stretches, and distorts time, in a way that doesn’t attend to hegemonic systems, and reproductive futurism; a methodology that is in many ways indebted to writing on queer temporalities.  

ARTIST EVENT

THE WEATHERMAN
By Callum McGrath

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

BRIS FEST 2021 AT METRO ARTS

 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2021 AT METRO ARTS

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

We’ve teamed up with our neighbours Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Bazaar to bring you two value-packed dinner packages during our Brisbane Festival 2021 season.

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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
Four hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show. Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter for this smashing evening of comedy.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.  

SEASON OF SURPRISES

SEASON OF SURPRISES

22 – 31 JULY | TICKETS ON-SALE NOW

With our July performance program further disrupted by lockdowns and state border restrictions, Metro Arts have invited local legends to take over the venue!

Titled SEASON OF SURPRISES, this flourish of special one-night-only events includes film, cabaret, music and dance and takes place from 22 – 31 July.

More events to be announced soon!

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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MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

29 OCT | QLD CABARET LONG WEEKEND
Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards. Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only.

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DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

DEBBIE TAYLOR-WORLEY

With an interest in art sparked in fourth grade, it wasn’t until the birth of her daughters that Debbie Taylor Worley started a journey to reconnect to her heritage, resulting in studying art as a mature age student. Her new exhibition Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li honours her connection to Gamilaraay country.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I’ve had an interest in art ever wince the 4th grade when my teacher, Mr Smith, put a pineapple on his desk and told us all to draw it. After seeing our results he said, “draw what you see, not what you think you see”. From that moment, along with the stash of art books dad had in the hallway cupboard, I was fascinated with creative processes.

In my mid 40’s, I finally had the opportunity to attend art college and was motivated and inspired by the artists that taught within the unit, such as Jennifer Herd, Vernin Ah Kee and Lauri Neilsen. I was introduced to new ways of seeing art and it gave what I was producing greater purpose.

How would you describe your art to someone unfamiliar to it?
It’s everchanging and multidisciplinary, working mainly with clay and textiles. However, common themes that run throughout my work are the dendroglyphs or tree carvings of the Gamilaraay nation and female empowerment.

Using the motifs of the tree carvings provides a link between contemporary practice and my cultural roots. The motifs go hand in hand with images and sculptures to draw attention to the divine feminine and our mother the earth.

I prefer to use materials that are as natural and connected to country as possible. For example, I forage bullrushes when the season is right for weaving fibres, and use ochre from country to colour canvases laid within the landscape.

Your art is influenced by “listening to country”, can you explain how this practice works?
The Gamilaraay word Winanga-li describes a process of listening, hearing, thinking, remembering. It involves sitting in a place and space of deep contemplation and hearing what nature is telling you. It is a way of connecting deeply on a spiritual level. Just as an artist may stare at a blank canvas for days before applying paint to it, I sit on Gamilaraay country and let it speak to me, translating the message intuitively onto the canvas.

What can you tell us about your exhibition at Metro Arts?
This body of work was made at various sites on Gamilaraay country, that are significant in regards to Gamilaraay spirituality and my childhood memories. A trip back to country was made possible by the Windmill trust Scholarship that was awarded to me in 2020. As a result of listening to country, each canvas has been produced beside an important body of water and covered with the surrounding earth, clays and ochres. It highlights the responsibility of Gamilaraay women to protect sacred waters. I believe my ancestors are guiding me on my journey of reconnection to culture and country.

Included in the exhibition is a video work by my young Nephew, Jackson, that documents portions of the journey and the art making process.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li  | 6 – 24 July | Gallery One, Metro Arts
Find out more about the exhibition here.

 

ARTIST EVENT

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI
By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 5pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

FREE

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JUL – DEC 2021

JUL – DEC 2021

Metro Arts | July – December Program

Cautiously and carefully as a community we continue to rebuild and find our new way forward in this changed world. Our art and artists continue to push boundaries, take risks and offer provocations, entertainments and just some damn fine art!

