BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

4 – 27 SEPT | Artist Hiromi Tango seeks to bring comfort and spark joy through the magic of fluorescence.

APOCALIPSTICK

6 – 28 NOV | Sashaying out of the rubble and into the limelight is an all-star rag-tag team of Brisbane’s finest theatre hybrids.

ASSEMBLY NOW

3 – 27 SEPT | Be immersed in a work that transforms space into a light and sound-reactive environment.

METRO ARTS @ WEST VILLAGE

Metro Arts at West Village is a comprehensive arts venue in West End.

AVOIDABLE PERILS

4 – 19 SEPT | Bad things are happening and our heroes are at risk! Will you help save them?

DIRTY LAUNDRY

21 OCT– 1 NOV | Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness.

GENERAL NEWS

METRO ARTS NOW OPEN IN WEST END

Bringing West End its first live theatre in 25 years, Metro Arts is now officially open in West Village. 

Kicking off with a bang, the remaining 2020 season features premiere performances, provocative productions, installations and exhibitions.

The new purpose-built precinct features an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms and the Factory Lane outdoor precinct which encompasses the foyer, box office, café and bar.

Specialising in the development of new work, Metro Arts champions artists taking risks, creating, developing, experimenting, and presenting ambitious contemporary work.

This new hub in West End’s diverse community will be THE place in Brisbane to experience the work of contemporary artists with a year-round program of innovative theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and visual art.

FOUR-YEAR FEDERAL FUNDING

Metro Arts is very honoured to have again received 4-year federal funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.  This support will allow us to continue to work with multidisciplinary independent artists from across the country as they create extraordinary new contemporary work.

We acknowledge the heart-break for many of our colleagues across the sector and fully endorse the Australia Council’s initiative to reduce year 1 funding for organisations to support those in transition.  We recognise this work by the Council to support as many companies as possible on the limited funds available. We would like to acknowledge and thank the team at the Australia Council and the assessment peers who have worked in an impossible situation.

We continue to call on the Federal Government to increase funding to the Australia Council for the Arts.  A targeted, immediate and substantial support package is needed to assist arts companies through the COVID-19 crisis and ensure their survival.

Jo Thomas, CEO + Creative Director

April 2020

Image: slow burn by Kinly Grey, 2018. Image by Louis Lim.

A METRO ARTS MESSAGE

Art comes from the heart at Metro Arts, and because artists are central to all we do, we are reaching out during this time to offer our support.

  • If you need us, we are here. These are exceptional times; however Metro Arts is focusing on maintaining our staff so they continue to serve artists and to offer our behind-the-scenes support at this time. As most of you know, Metro Arts recently sold its major asset, 109 Edward St Brisbane, and due to this prudent management of resources and ongoing Government funding, Metro Arts is in a comparatively strong position at this time given the economic challenges presented by COVID-19.
  • At all times, art starts here. In the short-term, Metro Arts has donated funds to support visual and performance artists through the Artists Benevolent Fund and the Actors Benevolent Fund.  We are also offering additional paid opportunities and commissions for artists to investigate and research potential projects, share creativity with the sector and create new work.  Announcements and call-outs will follow in the next few weeks.
  • In the future, we will be here. In this time of great uncertainty and upheaval, we are incredibly fortunate to know we will emerge to continue to support artists and the creation and presentation of new work through all of our initiatives. The Metro Arts Board and Team are committed to working responsibly with our resources to ensure sustainability in both the short and long-term.  This is for the organisation, the sector, our artists and audiences.  We are committed to remaining a significant player in the Australian arts sector for decades to come.  With the creation of our Metro Arts Future Fund, and the support of our donors and partners, we must continue to be responsible custodians of all funds to ensure this longevity of our services and our sector. 

We stand with you!

Jo, CEO + Creative Director
Michael, Chair
And all the Metro Arts Board and Team:  Fiona, Moira, Daniel, James, Brian, Brad, Genevieve, Celestine, Matt, Shani, Kyle, Jenna, Christine, Yaneth and Nick.

April 2020

Image: This is Pep Too! by Hailey Atkins, 2019. Image by Sarah Poulgrain.

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