THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

THE HIVE COLLECTIVE

Brisbane’s newly formed Hive Collective – Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild – present their inaugural trio of works. The series places women’s stories in the spotlight and showcases Australia’s most daring female playwrights and creatives.

You each have very extensive backgrounds in writing, directing and producing theatre. What inspired you to team up and form The Hive Collective in 2020?
The idea came about in 2019. While we were each successfully making work as individuals, we realised that, as a collective, we could be so much stronger, more productive, more resilient. By supporting each other and sharing resources and tasks we can also be more courageous. Bolder. Make things happen that would seem impossible as individuals.

You’ll be presenting your inaugural trio of works at Metro Arts, how did this partnership come about?
Once we’d hit on the idea of forming a collective of independent theatre makers and curating a season of work together, we knew Metro Arts was the ideal partner for our first project. With Metro Arts’ ongoing commitment to independent theatre and, in particular, Jo’s championing of female artists, we hoped Hive’s model would find support at Edward Street. To both find that support and be invited to take part in Metro’s first year in their new home has been crucial in allowing Hive to arrive onto the scene in a robust and joyful way.

What would you say you each bring to the table? Are there areas where your approach and interests typically intersect?
Heidi is a brilliant relationship builder – she’s genuinely interested in people and what they have to offer, so she’s great at making connections and inviting people in. Heather is meticulous and rigorous, and with her experience working with Europe’s leading theatre companies, she pushes us to aim higher and reach further. Kate helps us stay focussed, nurturing Hive’s long-term vision whilst keeping a keen eye on the details.

What we love about the Hive model is that it allows each of us as individual artists to make our own work in our own unique way. But an offer from one of us – a suggestion for a play or an idea for devising new work – will inspire the others to work beyond our usual comfort zones.

Lastly, how did you choose these particular works? What can audiences expect – is there a common thread or theme?
We wanted Hive’s first season to shine a light on the brilliant and original work currently being written by Australian women. Each of the plays is engaging, vibrant, timely and, in its own unique way, unconventional. When we looked at the plays side-by-side, we also found that each of them was brimming with energy and life. As if something long suppressed was now ready to be released – sexuality, violence, imagination, wild humour. Female creativity let loose!

ARTIST EVENTS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS
By Van Badham | Directed By Heidi Manché
17 – 27 Feb, 2021

ELEKTRA/ORESTES
By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks
Directed by Heather Fairbairn
3 – 13 Mar, 2021

CONVICTION
By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild
17 – 27 – Mar, 2021

WHERE

New Benner Theatre, Metro Arts

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PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

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

NEW FOR OLD

12 DEC – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old reflects on the relationship between technology and memory.

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NIGHT DANCERS

14 OCT – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
As day turns to night, the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape.

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ADAPT

6 FEB – 18 MAR / EXHIBITION
Capturing a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT reflects on the collapse of the neat separations between work and home.

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

6 – 27 FEB / EXHIBITION
This work humorously tries to make sense of the absurdity of the everyday, taking cues from computer games and children’s entertainment.

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THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

6 – 21 MAR / EXHIBITION
Playing on the infamous laziness of cartoon character Garfield, this exhibition is interested in ideas around work ethic, productivity and aspiration.

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AT ARM’S LENGTH

6 – 21 MAR / EXHIBITION
At Arm’s Length explores the nature of virtual and physical collaboration in response to how their practices have changed during the pandemic.

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CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

25 – 28 MAR / EXHIBITION
Ctrl+Alt+Del: Shift continues a series of multidisciplinary group exhibitions formed to reboot and reclaim arts and cultural spaces in a white colonial settler landscape.

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FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

6 – 27 FEB / EXHIBITION
Flight Into The Unknown explores the connections between Western art history, imaging technologies and networked cultures.

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regroup

regroup

regroup

Light Affection

regroup is a self-initiated project intended to refine, test and consolidate the first iteration of a new collaborative model between a group of artists who have previously collaborated as VERGE Collective.

As part of the new model, the collective plans to host regular salon style events that aim to refresh the dialogue between artists, arts workers and the broader arts community.

Depending on potential restrictions at the time, these salons could take shape as shared meals or roundtable discussions or other forms as yet to be discovered, but ultimately they will be intimate gatherings involving conversations and knowledge-sharing that aim to inspire, ask powerful questions and expose those that engage to new ideas.

 

DATES

20 May – 6 Jun, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

regroup

Artists Julia Scott Green, Christine Ko, Lisa Kurtz, Tamara Whyte and Emma Wright have a history of collaborating together as part of VERGE Collective. Diverse in practice and backgrounds, their common links are lens-based media, Brisbane, and a desire to support and develop their art practices.

In 2021 the artists are taking their experiences from VERGE Collective to launch a new creative venture. They aim to explore alternative models of working as artists; models that can nourish and sustain the individual through the collaborative effort of many. They plan to co-create an open learning environment through in person and virtual dialogues about the state of art in Brisbane and beyond; now and into the future.

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HELLE COOK

HELLE COOK

HELLE COOK

Light Affection

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

An interactive artwork will invite community collaboration as part of an open-studio event.

 

DATES

2 – 16 May, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTIST

Helle Cook

Helle Cook’s art practice explores the embodied and sensory experience of light, place and belonging in expanded painting. Helle’s practice expands beyond the studio as she regularly embarks on field trips into nature. Here she creates, installs and documents her diaphanous textile paintings in the landscape as to enact enquiry, environmental awareness and sensory experience. The exploration informs her practice when she brings the ephemeral memories back into the studio.

The enquiry into the sensory experience of light, place and belonging is intercultural and Helle has undertaken artist residencies in Australia, Italy and Denmark. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Queensland College of Art (QCA) and has had solo- and group exhibitions in Queensland, Victoria and Denmark.

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AARON CHAPMAN

AARON CHAPMAN

AARON CHAPMAN

A Wet Finger to the Wind

A Wet Finger to the Wind celebrates and mourns the colourful imagination of childhood innocence by reinterpreting photographs through the lens of a childhood craft.

The Norman Park Substation residency will see Chapman’s photographic enquiries of home(s) reimagined in a tactile manner through a limited palette of coloured perler beads. Chapman will individually place tens of thousands of perler beads (which are then fused together with a household iron) to engender meditative, reflective and domestic acts.

Chapman’s bond to home was significantly amplified since becoming a father and fatherless. It’s these significant life events that inform the developing work of A Wet Finger to the Wind and its attention to home, intimacy, refuge and childhood.

 

DATES

17 – 31 May, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is an artist and writer based on the Gold Coast, Australia working across a range of mediums including photography, sculpture and public art. Chapman’s work is motivated by themes of home and memory, and in particular, childhood. Chapman’s photography blends fine art and documentary languages and has appeared at Head On Photo Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Bleach* Festival. In 2019, Chapman was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney. In 2020, he was a finalist in Perth Centre for Photography’s CLIP Award and received the judge’s commendation award. As well as presenting both small and large sculptures at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020, the majority of the year was spent in research and development for a large public art outcome to be evidenced in 2021. Chapman was also the recipient of a major commission to create new work for exhibition at the new $60M HOTA Gallery (under construction), the largest gallery outside a capital city. Chapman attended Griffith University where he received the School of Humanities Writing Prize in 2015. His poetry and prose has appeared in international publications and Australian literary journals. He is a current Executive Committee member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and maintains a high level of engagement in, and commitment to the local visual arts and writing communities by delivering educational programs and workshops.

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VOLTFRUIT

VOLTFRUIT

VOLTFRUIT

Sounds from the Ferryman’s Hut

Brisbane-based experimental music duo Voltfruit take over the Ferryman’s Hut in Teneriffe to combine field recordings, found objects, musical instruments and electronics to create a series of sonic activations.