Our July-December season presents more thought-provoking and exhilarating work from Australian artists across artforms. And we continue to offer people of all ages opportunities to dance, think, discuss, listen, collide, question and cross-pollinate here at Metro Arts.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

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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EXHIBITION PROGRAM

IN THE CUTS

2 – 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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MAELSTROM

2 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
This multi-channel, immersive 3D-animated experience integrates sound with the choreography of digital humans.

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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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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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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JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

JOSHUA PETHER

Re-enactment

Developing his new work Re-enactment, across this two-week residency at Ferryman’s Hut, Joshua will invite a select group of witnesses to be part of this process as he takes his body on a journey of a ritual that will potentially provide the hidden clues to some of Queensland’s most elusive and baffling mysteries.

Using elements discovered during ‘Transmission’ – a process developed by both Wei Zen Ho and Joshua Pether; re-enactment will turn its attention to some of Brisbane’s most notorious cold cases and use the body as the tool to seek more ‘information’ while allowing for a deeper and intense sense of contemplation and listening to occur. 

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Joshua Pether
Joshua Pether is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories- indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonized body. 

His work and practice have been supported through the Australia Council and DLGSC (local) funding. As an independent artist he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and New York and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, Yirramboi Festival, Next Wave, APAM 2018, Short Cuts, MoveMe Festival, SuperCell Festival of Contemporary Dance In Situ and The First Nations Dialogues in New York. He is the creator of two solo works, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jupiter Orbiting’.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Katayoun Javan

Iranian Australian photographer and video artist Katayoun Javan draws on personal and public stories to present notions of family, home, memory, displacement and the Iranian Diaspora.

Subtitle Iran is a research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran for the past several decades, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Katayoun Javan

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Most of her works are somehow related to Iran from a migrant point of view.  She completed a Master of Fine Art in research in 2013 and has taken residencies in Australia and exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Iran and internationally.

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JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

JAMES HAZEL

My Father the piano

James’ new work My Father the Piano explores the artist’s relationship with their working-class family.

Through the recent shared act of deconstructing an old piano, an incidental type of sonic practice emerged from socioeconomic necessity.

Throughout the residency, the materials and documentation from this process will be reassembled into a text, video and sound installation.

 

DATES

16 Nov- 16 Dec, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

MORE ABOUT THE WORK

ARTISTS’ STATEMENT:

“Recently, my parents had to urgently move out of their rental home and decaying student piano prevented this. My father suggested that we deconstruct the piano and dispose of it. 

On the surface, such a shared act posed dissonance: my occupation as a composer/artist within upper/middle-class dominated cultural spaces – but also my deep connection and relationship to my father, and his enmeshment within fragmented and precarious histories. 

Throughout this process, I heard my father’s groans and strains; the piano wood cracking; the deep, dark resonance of the strings reflecting these sounds back; a father-becoming-piano and piano-becoming-father.

Within this work, the materials and documentation from this process are reassembled into a three-part, text and sound installation. Central to this work is the notion of the “hammer” which strikes the strings of the piano, and the hammer my father used to “play” and “deconstruct” the piano – during our sort-of-duet; ultimately, mediating and working-through conceived and socially imposed differences and notions of social-class through sincerity, and humour.”

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OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

OLIVIA LACEY

Almost Heaven

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

Over the course of the residency, Lacey will develop a series of portraits of Newton-John in order to explore the intersubjective (but often one-sided) relationship between fan and idol.

Lacey’s interest in fan art stems from research into the use of romantic language in pop music and the ambiguous dialogic exchange that is often implied through the open-ended nature of love song lyrics. Like romantic language, the fan-idol relationship can be framed in terms of ideas of obsession and longing. Through this new body of drawing works, Lacey aims to examine her role as both fan and artist within this dynamic.

 

DATES

30 Aug– 12 Sep, 2021

Open Studio:
Sat 11 Sep, 10am – 4pm

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie St, Teneriffe

THE ARTISTS

Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Her current practice is focused on the amateur performative spaces of karaoke and fan-made content. She also practices as part of the artist collective Lacey-Law-Lobwein. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Recent solo and group exhibitions include:
At Arm’s Length, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2021; Now That You’re Here, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Brisbane 2019; Love Me, Love Me, Metro Arts, Brisbane 2019; and We Could Meet Again, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo 2018.

