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WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT

By Nicky Peelgrane

Presented by Chrysalis Productions

A comedy about the first year of motherhood.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night is a raucous comedy about the snot-flinging, nipple-cracking, up-chuck-scented, sleep-deprived, madness of the first year of motherhood. Three women from the Mothers Behaving Badly (MBB) playgroup grapple with their metamorphosis into motherhood. If ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, where the hell is the village while new mums wipe bums and juggle the expectations of the 21st century?  

A must-see for anyone who has ever mothered or been mothered. 

 

“Great play! Spot on what motherhood is about. Like the way it shows all types of mothers are normal.” – Serena

“Comedy brilliant. Struggled with when to laugh and when to cry.” – Mark

“A true reality show without the ads! F*&^ing fantastic! Written with pathos.” – Adie

 

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

DATES

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 Feb 2022

TIMES

24 Feb  7.30pm 
25 Feb  7.30pm 
26 Feb  7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes,
Including 20 minute intermission. 

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.
May contain coarse language, adult themes, mild violence

THE ARTISTS

CREATIVE TEAM

Chrysalis Productions - Producers

Chrysalis Productions, founded by Nicky Peelgrane and Belinda Raisin, is a supportive female-led team of collaborators. In our storytelling we draw from – and weave together – theatre, music, dance and art. Inside a butterfly’s chrysalis, transformation occurs. So too, Chrysalis Productions is a cocoon for new work and reimagined tales that resonate with modern Australians.

Nicky Peelgrane - Writer & Director

Nicky Peelgrane is a mother, writer, actor, director and Drama teacher. She wrote Whatever Gets You Through the Night, a play about the first year of motherhood (development 2016, productions 2017 & 2021). In 2019, Nicky was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship through University of Queensland. Her playwriting credits also include Prospero’s Dukedom, a play about Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe (2019), Ghosts of Down Under (with Kellie Lazarus), which toured Queensland in 2018, as well as a suite of other plays written for primary school students (with Kristy Crome). Nicky has contributed stories to anthologies: Bjelke Blues (Avid Reader’s best-seller non-fiction list 2019), Our Inside Voices (2020), Not Keeping Mum (2020), and most recently, published in the Furphy National Literary Awards Anthology (2021).

Belinda Raisin - Movement Director

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

Georgia Cohen - Set Designer

Georgia Cohen is best known for her passion for sustainable and evocative design. Aside from set design she also has a passion for australian residential and furniture design.

Fresh from completing her Interior design (Hons) graduate at QUT, minoring in Fashion & Architecture, Georgia is excited to be part of a project with a hands-on nature, collaborating with people with a range of skills and being part of the project from start to finish.

Tim Alexander - Fight Choreographer

Tim’s performing arts and psychology background combine with his fight training and expertise to uniquely qualify him as a Fight Choreographer and Action Consultant. He prides himself on listening to and understanding the vision and taking that to a level of accurate realism through hands-on training with all involved.

His years of training and experience include national and international VIP protection, military service, and specialist weapons and hand-to-hand combat training. He is Asia Pacific’s foremost expert in hand-to-hand combat for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Tim is thrilled to combine his passion for the creative arts with his Krav Maga expertise. He has choreographed and performed locally and internationally on stage and screen, including in short films and commercial campaigns.

Ben Shotten - Lighting Designer
Natalie Callaghan - Stage Manager

Natalie has worked as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager with Queensland Theatre, Queensland Ballet, and Brisbane Festival; and as Stage Manager and Production Manager for several independent companies including Polytoxic, Hive Collective, and Brisbane Immersive. She was most recently part of the props team for the newest musical to hit QPAC, An American in Paris. Her training includes bachelor degrees from QUT in Technical Production and UQ in Writing and Drama.

Natalie is excited to be part of the team bringing Whatever Gets You Through The Night to audiences, and sharing the underappreciated reality of new mothers.

Cameron Quagliotto - Sound Designer
Anne Stanley - Composer / Musician

Anne Stanley is a mother, music teacher, musician, and composer. She holds a B Mus (Hons) from the University of Queensland. She has led and accompanied a myriad of school choirs and associated musicians, not to mention mentoring our next generation of aspiring musicians. She has collaborated on a variety of plays and arts projects with industry theatre companies and artists, including Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (Midsummer Night’s Dream 2011, Romeo and Juliet 4EVA, 2019), Dead Puppet Society (Pippi Longstocking 2017), and choreographers Jaime Redfern and Nerida Matthaei to help create arts experiences for children that engage, educate and inspire.

