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The Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by Bombshell Burlesque 

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

The graduation performance for term 5 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: BeBe Gunn
Citrine Velvetine – Miss Burlesque Queensland 2020
Sin Salute – The Apprentease Queensland 2021
Mara Maraschino

Fortuna Maxima

Mickey Bee

Lucinda Del Rose
Miss Monty Dee

DATES

Sat 9 Oct, 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hours, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for audiences aged 18+ only.
May contain strobe and haze effects, adult themes, language and implied nudity.

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.

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

RESTRUNG FESTIVAL 2021

The much-loved Restrung Festival returns in 2021 bringing audiences a banquet of boundary-pushing, strings-driven music and art.

The three-day program features a dazzling program of celebrated and emerging talent, packed with bespoke events, unique collaborations and bold new works.

In addition to genre-bending performances, audiences can immerse themselves in installations created by Pat Hoffie, Leah Barclay and more. Expect joyous explorations, spontaneous art making, and a musical smorgasbord of the new, the raw and the beautiful.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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.

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

KILLING MUSIC BY TOPOLOGY

+ WELCOME TO COUNTRY BY AUNTY DELMAE BARTON

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

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.

Known for their evocative, pulse-driven and unorthodox mix of piano, strings and sax, Topology has been surprising audiences with their distinct sound since 1997. 

In Killing Music, Topology will indulge in a moment of catharsis; expressing the fury and frustration built up over 18 months of social disruption. Featuring iconic pieces from Topology’s extensive repertoire, Killing Music offers a collective release – a cleansing primal scream to wipe the slate clean and prompt a renewed energy and sense of optimism.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

6pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Topology

Founded in 1997, Topology is now established as a leader of creativity in the Arts in Australia, creating new original work, collaborating across style and artform boundaries and building creativity in young people and communities while strengthening the vibrancy of a collegial arts scene. WIth over 24 years of accumulated original repertoire and an insatiable drive to create new work, Topology has a well-established reputation for experimenting with surprising combinations of genres, theatrical staging and cross art form collaboration to create thought-provoking music experiences for audiences of all ages, backgrounds and tastes. Formerly Resident Artists at Brisbane Powerhouse for 18 years, Topology has an extensive discography of 16 Albums, has produced countless evening-length works and before COVID, toured extensively nationally and internationally.

Topology are famous for the breadth and depth of their collaborations. Undaunted by stylistic barriers, the quintet has created stunning new work with partners in theatre (Geoffrey Rush, Neil Armfield, Queensland Theatre Company), classical music (the Brodsky Quartet, the Southern Cross Soloists), contemporary art music (Terry Riley, Speak Percussion), dance (Expressions Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, Jody Oberfelder), puppetry (Dead Puppet Society), contemporary jazz (Trichotomy, Loops), popular songwriting (Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan), comedy (the Kransky Sisters, Gerry Connolly), Asian music (Dheeraj Shrestha, Ubiet) and Indigenous Australian music (William Barton).

Featuring

John Babbage
Christa Powell
Robert Davidson
Therese Milanovic
Bernard Hoey

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

HOPE’S BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY

Featuring Aunty Delmae Barton with Vanessa Tomlinson, Erik Griswold and Samuel Pankhurst

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Hope’s Beautiful Symphony presents a sonic landscape drawing on Bidjara Elder Auntie Delmae’s childhood in and around Emerald.

Mixed with the evocative, shimmering colours of pianist Erik Griswold, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, and bassist Samuel Pankhurst, expect a slow-moving meditation in sound, memories and newly discovered improvisatory futures.

This band all live within five kilometres of each other, and first came together early in the pandemic for weekly jams in the studio below Erik and Vanessa’s house. What at first was a musical outlet for four frustrated musicians in lockdown, became a band of friends exploring new musical languages.

