THE LAST HURRAH BAR

THE LAST HURRAH BAR

FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES EACH NIGHT Join us for one last hurrah! Grab a drink and swap stories with friends, old and new. Let nightly guest artists serenade you and break your heart all over again…or have a giggle and a great time. It’s last call, so...
GIANTS AMONG US

GIANTS AMONG US

A sound and video installation that transforms inaccessible surfaces into urban playgrounds, illuminating public spaces with epic images of our smallest citizens.

A SHIFT AT A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGERE

A SHIFT AT A BAR AT THE FOLIES-BERGERE

I know what boys like I know what guys want I know what boys like I’ve got what boys like Suzon sang absent-mindedly to herself as she wiped the maybe clean probably dirty bar in front of her. Why the fuck are we selling oranges now? She thought, while plucking...
COUNTERPILOT

COUNTERPILOT

ABOUT COUNTERPILOT Counterpilot is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and including Mike Willmett (sound designer), Clinton Freeman (software designer) and Christine Felmingham (technical designer).  Together, they create...
WEDDINGS & PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

WEDDINGS & PRIVATE FUNCTIONS

Are you looking for a unique location to hold your wedding, reception or private function? Metro Arts has a range of distinctive and intimate spaces perfect for entertaining friends, family, and business clients. Metro Arts is the perfect wedding venue for those...
LOVE, INFORMATION AND LEAVING THE NEST

LOVE, INFORMATION AND LEAVING THE NEST

In a filmed interview, photographer and architect Hiroshi Sugimoto gives some advice to the young: My advice is to look for some other jobs before trying to become an artist. At first, you should expose yourself to many experiences – because you must have a profound...
On Skimming Stones: Memories of ‘Home’ and 25 Down

On Skimming Stones: Memories of ‘Home’ and 25 Down

“The purpose of art…” Oh dear. I’ve started with that old chestnut. Please don’t click away! This won’t be a dry essay, I promise. One little quote, and we’re done. “The purpose of art,” Viktor Shklovsky wrote in 1917, “is to impart the sensation of things as they are...
This is Pep Too!

This is Pep Too!

This is Pep Too! is a new body of sculptural work that explores a revised meaning of ‘pep’ – found in the ambivalent spaces between failure, doubt and defiant enthusiasm.

WE KOPPEL, WE DALA

WE KOPPEL, WE DALA

We Koppel, We Dala; Restitution and Reclamation. An exhibition addressing representation, land and identity in the context of South Africa’s Apartheid history and its ongoing impacts.

VIDEO VISIONS

VIDEO VISIONS

Video Visions is Channels Festival’s flagship open-call video art program, running since the inaugural festival in 2013.

SISYPHUS COULD BE SMILING

SISYPHUS COULD BE SMILING

Imagining Futurity in Aishla Manning’s Soft Blow 2018 The leaf blower, through its own efforts, only meets dull thuds. All it can do is blow, or not blow. Do, or not do. These are its only choices. When not blowing it dangles limply, in isolation, bungee cord and...
I ONLY BECAME AN ARTIST SO THAT I WOULD BE CRITICISED

I ONLY BECAME AN ARTIST SO THAT I WOULD BE CRITICISED

Attendance figures dictate our livelihood and means of production. We rely on the numbers gleaned from door counts, ticket sales and surveys and are held hostage by the ebb and flow of patrons through the thresholds of our galleries. Sadly, the echo chamber that...

SUPPORT

Image: unSeen (confined space), Metro Arts Development Collaboration Sarah Houbolt, Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick. 2016 Image by Fiarrah Poole. Support the future of contemporary arts, now.  For almost 40 years Metro Arts has been giving artists the freedom and...