Marnie Edmiston, Everything is a Distraction (exhibition installation image), 2014. Image by Louis Lim.

Metro Arts manages a variety of programs, tailored towards different outcomes – read below to discover more about our

> PRESENTATION platforms for audiences to see experimental and contemporary work
> our RESIDENCIES supporting artists to develop new work from beginning to end
> our flexible creative DEVELOPMENT relationships for short-term engagements
> and our PRODUCING SERVICES to support, represent, and tour work across Australia and the world.



Metro Arts works with artists to plan, provide space and support, and identify and supply funding to co-present high quality experimental and contemporary theatre, performance, and live art.

Our Exhibition Program features 10 exhibitions of new work each year; Metro Arts coordinates the opening night, artist talk, and commissions a catalogue essay to support critical and accessible discussion around the body of work.

Across the year we responsively program a number of special projects – MicroFestivals, community initiatives, forums and workshops. Subscribe to our e-news to hear about any opportunities as they arise.



Our Residency Programs offer artists and artistic initiatives space and support to develop their practices and create new work – across multiple artforms. With curatorial and producing advice, opportunities to engage with presentation of work in development or finished work through the Exhibition Program, Performance Program, and MicroFestivals, we welcome visual artists, performance makers, and artists working across disciplines.



Metro Arts houses an array of artists across the year as they drop into the building to develop new work at various stages of their creative process. We provide mentoring, engagement with industry leaders, and access to our spaces and equipment.



A unique support structure for creators of new performance works in theatre and dance, connecting artists and their work to the market through facilitating national and international touring.

In 2015 we launch a new initiative, New ERA (Engagement with Regional Audiences), connecting artists and communities in Cairns, Townsville, Charter’s Towers, Hughenden, Mount Isa and Brisbane.



Works are programmed in a range of ways; through a curatorial process by Programming staff and engaged external curators, and through an open-call platform that we run once each year. There may also be opportunistic calls for artists and work for MicroFestival projects.

Open-call proposals are assessed by an advisory group, consisting of Programming staff, a rotating assembly of external industry professionals, and representatives of our highly-skilled and internationally connected Curatorium. In this way we draw on multiple perspectives, a wide pool of industry knowledge, and a pragmatic focus and understanding of the needs of Brisbane artists and how Metro Arts is best placed to meet these.

The exact timing of Calls for Proposals fluctuates each year.

Contact us or join our mailing list below for more information.


Metro Arts is committed to engaging with a diverse range of artists within our programs, and encourage application by members of the creative community across spectrums of ability, race, gender identity, age, and sexual orientation.


Image: Marnie Edmiston, Everything is a Distraction (exhibition installation image), 2014. Image by Louis Lim.

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