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The Substation is one of Melbourne's few truly multi-arts venues and features a 260-seat performance space, rehearsal studio and the western suburb's largest gallery space.


Sun 15 Feb 2015

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.

Time: 11am-12pm or 1pm-2pm (please choose your preferred time when booking)

Ticket Info: FREE. Limited places. Bookings essential. Bookings open early January 2015




Fri 27 Feb 2015

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.  

Gone are the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release, the ARIA Award winning Jungle Blues, this time replaced with the latest invention in the world of C.W. Stoneking, electricity!  C.W. has stashed his afore-favoured vintage National guitar and banjo combo for a shiny gold Fender and an extra-large helping of rock ‘n’ gospel dancehall blues to deliver 12 tracks recorded directly to tape with his full band, his very own hokum wall of sound.

Don’t miss your chance to catch this enigmatic and charismatic performer live!

Time: Doors open at 7.30pm | Show starts at 8pm

Ticket Info: All tickets $42 (standing tickets only for this event) | Meal and show packages $70

Meal and Show Packages: You spoke and we listened! Partnering with our friends at The Junction Wine Room, The Substation is proud to present meal and show packages for this event. Full menu HERE. To book, click the Book Now button below. Limited places. Meals must be ordered in person at The Junction Wine Room by 6.30pm on the 27 Feb 2015.





Erik Bünger, Soda_Jerk, Willoh S. Weiland (Aphids) and OtherFilm
Curated by Will Foster


Image: Erik Bünger, The Girl Who Never Was, video still, 2013.

Opening Thurs 22 Jan 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: Fri 23 Jan 2015–Sun 15 Mar 2015

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). The trilogies delve into lived and recorded histories, science fiction and science fact, inner and outer space, and antique and current technologies. By sampling popular culture and working at the intersection of music, performance and film; the works presented in Trilogies connect and diverge in innumerable ways.

In response to the exhibition OtherFilm, a collective dedicated to expanded practice, address the presence of archive as both a source and subject of the three trilogies. OtherFilm will explore aspects of the lending collection from National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

In addition, a suite of Learning and Public Programs will run alongside the exhibition, including lecture performances, presentations, gallery tours and artist led workshops.

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun | 11am-5pm
Entry FREE

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Supported by Gordon Darling Foundation, Iaspis, Hobsons Bay City Council, MADA and Embassy Of Sweden

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Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman


Image: Sam Wallman, Walking, pen on paper, 2014.

Opening Thurs 15 Jan 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: Fri 16 Jan 2015-Sun 15 Mar 2015

Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman are queer cartoonists based in Melbourne. Their drawings explore notions of gender, sexuality, class, visibility, and the ways these things overlap. Using The Substation's front gallery space and the Transit Gallery Billboards, this exhibition will examine remnants of Gay Liberation, reflections on contemporary queer assimilation and resilience. The artists will mince along the cartoonist's fine line between subtlety and obviousness.

Lai's work interrogates ambiguities of sexuality, race and gender through the narrative of comics and cartooning. Creating drawings predominantly in ink and gouache, Lee uses portraiture as a platform for exploring both transient and established constructed identities. Her stories, while autobiographical, are also imagined, drawing on the notion that the fictional experiences can speak clearer than the truth.

Heer's practice examines themes of gender, sex, fear of death and the psychedelic experience through comics. Predominately using pen and ink, his work often resembles dreams and utilizes world building and stream of consciousness fiction to explore ideas. Merv's work often touches on futurism and the relationship between pop culture and capitalism. 

Parrish's practice focuses on graphic narratives primarily concerned with mental illness, feminism and discomfort. With a background in contemporary art, many of her comics are heavily reliant on silence, pacing and metaphor. They exist within sparse landscapes, crowded bedrooms or mountain ranges, emphasising the stories desired tone by placing her characters in environments that reflect their internal state.

Wallman's drawings are concerned with the ways in which politics intersects with different layers of the lived experience. Using clean black lines, his work explores alternative versions of history, mutual autonomy and complications emerging from the late-Capitalist state. His work is a mix of traditional cartooning and an emergent style of comics-journalism.

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun | 11am-5pm
Entry FREE

Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council. Part of GoWest and Midsumma Festival 2015

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Friday 24 October 2014

Perch Creek are a band of five energetic multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, four of whom happen to be siblings. This Melbourne-based band play harmony driven roots music with a creative energy and fearless spirit that sparkles with imagination and individuality.

Perch Creek have been performing and evolving over the best part of ten years, taking their music across the globe and laying the foundations to become one of the most entertaining and innovative original musical acts doing the rounds of Australia and the international stage today.

Perch Creek — who have appeared everywhere from ABC's Spicks & Specks to The Sydney Opera House, as well as extensive tours and major festival appearances across Australia, Europe and the UK (Edinburgh Fringe, WOMAD, The Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Golden Plains) — stand to be counted with their new album Jumping On The Highwire. The band consistently deliver unforgettable, high-energy shows - at moments haunting, but ultimately uplifting.




Thursday 28 August - Saturday 30 August 2014

Following a sell-out season at La Mama in 2013, Two Mortals returns with cheekiness, wit and wisdom for a fresh look at mortality.

Two Mortals was created from interviews with people who work and live with mortality everyday - an undertaker, a minister, a wills and estates lawyer, a cryogenicist, a carer, a palliative care nurse and a counsellor. This multi-character performance uses headphone verbatim technique, including pre-show interviews from the audience, unique to every performance. Come early and be part of the script!

Presented by La Mama Mobile. 



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