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LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

LITTLEBITTS

Comedy duo LittleBitts (Katie Pierce and Lucy Czerwinski) are bunkering down in Ferryman’s Hut this July to work on development of a new sitcom.

Set in downtown Brisvegas, and based on the lives of two female leads (Lucy and Katie), inspiration is drawn from Broad City, Lano & Woodley and Blackbooks to explore the unique hilarity of their lives in our city.

 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

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OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

Born out of a desire to extend tenderness,  elevation and appreciation to culturally diverse voices, ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

Co-founders Lucy Nguyên-Hunt, Reina Takeuchi, Rhanjell Villanueva, Ruaa Al-Rikabi and Keemon Williams will transform the gallery into a simulated museum space, exorcising the sordid histories of institutional race representation and intergenerational trauma embedded within the experiences of the artists.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt
Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt is an interdisciplinary Vietnamese and Samoan/Cook Islander Australian artist with an abiding passion for sharing lived experiences through her artistic practice. Namely, this manifests as dismantling preconceived notions of identity through the lens of a camera and her culturally hybrid and queer gaze. Working predominantly in photography and moving image and implicating the body as self as a material form, Nguyễn-Hunt investigates the structures in place with consistently others outliers to a socially constructed ‘standard’. Regarding her practice as a safe space for licking her own wounds, vulnerability, self-awareness and authentic representation is at the heart of her work. Nguyễn-Hunt works to prioritise representation and visibility, and voice lived experiences through the process of self-negotiation and preservation.

Reina Takeuchi
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, dance maker, curator and writer interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. She explores how sensorial experience can be enhanced through ritualistic performance, interactive installations and time based media. Her work utilises choreographic processes and the transitory qualities of sound and action to meditate on transculturation, displacement, diaspora and the ethereal experiences of her peripatetic upbringing across Japan, India, Thailand and Australia. These processes allow for a clarity of somatic contemplation for the artist and she, in turn, explores the potential for this sensitivity to be shared with the viewer.

Rhanjell Villaneuva
Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, he aims to engage with other persons of colour and urge them to consider what they could become, beyond what they are expected to be.

Ruaa Al-Rikabi
Ruaa Al-Rikabi is a Iraqi-Syrian Australian emerging contemporary artist whose practice investigates themes of intersectional identity, self-preservation and re-representation of desirability. Ruaa’s practice looks at the rich experience of intersectional identities and how this can be linked to experiences of displacement and difference, shown through an ongoing development of a living archive of her self-identity. Within her practise, Ruaa aims to create space for other marginalised communities by encouraging radical expression of self and multifaceted identities. Ruaa employs materials which she deems significant to her self-identity as surrogates to encapsulate her lived experiences, this includes hair, food and photographs. Through rejecting essentialist assumptions about intersectional BIPOC identity, Ruaa’s practice aims to engage in an act of decolonisation that empowers and liberates intersectional identities.

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is an Indigenous Meanjin-based (Brisbane) artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mer descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to highlight the relationships between location, personal and cultural histories, and the broader context of being “Australian.” Rendering speculative embodiments of culture through contemporary forms, his work investigates culture’s innate ability to adapt to oppressive systems and claim agency through new material processes. Keemon employs this ontology through interrogations of architecture, fashion, mass production and new media devices. By critically engaging with digital and consumerist realms, and their potential for “ethnoplastic” ventures, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity within the everyday.

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The Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by The Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices at our new Metro Arts home.

The graduation performance for term 3 students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

Featuring performances by graduating students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy
MC: Ella Fontaine

Martini McFly
Lacey Pop

Pennie Dreadful
Xtina Colada
Eva Malteaser
Ash McPash
Donna Mae Trichs
Duchess Patrón

DATES

19 June 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

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ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

By eXcelsior

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.

Anchored in body based storytelling, eXcelsior is an intra-cultural Queensland Indigenous dance collective made up of proud Murri, Koori and Torres Strait Islander artists connected to Brisbane. They use art forms including cultural and contemporary dance, physical theatre and poetry, to express their intergenerational experiences.

