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The Substation is a dynamic and unique contemporary arts space, offering the latest in art, theatre, music, talks, dance, ideas and cabaret.


Currently Open-Sun 15 Mar | 
Open during gallery hours

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).

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Currently Open-Sun 15 Mar |
Open during gallery hours

Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman are queer cartoonists based in Melbourne. Their drawings explore gender, sexuality, class, visibility, and the ways these themes overlap, mincing the fine line between subtlety and obviousness. Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council. Part of GoWest and Midsumma Festival 2015.

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Sissy Blvd
MARCH 2015
Forever Now

Thur 12 Mar | 6pm

In Conversation
Artistic Director of Aphids, Willoh S. Weiland, will reflect upon her trilogy of epic projects, investigating the relationship between art and outer space in conversation with Associate Professor Dr Christopher Fluke.

OtherFilm presents two 16mm films from the National Film and Sound Archive's non-theatrical loans collection which feature as case studies in the Natural Selections resource room.

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Nick Waterhouse

Fri 13 Mar | 8pm

Californian R‘n’B revivalist Nick Waterhouse brings his unmistakable modern vintage rhythm and blues sound to Australia for the first time this summer to perform at Golden Plains, WOMADelaide and Perth International Music Festival along with various headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Good times are guaranteed as the fabulous MOJO JUJU and her band come along for the ride.

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Fri 20 Mar | 8pm

Tony Joe White was literally born for the blues, the part-Cherokee musician being brought up as part of a big brood on a cotton farm in Louisiana, an upbringing reflected to this day in his evocative, haunting music and adding a veneer of authenticity to everything that he touches. Do not miss him when he joins us in Melbourne's west in 2015.

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Tony Joe White

Opening Thurs 26 Mar |
Exhibition: Fri 27 Mar -
Sun 10 May

The Substation's open call program provides a platform for emerging and established contemporary artists to present diverse and ambitious projects. The venue is one of a kind, and invites artists to work across the building and to imagine the impossible.

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Upcoming Exhibitions