In 2007 Metro Arts launched its satellite facility in Norman Park, 5km from Metro Arts’ building in the CBD, which provides much needed additional and affordable artist studios for creative practitioners in Brisbane’s inner South-East. The facility is close to bus services and the Norman Park Ferry Stop (which runs between Norman Park and New Farm Park).
Originally built as a substation for the Brisbane tramways network, the Norman Park facility has been thoughtfully refurbished to preserve many of the original fixtures. It accommodates five individual studio spaces, a multi-use space for short to long-term lease and a communal kitchen. In addition, there is shared space in the neighbouring shed for five artists and since its launch, ceramicists have relished this space.
The Norman Park facility was established as an initiative of Metro Arts, Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland through the Gritty Places program and continues with the support of Brisbane City Council. The Substation provides much needed space and opportunities for Brisbane artists and is a valuable part of the local community and its creative culture.