 

KEY CREATIVES

Benjamin Creek – Artist

Leonard Donahue – Artist

Manduway Dutton – Artist

Benjin Maza – Artist

Joshua Thaiday – Artist

Tibian Wyles – Artist

BlakDance – Producer

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

Image by Jo-Anne Driessens

 

THE ARTISTS

Leonard Donahue
Leonard Donahue is a descendant from the Djabugay people of the rainforest in far-north Queensland. Leonard has pursued a career focused on Indigenous tourism and the arts. Following high school, Leonard moved to Brisbane to study at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts and has since worked professionally in the industry in theatre, film and television, storytelling, music and dance. It was at ACPA Leonard met fellow eXcelsior crew and has since performed with them at the Sydney Opera House, festivals around Australia and at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. In addition to his role as Senior Indigenous Officer at Dreamworld Corroboree, Leonard travels the country providing song, dance, poetry and story experiences to schools and communities.

Tibian Wyles
Tibian is Girramay & Kalkadoon tribes descendent from North Queensland. He is a graduate of The Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane. He appeared in Black Diggers (Sydney Festival, Brisbane Festival) as well as appearing in several ACPA productions including: Oedipus the King, Romeo & Juliet, & Spirit Of the Lore. He is an Ambassador for DigiYouth Arts, and worked with Indigenous students to present the play Glad Tomorrow. More recently Tibian appeared in Legs on the Wall’s production ‘The Man with the Iron Neck’ written by Ursula Yovich which premiered at Brisbane Festival 2018 then toured major festivals around the country in 2019, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Adelaide Festival. His dance appearances include Baru (Sydney Opera House), Clancestry (Byron Bay Blues Festival); Treaty (Brisbane Festival) and Backwards (Queensland Poetry Festival); Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games. Outside of eXcelsior Tibian toured as a dancer with DJUKI MALA to Lebanon, Egypt and across Europe.

Joshua Thaiday
Born and raised in Cairns and of Torres Strait Islander heritage, Joshua is one of The 2015 Yumpla Project team members at Phunktional Ltd. With a Diploma in Performing Arts, he is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Acting at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Joshua has had numerous roles in the Queensland 150th Anniversary, in ‘Soul Music’, ‘Souls Entwined’ and ‘Up the Ladder’, all performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Onscreen performances include appearances in the Queensland Government Advertisement for HIV Awareness, the ‘Talking Families’ Queensland Government Advertisement, and as an extra in the television series ‘The Straits’. Joshua is a skilled dancer and talented actor, evident in his comprehensive background participating in community events such as the 2012 Brisbane Festival, the Indigenous Festival ‘Clancestry’, the 2015 Acting Showcase, NAIDOC Week dance events, the Asia World Cap Draw, Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games.

Benjamin Creek
Benjamin is a founding member of eXcelsior, dancer/actor and graduate of Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA) in Brisbane with a major in Acting. Benjamin also writes and performs poetry for the collective and has performed at Festival 2018 in the Commonwealth Games and Sydney Opera House and Boomerang Festival in association with Byron Bay Blues Fest. He continues his traditional dance practices with his community dance group who have also performed at Dance Rites competition.  

Benjin Maza
Benjin Maza is a Brisbane based singer/songwriter, dancer and actor. In 2012 he toured with Queensland Theatre’s production ‘Stradbroke Dreamtime’ directed by Sue Rider, covering regional Queensland. Benjin debuted at La Boîte Theatre Company with Steven Oliver’s ‘From Darkness’ as a part of Brisbane Festival 2019. Benjin has also been a part of numerous creative develop- ments in musical theatre, theatre and dance at venues such as QPAC, Laboite Theatre and more. Benjin is also a part of an Indigenous Fusion dance group called ‘eXcelsior’, performing at various events such as; the NRL’s All Stars, Sydney Opera House’s ‘Homeground’, Woodford Folk Festival and Boomerang Festival at Byron Bay Blues Fest and the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Benjin joined forces with artist, ‘Alinta’ to birth ‘Balairi’ – performing original music and covers at community and corporate events. Benjin’s most recent work has been with Karul Projects as a part of  ‘Silence’, debuting Brisbane Festival 2020.

