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The Substation is a dynamic and unique contemporary arts space, offering the latest in art, theatre, music, talks, dance, ideas and cabaret.


JANUARY 2015
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BRAD SPOLDING ANNOUNCED AS THE SUBSTATION'S NEW DIRECTOR JOINING IN FEBRUARY 2015

Following an extensive national search, The Substation today announced that Brad Spolding, current Executive Producer at ILBIJERRI Theatre Company, has been appointed as The Substation’s new Director, commencing at The Substation from Monday 2 February 2015.

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SISSY BLVD
Fri 16 Jan-Sun 15 Mar |
Open during gallery hours

Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman are queer cartoonists based in Melbourne. Their drawings explore gender, sexuality, class, visibility, and the ways these themes overlap, mincing the fine line between subtlety and obviousness. Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council. Part of GoWest and Midsumma Festival 2015.

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TRILOGIES
Fri 23 Jan-Sun 15 Mar |
Open during gallery hours

An exhibition that brings together three major trilogies existing as video installations, audio works, live performances and lecture performances. Showing for the first time in Australia, Swedish (Berlin-based) artist and composer Erik Bünger, Sydney (New York-based) duo Soda_Jerk, and Melbourne-based Wiloh S. Weiland (Aphids).

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THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS MEETS THE CAROUSEL 
Sat 24 Jan | 7.30pm

Two lecture performances. Coinciding with Trilogies exhibition, the exhibiting artists will present their internationally renowned 60 minute lecture performances, a medium popular since the 1960s that blurs the boundaries between performance art and pedagogy. Approximate running time: 120 minutes with a 20 minute interval).

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FEBRUARY 2015
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DIY JAM MAKING WORKSHOP
Sun 1 Feb | 11am-1pm

Caroline from Cunliffe & Waters demystifies all things jam in this two hour, hands on workshop. Make a berry jam and a stone fruit jam to take home, and discuss the finer aspects of jam making. You’ll take away with you two gorgeously made, fresh jars of jam, and loads of tips to keep on making jam at home.


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CARAVAN BURLESQUE... WILDER WEST!
Thurs 5 Feb – Sat 7 Feb | Thurs 12 Feb – Sat 14 Feb | Nightly at 8pm | 14 Feb - 7.30pm and 9.30pm

Returning to The Substation in 2015 after a fierce season in 2014, expect wild child circus, smouldering songs, live art exotica, demon dance, jaw-dropping, eye-popping, electrifying acts. Ten international theatre awards. Five stars across five continents. Do not miss out!

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INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY ART SERIES: TRILOGIES
Sat 7 Feb | 3pm

Curator Will Foster hosts a guided tour of the exhibition, Trilogies, which features large-scale video installations by Erik Bünger, Soda_Jerk, Wiloh S. Weiland (Aphids) and OtherFilm. Join us in this introduction to contemporary art at The Substation this February.

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FAMILY ART DAY
Sun 15 Feb | 11am and 1pm

If it’s a creative day for the whole family you’re looking for, head to The Substation for Family Art Day! Hands-on activities and family-friendly gallery tours are all part of the day of creative fun. For ages 5-10 years only, accompanied by a participating adult. Please choose your preferred time when booking.

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MARCH 2015
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C.W. STONEKING
Fri 27 Feb | 8pm

Following on from his wildly successful national tour and the release of his much-lauded new album Gon’ Boogaloo, C.W. Stoneking is all set to bring his tunes to The Substation this February. Released on October 17 2014, it has been a six year wait for the latest taste of C.W.’s inimitable musical stylings. Don’t miss your chance to catch this enigmatic and charismatic performer live!

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Tony Joe White

TONY JOE WHITE
Fri 20 Mar | 8pm

Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches. Do not miss him when he joins us in Melbourne's west in 2015.

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