 

DATE

Thu 14 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Aunty Delmae Barton

Widely recognized as Australia’s Dreamtime Opera Diva, Delmae Barton is a prolific solo artist whose collaborated both nationally and internationally with musicians and composers for a range of strong perfomances and events including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
 

Erik Griswold

Erik Griswold is a composer and pianist working in contemporary classical, improvised and experimental forms. The recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in Music, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and numerous individual grants Erik’s music has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, OzAsia Festival, and Brisbane Festival, among others.
 

Samuel Pankhurst

A composer, producer, double bassist and curator, Samuel Pankhurst’s work can be heard across film, dance and TV as well as that of his group Yirinda with Badtjala songman Fred Leone across Australia.
 

Vanessa Tomlinson

A percussive artist and Professor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Vanessa Tomlinson explores how sound shapes our lives. After touring the world for 25 years and with a history in experimental music, her work considers how we listen; awakening our ears to new sounds in new spaces, with the hope that attentive listening will lead to attentive custodianship of place. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

In addition to genre-bending performances, immerse yourself in visual installations created by Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell, Tess King  and Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell and Velvet Pesu.

ARCANA FOR A SEASON OF SEPARATION

By Pat Hoffie & Stefan Purcell

As the backdrop to performances during Restrung Festival, Arcana for a Season of Separation is an immersive installation work that has emerged from the deep commitment from each of the artists involved in this project to use their art to cut through the separations and barriers of this current “Season of Separation”.  It is, in equal parts, a project of mourning and of celebration – both underscored by a core of hope.

Various Times | New Benner Theatre
FREE

RESONANT TANGENTS

By Tess King

Often in art we overlook the aliveness of a piece. It often appears unchanged within its frame – others have walked the same path, wondered upon its beauty and meaning – the work itself and its many meanings unspool over time. In Resonant Tangents art responds to you, looks at you and interprets your image through its voice. Influence and connection to the world exists through the spaces themselves, making you apart from and a part of the art.

14 – 16 OCT | Throughout festival
Metro Arts Studios | FREE

ANNIHILATION

By Leah Barclay & Briony Luttrell

This immersive sound installation embodies the anxiety of the present and likely futures of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the second in a trilogy of works which explore an interdisciplinary approach to sound as measure for biodiversity and affective call to action. Hydrophone (underwater) recordings of the reef are played through stringed instruments with transducers and augmented by improvised responses allowing them to translate the sounds of the reef into a familiar emotive auralities. Through cultural symbols of powerful but abstracted affect, this work explores the reality of destruction, death, and imminent annihilation of global underwater ecosystems.

14 – 16 OCT | Throughout festival
Factory Lane | FREE

BEING SKY MOUNTAIN

Velvet Pesu (living art installation)

Velvet’s rare contralto voice and innate sense of spirit is core to Being Sky Mountain. An avid collector of organic and recycled elements she is a living archive of songs and vocal rhythms from ancient traditions. Velvet aims to engage, challenge perceptions and inspire transformation through a rich tapestry of culture and sound. She is motivated by the opportunity to explore, improvise and collaborate whilst promoting authentic positive change through the coordination of inclusive, non judgmental art.

14 – 16 OCT | Various times – Roaming
Factory Lane | FREE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

DOTS+LOOPS

With Connor D’Netto, Kieran Welch and Flora Wong

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

For one night only, join Dots+Loops Directors Kieran Welch, Connor DNetto and Flora Wong as they share some of their favourite contemporary works for strings and electronics.

With a history of inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show, Dots+Loops has been sharing adventurous and thought-provoking live art with audiences since 2014.

In this bespoke performance, they’ll discuss what drew them to performing, composing and presenting contemporary and post-genre music and live art.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Kieran Welch
Kieran is the founder and Artistic Director of the post-genre  concert series Dots+Loops, inclusively exploring the spaces inbetween a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig,  and an experimental art show. Though trained in classical viola from an early age, as this classical  education progressed into a profession, Kieran increasingly spent  the time away from his instrument building skills as a DJ, heading  to music festivals, and working as an indie rock and electronica  music journalist. Dots+Loops emerged from a quest to merge  these previously separate artistic aspects of his life, and combined  with the rise of a burgeoning community of post-genre musicians  in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, the series has now seen  five years of unique live art experiences, acclaimed by critics,  audiences and artists alike. 