CAST

Crystal Arons

Crystal is an International Artist and has been performing since 2003. She trained with Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble, Queensland Actor’s Playhouse, Grin and Tonic and completed a Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting) at the University of Southern Queensland. Australian credits include: As You Like It, The Virtuous Burglar (Dario Fo – Room to Play), The Bald Prima Donna (Eugene Ionesco – Room to Play), The Void and the Light (Outcast Arts), Metamorphosis (Steven Berkhoff), The Threepenny Opera, The Tempest, Gremlins, Pigford and The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek (Susan Pease, That’s Not Canon Productions). International productions include: Lord Ghoulsley’s Manor, the Cork North Pole Christmas Experience and her one-woman show called Dating Dingleberries (Ireland). London: Clap for Alzheimers (House of Idiot), The Faraway Tree and the world premiere of The Life of Oscar Wilde (Camden Fringe Festival). Crystal also played Miranda in The Tempest for Company C.

Matthew Filkins

Matthew is a graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts, extended Drama Major and has also studied at Shakespeare and Company in the USA. His past theatrical credits include: Ruby Moon, The Buggulugs Bum Thief, Fair Play, Time Jump, An Experiment with The White Earth and Hermes and the Naked Flame for QMF Youth Touring Program/Arts Council. Julius Caesar, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream and 60-minute Shakespeare (4MBS Classic FM) The Merchant of Venice, The Blood Votes and Henry IV Part 1 (Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble), Midsummer Carnival (Brisbane Immersive Ensemble) One was Nude, and one wore tails and The Virtuous Burglar (Room to Play productions), The Seagull (Now Look Here TC), Secret Bridesmaids Business and Moonlight and Magnolias (Mixed Theatre Company). Film/TV credits include Harrow, Gruen Planet, Evil, The Digger: A History, Waste and Day of the Deadline. He is a puppeteer for Camp Quality, as well as a proud Equity Member since 2005.

Kimberley Chapman

Kimberley comes from a family of performers and made her debut touring England at two-years-old. Since then, she has trained in dance, drama, and music, and now works as a performer, tutor, creative consultant, and mum of two. Whether to kids in Australian schools, women in Thai prisons, or young adults in Japanese night clubs, Kimberley loves seeing the arts break down barriers, passionately believing in their transformative and uplifting power. Her credits include roving character work with Interactive Theatre Australia, a stint on H20: Just Add Water, lead roles in productions of Jekyll and Hyde and The Producers, various commercial campaigns, and tours of Thailand using the arts in prisons, orphanages, and schools. Kimberley has also written and choreographed shows for tours of Japan, bringing messages of positive self-worth to combat high mental illness and suicide rates.

Belinda Raisin

Belinda Raisin has had a diverse career as an actor, singer, voice over artist and dancer. In the last few years, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and juggled her passion for performance with raising her two young daughters and teaching.
Her comedy cabaret, Confessions of a Control Freak, has toured nationally receiving rave reviews and selling out shows (including two sold out seasons at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts). Other career highlights include performing in David Burton’s April’s Fool (Australian Tour), The Good Room’s Rabbit and That’s What She Said, Queensland Theatre Company’s The Works (The Dark Room), Nick Cave’s The Heard:BNE (QA/GOMA), jena&alex’ Little Boxes, Empire Theatre’s Cabaret and ABC Telemovie, Mabo.

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 restrictions. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE ANNIVERSARY

THE ANNIVERSARY

THE ANNIVERSARY

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, MILKE, and Salvadore Dinosaur.

It’s Mr. Bean meets The Shining!

You are cordially invited to Jim and Barb’s Golden Anniversary.

Fifty years of love and companionship.

Can you imagine how much simmering resentment is about to boil over?

Jim and Barb’s dreams for the perfect celebration of their love quickly fall away as they face the reality of a semi-century together. Join them on their absurd and hilarious tailspin into the abyss of unfulfilled dreams. Think Beckett meets Wallace and Grommit, or Mr Bean meets The Shining.

Expect the unexpected, and leave your preconceptions at the door – for this is no ordinary elderly couple. The Anniversary is a physical comedy house party from hell!

 

DATES

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Apr 

TIMES

Thu – Sat, 6:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

70 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 12+. 

THE ARTISTS

Bronwyn Pringle / Lighting and Set Design

Peter Houghton / Original Design Concept

Steph O’Hara / Sound Design and Composition

Ben Hence / Additional Sound

Richard Vabre / Production Manager

Katrina Gaskell And Emilie Bloom / Additional Props and Costumes

Producer / Milke & Salvador Dinosaur

KEY CREATIVES

Clare Bartholomew Performer / Co-creator

Daniel Tobias Performer / Co-creator

Peter Houghton Co-creator / Director

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. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

ASSUME PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, and Melon the Human.

A Robot, an Alien and a Human – what could go wrong?

Remember when you could become friends by making eye contact on the playground? But when you grow up things get trickier. Now the word LIKE has become a vernacular for friendship, relationship or even social media validation. What happens when a Lonely Heart Human wants to be LIKED, but doesn’t know how to make friends?