Exploring the urban and natural sound environment of the hut and its surrounds at different times of the day, they invite keen listeners and soundmakers to join them in their discovery of the space.

DATES

5 – 18 April, 2021

PUBLIC ACTIVATIONS

Dusk Activations | 5.30 – 6:30pm
Mon 5 Apr
Fri 9 Apr
Tue 13 Apr
Fri 16 Apr

Dawn Activations | 5:30 – 6:30am
Sat 10 Apr 
Thu 15 Apr

Mid-Morning Activation | 10:30 – 11:30am
Sun 11 Apr

Afternoon Activation | 3 – 4pm
Sun 18 Apr 

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe, QLD 4005

THE ARTIST

Voltfruit

Voltfruit is violinist Flora Wong (Nonsemble, Tango Enigmático, Dots+Loops) and saxophonist/composer Luke Cuerel (Luke Cuerel Orchestra, Polymer, Pigeon). Drawing on their experience in classical, jazz, contemporary, improvisatory and experimental music, they create and interrogate sonic environments in an exploration of places and the people that interact with them.

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ALICIA MELONIE JONES

ALICIA MELONIE JONES

ALICIA MELONIE JONES

performing detention

Alicia will continue her solo body of work, performing detention – a physical exploration into the psychology of breaking cycles of violence. This has been Jones’ solo body of work since 2013, with residency developments at Metro Arts, HOTA, South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Art Camps and various public showings.

This residency will see the unification of the work into a full length production under the dramaturgy of Nadine McDonald-Dowd (QPAC).

DATES

February, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Alicia Melonie Jones

Alicia Melonie Jones is a professional performance artist fusing Japanese performance methods with Aboriginal cultural journey.  

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REBECCA ROSS AND ERIKA SCOTT

REBECCA ROSS AND ERIKA SCOTT

REBECCA ROSS AND
ERIKA SCOTT

Hinterland Valerie

Hinterland Valerie will be a site specific and collaborative response to working in the Ferryman’s Hut. During this creative development Erika Scott and Rebecca Ross will embrace actions of team work to create an object-based installation that documents the current moment.

The Ferryman’s Hut will act as a self-contained zone within which the artists will expand on relationships with environment, society, nature, our bodies and the cosmos. The amenity and location of the Ferryman’s Hut marks a place of transitory interactions, and of things drifting and shifting along the river, notions that underpin the intentions and actions that will be carried out during the residency.

 

DATES

1 – 14 Feb, 2021

WHERE

Ferryman’s Hut

THE ARTISTS

Erika Scott
Erika Scott’s visual language unfolds through a variety of media, often reassembling and modifying discarded household objects, furniture, and popular culture debris. She works towards building space that reflect what she values and finds important, and this usually requires her to establish and satisfy an ongoing set of physical parameters. Within these parameters things teeter between image and object, the organic and artificial , form and anti-form. Erika Scott completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (visual art) with Honours at the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 and is the director of the Artist Run Initiative ‘The Soylent Spot’.

Rebecca Ross
Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Rebecca’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Rebecca has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Rebecca has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership Award (2020).

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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. 

JOSEPH BURGESS

JOSEPH BURGESS

JOSEPH BURGESS

Carpetbaggers

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

The works seek to express gratitude solidarity and confrontation and considers the fear of missing out through rendering loved ones and images from the protests as carpets.

 

DATES

January, 2021

WHERE

Norman Park Substation

THE ARTIST

Joseph Burgess

Joseph Burgess is an artist born in Portland Oregon, currently living and working in Brisbane, Australia. Their multidisciplinary practice includes sound engineering, large scale fabrication, and interactive media. Burgess operates as Unregistered Master Builder as a way to encompass the plurality of their skills, experience, and creative output. Joseph has developed large scale public projects and installations for Vivid, Curiocity and Woodford Folk Festival. Most recently 14 large scale interactive instruments for Harps of the City in 2019. Joseph freelances as a technical producer and artist assistant on an array of exhibitions with Libby Harward, Susan Hawkins, and Sally Malloy.

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RISING

RISING

RISING

A Playlab Theatre production presented in association with Metro Arts

By Hannah Belanszky, Madeleine Border, Emily Burton, Lauren Sherritt, Sarah Wilson

Sea levels, displacements, poverty… who is listening?

Through rising sea levels, and open conflict between Government and Rebel forces, a remote island country is at tipping point, facing imminent environmental, economical and social collapse.

Out of the chaos, five stories of  integrity, idealism, justice, compassion and hope emerge.

From five fabulous emerging female playwrights, this ambitious new work responds to the looming ecological crisis, in an effort to find equality and balance.

DATES

7.30pm, 3 – 13 February 2021
Previews: 7.30pm, 3 & 4 February 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre

TICKETS

General $45
Concession / Preview $39 
Schools Students $29* 
+ booking fee

*For High School student groups, please contact Metro Arts. 

 

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval.

Image by Justine Walpole.

THE ARTISTS

HANNAH BELANSZKY – PLAYWRIGHT

Hannah Belanszky is an emerging writer, actor and Yuwaalaraay woman based in Brisbane. Her focus is on telling Aboriginal stories and creating work that is bold, imaginative and female driven. Hannah’s play don’t ask what the bird look like was a finalist for the 2018-19 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and was commissioned by Queensland Theatre. She wrote and directed her cabaret The Wives of Wolfgang which was performed at Brisbane Powerhouse in 2017 and toured to Fringe World Perth and Adelaide Fringe in 2020 where it was awarded Best Cabaret at the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards. Her play Shadow in a Dress was developed through QPAC/Playlab Theatre’s ‘Sparks’ program for First Nations writers and was programmed at La Boite HWY.  (Read full bio)

MADELEINE BORDER – PLAYWRIGHT

Madeleine Border is a Brisbane based theatre maker, performer, and writer. She was one of Playlabs Young Playwright-in-Residence participants for 2019 and is currently involved in Playlabs 2020 Incubator program. She co-founded a theatre collective, Yours Sincerely, who created original works for FAST in 2018 with ‘Sometimes it’s Hot like the Sun’, and ‘This Fantastic Plastic Planet’ as part of Backbones Residency program in 2019. After finishing an undergraduate degree, majoring in Drama and Political Science, she finished her studies by completing a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing at the University of Queensland in 2019.

EMILY BURTON – PLAYWRIGHT

Emily Burton is an actress, theatre-maker, playwright and teaching artist. As an actress, her production credits include: Storm Boy (MTC/QT); Single Asian Female (Laboite Theatre Company/Belvior); The Seagull, Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Fledglings, Riley Valentine (QT); The Wider Earth (QT/Sydney Festival/Dead Puppets Society); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (LaBoite Theatre Company); A Tribute of Sorts (QT/Monster’s Appear/Laboite Theatre). Emily has performed nationally with numerous acclaimed Independent Theatre companies including Dead Puppets Society, Imaginary Theatre Company, Monster’s Appear and Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe. Major Awards include: Matilda Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in A Tribute of Sorts; A recipient of Queensland Theatre Independents Resources Funding; and a proud participant in the Playlab Incubator 2018 playwriting program. (Read full bio)

LAUREN SHERRITT – PLAYWRIGHT

Lauren is a playwright and director. Her plays Sans Love (2014) and One Black Mark (2015)were produced at Anywhere Theatre Festival, and her monologue The Panel was published in ATYP’s The Voices Project: Encore Edition. In 2017, she wrote interactive digital story Master of Time for Story City, produced as part of celebrations to mark 50 Years of Landscape Architecture at QUT. Lauren has participated in Playlab’s Incubator program, ATYP’s Fresh Ink Mentoring Program and ATYP’s National Studio.