Flora Wong
Australian violinist Flora Wong is a musician who is drawn to the  intersections between different disciplines of music-making.  Equally at home coaxing virtuosic Baroque figurations out of gut strings as she is playing polyrhythms alongside a drum kit, she is  fast becoming a go-to collaborator for contemporary and cross genre projects in Brisbane (Turrbal/Jagera land). She is a member  of Brisbane-based new music septet Nonsemble, Associate  Director of post-genre concert series Dots+Loops, and a lecturer  in contemporary violin at JMC Academy. She works closely with  Brisbane composer Chris Perren, premiering many of his works in  Australia and internationally, and has given the Australian  premiere performances of works by Kate Moore, Missy Mazzoli,  and Judd Greenstein.

Connor D’Netto
Connor D’Netto has been described as “the model contemporary  Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM. His music balances  rhythmic drive, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background as a  vocalist, textures expanding the limits of instrumental sound, and  delicate incorporation of electronic elements. 
In 2021 The Australian listed Connor as one of their “21 Hottest  Creative Artists of 2021”. In 2019, Connor was Composer-In Residence of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, youngest  in the Festival’s history. He has held residencies with prolific New  York new-music collective Bang On A Can and with the Melbourne  Symphony Orchestra. He has been awarded prizes including an  APRA Art Music Fund Award and the Brisbane City Council Lord  Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Dots+Loops is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund and are an Affiliate of the Unviersity of Queensland School of Music.

Restrung Festival and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

DREAMING IN THE SAND

Composed by Robbie James | Performed by the Bentley String Quintet

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Renowned Brisbane ensemble Bentley String Quintet teams up with GANGgajangs Robbie James to premiere his new work, Dreaming In The Sand.

Across three acts performed by the Bentley String Quintet, Dreaming In The Sand explores Australia before the coming of the First Fleet from the perspective of the animals; then the journey and arrival of the ships and the resulting tragedies told from the viewpoint of convict Suzannah; and finally a visualised present day where all Australians are held to the same standard, whether their identity is defined by the landscape or not.

The ancient “Songlines” are a protected national treasure, their significance in our country’s history and ongoing story is fundamental to who we are as a nation.

Dreaming In The Sand pays homage to all those displaced, past and present.

DATE

Fri 15 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Robbie James

Brisbane-based Robbie James has been GANGgajang’s guitarist and one of the band’s songwriters and producers since 1985.  He has also released three solo albums: Suzannah Suite, Secrets In The Sand and 24 Hours A Night. Robbie was inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

GANGgajang GANGgajang’s songs were an integral part of the music revolution of the 1980s. The timeless Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia) is one of the all-time classic Australian songs.

Yothu Yindi Robbie played guitar with Yothu Yindi for five years after joining them in Brazil 2001 when they and GANGgajang toured the country together.

Scattered People Since 2012, Robbie has been a member of Scattered People, a group of musicians who rose out of the Brisbane Asylum Seeker Centre in 1998. He produced and co-wrote their third album Sugarmill Road of which the documentary Scattered People (released during Refugee Week 2021) is based upon.

Classical Robbie’s arrangement of Sounds Of Then was performed by the SYO at the NSW Premier’s Luncheon in 2001, and again at the London Paralympics in 2012.  

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

DOUBLE BILL: TESS KING + VOLTFRUIT

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King + Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Restrung Festival presents this special double-bill performance by electronic voyagers Tess King and Voltfruit.

Threadbare Entanglement by Tess King 

Combining captivating physical performance, Tess conducts a narrative of sound, telling a story of tangled webs and invisible threads. The hum and thrum of layered sounds will lull you further inwards in this work inspired by the wires of communication and means of interconnectedness we live by these days. At its center lays a conductor, waving motions of grandeur to desperately perpetuate the web. An impression of self and the fraught struggle of disparate harmonies. Projections of abstract shapes and motions ensnare you into a world of tilting balances. Beware the spider that weaves her web.