Can a Robot be liked?

Can an Alien be a friend?

Perhaps it is easier to swipe right and just Assume People Like You.

 

“Melon’s show is an absurdist’s delight! – Best of Fringeworld

DATES

Thu 21 – Sat 23 Apr 

TIMES

Thu – Fri 8:30pm
Sat 3pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

55 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Thomas Stewart  Performer / Melon the Human

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. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE LONG PIGS

THE LONG PIGS

THE LONG PIGS

Presented by CIRCFest22 Meanjin, Cluster Arts, and W3.

Horror meets hilarity! Join this underground clown cult for a spine-tingling original show that is hilariously dark and frighteningly funny.

Set in a rickety abattoir-shack, the Pigs are working hard on their latest obsession to rid the world of every last red-nose clown. However, all is not well. They are one nose short!

In a murky soup of distrust and suspicion, promises made are constantly broken and the gang ultimately turns on itself in a fatally funny and destructive climax.

Spine-tingling original theatre that is hilariously dark and frighteningly funny. Join this underground clown cult that audiences have been raving about.

★★★★★ Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles
“Captivated the audience, continuing to engage, surprise and shock until the grotesque conclusion.”

★★★★ Time Out Sydney
“A perfect use of movement-based theatre: visceral, visual and violent all at once.” 

★★★★ Herald Sun
“A dirty little masterpiece.”

Stage Whispers
“It’s not often in the theatre that you suddenly realise you are in the presence of creative genius.”

★★★★ Fest (Aus)
“Thematically meaty piece of physical theatre, where every laugh is undercut by a sense of morbid unease.”

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
“Unforgettable… deliciously hard to watch.”

★★★★ The Advertiser (Adelaide)
“A fascinating, slapstick, funny and violent little world.”

The Australian
“Strange and terrific indeed!”

DATES

Thu 28 – Sat 30 Apr 

TIMES

Thu 7:30pm
Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Standard $42 + booking fee
Concession
$39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 + booking fee, per ticket

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased.

DURATION

60 min

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains mild adult themes, strobe lighting, and haze effects.

THE ARTISTS

Clare Bartholomew Performer / Co-creator

Nicci Wilks Performer / Co-creator

Mozes Mozes Performer

Derek Ives-Plunkett Co-creator

Susie Dee Director

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. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – PIG CITY

Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and catch Andrew Stafford in conversation with Yumi Stynes.

Through its music scene, Pig City tells the story of Brisbane in the late 20th century, a time when music and politics often stood toe-to-toe.

Writer, broadcaster and one-time Channel V presenter Yumi Stynes talks to Pig City’s Andrew Stafford about the book and the scene. Join them for an insightful conversation about Brisbane’s gritty punk past and what that means for us today. 

 

PRAISE FOR PIG CITY

“Compelling and superbly paced.” – The Courier Mail

“Stafford has produced a lively, original account of the way that the oppressive culture of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland spawned a vibrant musical subculture informed by place, politics, and an era of protest.” – The Age

“Andrew Stafford’s command of language and storytelling abilities are both enviable and inspiring… The book is a true classic; a must-read for anyone who calls Queensland home, or has designs on doing so.” – Andrew McMillen, award-winning writer.

“Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in Australian musical history.” – Joshua Donellan, award-winning podcaster and writer.

DATE

Tue 3 May

TIME

7pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32.50 per ticket + booking fees

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes, no interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 12+. Contains coarse language, adult themes and references to drug use.

THE ARTISTS

Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden, a musical and political history of Brisbane first published in 2004. Something To Believe In, a music memoir, was published in 2019. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Griffith Review and more. You can find him on Twitter as @staffo_sez and his Patreon page.

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster and author, currently on-air with the wildly popular ABC podcast, Ladies, We Need to Talk which unpacks taboos and sexual health issues in bold and sometimes life-changing ways. She co-hosts a national radio show on the KiiS FM network called The 3pm Pickup which you’ve probably heard if you’ve been in a car between 3 and 4pm. One of her books, Welcome to Consent, was recently named the New York Public Library’s TOP 50 books of the year. Her classic guidebook, Welcome to Your Period, has been in non-stop reprint since it first came out and has been translated to around 20 languages including Russian, Japanese and German. The book based on the podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk came out late last year, and this year, Welcome to Your Boobs was published.

VISITING US

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

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

SHOW PONIES

Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

Bewitching wordsmith Freya Sadgrove is bringing a troupe of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dopest and most dazzling poets to Brisbane for the first time. Forget everything you know about poetry readings and get ready for a raucous evening of neon, costumes, sick beats and backup dancers.

