About us

Getting here

The SUBSTATION is proud to be a part of Arts West, a unique alliance of arts organisations who reflect the exciting, vibrant and diverse arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s inner west.

The SUBSTATION is located at 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015.

Our gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am–5pm.

For information on public transport, head to PTV Journey Planner.


About the building

The SUBSTATION is a multi arts centre located in Newport, Victoria. One of Melbourne’s newest arts venues, the building houses the biggest visual arts gallery in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, a dance studio and a large-scale multi-purpose performance space. The SUBSTATION is a one of a kind arts venue in Victoria in that its architecture and spaces invite artists to work across art form and scale. The SUBSTATION aims to engage with artists to introduce new audiences to new artists and artistic work. We invite artists to utilise our unique spaces in the development and staging of work that responds to ideas that are relevant to our place in Melbourne, Australia and the world.

Newport is one of the oldest substations in the metropolitan systems, and also one of the largest, comparable to the North Fitzroy substation and slightly smaller than the Newmarket substation. It displays an exceptionally high level of integrity not seen in any other extant examples of this substation design, and although much of the original equipment has been removed or vandalised, the building is highly demonstrative of early twentieth century power generating practices. The building has strong visual and functional associations with the nearby Newport railway workshops, established in 1882.

The building has strong associations with the inauguration of electric services, due to its construction during the first phase of the scheme. It is also important for its associations with the engineering firm Merz and MacLellan, who designed the electrification scheme as well as the early substations in association with the VR Way and Works Branch. Its construction by the Victorian Railways sets the building apart from contemporary Railways structures built under contract.

Staff and board

Brad Spolding
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Kali Michailidis
General Manager
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Marisa Fiume
Events Manager
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Jon Hawkes
Finance Manager
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Jamie Dale
Production Manager
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Carolyn Lambert
Marketing and Audience Engagement Coordinator
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General Enquiries
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T: (03) 9391 1110

In addition to our staff, The SUBSTATION also relies heavily upon the tireless efforts of our volunteers.

Volunteer Supporters

The SUBSTATION is on the look-out for volunteers who are enthusiastic and dedicated to the promotion of visual and performing arts in its myriad forms. The SUBSTATION volunteers play an active role in delivering excellent customer experiences and ensuring The SUBSTATION remains a valued cultural destination. Whether you want to gain experience in the industry, learn more about visual and performing arts, pass on your skills and knowledge to others or just want to socialise with people with similar interests – we want to hear from you!


Volunteers at The SUBSTATION are involved in a broad range of experiences. The benefits of volunteering include:

  • The development of new skills
  • Gaining insight into the daily operations of a leading multi-arts organisation
  • Meeting new people with shared interests
  • Building industry contacts and networks
  • Volunteer program events, activities and training
  • Regular curatorial briefings for exhibitions and performances


The SUBSTATION volunteers operate primarily in front of house roles, invigilating exhibitions, ushering for performances and assisting with private and corporate events.

The SUBSTATION is also open to Expressions of Interest for internships from tertiary or post-graduate students in areas of marketing, production and general administration (subject to availability).

Register your interest

To register your interest for volunteering with us, please contact Kali Michailidis, General Manager:


We wish to highlight and thank our supporter organisations.

Creative Victoria Gandel Philanthropy Hobsons Bay City Council VicTrack
Australia Council of Arts Besen Creative Victoria Franklin Mountain Goat Nelson Wine Arts NSW The R. E. Ross Trust
Bunker Caves Cryptic Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Liquid Architecture Performing Lines Room40 Urban Theatre Projects
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