Voltfruit with Flora Wong and Luke Cuerel

Voltfruit is a Brisbane-based experimental music duo consisting of Flora Wong (strings/electronics) and Luke Cuerel (winds/synths/electronics). They draw on their collective experience and training in classical, jazz and contemporary music, combining improvisatory and compositional techniques and exploring the interaction between acoustic and electronic sounds. They enjoy collaborating with other musicians and creating cross-disciplinary work with other artists, and have a keen interest in the sound environments and histories of places and making site-specific works incorporating samples and field recordings.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

2pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Tess King

Through the crucible of university, Tess has emerged eager to experiment. She has recently played with whole body performances utilising wireless devices for audio/visual generation and manipulations. The notion of performance as a whole is exaggerated by confident, flowing motions and bursts of sonic and visual colour. These performances have been executed over the Meanjin (Brisbane) region over the last year. Her practice is expanding to installations of that focus on audience interaction, unique formats and perspectives. Her inspirations stem from noise, impressionism and experimentalism in both art and music, with a high degree of cultivated randomness injected into every event. She focusses on bringing a sense of wholeness to her art that communicates a passion for the weird wonderfulness of life. 

Flora Wong / Voltfruit

Australian violinist Flora Wong (黃芷蕾) is a musician who is  drawn to the intersections between different disciplines of  music-making. Equally at home improvising for strings and electronics as she is punching out polyrhythms opposite a  drum kit, she is a go-to collaborator for new music and  multi-disciplinary projects in Brisbane (Jagera/Turrbal land). She is a member of Brisbane-based ensembles Nonsemble,  Voltfruit, Tango Enigmático, the Sophie Min Orchestra and  Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra and the Associate Director of  Dots+Loops. Her recent projects include Vulcana Circus’  “Seen But Not Her” and Kezia Yap’s “SHARING SPACES”, and  she is currently in the process of recording the four new  Australian violin works that were commissioned as part of  her 2019 project “Geburtstag”. 

Luke Cuerel / Voltfruit

Luke Cuerel is a jazz saxophonist, composer and educator  from Brisbane, Australia. His work explores music in unique  contexts; specifically in relation to people, places and events  in Australian life. Luke is currently busy writing, performing and managing projects such as his original jazz quintet, 14-piece ensemble  the “Luke Cuerel Orchestra”, solo electronic project “Expo 88” and regular stints as a sideman for artists such as “Boy  and Bear” and experimental, jazz and improvised music  groups. As a composer and improvisor, Luke has recently been  involved in Soundstream’s Emerging composer forum, and  Tone List’s Sounding Together workshops in Adelaide (SA)  and Perth (WA) respectively. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

RESTRUNG ROUNDTABLE

RESTRUNG ROUNDTABLE

RESTRUNG ROUNDTABLE

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Join Restrung artists in a discussion of directions in Australian art music.

Join Restrung artists in a discussion of directions in Australian art music: how they are navigating culture, identity, environmental issues and life through contemporary artistic expression; and the notion of blurring —or perhaps even disappearing—borders between genres and musical streams.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

12 – 1:15pm

VENUE

Metro Arts Studios | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE | Registrations essential

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

DAVID BENTLEY TRIO
WITH SHENZO & DANIELLE

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Classic trio jazz and funky rhythms make for a spicy bouillabaisse when Brisbane’s legendary David Bentley Trio (DB3) takes the stage, joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio and cellist Danielle Bentley.

Accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer David Bentley is best-known in Britain as author of In A Broken Dream – a hit for Python Lee Jackson (feat. Rod Stewart) in the 70s and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

In this special Restrung performance, they will be joined by Shenzo Gregorio – a multi-award winning world-renowned jazz and classical violinist/improviser and composer and Danielle Bentley – a classically-trained award-winning cellist and festival curator, specialising in Australian art music.