The Show Ponies are Chris Tse, Rebecca Hawkes, essa may ranapiri, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Anahera Gildea, and Tayi Tibble.

You’ll leave Show Ponies feeling equal parts bewildered and energised, and maybe even ready to write some high-octane performance poetry of your own.

DATES

Thur 5 – Fri 6 May

TIMES

8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

50 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+ only. Contains coarse language and adult themes. 

THE ARTISTS

KEY CREATIVES

Freya Sadgrove  Creator
Chris Tse  Show Pony
Rebecca Hawkes  Show Pony
essa may ranapiri  Show Pony
Selina Tusitala Marsh  Show Pony
Anahera Gildea  Show Pony
Tayi Tibble  Show Pony

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. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individual’s responsibility. Click here for more information. 

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

BRISBANE AS A STORIED CITY – HOMECOMING QUEENS

Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong
Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Come along and watch an episode of Homecoming Queens, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong.

In Michelle Law and Oliver Reeson’s Homecoming Queens, when characters Michelle and Chloe come home, they bring an insightful, fresh take on Brisbane Stories with them, in this SBS streaming series that can be both deeply moving and hilarious.

Come along and watch an episode on screen, catch Michelle Law in conversation with writer Yen-Rong Wong, then join Michelle afterwards for burgers (everyone’s favourite ‘sometimes food’).

Please note, this event has been cancelled. All ticket holders have been contacted directly.

DATE

Fri 6 May

TIME

5pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession $32.50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

90 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Michelle Law is a writer and actor working across print, theatre, film and television. She wrote the smash-hit play Single Asian Female, which has sold out seasons in Australia and was staged in New Zealand in 2021. Her screenwriting work includes the SBS show Homecoming Queens, which she co-created, co-wrote and stars in. She also co-wrote the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin Law, and she regularly contributes to Australian publications and anthologies. Michelle has been awarded a Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, and two Australian Writers Guild awards. As well as writing this book, she is currently developing several new stage works and screen works. Her most recent play Miss Peony, was due to be staged as part of Belvoir St Theatre’s 2021 season but was sadly postponed due to the pandemic.

Yen-Rong is an arts critic and writer based in Meanjin (Brisbane), on unceded Jaggera and Turrbal land. She won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award in 2020, and in 2019, she was shortlisted for the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize. She has been a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk fellow and writer-in-residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, and her work has appeared in many print and online publications, including The Guardian, Meanjin, and Griffith Review. She is currently working on a number of creative projects, including a satirical novel, a play, and a collection of essays.

VISITING US

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

WENDY SHARPE: ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

WENDY SHARPE: ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

WENDY SHARPE:
ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP

Presented by Brisbane Portrait Prize, West Village and Metro Arts

Artist Talk | Portraiture, Prizes and Me. 

Wendy Sharpe is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists. In this lively, informative, illustrated talk, she will share her experience as a figurative painter with a career stretching back to the 1980s. Wendy will discuss her work as a finalist and winner in a long list of art prizes. She will also give a rare behind the scenes insight into her extensive experience as a judge of many art prizes. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions! 

Workshop | Art Materials: an introduction

Wendy Sharpe will give a practical talk about art materials and their qualities. She will discuss oil and acrylic paint techniques and will demonstrate the use of gouache, pastel and other drawing materials. Wendy will also bring some private sketchbooks to give an insight into how she designs paintings. It will be a great opportunity to learn and ask the questions you have always wanted the answers to!

Participants should bring a notebook. You won’t be painting but might like to make notes.

DATES

Artist Talk:
10am, 7 May

Workshop:
1pm, 7 May

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

Artist Talk $25 + booking fee
Workshop $50 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Please note, these events are ticketed separately. You can purchase tickets to each event via the booking button above.

DURATION

Approximately 120 minutes per session.

THE ARTISTS

Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe is acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and awarded artists. She has won the Archibald Prize, the Portia Geach Memorial Prize (twice) and the Sulman Prize (judged by Albert Tucker). She has received many major commissions which include Australian Official Artist to East Timor, the first woman to do so since World War II.

Wendy is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and a sensuous use of paint. She is the quintessential romantic painter, uncompromising, dedicated and unconcerned by fad or fashion. Her work addresses timeless issues such as love, passion, human relationships and what it is like to live in the world, subjects rarely expressed today in contemporary art. Wendy Sharpe’s work is based on drawing and imagination, made from intuition and experience. Her obvious understanding of drawing, composition and paint itself mean that she is often described as the painter’s painter.

The Brisbane Portrait Prize
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

All 2022 entries are eligible for the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Award which is supported by Brisbane City Council. A further $37,000 of category prizes is also available.

The Prize showcases the best in contemporary portraiture. It demonstrates that portraiture is a genre that still galvanises, intrigues and challenges the most accomplished of contemporary artists.

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.