Manduway Dutton
Manduway completed an Advanced Diploma in the Performing Arts at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane studying piano, songwriting and recording technology in 2014. In 2016, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (specialisation jazz and pop) at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of music where he majored on the piano. He has performed at the Boomerang Festival in 2017

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

eXcelsior’s On the Shoulders of Giants has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Backing Indigenous Arts initiative and the BlakDance Residency Program.

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

COLD GHOST

By Sandro Colarelli

How did it come to this…Dad, standing in a police station on the border of NSW and QLD, reporting his 89 year old brother as a missing person?

When he’d left his home in the mountains of Chieti, Abbruzzo all those years ago he never imagined that the devastation his village suffered during WW11 would follow him all the way to a glittering new life on the glorious Cold Ghost.  Strange after all, that the “paradise” he found could turn into l’inferno before you could blink your eyes three times…

Cold Ghost is an expedition through time, where familial tapestries reveal patterns upon patterns. Can the tightly-woven fabric of our blood-land connections be unstiched to free us from the ransom of our own identities?

 

KEY CREATIVES

Sandro Colarelli – Creator

LOCATION

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

Sandro Colarelli

Sandro is an award winning Australian actor, singer and contemporary performance maker. He has received a Matilda Award for his roles in The Odyssey for Zen Zen Zo/QPAC and The Venetian Twins for Queensland Theatre Company for which he also received a Helpmann Award Nomination. 

Sandro has been a performer and co-creator of a number of works including The Lady of the House of Love (Brisbane Festival/Queensland Music Festival & Metro Arts), Tom Waits for No Man, Vive Jacques Brel, A-Z of Cabaret (Brisbane Cabaret Festival/ Queensland Arts Council/ ArTour/ NORPA) and Xcess Baggage (Belvoir St/La Boite).

Other Opera, Musical Theatre and Cabaret performances include: Twelfth Night, The Venetian Twins (Queensland Theatre Company), Sound of a Finished Kiss (Now Look Here/Electric Moon), Red Cap (La Boite/Queensland Music Festival), DragQueensLand (Queensland Music Festival), The Adventures of Figaro (Opera Queensland), Cabaret (ZenZen Zo/QPAC), Boadecia – the Rock Opera (Queensland Folk Federation), Floodland (Electric Moon), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (Electric Moon/Melbourne Cabaret Festival/Queensland Cabaret Festival/MELT Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse), Transformer (Queensland Cabaret Festival – QPAC/Wonderland – Brisbane Powerhouse), The Warm Room, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Electric Moon/Brisbane Powerhouse), Blacklight Series (Electric Moon),The Seven Seas (The Good Ship/Brisbane Powerhouse) and 1975 (Canto Coro).

Other Theatre performance include: Hotelling (Bleach Festival*), The Alchemist (Bell Shakespeare Company/Queensland Theatre Company), Seeding Bed, A Christmas Carol, The Venetian Twins, Shopping And F***ing, Summer Rain, Oz Shorts, MODD 2000 – The Dream (Queensland Theatre Company), Eight, Shoot-Get Treasure-Repeat (Queensland Theatre Company – Seeding Bed), Dr Akar’s Women (Griffin), The Narcissist (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite/Merrigong Theatre Company); Emma Celebrazione!, Milk And Honey, Freedom Ride, Scattered Lives (La Boite), A Beautiful Life (Matrix/La Boite/Brisbane Festival/ Performing Lines National Tour), The Odyssey (ZenZenZo/QPAC), Vikram and the Vampire (ZenZenZo), 1347 and King and the Corpse (Matrix/Brisbane Festival), My Love Has a Black Speed Stripe (Fractal), Till Death Do Us Part (Brisbane Festival/Brides of Frank), Cribbie, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar (4MBS), Mercy Thieves (Jo&Co/Dennehy Productions), Scattered Lives (TheCoalface) as well as many other independent productions. He has also been part of the performance ensembles for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards and The Works (Queensland Theatre Company) and the National Play Festival (Playwrighting Australia).

