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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.

Punctum's White Space and ICU Galleries (Castlemaine) Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 11 September – Saturday 11 October
Opening Reception: Friday 12 September | 6.00pm8.00pm (all welcome)
Artist Talk: Friday 12 September | 2.00pm (FREE)

Punctum’s White Space and ICU Galleries
1 Halford Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450

Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Artists: Daniel Belfield, Sarah Duyshart, Christina Hayes, Kenny Pittock, Dan Peter Petersen, Alex Purchase, Isabelle Sully

Since 2012 The Substation and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) have worked together to present Future Now, an annual award exhibition of VCA Honours graduates. Showcasing a range of artistic practice by seven of the newest talents in Melbourne’s contemporary art scene, Future Now tours regional Victoria, connecting artists and communities across the State.

Ahead of the State-wide tour, the exhibition premiered at The Substation (12 June – 6 July 2014). The seven artists, selected by The Substation’s visual art curator, presented new work throughout the centre's expansive gallery spaces – a significant opportunity to participate in one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art programs. The exhibition is now being restaged at three regional art spaces, allowing the artists to continue developing their work, and reshape the show in response to each venue.

Each of the selected artists demonstrate an engagement with current themes in contemporary art. Using strategies as varied as humour, movement, narrative, and spatial intervention, these artists are each finding ways to approach the world through their own, sometimes fictionalised, interpretations of experience, space and systems.

Daniel Belfield’s recent work in video and installation manipulates logic to create alternative systems of time. Poetic and laced with humour, his works draw attention to our attempts to rationalise and index time while highlighting the inherent absurdities and inaccuracies of this process.

Working site-responsively, Sarah Duyshart navigates architectural boundaries with her kinetic ‘spatial drawings’ of string and pulley systems. Developed from sketches and sound field recordings, Duyshart’s installations describe and refer to hidden and inaccessible spaces.

Christina Hayes’s paintings reflect her work as a theatre designer and her ongoing collaborative practice with The Sisters Hayes. Family drama and shared histories relating to place and identity weave their way into Hayes’s large-scale paintings that involve storytelling, play-acting and dress-ups.

Recently seen in ACCA’s NEW14Kenny Pittock’s work engages with contemporary Australian life and culture through humour and sentimentality. His observational practice includes drawing, sculpture, installation and video, and focuses on common sites of everyday experience.

Dan Peter Petersen works with text, kinetic sculpture and appropriated imagery.  His installations group semiotic references that form a personal interpretation of information – idealised versions of familiar things that attempt to dissolve the anxiety of problematic concepts.

Alex Purchase constructs architectural spaces that create convincing portals into alternate realities within the gallery space. With reference to theatre, cinema and virtual reality, her work explores the psychological effects of our built environments and the construction of atmosphere, acknowledging the interplay between fantasy and reality.

Isabelle Sully’s practice relies on the notion of transformations and often explores the translation between visual and verbal language. Her work in Future Now emerges from the memory of a lost artwork that is remade and reconfigured to fit the different sites of the exhibition tour.

The exhibition has previously shown at The Artery in Warrnambool, and will travel to Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland, in the coming months.

For more information and images contact Rosemary Forde, exhibition tour manager: •This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it•


Image: Sarah Duyshart, 2014

Future Now is a Regional Training and Engagement project of the Faculty of VCA & MCM, funded by the State Government through Arts Victoria and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.

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Image detail: Larissa Kosloff, Kinetic Connect (film still), 2013, digital video with sound 1:13 duration. Comissioned by Artbank. Camera by Meri Blazevski.

Saturday 18 October – Sunday 14 December
Opening Friday 17 October | 6.00pm

Elizabeth Dunn
Lara Thoms
Arlo Mountford
Rowan McNaught
Laresa Kosloff
Jessie Bullivant
Charlie Sofo
Isadora Vaughan
Georgina Lee
Agnes So
Dylan Hammond
Travis Englefield

Curated by Will Foster

Sponsored by Hobsons Bay City Council

(1+1) x 6 = 12. The six artists selected for the exhibition have each invited another artist to participate. This format welcomes dissolution of curatorial control while providing an opportunity for experimentation and exchange. Alongside the exhibition, each artist duo have been asked to create a black and white printed image that can be interpreted in two scales and environments – giant 2.5m2 on a billboard to be encountered by travelling commuters, and miniature 2.5 cm2 in the gallery to be viewed by visitors.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday | 11.00am - 5.00pm
Entry FREE



Image: Brad Rusbridge, 2014

Saturday 18 October – Sunday 14 December
Opening Friday 17 October | 6.00pm

Artist: Brad Rusbridge

This exhibition is inhabited by the ghost of the artist’s grandfather who spent part of his working life at the Newport Railway Workshops helping to build the Spirit of Progress, a passenger train that ushered in a new standard of speed, comfort and engineering not previously seen in Australia. The series of paintings and readymades invites the viewer to meditate on the past as a way to sense what may be missing from the present.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday | 11.00am - 5.00pm
Entry FREE



Friday 31 October

Calling all groovy ghosts and scary fairies! Returning to The Substation after the recent success of their Monkey Magic concert, The Mudcakes do it all again in time for Halloween. 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.

Time: Doors open at 6.30pm | Show starts at 7.00pm (approximate running time: 60 mins) 

Ticket Info: All tickets $15 | Group of four $50 |
Children under 1 FREE





Sunday 28 September

The Substation and Footscray Community Arts Centre present Grace Barbé’s The Afro Sound of the Seychelles – a Kultour touring event.

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

Blending traditional rhythms with a modern pop sensibility, Grace’s music demonstrates a natural and unforced fusion of cultures. Great things can be expected from Grace Barbé as she brings Afro-Kreol to world stages!

Be sure to join Grace at The Substation for this very special one night only performance.

Time: Doors open at 7.00pm | Show starts at 7.30pm

Ticket Info: Full $35 | Concession $28


The Australian Government is proud to be associated with this tour through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia, which gives Australians across the country the opportunity to see some of our best performing arts.

The Substation and Footscray Community Arts Centre are members of Arts West, a unique alliance of arts organisations who together reflect the exciting, vibrant and ever expanding arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s west.


...and for a little more!

Sunday 28 September
Grace Barbé and band members will play and talk about sega and other traditional rhythms from the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles, Mauritius and La Reunion at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

The band will demonstrate sega rhythms using the traditional instruments; triangle, ravanne and maravanne. The audience will learn to sing a traditional sega from the Seychelles along with the accompanying dance steps.

The workshop will end with a short performance from Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol, demonstrating modern sega, seggae and mutya.

Facilitators – Grace Barbé, Jamie Searle and Dan Carroll

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Ticket Info: FREE. Bookings essential. Book




Wednesday 17 September - Monday 22 September

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, Just Us presents an acerbic and satirical observation of Australia’s justice system, and those entangled within it.

Set inside a courtroom, audience members are transformed from passive spectators to active participants within an actual labyrinth, hunting down the truth. Just Us features the impressive talents of over 30 of Melbourne’s finest performers, writers and designers. This is one piece of theatre you don’t want to miss.

Presented by Polytropic Productions with Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014.

Time: Show starts at 8.30pm. Running time: 90 mins

Ticket Info: Full $30 | Concession $25 | Group (4+) $25





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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