SARAH WILSON – PLAYWRIGHT

Sarah Wilson is an emerging Brisbane based writer. Sarah was a member of QTC’s Young Writers Group in 2016. She was a part of Queensland Theatre’s Playwrights 18-26 Program in 2017, where she created her play Recreational Mathematics. In 2018 Sarah wrote and developed her latest work, The Kmart Chronicles, as part of Playlab’s Incubator program. Her short story, First Do No Harm, was published as part of the Arts Alliance of Pine Rivers’ 2014 anthology Alpha and Omega. Sarah is currently undertaking an Honours degree in Drama at the University of Queensland, having earned a Bachelors of Science/Arts dual degree with majors in Mathematics, Computer Science, and an extended major in Drama.

KEY CREATIVES

Hannah Belanszky / Playwright
Madeleine Border / Playwright
Emily Burton / Playwright
Lauren Sherritt / Playwright
Sarah Wilson / Playwright
Kathryn Marquet / Dramaturg
Kate Wild / Director
Ella Lincoln / Designer
Christine Felmingham / Lighting Designer
Anna Whitaker / Sound Designer
Helen Fitchett / Stage Manager 
Chenoa Deemal / Cast
Ling Cooper Tang / Cast
Steven Rooke / Cast

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Rising is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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NEW FOR OLD

NEW FOR OLD

CURATED BY KYLE WEISE

Screens are part of our daily habits, yet their perpetual place in our consciousness is physically provisional, requiring constant updates, maintenance and replacement.  Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old uses the figure of an obsolete screen technology, the Cathode-ray tube (CRT)  television, to reflect on cycles of technological obsolescence, exhibition design, and the relationship between technology and memory.

The screen is at threshold of two worlds. We share space with its physical form, while being transported by its fleeting images. Across the exhibition is a recognition that screens, and their ongoing cycles of obsolescence and aesthetic transformation, are both a cultural and a material force, continuing to haunt successive media, their users and the planet.

Featuring work by Jeron Braxton, clunkk and Susan Hawkins, Stanton Cornish-Ward and Trent Crawford, Danny Jarratt, Yuehao Jiang, Daniel McKewen, Riar Rizaldi  and  Penelope Umbrico.

WHEN

12 – 19 December 2020
Mon – Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm

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5 – 9 January 2021
Tues – Sat 10am – 2:30pm

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11 – 23 January 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm

WHERE

Gallery One and Gallery Two
Metro Arts

PRICE

FREE

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THE ARTISTS

Jeron Braxton 

Jeron Braxton is a self-taught 3-D animator using surreal late-’90s video-game aesthetics to explore the Black experience in America. 

Stanton Cornish-Ward

Stanton Cornish-Ward is a self taught director and editor based in Melbourne. Traditionally trained in Fashion Design (Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) at RMIT University), her film work crosses the genres of fashion film, music video, video art and short film. Her work looks at the fallacy of memory, intergenerational trauma, and emerging technologies. She has been part of the official selections of film festivals in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Mexico, U.K, and U.S.A. She also works as one half of the creative duo ‘Hiball’ with Alexandra Kirwood, a production company that focuses on moving images for the digital world.

Trent Crawford

Trent Crawford is a Melbourne based artist working with photography, video, and installation. His work considers the effects images and image-based technology have on human perception and agency. In 2019 he exhibited works at Hobiennale (Hobart), Myojuji Sarue (Tokyo), Kuiper Projects (Brisbane) and held a solo exhibition at c3 (Melbourne). He completed a BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts In 2017, where he currently teaches Extended Practice in the Visual Art Studio program

Susan Hawkins

A battle demonstrating struggle for agency, Susan Hawkins uses sculpture, installation and sound to unravel the complex dynamic between [wo]man and material. Drawing upon the philosophies of New Materialism, she tests both the physical and metaphysical limits of the reclaimed industrial and domestic objects she works with. Using process and materials that highlight broader social and environmental implications, Hawkins questions her position as both producer and consumer. Relying on the materials to speak their own truth, Hawkins’ work explores how dualities such as the old and the new, the human and the inhuman play out in action. Hawkins completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture, Jewellery and Small Objects) in 2014 at the Queensland College of Art, and has since exhibited at Blindside (Melbourne), Outer Space (Brisbane), The Museum of Brisbane, and Metro Arts (Brisbane), among others.

Danny Jarratt

Danny Jarratt is an emerging queer digital artist exploring installation art. His work reflects a keen interest in the intersection of pop culture, queer theory and resistance. His installations function as micro utopias and queer counterpublics which allow people to escape the imposing day to day ideologies and expectations, with fun and convenient methods, such as videogame design. He graduated at the University of South Australia with Bachelor of Art & Design (Honours) and currently is undertaking a residency at George Street Studios. His work has been exhibited at MOD., FELTspace, Collective Haunt, Seventh Gallery and Praxis Artspace.

Daniel McKewen

Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. Working appropriatively across a range of media including video installation, his work creatively and speculatively examines how the formal and symbolic conventions of these institutionalised structures operate culturally and politically. The resulting artworks explore and express how our subjective and inter-subjective interactions with these structures can allow us to make sense of our own social experiences. In 2013 McKewen was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. McKewen is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at QUT. Daniel McKewen is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Penelope Umbrico

Penelope Umbrico works across photography, appropriation and installation to examine contemporary networks of image distribution as both a conceptual springboard and a material form. Based in New York City, she has exhibited widely internationally, and her work is represented in numerous major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Penelope Umbrico is represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York and David B Smith Gallery, Denver.

NIGHT DANCERS

NIGHT DANCERS

BY ELISA JANE CARMICHAEL

As day turns to night the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape. These twinkles once filled this environment which was full of swamps and rainforests, home to fireflies. The fireflies would hover over the waterways sometimes in swarms.The fireflies are gone now and the city is built over many of these waterways. The fireflies and fires were the first lights of the land.

Night Dancers pays respect to the First Peoples of the land and the Country Metro Arts Building is located on.

WHERE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts @ West Village

WHEN

14 October 2020 – 23 January 2021

Image by Louis Lim. 

PRICE

FREE

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THE ARTIST

Elisa Jane Carmichael

Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her salt-water heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques, and expressing contemporary adaptations through painting, waving, and textiles. She comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve cultural knowledge and practice. Elisa is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee – people of the sand and sea. Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland, Australia. 


Elisa Jane Carmichael is represented by Onespace Gallery, Brisbane.
 

ADAPT

ADAPT

ADAPT

Presented by Metro Arts

By Paula Dunlop

Capturing a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT reflects on the collapse of the neat separations between work and home. Undressed bed sheets and steel ball-chain, window dressings and clothes-lines, canvas-based studio traditions and creative practices in home spaces all come together gently, magnetically…

ADAPT focuses us on the forces that condition our home lives and work lives; on the conventions that privilege or idealise certain work spaces over others; and on the give-and-take that constitutes our relationships with people, material, and places.

DATES

Sat 6 Feb – Thu 18 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ursula Larin

A Drowning Sim’s Cry for Help humorously tries to make sense of the absurdity of the everyday, mental health, and mortality by taking cues from computer games and children’s entertainment.

Various works in the exhibition celebrate and critique the naive and humorous ways the media censors explicit content to provide a temporary relief from reality. The use of humour is explored on one hand, as a way to cope with intense emotion and trauma, and on the other, as a psychological tool to revisit, process and gain perspective on past events. 

The exhibition’s title references the 2004 life simulation PC game, The Sims 2 and the particular act of a player drowning and ultimately killing their Sim.