Sandro’s film and television credits include: Space Chicken in Space, The End, Family Law, Hoges, Secrets and Lies, DevsDating, The Keys, Welcome to the Lucky Country, The Strip, Mortified, Black Fury, Gettin’ Squared, Cybergirl, Inspector Gadget II, Hobson’s Choice, Solutions at Hand, Big Date, Superb Satans, Gino and Time Trax.

Sandro’s directing credits include As You Like It (4mbs Classics Festival), Mind Games (Edinburgh Fringe/Metro Arts/Butterfly Club), The Kid, X-Stacey and Visions (QUT) and Postcards (USQ).

777-ELEVEN

777-ELEVEN

777-ELEVEN

Presented by Metro Arts 

Joaquin Gonzales presents 777-Eleven, a Catholicised convenience store selling all the Catholic necessities nobody asked for. Open 24/7 for your convenience.

This solo site-specific installation transforms Metro Arts’ window gallery and surroundings to a Catholicised convenience store composed of a series of sculptural artworks.

Gonzales explores the theme of religious doubt and uses humour as a tool to playfully criticise outdated Catholic traditions and objects.

 

Documentation by Kyle Weise.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Thurs 2 Dec, 2021 – 9 Jan, 2022

Opening Event
Thurs 2 Dec, 6-8pm

VENUE

Window Gallery 
Metro Arts, West End

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WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Presented by Metro Arts

Gamilaraay-born artist Debbie Taylor-Worley presents a body of work in response to returning to the places of birth and childhood, and listening to the country speak.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li utilises motifs based on Gamilaraay carved trees and incorporates weaving and embroidery techniques, drawing attention to the cultural practices of Taylor Worley’s female ancestors. Each work has been created in, and alongside significant waterways on country, reflecting Gamilaraay women’s responsibility to protect the waterways.

Catalogue essay by Shannon Brett here.

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Debbie Taylor-Worley
As a Gamillaraay woman, who has lived, for the most part, a colonised life, my project is about decolonising my own mind, beliefs and narratives, and going a step further, to reconnect to my spiritual roots. I’m treading a path to connect to my culture, my country and the spirituality of my ancestors, for I believe that Indigenous knowledges in ways of knowing, being and doing are in fact our planet’s only chance of survival. My art practice is a means of cementing that connection to country and culture.

My artmaking processes and materials are profoundly tied to connection to Mother Earth and Ancestors, ceremony and ritual, culture and community, and places and memory. It describes the trials and tribulations of navigating unfamiliar waters, the treading softly on the ground and resisting of greedy mis-use and destruction of the earth’s resources.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was funded by the Windmill Trust Scholarship, awarded to Taylor-Worley in 2020.

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THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

By Callum McGrath

Presented by Metro Arts

The Weatherman is a new video work that takes an experimental approach to queer remembrance, ensuing processes of memorialisation.

Developed in response to the historic murders of gay men in Sydney during the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Weatherman eschews systematic retelling of this history and instead draws on a vast archive of violence against queer people. 

McGrath draws from over twenty real and fictional texts, to recall the disappearance (murder) of the TV broadcaster Ross Warren in 1989.

 

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 July, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Callum McGrath
Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent. McGrath has exhibited widely in institutions and galleries around Australia and in 2021 is commencing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University.

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COLLISION

COLLISION

COLLISION

By Casus Circus

Presented by Metro Arts 

The B-boy meets the Bendy boy. Hip hop and the Hula Hooper. Pop, lock and adagio.

COLLISION  is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teaming together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House. 

Casus Circus is a pioneer contemporary circus company known for ground-breaking acrobatics and physical poetry with a reputation as a leader on the world stage. Mad Dance House is a mover and shaker in the urban and street dance international scene, responsible for some of Australia’s most charismatic and celebrated street dancers. 

COLLISION will be an explosion for your senses!

DATES

Wed 14 – Sun 18 Jul, 2021

EXTRA SHOW ADDED
3:30pm, Sun 18 Jul

TIMES

Wed – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 3:30pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 14 Jul / $25 + booking fee
Concession
$25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 6+.