Legendary Brisbane musicians Andrew Shaw (bass) and Nathan Goldman (drums) make up the rest of this swinging, spirited and multi-faceted lineup featuring Bentley’s originals, timeless standards, quirky blues and New Orleans grooves.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

5:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35*
Concession $25*
Groups 6+
$25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

60 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

David Bentley

David Bentley is an accomplished jazz/blues pianist and composer. As well as being a drawcard in its own right, David’s trio has backed many jazz luminaries – including vibraphonist Milt Jackson, reedman Phil Woods and vocalist Mark Murphy. The trio performs at jazz clubs in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and has been featured at music festivals, including the Byron Bay Blues Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Restrung and Brisbane Festival. As a songwriter, David is best-known in Britain as the author of ‘In A Broken Dream’ –  a hit for Python Lee Jackson in the 70s  and, more recently, as a remix by Harlem rapper Rocky A$ap.

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is the bassist of choice not only for DB3 but for artists like saxophonist Dave Liebman and guitarist John Scofield.  Shaw performs in genres from jazz to world music and classical.

Nathan Goldman

Nathan Goldman is a tasty and swinging jazz drummer whose style defies easy categorisation. Prominent in the Brisbane jazz scene for the past 18 years, Nathan has performed with interstate and overseas touring artists including Dale Barlow, James Sherlock and Hetty Kate as well as with the West End Composer’s Collective and the Abbreviations Orchestra.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

INCLUSIVE IMPROVISATION WITH TOPOLOGY

INCLUSIVE IMPROVISATION WITH TOPOLOGY

INCLUSIVE IMPROVISATION WITH TOPOLOGY

WORKSHOP / With Robert Davidson

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Bring your instruments or just yourselves for an exploration of sound. Led by Topology’s Robert Davidson, this session on inclusive improvisation will explore collaboration between individuals to create a unique sound world of ideas and experiences. 

Robert Davidson – Workshop Leader

Robert is a prolific composer, bassist, lecturer and founder and co-artistic director of Topology. He studied composition with Terry Riley in California before completing a composition PhD at the University of Queensland. He previously studied South Indian vocal music in Kerala, India. Davidson’s compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world, in venues including Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Barbican. All of Australia’s professional orchestras and many leading soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works. He has released 16 Albums and a DVD with Topology and has directed and participated in numerous artistic collaborations.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

3:30 – 5pm

VENUE

Metro Arts Studios | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

$15  +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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 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. 

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

FACTORY LANE POP-UPS

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

On Saturday evening, Metro Arts’ outdoor Factory Lane will come alive with free pop-up performances by Zac Sacrewski, Shenzo, Sallianna Seven and Tipping Point.

Start your afternoon with a theatre performance by the legendary David Bentley Trio joined by virtuoso violinist Shenzo Gregorio, and stay for the Closing Night Party with Estampa serving an unbridled journey from a 1930’s Parisian jazz club to the streets of São Paulo.

Laneway performance are free – book tickets for David Bentley Trio and the Closing Night Party with Estampa here.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

6:30 – 8:15pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

THE ARTISTS

Zac Sacrewski

Zac Sacrewski blurs the lines between instrument and perception in his new project, The Architect (and the Creation of Worlds). This is a space where sound worlds are created, lived in and destroyed for indeterminate amounts of time. Utilising the double bass as a tool for infinite expression, The Architect seeks to create worlds brimming with life and energy. Those who listen deeply may transport themselves away from the space where they exist to visit a different, sometimes alien reality.

Shenzo Gregorio

Shenzo Gregorio’s String Universe – violin, electric violin, viola, octave viola, guitar, mandolin, piano, Cajon… they’re all instruments with two things in common… a set of strings and the curator of improvising on them – Shenzo Gregorio. For 23 years Shenzo has taken his set of strings across the globe and when that wasn’t enough he’s also experimented with being suspended by wires while playing violin. The fascination hasn’t ceased with what’s possible, the edges of his string universe only just becoming apparent.