 

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue*   10am – 5pm*
Wed – Sat     10am – 10pm
Sun                Closed

THE ARTISTS

Ursula Larin
Ursula Larin is a Brisbane-based artist who uses sculpture, video, photography and installation to reinterpret small, poignant moments from her everyday experience. Her sculptures either draw inspiration from, or closely replicate the peculiar details from these  moments through an assemblage of accessible scrap, craft and building materials and an amateur, do-it-yourself skillset. These sculptures function as allegories that use humour, parody, and a childlike playfulness to explore existential quandaries around the absurd, awkward, confusing and disappointing aspects of the human experience. Ursula completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology in 2016, and has exhibited locally at Artist Run Initiatives including Cut Thumb and Kunstbunker.

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. 

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

THE BULL, THE MOON, AND THE CORONET OF STARS

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Van Badham | Directed By Heidi Manché

Celebrate the complexities at the heart of female sexuality with this playful, sexy and smart romcom-riff on ancient Greek mythology.

Marion avoids attractive men, and besides, Michael is married. But something monstrous has awoken in the Ashmolean Museum and won’t be satisfied until the thread of desire is pursued to its inevitable end.

Fast forward to a Welsh seaside  resort where a now-penitent  Marion finds redemption in the most unexpected place.

“A love letter to language, mythology and love itself, it’s clever, sexy, funny and uplifting.” 

The Australian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

Elektra / Orestes
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Feb $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heidi Manché 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Musician/Composer Shenzo Gregorio 
Cast Sarah Ogden, Rob Pensalfini 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heidi Manché – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heidi Manché studied theatre in Sydney and La Sapienza Rome University in Italy, with a project to work alongside Nobel laureate Dario Fo. Heidi translated many of Fo’s texts and was a core ensemble member of the theatre troupe Stalker, touring throughout Italy. On her return to Australia, she became Artistic Director of The Crypt Theatre, Sydney, producing and directing several plays including Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by Dario Fo, A Woman Alone by Franca Rame, It’s all in the Timing by David Ives and Charmayne (award-winning documentary – Sydney Film School). In Brisbane she founded theatre company Room to Play which has produced and directed The Bald Prima Donna by Eugene Ionesco (Melbourne Fringe Festival), Afterplay by Brian Friel (Theatre 505) Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo (Bille Brown, supported by Queensland Theatre), Red Sky Morning by Tom Holloway and The Eisteddfod by Lally Katz (Metro Arts).

Van Badham – Playwright
Van Badham is the award-winning writer of more than 30 internationally-produced plays for stage and radio. She writes a weekly column for The Guardian and appears regularly on television and radio as a commentator, critic and activist. Van has had work developed and produced across Australia, Europe and North America. Her most recent Australian productions include Banging Denmark for the Sydney Theatre Company and The Bloody Chamber for Malthouse. In Britain, Van was writer-in-residence at LAMDA for two years and has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, the Bush (for Paines Plough), Nabokov, the Battersea Arts Centre, Luxi and Theatre503, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe and on the touring circuit. Van’s radio commissions have been for the BBC World Service, Radio 4, and Radio 3 and her first screenplay, We Come Home, was developed with a grant from the Australian Writers’ Guild.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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. 

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

ELEKTRA/ORESTES

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Jada Alberts and Anne-Louise Sarks | Directed by Heather Fairbairn

Love, justice and revenge. Ancient Greek tragedy collides with a very modern royal family in this showdown for the ages.

Born to a household mired in murder and bloodshed, Elektra is really not okay. Seething with anger and vengeance, she blasts her music louder and waits impatiently for her brother Orestes to return from exile. Knowing that when he does, the walls of this house will shake.

Elektra sent Orestes into exile when he was just 11. He was the next in line for her father’s throne. Nine years later he has come of age. Now he’s on way to join Elektra and take the ultimate revenge. There will be blood.

Alberts and Sarks’ visceral and contemporary adaptation lays open the devastating legacy of trauma  on future generations, in a stunning spectacle of retribution, love, justice and power.

★★★★ “This is how all Greek tragedies should be performed.  …fast and furious, packing the Sophoclean epic into just one hour.” 

The Guardian

Take a look at The Hive’s Collective’s other two works in Metro Arts’ current season:

The Bull, the Moon, and the Coronet of Stars
Conviction

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 3 – Sat 13 Mar, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 3 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Heather Fairbairn 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Composer / Sound Designer Julian Starr 
Cast includes Violette Ayad, Caroline Dunphy, Tate Hinchy, Tatum Mottin, Marcus Oborn

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Heather Fairbairn – Director
Hive Co-Artistic Director Heather Fairbairn directs theatre and contemporary opera. Working throughout Australia, Europe and the UK, her directing credits include Silk Moth by Bushra El-Turk (Arcola Theatre, London), The Mutant Man by Christopher Bryant (The Space Arts Centre, London), The Magic Flute (European Tour), and Sunnytown by Krystal Sweedman (La Boite). Heather regularly collaborates with renowned theatre director Katie Mitchell, working on Ariadne auf Naxos and Alcina (Festival d’Aix), Lucia di Lammermoor (Royal Opera House), and Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch (Schaubühne Berlin). In 2019 and 2020, Heather directed the revival of Katie Mitchell’s Ariadne auf Naxos with new casts at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Finnish National Opera, and the Royal Danish Opera. As assistant director, credits include: Lord of the Flies directed by Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company), Accidental Death of An Anarchist directed by Sarah Giles (Sydney Theatre Company), Orpheus & Eurydice directed by Yaron Lifschitz (Opera Queensland), and As You Like It directed by David Berthold (La Boite).

Jada Alberts – Playwright
Jada hails from Larrakia, Yanuwa, Bardi and Wardaman country in the Top End of Australia and she shares her unique perspective with audiences as a young Indigenous Australian woman. She works professionally as an actor, director and writer. Jada was an associate artist at Belvoir in 2014-2015 and was the recipient of the 2013 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. In 2014 her debut work Brothers Wreck was part of the main stage season at Belvoir to critical acclaim, which she then went on to direct in 2018 at the Malthouse Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia to rave reviews. In 2016 Jada directed her first show at Belvoir Title & Deed. In 2016-2017 Jada completed a writing fellowship with Bell Shakespeare and in 2017 Jada was the Assistant Director on Sydney Theatre Company’s production Three Sisters, directed by Kip Williams.

Anne-Louise Sarks – Playwright
Anne-Louise works internationally as a director, writer and dramaturg. In 2019 she directed Avalanche for The Barbican Centre (London). In 2018 she was Artistic Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed a new production of her acclaimed Medea for Theater Basel, directed a new adaptation An Enemy of the People for Belvoir, and her production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted at Malthouse was nominated for four green room awards including Best Director. Anne-Louise was Resident Director at Belvoir from 2013-2015. In 2011 she was Director in Residence at Malthouse Theatre Company, and from 2010-2013 Anne-Louise was Artistic Director of The Hayloft Project. In 2015 Anne-Louise directed a re-imagining of Medea at The Gate Theatre, London winning five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards. It was also awarded an AWGIE for Best Stage Play and in 2013 was nominated for four Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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. 

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

Presented by Metro Arts

By David Attwood

The Last Bastion of Laziness is an exhibition by David Attwood of new sculptural assemblages that combine cat scratchers, found Garfield plush toys and infant Nike trainers.

Playing on the infamous laziness of cartoon character Garfield, the exhibition is interested in ideas around work ethic, productivity and aspiration, and how these concepts materialise in the consumer culture of late capitalism.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

 

Image by Jordan Halsall

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue    10am – 4pm
Wed – Sat      10am – 10pm
Sun 14 Mar    Closed
Sun 21 Mar    11am – 5pm 

THE ARTISTS

David Attwood
David Attwood’s work draws on a global lexicon of well-known brands and products to explore the influence of consumer culture on human behaviour and relations. He holds a PhD in Art from Curtin University, and in 2019 completed the SOMA Summer program, SOMA, Mexico City. With theorist Francis Russell, Attwood is the co-editor of the book The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-work Politics (Art + Australia, 2020) and runs the project space Disneyland Paris.

