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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.

WHAT'S ON AT THE SUBSTATION

SEPTEMBER

LEARNING FOR TEACHERS/EDUCATORS
Thursday 4 September | 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Join The Substation's Learning and Public Programs Manager, and exhibiting artist Phuong Ngo in a social evening for teachers and educators, with talks, tours, teaching ideas and learning resources. Free for teachers and educators. Complimentary wine and light refreshments included. Limited places. Book early.

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BEHIND THE ART PRIZE
Saturday 6 September | 3.00pm - 4.30pm

Curator Jess Bridgfoot and Learning and Public Programs Manager Jo Daniell host a guided tour of the 2014 Substation Contemporary Art Prize, which features 40 of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists, exhibited across all three levels of The Substation. Meet the people behind the event and share stories from the art world.

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MAKE A KNOCKOUT VIETNAMESE PHO SOUP
Sunday 7 September | 1.00pm

Pho is a favourite comfort food for workshop facilitator Tina Le, who will demonstrate how to make pho from scratch in this workshop ideal for beginners. You’ll leave this informative workshop with a full belly after consuming a bowl of pho made on the day!

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JUST US | FRINGE
Wednesday 17 September - Monday 22 September | 8.30pm

Directed by award winning artist Mitch Jones, Just Us satirises the bureaucratic processes of justice within a compelling and interactive theatrical experience. Using physical theatre, circus, dance, puppetry, installation, music and projections, this is one piece of theatre you don't want to miss.

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MY LIFE IN BOXES | FRINGE
Wednesday 17 September - Monday 22 September | 7.00pm

My Life in Boxes unpacks the story of a pathological hoarder uprooted from her carefully constructed existence and placed into palliative care. As coveted items are unearthed, life-defining moments are animated with magical realism, and memories take on new meanings in her final stages.

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WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND | FRINGE
Wednesday 24 September - Saturday 4 October | 7.00pm

An anonymous gift. Sunken footprints in wet sand. The residue of a picnic. A way of life abandoned in escape. The resonance of a stolen kiss. These are the marks one leaves upon the world. Utilising masks, shadows, puppetry and objects, What I Leave Behind is a new, visually surreal performance.

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NOISE QUARTET MEDITATION | FRINGE
Thursday 25 September - Saturday 27 September | 9.00pm

Two dancers and percussionists meet at The Substation. Noise Quartet Meditation explores the experience of tranquility inside of chaos. Four performers move with serenity and frenzy amongst an installation of percussion instruments, generating a visually and sonically mesmeric encounter.

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GRACE BARBÉ'S THE AFRO SOUND OF THE SEYCHELLES
Sunday 28 September | 7.30pm

Seychelles islander Grace Barbe soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage. A fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, pop, jazz, reggae, rock and Latin flavours, her 'Afro-Kreol' sound is original, fresh and energetic.

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OCTOBER

SYMPHONY OF STRANGE | FRINGE
Tuesday 30 September - Saturday 4 October | 9.00pm

Symphony of Strange is an immersive dance work, set to a smouldering live orchestra of 50 non-musical instruments: the banal, broken, found and fascinating. The work explores the body in relationship to the volatility of fire, the fury of heat. Nominated for Best Dance at 2012 Adelaide Fringe.

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THE SUBSTATION CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE (SCAP) 2014
Saturday 16 August - Sunday 12 October

Now in its fourth year, The Substation is proud to present SCAP - an annual national non-acquisitive award established to recognise innovation in contemporary art practice.

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SUB12
Saturday 18 October - Sunday 14 December | 
Opening Friday 17 October 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council, the six artists selected for the exhibition have each invited another artist to participate, welcoming dissolution of curatorial control while providing an opportunity for experimentation and exchange. Curated by Will Foster.

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progress IN THE SHADOW OF PROGRESS
Saturday 18 October - Sunday 14 December | 
Opening Friday 17 October 6.00pm - 8.00pm

This exhibition is inhabited by the ghost of the artist’s grandfather who spent part of his working life at the Newport Railway Workshops. The series of works invites the viewer to meditate on the past as a way to sense what may be missing from the present.

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PERCH CREEK
Friday 24 October | 8.00pm

Featuring five lead vocalists whose voices combine in sublime harmonies over instrumentation as diverse as the trombone, frailing banjo, washboard, double bass, overdriven blues harp, musical saw, tap dancing and a whole lot of other stuff including, of course, the jug!

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HAPPY HALLOWEENIE PARTY
Friday 31 October | 7.00pm

Calling all groovy ghosts and scary fairies! The Mudcakes are back at The Substation! Dress up for dancing, prizes, music and fun! Featuring live music by The Mudcakes, face painting and refreshment for kids (and adults!). A family friendly Halloween event for kids eight years and under.

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NOVEMBER
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BEN OTTEWELL (GOMEZ)
Monday 3 November | 8.00pm

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. With a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, Rattlebag, Ottewell is set to return on the road, performing his new music

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BLACKEYED SUSANS
Friday 7 November | 8.00pm

The Blackeyed Susans need little introduction to Melbourne audiences. Their moody songs and op-shop stylings are a beloved part of the firmament of Australian music and every show they play is a memorable event. Their acclaimed shows have been staged in sold-out seasons across Australia and Europe with this concert being no exception.

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CLOCK IT!
Wednesday 19 November | 7.30pm

Clock It! is an intimate and surprising celebration of dance. Coming together for the first time on the afternoon of the performance, 21 diverse performers are given two and half minutes on stage to do whatever they wish. Accompanied by improvised music and sound from Michael Havir, and guided by director and dancer David Wells.

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WORDS & MUSIC: HELEN GARNER AND ELENA KATS-CHERNIN
Wednesday 26 November | 7.00pm

World-renowned Australian writer Helen Garner meets Uzbekistan-born musician and composer Elena Kats-Chernin. Helen will tell us about two pieces of music that have inspired her work as a writer, while Elena reveals two pieces of writing that have helped shape her musical direction.

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