Salliana Seven

Salliana Seven is a freelance multi-instrumentalist with an addiction to weird and wonderful stringed instruments. She usually performs as a side person with artists such as Bernard Fanning and Alex Lloyd. Salliana also made her film debut this year composing and performing the score for Leah Purcell’s feature film The Drovers Wife : The Legend of Molly Johnson

Tipping Point

Take a vibrant journey through a diverse world of cellistic sounds and explore the edges of classical and contemporary timbre with award-winning cellists Danielle Bentley and Oliver Scott. This special performance will feature a collaboration with award-winning Australian-Canadian composer Louise Denson, in her specially Restrung-commissioned work ‘Tipping Point’.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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.

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CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY WITH ESTAMPA

Featuring Rebecca Karlen, Paul Henderson, John Reeves and Samuel Vincent

Presented by Restrung Productions and Metro Arts

Estampa evokes visions of Parisian laneways, South American sensuality, and the unbridled joy of European folk-music.

Combining a unique blend of violin, voice, piano accordion, guitar, banjo and double bass, expect an eclectic experience that will leave you feeling like youʼve entered a 1930ʼs Parisian jazz club or the streets of São Paulo.

The group features Rebecca Karlen on violin and vocals, Paul Henderson on guitar/banjo, John Reeves on piano accordion and Samuel Vincent on double bass. These well established musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds and together perform an eclectic mix of music, including French jazz and chansons, Brazilian instrumental music, Bossa Nova, Scandinavian and other World Folk music.

DATE

Sat 16 Oct, 2021

TIME

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

90 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project and Metro Arts have been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, 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.

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PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

PINK MATTER B’DAY BATTLES

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

We’re celebrating Pink Matter’s 4th birthday with a kick-ass party!

Presented by Pink Matter and Breakin’ Events, we bring to you 1v1 Womxns’ and 1v1 Open style categories.

Dress fresh, hit the bar and get ready for a wild night of performances, cyphers and battles.

DATES

3pm, Sat 23 Oct, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Spectator Admission $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

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MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE BY JOSH DAVETA

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

By Josh Daveta & The Sequins

Presented by Metro Arts

Today’s pop classics, reimagined as jazz standards.

You might know them from Oscar Theatre Co’s Boy&Girl and previous solo shows Teenage Dreams, now cabaret mogul Josh Daveta and their band The Sequins will take the New Benner stage for one night only with their show My Funny Valentine.

Featuring the music of Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and more, audiences will be in for a vintage experience through the lens of the pop music world for 65 minutes!

 

“A joy to behold” – Stage Whispers

 

“Whether playing the piano or singing, Daveta’s talents are clear…” – Blue Curtains Brisbane

DATES

Fri 29 Oct, 2021

TIME

7:00pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

65 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Josh is a POC & Queer singer/songwriter, actor, musician, writer, producer and cabaret artist. They were a top 75 Australian Idol contestant and has worked with many Australian Talents such as Nancye Hayes, Peter Cousens, Marina Prior, Paulini & Jessica Mauboy as well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of Shoshana Bean, Natalie Weiss & super star Katy Perry (the name dropping is foul, we get it). Over the past seven years they have led the way with cabaret, touring with their critically acclaimed shows Teenage Dreams, My Prerogative and their brand defining return season show Like Mariah. They were also apart of Electric Moon’s 15th Anniversary Hedwig & The Angry Inch concert and In The Warm Room: Songs of Kate Bush and recurring artist for Brisbane Pride. Their staple involvement as festival host for Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and in Brisbane’s phenom, Oscar Production Company’s boy&girl, are career badges stapled into their brand of being one of the city’s finest.

With “producer” also in their zeitgeist of titles, they have created the wildly successful event Broadway In The Dock and their Christmas cabarets Daveta Watch Out & O Night Divine.

Josh’s acting credits include LEGALLY BLONDE (Emmett), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey II), SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), HAIR (Hud) & SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Man 1).

Their main goal in life is to work constantly enough to buy Starbucks Gingerbread frappucinos at any time of the day.