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. 

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

Presented by Metro Arts

By Lacey-Law-Lobwein

Lacey – Law – Lobwein is an experimental art collaboration initiated by three emerging Brisbane-based artists who share a common practice of working with digital video and screen-based media.

At Arm’s Length explores the nature of virtual and physical collaboration as a reaction to how their practices have changed as a result of the current pandemic.

This exhibition is part of Common Ground: Bus Projects x Metro Arts and an adapted version of the exhibition will be exhibited at Bus Projects in October, 2021.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue    10am – 4pm
Wed – Sat      10am – 10pm
Sun 14 Mar    Closed
Sun 21 Mar    11am – 5pm 

THE ARTISTS

Briony Law
Briony Law is an emerging artist who works primarily with moving image and installation. Her practice explores aspects of human ecology and systems of mediation, and the potential of mediation to inform attitudes toward ecology. Graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from the Queensland University of Technology, her most recent projects were exhibited at Outer Space and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017.

Guy Lobwein
Guy Lobwein is a Brisbane-based emerging artist currently undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology. Graduating in 2020 with a Masters in Philosophy, his research focuses on the use of expanded reality technologies in contemporary art and how experimental creative practice can generate experiential and critically reflective experiences.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

Presented by CTRL+ALT+DEL and Metro Arts

Curated by Conscious Mic, Bindimu And Fern Collective

Shift continues a series of exhibitions aimed   at uniting First Nations, Pasifika and culturally diverse creatives.

Synonymous with the computer system command pressed by a user to terminate an application and shut down the operating system, Ctrl+Alt+Del is a multidisciplinary group exhibition formed to reboot and reclaim arts and cultural spaces in a white colonial settler landscape.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Thu 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Window Gallery, Gallery One & Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

 

Image by Tai Bobongie.

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. 

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

CONVICTION

Presented by The Hive Collective and Metro Arts

By Zoey Dawson | Directed by Kate Wild

How can a playwright make a difference when she doubts every word she places on the page? And does literary immortality really matter when the world is about to end?

In a messy lounge room in Brunswick East, a young woman starts to write a play – an important play, an instant classic, a story that matters. But her convict drama insists on unravelling and now our corseted protagonist has 5000 words to write and an Ottolenghi fish dinner to prepare.

Zoey Dawson mocks the Australian canon and her own artistic ambition in this meta-theatrical black comedy. This caustically funny interrogation of the creative process is both deeply personal and resonantly universal.

 “This work is generous, provocative, urgent, entertaining, and mind-bendingly clever.” – ★★★★1/2 ArtsHub

“Go and see this play. It’ll make you think, it’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you want to see it again.” – ★★★★★ Broadway World

“My new gold standard for a play” – The Courier Mail

“Emily Burton is luminous [with] a goofy comic presence that is a joy to watch” – Stage Whispers

“…absurdly hilarious, wonderfully acted and reminds us that we are all imperfect human beings.” – Theatre Haus

“This is a play that moved me in many ways and will stay with me for a while, for its relatability as much as its perplexing nature.” – Nothing Ever Really Happens In Brisbane

DATES

7:30pm, Wed 17 – Sat 27 Mar, 2021*

*Auslan Interpreted performance
7:30pm, Wed 24 March

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Concession $35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 17 Mar $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

Approximately 70 minutes. No interval. 

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. May contain coarse language, loud noises, depictions of drug use and violence, depictions of death or dying, and replica firearms. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Stephen Henry

THE ARTISTS

Director Kate Wild 
Designer Sarah Winter 
LX Designer Christine Felmingham 
Sound Designer  Anna Whitaker 
Cast Emily Burton, Luisa Prosser, Kevin Spink, Jeremiah Wray 

 

The Hive Collective
Hive is a new theatre collective led by Artistic Directors Heather Fairbairn, Heidi Manché and Kate Wild. These three established directors are thrilled to be producing and supporting each other’s work, creating jobs for local artists and offering quality independent theatre for Brisbane’s audiences.

Kate Wild – Director
Hive co-Artistic Director Kate Wild is the award-winning writer and director of The Sound of a Finished Kiss. Having worked in theatres throughout London, Bristol and Melbourne she has returned to Brisbane, founding Now Look Here and directing Splendour, A Slight Ache and The Seagull for the company.

Zoey Dawson – Playwright
Zoey Dawson is a theatre maker and screenwriter based in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her recent credits include as playwright, Australian Realness (Malthouse Theatre), Conviction (ZLMD Shakespeare/Darebin Arts), Welcome to Nowhere (Monash University/Malthouse), Calamity (MTC NEON/ZLMD Shakespeare), The Unspoken Word is Joe (MKA/La Mama/Griffin Theatre/Brisbane Festival), Madonna Arms (I’m Trying To Kiss You/Next Wave) and I Know There’s A Lot Of Noise Outside But You Have To Close Your Eyes (I’m Trying To Kiss You/LaMama/NIDA). As well as performing in much of her own work, she appeared in a world-ish tour of The Economist (MKA/World Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe), for which she was nominated for a UK Stage Award for Best Actress. As director, she staged an all-female Romeo and Juliet at fortyfivedownstairs (ZLMD Shakespeare. She won the Melbourne Festival Discovery Award for The Unspoken Word is “Joe”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Hive Collective’s 2021 season is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and through the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane

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. 

YOUNG ARTIST FORUM 2021

YOUNG ARTIST FORUM 2021

What is it like to be an emerging artist in today’s arts industry? Asking this question often feels like a shout into the void, but from the 8-11 of April the Young Artist Forum shouts back.

 

Across four days, young artists will have the opportunity to hear tips, tricks and advice from industry professionals with diverse creative backgrounds. These talks, panels, workshops and events will not only provide practical and hands-on knowledge, but also give you the chance to connect with other passionate young creatives.

This exciting weekend will also feature three fresh creative developments and a visual art installation from emerging artists. So, no matter your creative discipline, you are invited to turn up and tune in for this unique peek behind the curtain.

 

ALL EVENTS FREE – REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL FOR TALKS & CREATIVE DEVELOPMENTS

OPENING EVENT + TALKS + WORKSHOPS

OPENING EVENT

8 APR | OPENING EVENT
Join us for the official opening, featuring a Welcome to Country with Derek Oram Sandy, a creative development showing by NDRNCE, a very special panel and live music.

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TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

8 APR | TALK
Join award-winning composer and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art.

read more

BEHIND THE ART

9 APR | TALK
Find out more about the artworks and installations featured in the Young Artist Forum from the emerging curator and artists themselves.

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CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

10 APR | WORKSHOP
Discover the importance of process over product, as professional artists to discuss their processes for workflow and productivity.

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DIGITAL PRESENCE

10 APR | WORKSHOP
It’s time to build yourself an audience! In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to build a brand, develop content and utilise social media.

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TAKING CARE OF YOU

11 APR | WORKSHOP
How do you maintain balance when your work meets your passion? It’s time to find out how to juggle self-care with productivity.

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CREATIVE PATHWAYS

11 APR | TALK
Who’s behind the curtain? Meet the arts workers whose careers run parallel with artists, and discover the alternative career paths within the sector.

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ART + ACTIVISM

11 APR | PANEL
Our art defines us. Hear from the artists who are using their work as a platform to uplift the voices and stories.

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CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT SHOWINGS

TANGERINE HOUR

8 + 10 APR | CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Witness this contemporary, physical performance grounded in suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble NDRNCE.

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SLUDGE BANK

9 + 10 APR | CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT
A snarky slime-creature is lurking in the pipes of a newly erected development called Riverbank Towers. It won’t stop until it has consumed every cavoodle in sight.

