The Substation/
Currently closed

The Substation is currently closed as we change exhibitions. We will reopen at 12pm Friday, 3 December 2021 with the Hyphenated Biennial. Our conditions of entry and COVID-Safe Plan are located on the Visit Page.

The Substation/​ Chunky Move/​ Yung Lung/​ 1–12 February 2022/

What's on
Ensemble, resident
Australian Art Orchestra
The Rabble
Perfomance, dance
Jo Lloyd
Library, publishing, reading room
Incendium Radical Library and Press
Phuong Ngo
Performance, dance
Melanie Lane
Bureau of Works

The Substation champions contemporary and experimental arts. Housed inside a former industrial building steeped in the rich history of Melbourne’s inner west, The Substation is an arts destination unlike any other in Australia. From our local community in Newport to our national and global network of collaborators and cultural partners, we celebrate artists and ideas that encourage transformative conversations between wide-ranging audiences. Through our ever-evolving program and artist-led initiatives, we support the development of ambitious and inclusive works that defy simple categorisation.


The Substation is committed to the ongoing involvement of local communities in our planning and decision-making. Embodying this commitment is the Community Reference Group: a collective of local stakeholders brought together to facilitate community input, feedback and participation in The Substation’s program.

Chaired by our community ambassador Luke Isaacs, the Community Reference Group aims to grow and strengthen connections with local communities in Newport, Hobsons Bay and Melbourne’s greater west. The Community Reference Group works together to ensure the meaningful and continued involvement of local audiences, artists, not-for-profit organisations, schools and volunteers in The Substation’s operations.

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1 Market Street, Newport,
Victoria 3015, Australia

Currently closed
Wed–Sat 12–6pm
Fri 12–8pm

We acknowledge and recognise the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Yalukit-willam of the Kulin Nation, who are the traditional custodians of the land that The Substation is on. We extend our respects to their ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people.

We are committed to continually improving our services to ensure our events can be enjoyed by all. If you have specific access requirements (including seating arrangements for events) please get in touch.


What's on
Jo Lloyd/​ Handsome/​ 22–26 February 2022/
Chunky Move/​ Yung Lung/​ 1–12 February 2022/
Matto Lucas/​ Impossible Dance (iv)/​ 23 January–14 February 2022/
Lucy Guerin Inc/​ Pieces/​ 8–11 December 2021/
Hyphenated Biennial/​ 3 December 2021–9 April 2022/
Beth Thornber/​ Notes from lake cudgallagong/​ 26 November 2021–20 January 2022/