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HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

Presented by University of Canberra in partnership with TAFE Queensland

Across 10 days, explore the work of graduating artists, as they bring the year to a colourful close.

As Education Partner of Metro Arts, TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra present this series of exhibitions showcasing the next wave of emerging artists.

Featured artists include: Sumile Belle Kaese, Yuliana Kusumastuti, Carolyn McCosker, Claire Dennis and Sebastian Slater.

 

DATES

Thu 4 – Sun 14 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

Image: SYNTHETICS (touch please) by Cherry Logar, 2020. Photo by Louis Lim. 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

soul-hole

soul-hole

SOUL-HOLE

Curated by Next Door ARI | Artwork by Zara Dudley

Presented by Next Door ARI and Metro Arts

The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

Through mediums of soft sculpture, video, collage, internet art and installation, Zara Dudley explores her personal journey of healing and recalibration of self.

Dudley endeavours to forge an interpersonal connection with her audience through interaction with a fabricated, metaphorical body; drawing upon the maxim “By healing ourselves, we heal each other. By healing each other, we heal ourselves.”

Dudley’s personal narratives are presented through the employment of found objects, unmonumental materials and a cyclical archive of supporting imagery and symbols. Intuitive composition of her installations allows Dudley to articulate aspects of spirituality that require tactility and tenderness. By creating a binary between the decrepit and beloved, she bestows the status of ‘ritualistic debris’ upon her idiosyncratic collection.

The experience of sexual, social and spiritual trauma is communicated through the construction of private rituals, ceremonies, sacraments and scripture; ultimately cultivating Dudley’s own private faith.

DATES

 Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

Next Door ARI
The Nextdoor Artist Run Initiative exists to champion the experimental practices of early career contemporary artists. Founded in 2020 by five emerging Meanjin (Brisbane) based artists, we endeavour to be the ‘next door’ for aspiring artists, providing opportunities for artistic development and personal growth. With a current focus on Queensland artists, our aim is to generate new and authentic art experiences, by facilitating the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art.

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ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

By Artist Boardriders Club (ABC)

Presented by The Walls and Metro Arts

Step inside a world of vivid contemporary art by this motley crew of surfers and art-lovers.

Celebrating Coral Sea camaraderie and contemporary surfrider culture, this group exhibition by Artist Boardriders Club (ABC) is centred around inclusiveness, collaboration and ‘the stoke’.

Formed in the line-up at Snapper Rocks on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2018, ABC is a recreational and relational project associated with THE WALLS ART SPACE.

THE WALLS ART SPACE is located in Miami on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is a regional Artist Run Initiative that was founded in 2013. The space is run by artists to support artists to present work that is experimental and innovative through its offerings of exhibition and studio space, performance events, publications and discussions. THE WALLS’ mission is to connect people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast. thewalls.org.au/

 

DATES

Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

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AZADEH HAMZEII

AZADEH HAMZEII

AZADEH HAMZEII

Presented by Metro Arts and 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Art in association with 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

With a focus on the dialogues between the individual and the universal, Azadeh Hamzeii mines her personal history and cultural background as an Iranian based in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Hamzeii draws from a range of subjects and materials including votive offerings, beeswax, fishing hooks, her father’s old film negatives, and Keffiyeh, to investigate the localised significance of objects and the potential to elevate their meaning, creating a broader human narrative.

 

DATES

Sat 4 – Sat 18 Dec, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

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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.

 

DATES

Sat 4 Dec, 2021 – Jan, 2022

VENUE

Window Gallery 
Metro Arts, West End

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BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

BOYLE AND WATERS IN LEOTARD

debase productions

Presented by Metro Arts 

Grab your pals for a rollicking night out, this festival-fav is back with a nostalgia-blaring homage to the humble leotard and its epic transformational possibilities.

Vintage leotards, glittering with sequins, Lycra in every colour of the rainbow. One by one, the performers pull on the Lycra and are transformed. Who were the women who wore these leotards? What were their secrets? And how many interpretive dance routines will there be?

