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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 14 Dec

The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club is proud to present the sixth Substation all-singing, all-playing, all-weather carols. Join local musicians for a good old-fashioned sing-a-long. Relax and listen to beautiful ensembles. Then get ready to grin as your hosts have you moving, swinging and singing in a special night to remember.

Time: 7pm

Ticket Info: Gold coin donation at the door




Tuesday 2 December (Preview)
Wednesday 3 December - Tuesday 9 December

By Shannon Bott, Nat Cursio, Simon Ellis and collaborators.

There are two women
Natalie and Shannon
There were others
They are gone
This is what remains

Recovery is dance, ceremony, gathering and living.

Choreography and Direction: Shannon Bott, Nat Cursio and Simon Ellis
Performance: Shannon Bott and Nat Cursio
Sound: Byron Scullin
Light: Ben Cobham (Bluebottle)
Contributors to research: Pete Brundle, Fiona Bryant, Vanessa Chapple, Ben Cisterne and Paula Levis

Dress: Please wear black

Time: 8.30pm (approximate running time: 60 mins), no interval

Ticket Info: Full $25 | Concession $20 | With Love $40 (includes $15 supporting Recovery artists) | All Preview Tickets $20

This project has been supported by The Substation through their artist residency program.

Earlier phases of research were supported by The Besen Family Foundation, Arts House, Arts Victoria, The Australia Council for the Arts and Dancehouse.


Image Credit: Kirsty Argyle


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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