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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.


30 April 2014 - 11 May 2014

Neo-Paganism, pop divas, YouTube, yoga and death metal sit side by side in a live performance that searches for transcendence in the most unlikely places.

An immersive dance work, Overworld deals with how we access and broadcast information online, how we connect to information and to each other, what is meaningful and what is not.




Friday 27 June 2014

Made up of the most unlikely of collaborations between longtime members of the fertile Australian rock scene, The Darling Downs comprise of Kim Salmon (Scientists, The Beasts Of Bourbon, The Surrealists) on banjo and acoustic guitar, and Ron Peno (Died Pretty) on vocals, taking Appalachian lullabies, bluegrass and rustic folk in a completely new direction.

Support act: Caroline No (Caroline Kennedy-McCracken, Deadstar)






The Substation supports the work of two Companies in Residence: Born in a Taxi and Nat Cursio Co. These companies receive free use of the venue to rehearse, create new work and run their own mentoring and training programs.

In 2013, The Substation presented the premiere of Nat Cursio Co.'s new work 'Blizzard' in a sell out season, and also hosted the much anticipated re-working of Born in a Taxi's 'The Waiting Room' as part of the 2013 Big West Festival.

The Substation also has a relationship with Speak Percussion on a project-by-project basis, and has successfully partnered with Speak to deliver both community engagement and artist development projects.

Nat Cursio Co. Blizzard, 2013



The first and third Sunday of every month in 2014

Sunday 3 August and Sunday 17 August


A great range of fresh produce and handmade local foods are on offer at every market – straight from the farmer to you! The Substation Farmers' Market is held on the first and third Sunday of every month and is brought to you by Melbourne Farmers' Markets, who deliver Melbourne's biggest and best accredited farmers' markets.

Melbourne Farmers’ Markets has the important accreditation from the Victorian Farmers' Market Association. This means, as a customer you have the assurance that you are buying fresh seasonal produce directly from the person who produced it.

The Substation Farmer's Market is a new venture for Melbourne Farmers’ Markets, which also runs long-established markets at Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford Convent and Gasworks Arts Park.

To find out more about Melbourne Farmers' Markets, visit their website



Twice yearly The Substation invites exhibition proposals from artists and curators for the proposal-based portion of its 2014 contemporary visual arts program.

Exhibitions are selected by The Substation visual arts staff and the Visual Arts Advisory Committee (Ruth Bain, Kate Daw, Tully Moore).

The Substation value risk-taking and ambitious ideas and encourage applicants to visit the site, which is unique in its heritage and industrial character, when developing their proposals.

The Substation encourages applications from established and emerging contemporary practitioners working in all areas of the visual arts. Undergraduates may apply if they graduate before the proposed exhibition date.

Solo, group and curated exhibitions are invited.

For more information on how to apply download the application information & guidelines PDF

The next application deadline will be in November 2014 for exhibitions taking place in 2015

Gallery 3 entrance view, with installation
image:  Noriko Nakamura, Future Now Exhibition, Photography by Catherine Evans 2012


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