Two of Australia’s most fearless physical comedians, Bridget Boyle and Neridah Waters, present this joyous celebration of performance, body-positivity and glitter.

“A true master-class in physical comedy and storytelling.
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane

“…funny and surprisingly poignant …Neridah Waters and Bridget Boyle made an unmatchable duo.”
– Theatre Haus

DATES

Thu 9 – Sat 18 Dec

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42 + booking fee
Preview Thu 9 Dec / $35 + booking fee
Concession
$35 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $35 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

Image by Jade Ellis.

THE ARTISTS

Neridah Waters (Performer/Creator) is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She’s toured her work extensively in Australia and overseas with Lala Parlour, Common People Dance Project, Brides of Frank and The Escapists. She’s worked as an actor/choreographer for La Boîte, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab and NORPA. She’s choreographed large-scale community projects for Queensland Music Festival and QPAC’s Out Of The Box Festival. She runs an ironic Eisteddfod with a regular outcome at Brisbane Festival. She recently performed Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD at Metro Arts, ran the Common People Dance Eisteddfod and Socially Distanced Dance Club at Brisbane Festival and directed the Flipside Circus show for HOTA’s Scoop Festival.

Dr. Bridget Boyle (Performer/Creator) is a co-founder of debase productions, winner of the 2018 Gold Matilda award for special contribution to Queensland theatre. She has worked extensively in the field of clowning as a director, performer and teacher, having studied with Philippe Gaulier in 2001. With debase productions she has been involved in the creation (writing, directing and performance) of many new works, including The Longest Minute (co-production with Queensland Theatre and JUTE), co-winner of Best Mainstage Production Matilda Awards 2018. For Queensland Theatre she has appeared in The Works: Taking Aim, The Estimator, Lily Can’t Sleep, Europe, The Venetian Twins, Scapin and Backseat Drivers. For La Boite theatre, she appeared in Romeo and Juliet and He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (with Someone Productions). Directing credits include, for JUTE theatre: To Kill a Cassowary, for Queensland Theatre: The Holidays, The Longest Minute (co-pro with JUTE and debase), Rice (QPDA Finalists reading), The Landmine is Me and Hurry up and Wait. For Flipside Circus and Metro Arts: We Live Here (co-directed with Natano Fa’anana, Winner, Best Direction 2018 Matilda Awards).

Lucas Stibbard (Director / Creator) makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer, dramaturg, writer, educator and producer. With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination) Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festival 2011 and 2012, Attack of the Attacking Attackers!, Packed and Suburbia for the Brisbane Festival. Lucas’ performing work both nationally and internationally has included: Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist national tours), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger Age, Zig Zag Street national tour), Queensland Theatre (Constellations, The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (Hamlet), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by Northwest), Shake n Stir (A Christmas Carol), and Windmill Theatre (Grug including IPAY Florida and Imaginate Edinburgh and China in November/December 2017). Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Harrow, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid. This year Lucas was invited to join the UK cast of North By Northwest for their UK premiere season as well as their Canadian Premiere season. 

Neridah Waters Performer / Creator

Bridget Boyle Performer / Creator

Lucas Stibbard Director / Creator / Sound Designer / Scenic Designer

Cameron Clark Scenic Designer / Design Realisation

Christine Felmingham Lighting Designer

Nathan Sibthorpe Video Designer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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PINK INC

PINK INC

PINK INC

Presented by Pink Matter & Metro Arts

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

Fresh from a massive year as Metro Arts’ 2021 Company in Residence, Pink Matter are inviting a cavalcade of guests to join them for one of the hypest dance events of the year.

Grab your posse and get ready for this mind-bending evening of entertainment, as some of the fiercest dance talents in Queensland set the tone to welcome 2022 with an effervescent bang.

 

DATES

6:30pm, Mon 20 Dec, 2021

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $10 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

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METRO ARTS MAY SHOWS

METRO ARTS MAY SHOWS

Big stories, told intimately.

 

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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. 

Ambit

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

read more

LIGHT AFFECTION

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

read more

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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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

+

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

+

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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