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VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Bella Deary examines the integral shared biology of humans and animals through these magnified latex cells as they reclaim the New Benner Theatre.

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NON SENSE

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
This dual channel installation asks the audience to question the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us.

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TRANSLITERATION

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

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ENGKANTO

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Using sculptural costumes influenced by ball culture, Rhanjell Villanueva explores the intersection of Filipino diaspora and queer culture against the backdrop of a colonised Australia.

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JOURNEY OF THE SELF

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Nimue Dreaming embraces a contemporary Indigenous style to paint her personal journey of self-discovery.

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BORN UNDER A TREE

8 – 11 APR | VISUAL ART INSTALLATION
Through traditional markings and a strong weave connecting clay trunks, Kyra Mancktelow represents the reclamation of identity and the resilience of cultural connections

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

OPENING EVENT

OPENING EVENT

OPENING EVENT

Presented by Metro Arts

Join us for the official opening of the Young Artist Forum, featuring a Welcome to Country with Derek Oram Sandy, our first creative development showing by NDRNCE, a sneak peak at QMFs latest project and live music.

6:30 – 7pm | Opening and Welcome to Country
With Derek Oram Sandy

7 – 8pm | Tangerine Hour | Creative Development 
By NDRNCE

8 – 8:45pm | Technology Meets Art | Talk
Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio & a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

TANGERINE HOUR  by NDRNCE 

Suburbia is set alight and bathed in grapefruit. A town burns in silence, sun slinks into retreat.

Two women lay their bodies beneath a lamppost, taking advantage of fleeting light to spill their hearts to one another, willingly accepting of the pain, gain, love and acceptance true honesty has to offer. Here, they find themselves in the Tangerine Hour. The softest and most powerful time of day, transformation is bound to take place as long as they commit themselves to honesty.

When fear overcomes truth, Mothman finds herself caught in the Tangerine Hour, unable to free herself from the flickering lamplight. Unaware of her trap, she flies in an infinite loop of denial, fixation and warped memories while trying to navigate by the wrong moon. TANGERINE HOUR is a contemporary, physical performance grounded in soft light and suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

 

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio & a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

Join award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art. Be the first to hear about City Symphony, a large-scale immersive art music experience created by QMF in collaboration with Textile Audio that is set to transform the Brisbane CBD from May 2021. Afterwards, Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz take to the stage to debut their new music which will be featured in this exciting new work.

DATES

6.30pm, Thu 8 Apr

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hrs 15 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

TANGERINE HOUR

TANGERINE HOUR

TANGERINE HOUR

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By NDRNCE

Presented by Metro Arts

Witness this contemporary, physical performance grounded in suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

Suburbia is set alight and bathed in grapefruit. A town burns in silence, sun slinks into retreat.

Two women lay their bodies beneath a lamppost, taking advantage of fleeting light to spill their hearts to one another, willingly accepting of the pain, gain, love and acceptance true honesty has to offer. Here, they find themselves in the Tangerine Hour. The softest and most powerful time of day, transformation is bound to take place as long as they commit themselves to honesty.

When fear overcomes truth, Mothman finds herself caught in the Tangerine Hour, unable to free herself from the flickering lamplight. Unaware of her trap, she flies in an infinite loop of denial, fixation and warped memories while trying to navigate by the wrong moon. Tangerine Hour is a contemporary, physical performance grounded in soft light and suburban intimacy, created by emerging performance ensemble, NDRNCE.

DATES

SHOWING 1:
7pm, Thu 8 Apr

SHOWING 2:
12pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, and references to self harm.

THE ARTISTS

NDRNCE

NDRNCE is ceremony, sweat, ritual and endurance.

Born from a reverence for mundanity and unearthing of our bodies’ limits, NDRNCE present stories of transformation, failure, reluctant intimacy and willing sacrifice. Our performances are highly physical; merging complex choreographic scores with verbatim and poetic texts to embody the power of often overlooked experiences.

CREATIVES

Director / Performer Gina Tay Limpus

Devisor / Performer Martelle Simon Green

Devisor / Performer Lauren Story

Devisor / Performer Nicole Amaya

Devisor / Performer Heidi Harrison

Devisor Rose Nguyen

Performer Emma Langfield

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TECHNOLOGY MEETS ART

TALK //  Presented by Metro Arts and Queensland Music Festival

Featuring Dr Eve Klein, Artistic Director of Textile Audio and a performance by Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz

Join award-winning composer, mezzo soprano, sound artist and academic Dr Eve Klein in a discussion on pushing the boundaries of genre to find new ways of immersing contemporary audiences in art. Be the first to hear about City Symphony, a large-scale immersive art music experience created by QMF in collaboration with Textile Audio that is set to transform the Brisbane CBD from May 2021. Afterwards, Kitch & The Barefoot Boyz take to the stage to debut their new music which will be featured in this exciting new work.

 

Do you want the chance to be a part of City Symphony? Contribute your stories of Brisbane throughout the festival with the Queensland Music Festival team.

DATES

8pm, Thu 8 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

45 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

ORGANIC ALGORITHM

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Bella Deary

Presented by Metro Arts 

Enlarged animal cells take over Metro Arts! Bella Deary examines the integral shared biology of humans and animals through these magnified latex cells.

Organic Algorithm investigates biological commonalities amongst all animals by examining an intrinsic and fundamental component of any living body, the animal cell. This is achieved through the creation of a series of pink latex sculptures of these enlarged cells. Such magnification of the cell prompts viewers to re-imagine and re-define the body’s relationship to the natural environment.

These sculptures are attached to the banister of the New Benner Theatre in a formation mimicking the growth of parasitic barnacles. The implication of organic life overtaking an industrial space advocates for a future whereby natural life becomes more prominent than human constructions. This ultimately places a critical eye on our response as a society to climate change, and encourages the audience to focus on what connects us to our environment rather than what sets us apart.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

BELLA DEARY

Bella Deary is an emerging Meanjin Visual Artist whose practice gathers influence from biological and ecological science, and climate activism to promote the equality of humans with the natural environment. Deary often uses latex as a key material to construct installations which resemble the organic qualities of the human body.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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BEHIND THE ART

BEHIND THE ART

BEHIND THE ART

TALK //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring the Emerging Artists and Emerging Curator

Find out more about the artworks featured in the installation from the emerging curator and artists themselves. Discussing themes both individually and as a whole, gain valuable insight into these young artists’ practices, and the themes they are invested in engaging with as the next generation of creatives.

DATES

5.30pm, Fri 9 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

INSIDE ARIS AND COLLECTIVES

INSIDE ARIS AND COLLECTIVES

INSIDE ARIS & COLLECTIVES

PANEL //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Next Door ARI, The Walls, Habiti Collective & Imaginary Theatre. Facilitated by Amy-Clare McCarthy.

Join us as we break down the mystery of what it means to be part of an artist run initiative (ARI) or collective. Featuring a mix of experienced and emerging ARIs and Collectives, find out how they are operating to deliver outstanding work in the community.

DATES

7pm, Fri 9 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes.

THE PANEL

Amelia McLeish / Nextdoor ARI 
Amelia McLeish is a contemporary visual and sound artist practicing primarily in Meanjin (Brisbane). Her practice utilises participation, sound and humour to critique the arts institutions and develop artist-based communities. She has exhibited with the IMA, Boxcopy and The Walls, and completed a studio residency with OuterSpace. Amelia is currently studying a Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology, where she is researching Artist-Run Initiatives and contemporary Australian art in the 21st century through an institutional critique-based artistic practice. She is a founding co-director of Nextdoor ARI and is also an ARI organiser at Wreckers Artspace.

Rebecca Ross / The Walls Art Space
Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Rebecca’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Rebecca has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Rebecca has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership Award (2020).