THE ARTISTS

Natano Fa’anana – Director
Natano’s unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, fused with acrobatics, aerials and dance. He has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as Co-creator and Performer in Briefs Factory, and in his current role as Co-founder, Creative Director of Casus Circus.

Ché Pritchard – Creative Consultant / Choreographer
Coming primarily from a Street Dance background Ché has already had a long and diverse career Performing, Choreographing and Directing in the commercial dance world. From stadium entertainment to street performance to stage productions, Ché has choreographed as part of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Ché is also the Creative Director and Lead Choreographer of one of Brisbane’s highest profile annual social events Dancing CEOs. His passion for movement creation and his positive energy are infectious and ever present, always being noted and appreciated within his project teams. 

Amy Stuart
Amy found her love of circus when she was 14 at the Woodford Folk Festival. She then joined Flipside Youth Circus and made her way into the performance troupe. After performing at Woodford when she was 16 & 17, she auditioned for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School and soon began training their full time. Two years on, she graduated with solo acrobatic Tightwire, Teeterboard, Partner Acro, Tumbling and Group Bike. She has recently performed in We Live Here a show based on the lives and experiences of children from Hummingbird House a palliative care facility. Following this she has started a collaborative show demonstrating the strength and awesomeness of women, Boss Squad. Boss Squad has performed nationally and Internationally and is still touring.

Riley Colquist
From a young age Riley trained with Flipside circus in Brisbane, travelling and performing nationally. After 12 years at Flipside, Riley moved to Melbourne to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts. He returned to Brisbane a year later to develop personal projects. He endeavours to continue his circus education at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Quebec. Riley’s specialty is contortion and handstands. He is inspired by the Mongolian and Chinese methods of skill and strength. However, it was the art of storytelling and rich audience connection which drew him to a career in circus. His passion continues to drive his creativity and challenge him as an artist.

Ela Bartilimo
Ela is a Brisbane based circus performer and visual artist. Starting in youth circus, she went on to study aerial rope and group acrobatics at NICA in Melbourne. During her time as a student she performed with Company 2, One Fell Swoop, and co-created and performed in Four or More Circus. After graduating and she joined Circa Contemporary Circus as a full time acrobat. For two years she toured the world with the company performing in magical places like Austria, Germany, France and the UK. Now back in Australia as an independent artist, Ela strives to create work that will spark a change in her audience and reflect the world, therefore she is constantly experimenting, improvising and adapting to her observations.

Wanida Serce
Wanida is an established performer, choreographer and creative director who is passionate about uplifting the community and championing diversity. Some of the projects she has been involved with are: dancing for Jessica Mauboy, Commonwealth Games, The Special Olympics, Puma as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. She is also a prominent teacher in the industry and is involved in mentoring teens and young adults with disabilities at BAMD, Brisbane’s first inclusive dance program. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance – performing, teaching, choreographing, battling, judging and producing work. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation through her all female dance collective, Pink Matter. 

Sam Evans
Sam Evans is a Brisbane-based dance artist, specialising in popping, robotics, and animation, while also being adept in many more dance styles. Despite only started his dance journey at the age of 17, Sam quickly made a name and career for himself in the entertainment world. Performing nationally and internationally with Swagamama, and as a founding member of Equals was an Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist in 2016. Sam currently works as an independent contractor for both corporate and creative works, while also working as an entertainer at Dreamworld and a Hip Hop teacher for Superstars Dance. 

Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia also known as BennyBucho is a professional street dancer based on the Gold Coast. He’s a part of many world class crews and companies including Team Cream, Swagamama, Skill@will, Trick Nasty Crew, Equals, Elements Collective and Geed Up Music. With 19 years experience Ben is recognised as one of the best Bboys in Australia! 

Natano Fa’anana Director

Ché Pritchard Creative Consultant/Choreographer

PERFORMING ARTISTS

Amy Stuart

Riley Colquist

Ela Bartilimo

Wanida Serce

Sam Evans

Ben Garcia

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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