Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

We’ve moved into our new home at West Village, and to celebrate we’re having a housewarming lead by artists! 


The Artists Speak

6pm – 7.30pm
Free Registration Required for The Artists Speak.
The first artists to present at Metro’s new home speak. Featuring special spoken word performance Future Ancestors, and an artist panel  where visual artists Robert Andrew, Dale Harding, and Elizabeth Willing will discuss their original commissions and current exhibitions at Metro Arts. 

Future Ancestors depicts the journeys of three spoken word artists. Traversing the multitude of intricacies and intersectional complexities within Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indian communities, this moving spoken word piece forges a future of solidarity for all Indigenous people. Ethan Enoch-Barlow, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi and Naavikaran present this original short-form performance work, creating a space where all voices can be heard.



7.30pm – 9pm
No Registration Required for Housewarming Wander.
The house is open so you can wander around our new spaces, see the exhibitions and commissions, take a tour of the back-of-house areas and grab a drink at our new bar. 


The Artists Speak: 6pm – 7:30pm, 6 September 2020
Housewarming Wander: 7:30pm – 9pm, 6 September 2020


Metro Arts @ West Village


The Artist Speak FREE Registration


Angela Goddard – Director of Griffith University Art Museum

Future Ancestors
Ethan Enoch-Barlow – Performer 
Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi – Performer
Naavikaran – Performer

Artist Panel
Robert Andrew – Panelist
Dale Harding – Panelist
Elizabeth Willing – Panelist


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Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.



Elizabeth Willing is a Brisbane based visual artist whose works are performative and often participatory explorations of food as art material. Primarily working in sculpture, installation, and performance, Elizabeth’s work additionally takes the form of concept dinners, collaborative performances that use the dining table as stage for interactive designs and experiences. 

Elizabeth has undertaken professional development mentorships in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). In 2019 she completed a Masters of Fine Art (research) at Queensland University of Technology.

In 2014 Elizabeth was the recipient of the Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien one-year residency. Furthermore Elizabeth has undertaken residencies at Helsinki International Art Program HIAP (2015), New England Regional art Museum Armidale (2018), and The Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide (2019)

Exhibitions and concept meals have been held in Australia and overseas at Tolarno Galleries Melbourne, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Trapholt Museum of Art and Design Denmark, Tinguely Museum Basel, and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane.


Dale Harding (b.1982, Moranbah, Australia) works in a wide variety of media to explore the visual and social languages of his communities as cultural continuum. A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, he draws upon and maintains the spiritual and philosophical sensibilities of his cultural inheritance within the framework of contemporary art Internationally.

Harding’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2019); Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019); Milani Gallery, Brisbane (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015). Some recent group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (2020); PAC Milano, Milan (2019); Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France (2019); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane (2019); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2018); Liverpool Biennial (2018); TarraWarra Biennial (2018). 

His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Tate Modern, London; Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery ǀ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney;  and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In July 2019 Harding was awarded a Doctorate of Visual Arts from Griffith University. Born in 1982 in Moranbah, Australia, Harding lives and works in Brisbane. 


Ethan Enoch-Barlow is a Quandamooka performer from Logan with a passion for theatre, poetry and, music. He has performed at various poetry and open mic events with groups such as; Digi Youth Arts and Voices of Colour. Ethan is also a member of the hip hop trio barefoot boyz. Ethan is a part of the Mama’s boys collective under Claire Christian and will be featured in the upcoming 2020 world premiere of “Brother’s Book Club” at La Boite Theatre. 


Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi is pretty hilarious and laughs too much, so much that her Black/Indigenous and Pasifika ancestors are probably tired of her. Lucky she alternates burdening the two sides of her ancestry, who are from Mer (Murray) Island, from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes, and Fahefa, Tonga. Meleika is also a literature and film critic, or something along those lines. She loves talking about all things nerdy, as well as decolonising spaces online and in real life. She is a storyteller that takes many forms; from a rapper, artist and the most prominent, a poet. She is also the recipient of the prestigious fellowship The Next Chapter, run by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and will be finishing her manuscript along the way. If she’s upset any of her ancestors whilst making this bio, she’s sorry.


Naavikaran is a transgender non-binary youth worker, LGBTIQ+ artivist and a body-movement facilitator from India, based in Brisbane. Their areas of work include addressing systemic oppression against marginalized communities, especially those who are homeless and curating inclusive spaces for people to explore self-expression. Naavikaran has been recently named as one of 30 Under 30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out For Australia in recognition of their work and contribution to the community.