Lily Daoud / Habibti Collective
Habibti Collective is an emerging collective which brings together creatives from different parts of the Arab diaspora in Australia. The collective aims to generate creative connections as well between artists around Brisbane who identify as part of this community. We also aim to generate new work which explores the experiences and stories of Arab diaspora in Australia, Brisbane. Our focus is exploring; what it means to move here, grow up here, but have roots somewhere else.

Thom Browning / Imaginary Theatre
Thom is a Brisbane based arist specialising in the creation of theatre, installation and arts learning experiences for children and their communities. His experience spans performance, installation, music, and creative technology, whilst working as a director, producer, facilitator, curator, sound and video designer, and DJ. Thom is the Artistic Director of Imaginary Theatre. His work for Imaginary is regarded as amongst the most innovative sites of practice in Australian theatre for young audiences and has been seen nationally and internationally by over 180,000 people. Thom is an Associate Director with Punchdrunk Enrichment (UK), and has directed the Australian production of Punchdrunk’s ‘The Lost Lending Library’ for Festival 2018 Gold Coast, and Brisbane Festival 2020. In 2015 Thom directed the performance installation World Images for acclaimed Danish company Theatre Workshop Madam Bach which was presented in 30 venues in Denmark, Italy, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Lithuania and Greenland.

Amy-Clare McCarthy / Milani Gallery
Amy-Clare McCarthy is a curator based in Brisbane. She is currently Gallery Manager at Milani Gallery; as part of this role she curates the program for CARPARK, a project space under the building. Previously she was the Curator (Exhibition Program) at Metro Arts, and served as the inaugural chair of the board of Outer Space ARI. She is one half of McCarthy-Swann Projects, a curatorial collaboration with Kieran Swann.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

CREATIVE BRAINSTORMING

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Lewis Treston, Nathan Sibthorpe & Jody Rallah

Where do ideas come from? What is “inspiration”? How do we go from paper to presentable?

Join this discussion with professional artists to learn about their experiences with workflow and productivity. When turning an idea into a work, discover the importance of process over product.

 

DATES

10am, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 60 minutes.

THE ARTISTS

Lewis Treston 
Lewis Treston is a playwright, screenwriter and an artist in residence LaBoite. Full length plays include: IRL (in development with LaBoite) Hubris & Humiliation (in development with STC), Meat Eaters (NIDA, developed by STC), Hot Tub (rehearsed readings at STC and LaBoite), Follow Me Home (ATYP) and Reagan Kelly (NIDA, Metro Arts, Lion and Unicorn Theatre). Short plays include: Condo Osaka and 1800-Real-Talk (Periscope Productions), Ghost Hunter (White Rabbit Theatre) and The Arcade (ATYP). Screenplays include: Elvistown (in development with Screen Queensland), Blood and Tinsel (Essential Media) and Fireworks (Sunday Pictures).  He is a graduate from QUT and NIDA and is currently a research student at UQ investigating camp humour.

Nathan Sibthorpe 
Nathan Sibthorpe is an award-winning contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer based in Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is the director of Counterpilot – the collective of techno-troublemakers responsible for interactive transmedia performance works like Crunch Time (2018) and Truthmachine (2019). Nathan was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14; the Festival Director of Short+Sweet Queensland from 2013-16; an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012; and the Creative Director for Markwell Presents Cinematic Theatre Company from 2016-18. Nathan has been nominated for eight Matilda Awards, receiving the award for Best AV Design in 2017 (Blue Bones) and the Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work in 2018 (Crunch Time). In 2011 he received a Green Room Groundling Award and in 2017 he was the recipient of the Dr Don Batchelor Award for Drama Research at QUT. Nathan teaches performance studies at QUT, where he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction, and a Masters Degree in contemporary performance.

Jody Rallah
Jody Rallah is a descendant of the Biri Gubba, Yuggera and Warangu peoples. Rallah is an Indigenous Australian artist who works across, object making, sculptural installation, painting, sound and performance to create knowledge vesselsas embodiments of living histories. She explores how haptic processes of making can be used to create conversations spanning between generations. Connecting community throughout the generations and opening dialogues of cultural exchange to celebrate cultural wealth and enquire how materiality and experience can affect relationships between peoples, place and space and time.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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against perfection (fissures and dust)

against perfection (fissures and dust)

against perfection (fissures and dust)

Presented by STABLE and Metro Arts

Curated by STABLE (Bridie Gillman and Kylie Spear) | Artwork by Marisa Georgiou

Working with concrete as an element to shake free the possibilities of systems, environments, identities and bodies that are hardening, cracking and viscous… what can emerge from the fissures and dust?

Artist Marisa Georgiou
Voice & Contemplation Mary McIntyre
Sound Design Sonny O’Brien
Scent Cat Jones
Curators STABLE (Bridie Gillman and Kylie Spear)

 

DATES

Sat 10 – Sat 24 Apr, 2021

Opening Event:
4 – 6pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

This exhibition contains an audio experience intended to be played on individual smartphones. We respectfully ask that visitors bring their own headphones. 

THE ARTISTS

Marisa Artist 
Marisa is an inter-disciplinary artist who weaves together diverse strategies for living, or coping, well in their current situation (urban, neoliberal, anthropocentric, colonial…) They work across disciplines such as embodied movement, social practice and installation both inside and outside institutional contexts, and often collaboratively. They aim to forefront knowledge systems that are often backgrounded such as embodied, sensory or intuitive knowledge. Embracing the complexity of current crises, they promote experiences that are intimate, gentle, self-aware and care-full, without sacrificing strategy and criticality. 

Stable Artspace 
STABLE is a contemporary art space located underneath a Queenslander in Meanjin/Brisbane. It aims to share a wide variety of work, from a wide variety of artists, both emerging and established. STABLE hopes to make a positive contribution to the Brisbane art community and the rich history of artist run initiatives in this city.

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NON SENSE

NON SENSE

NON SENSE

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Nicholas Tossmann

Presented by Metro Arts 

Do you ever feel like you’re talking in circles with your own inner voice? This dual channel installation questions the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us.

This dual channel installation utilises opposing screens to create a disjointed conversation between two videos of Nicholas Tossman. Both screens present a still close-up shot of the artist repeating a word at random intervals, with one depicting the artist saying ‘Non’ and the other ‘Sense’. By dividing the word, ‘nonsense’ into two separate terms a conflict within the word and figures becomes present.

Here ‘Non’ is being used to express the negation or lack of something, while ‘sense’ refers to the coherence of how we understand and perceive input. In stark opposition to each other these words create further nonsense as they overlap and align at random.

Through this argumentative monologue, Tossmann asks the audience to question the meaning we make out of the nonsensical language and world around us, forcing us to confront our own internal conflict and either accept or reject this chaos. 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

NICHOLAS TOSSMANN

Nicholas Tossmann’s practice investigates how art and practice can be a means of purpose. As extension Tossmann explores ideas surrounding existentialism in a spiraling method, focusing on reflecting on the processes of being an artist. This self-reflexive method of working utilises: text, mapping, performance, audio, video and installation. Tossmann’s work aims to create a more conscious and introspective experience of art.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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DIGITAL PRESENCE

DIGITAL PRESENCE

DIGITAL PRESENCE

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

Featuring Aruga, Rachael Sarra & Wanida Serce

It’s time to build yourself an audience!

In the creative industries, great marketing can help you go a long way – but, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start.

Join us for a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to build a strong personal brand, including the basic ins and outs of social media and content creation.

The workshop will be hosted by Katie Moon, Lead Creative at Aruga, who’ll be joined by Indigenous artist and designer Rachel Sarra and performer and creator Wanida Serce.

