Metro On The Move
In 2020, Metro Arts will celebrate 40 years of creating, developing and presenting new Australian work across performance and exhibitions with a major festival and a re-focusing for the organisation.
The Metro Arts Board of Directors and CEO and Creative Director Jo Thomas unveiled Metro Arts’ new and bold vision for the next 40 years at a public meeting on 26th November 2018.
You can find out more information and read the media release announcing this exciting news here.
Ongoing news and updates will be provided here when available.
Statement by Metro Arts patron Wesley Enoch
Respected cultural leader and Metro Arts patron Wesley Enoch has given his support to the multi-arts organisation’s proposal to sell its State Heritage-listed building and establish a vibrant new home.
Metro Arts celebrates 40 years in 2020 and unveiled a bold new vision for the organisation at a public meeting on Monday night, including plans to sell its building at 109 Edward Street to better fund art and artists in Brisbane.
“My career started at Metro. My first full time job, my first professional directing job, the first play I ever wrote, the first company I ever ran. All roads lead back to Metro. Metro gave me a start 30 years ago and, like many artists, I am sad and nostalgic to hear this announcement but I am a big believer in strengthening our independent artists and giving the next generation a chance to build their careers their way.”
“I was involved first-hand in the appeal to fix the lift. I witnessed a great deal of energy go into raising close to a quarter of a million dollars. It took a long time and was very successful but it proved how difficult running a heritage listed building is – and there are more things that need to happen. It was challenging to witness all that money and time not going to supporting artists.”
“I know people have explored all the options – they’ve been asking for help for over a decade and many have stepped up – but it is never enough. The building has an appetite that no single arts organisation can continue to feed. The scale of the task is so enormous and our capacity to assist is so limited.”
“The real assets at Metro Arts are the memories, the careers, the art being made and the vision for a future. Artists need spaces to make work and curious audiences need a home.”
“Though I will grieve for the loss, I am excited by the future.”
“Queensland artists are a pragmatic breed. We have survived and flourished through amazing hardship to find ourselves influencing the world with our art-making. The building is a receptacle for the past, and the history is undeniable, but the moment the building starts to steal from the future is the moment my nostalgia is challenged.”
“I know I don’t live in Brisbane anymore, so I encourage everyone to have their say by filling out the online survey. Make this change count and fulfill the ambition to protect the future of independent art-makers in Brisbane.”
Mr Enoch was appointed Metro Arts patron in November 2017 following a long association with the multi-arts organisation.
He was Artistic Director at Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts from 1994-1997, when it was a resident company at Metro Arts, during which time he developed standout work The 7 Stages of Grieving with Deborah Mailman.
Mr Enoch is currently the Sydney Festival Artistic Director and was previously Queensland Theatre Company Artistic Director from 2011 to 2015.