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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.

Get it On! 2014

Applications now open!!

The Substation's new work development and presentation program is back for 2014, and we are currently seeking applications from performance-makers who are looking to create new work as part of this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival.


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image: Plastic Pacific, Get it On! 2013

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Ed Kuepper

Friday 16 May

The enigmatic and iconic Ed Kuepper comes to Melbourne’s West for the very first time with a very special acoustic ‘Solo and By Request’ show in support of a brand new release Return Of The Mail-Order Bridegroom. Expect to hear acoustic reworkings of earlier Kuepper classics spanning material by The Saints, Laughing Clowns and, of course, Ed’s lengthy solo career.

Doors open at 7.30pm
Show starts at 8.00pm




Tatu Rei

Friday 28 March

Influenced by some of the Bossa and Samba greats as well as contemporary jazz masters of today, Tatu Rei have performed to great acclaim and thrilled audiences around Australia. The Brazilian-style band offers beautiful compositions that are technically accomplished, emotionally evocative and sung in Portuguese with bridging English, but their beauty and passion are felt truly beyond the boundaries of language.

Support by Ju Tenucci

Doors open at 7.30pm. Show starts at 8pm.

All tickets $20 (non-allocated, cabaret seating)

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Beyond the Black

Image detail: Untitled, Maree Clarke, video still, 2014, Video SWP productions


2 May – 8 June 2014

Brook Andrew

Joel Birnie

Maree Clarke

Peter Waples-Crowe

Robyne Latham

Anna Liebzeit

Tobias Reef

Curated by Kimba Thompson

Opening: Thursday 1 May, 6-8pm

The works in this landmark exhibition are refreshing, challenging and touch on ideas of the ‘other’. The curator provokes with the questions, ‘Have the boxes been ticked? The box of being an Artist and that of being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?’ As a result, the artists in this exhibition do not align with the ‘western construct’ of what constitutes the ‘Aboriginal Artist’. 

‘Imbued with a synthesis of Western art-theory and the deep listening of an Indigenous knowing’. 
Kimba Thompson, Curator.

Exhibition hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm


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27 – 30 November

Raw performance and an epic text combine to create an extraordinary journey. Set in a brutal world, a lost dog’s adventures expose him to the best and worst of humanity. A heightened work of physical theatre, the play exceeds the boundaries of contemporary spoken word in a bold, moving tale, a profound eulogy to the Innocent.

Written by R. Johns. Director: Kat Henry. Performers: John Shearman, Ngaire Dawn Fair, Trent Baker. Designer: Peter Mumford. Lighting: Kara Stacey Merrin.

Wednesday 27 November – Friday 29 November, 7pm
Saturday 30 November, 2pm & 7pm

$25 full/$20 concession


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