 

DATES

2.30pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hrs 30 mins

THE ARTISTS / PANEL

Katie Moon / Aruga
Igniting that spark between audience and brand is at the heart of Aruga – creatively-grounded PR that grabs attention like a box of glazed donuts. Since launching with Taco Bell as its foundation client in June 2017, Aruga has established itself as one of Australia’s most dynamic communications agencies, cultivating an enviable client portfolio of more than 120 big-name brands, local legends and small challenger brands. We’ve dressed zucchinis in bikinis, fought off a zombie apocalypse, wrapped t-shirts like burritos, travelled with drag queens, danced with human disco balls, and signed more death waivers than we care to think about.

Rachael Sarra / Artist

Rachael Sarra is an artist and designer whose work is an extension of her being and experiences. As a contemporary Aboriginal artist from Goreng Goreng Country, Rachael uses art as a powerful tool in storytelling to educate and share Aboriginal culture and it’s evolution. Rachaels work often challenges and explores the themes of societies perception of what Aboriginal art and identity is.

Wanida Serce / Founder + Director of Pink Matter
Wanida is a creative director, choreographer and performance artist. Professionally workinf for the last 10 years, Wanida has become an industry leader in the dance scene by educating, hosting events, performing, continually pushing boundaries through movement and action. She’s also founded Pink Matter, an independent company aimed at creating opportunities and highlighting powerful women in the community. Wanida is passionate about diversifying the dance sector and breaking down barriers and stereotypes. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation in the community.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

MUSIC AND MOTION: PATTERNS IN THE SOIL

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By Tess King

Presented by Metro Arts

Come and experience music that is more than live, it’s alive. Surround sound and reactive visuals breathe music to life in this immersive experience.

What is alive in the world around you? Would you be surprised at how much people miss every day? Organicism is the idea that everything, when seen as a whole, is alive. A systemic kaleidoscope that reflects itself over and over yet reveals different aspects with every angle. It is cyclical in this way, much like ourselves. We experience cycles as individuals and societies, making our memories and their ever-changing contexts a fluid, living thing.

Music and Motion: Patterns in the Soil places you in the centre of a flowing audio-visual landscape. As if you were travelling through it, or it through you, the landscape morphs around different reflections of organicism. Perhaps it is a solo cellist, a bird on the precipice of flight, or a surge of electricity as a computer starts. These pieces of life feedback and reflect variations of themselves, creating morphing spirals of patterns.

 

DATES

OPEN STUDIO SESSION 1:
11:30am – 2:30pm, Sat 10 Apr

OPEN STUDIO SESSION 2:
5 – 7pm, Sat 10 Apr

Please note, registrations are not required for these sessions.

VENUE

Factory Lane + New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

TESS KING

Tess is a recent graduate of Griffith conservatorium’s Bachelor of Music Technology. Throughout her degree, she has pushed performance as a form through digital means and inventive implementation of philosophical ideas. Her recent interest has been on immersive forms of performance through surround sound techniques and live audio-reactive visuals.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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. 

SLUDGE BANK

SLUDGE BANK

SLUDGE BANK

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT //  By Chance Collective

Presented by Metro Arts

This camp comedy brings horror genres to meet real-life climate disaster fears in a hyper-stylised performance experience. 

A snarky slime-creature is lurking in the pipes of a newly erected Meanjin (Brisbane) development called Riverbank Towers. This inner-city, upper-class apartment building is rapidly filling with the mysterious, sentient slime that won’t stop until it has consumed every cavoodle in sight. It is up to the residents to put aside their body-corporate bureaucracy, paleo vs vegan diet debates, and Instagram activism to save themselves and everyone else in the face of global disaster.

Featuring an original song by feminist, indie-pop band Bad Sext, Sludge Bank is Chance Collective’s stickiest show yet.

 

DATES

SHOWING 1:
8:30pm, Fri 9 Apr

SHOWING 2:
7pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains some coarse language, depictions of violence, depictions of death or dying, and references to sex.

THE ARTISTS

CHANCE COLLECTIVE

We are chaos conjuring, body celebrating, fearless and love-filled storytellers. An emerging Meanjin (Brisbane) based ensemble, Chance Collective create theatrical experiences under the ethos of innovation, accessibility, and sustainable practice. Working with multidisciplinary forms, Chance Collective blends body, space, and audience experience to create contemporary camp performance.

CREATIVES

Siobhan Gibbs

Victoria Barlow

Olivia Brand

Amelia Walker

Sho Eba

Aurora Liddle-Christie

Honor Webster-Mannison

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metro Arts and the Young Artist Forum is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Young Artist Forum has received financial support from Andrew Cory.

Special thanks to Backbone Youth Arts for their support of the development of Sludge Bank.

VISITING US

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TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

TRANSLITERATION

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Paean Sarkar

Presented by Metro Arts 

Technology isn’t always perfect, especially when it comes to auto-generated text, but Paean Sarkar is putting Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function to the test.

Transliteration is a series of nonsensical ‘lyrics videos’ that accompany Paean Sarkar’s song renditions of several celebrated works by Bengali poet, writer and composer Rabindranath Tagore. The lyrics are produced by speaking the original Bengali lyrics into Microsoft Word’s ‘dictate’ function set to ‘English (Australia)’. The resulting text is a nonsensical stream of random english words that brings neither clarity or meaning to Tagore’s lyrics.

This incomprehensible translation explores Sarkar’s relationship to language, specifically Bengali (her mother tongue) and English (her current dominant speaking language) as a 2nd generation immigrant. Tagore is crucial to this work, due to both his influence globally and within the Bengali lexicon. His work, juxtaposed by the process of the Transliteration series, comically exaggerates the dissonance that can occur in the exchange between two languages. This artwork does not intend to disrespect Tagore, but instead hopes to start a critical dialogue around the cultural disconnect of being a bi-lingual Australian.

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

PAEAN SARKAR

Paean is an emerging multimedia artist, working in a minimalistic style to illustrate abstract concepts. Her works in the past have explored themes of identity, space, and the relationship between viewer and art object. Paean’s practice is rapidly evolving as she moves through her visual art studies at QUT.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

ENGKANTO

VISUAL ART INSTALLATION //  By Rhanjell Villanueva

Presented by Metro Arts 

Using sculptural costumes influenced by ball culture, Rhanjell Villanueva explores the intersection of Filipino diaspora and queer culture against the backdrop of a colonised Australia.

Titled after the Filipino spirits it draws inspiration from, Engkanto explores the intersectional identities of the Filipino diaspora within the context of the settler society of Australia.

The re-imagination of pre-existing mythologies and the transformation of futuristic folklores in this body of work evoke a sense of empowerment to those individuals whose voices come from a place of oppression and displacement. It is imbued with a genuine benevolence to disrupt the Eurocentric lens of photography, putting forth what may exist within those voices that are often silenced, the identities that are often misunderstood and underrepresented in our society.

The microcosms of Filipino identities reveal stories of reclamation, resilience, and perseverance while concurrently defining what it means to be a person of colour working and surviving in the Australian landscape.

 

DATES

Thu 8 – Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTIST

RHANJELL VILLANUEVA

Rhanjell Villanueva is a Meanjin-based emerging artist, whose artistic practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. Traversing the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling postcolonial patterns and cultural conflict, his works aim to decolonise and demonstrate the metaphysics of Filipino-futurism.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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TAKING CARE OF YOU

TAKING CARE OF YOU

TAKING CARE OF YOU

WORKSHOP //  Presented by Metro Arts

How do you maintain balance when your work meets your passion?

It’s time to find out how to juggle self-care with productivity. Promote healthy work practices and know where to turn to find positive solutions to help artists and arts workers navigate the industry with confidence and integrity.

 

DATES

1pm, Sun 11 Apr

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

60 mins

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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.