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The Substation/ HYPERLOCAL (EOI)/

The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
30 August–20 September 2021

Wheelchair accessible


HYPERLOCAL is a collaborative program between an artist or collective and four presenting partners across Melbourne – Abbotsford Convent (Abbotsford), Dancehouse (Carlton North), Darebin Arts (Northcote) and The Substation (Newport) – coordinated and produced by Performing Lines.

We are thrilled to invite artists to respond to the opportunity to work “hyperlocally” with us. This response could be a work which is new, re-imagined, physical, and/or virtual, developed in some spaces and presented in others – and everything beyond or in between. This is a rare opportunity for experimentation and play, with a chance to engage with up to four unique audiences, communities and spaces.

As part of this opportunity, the successful artist(s) will be given time, space and resources towards the creation of a new performance work. This pilot program will explore new ways for artists and presenters to work collaboratively to generate experiences for our communities hyperlocally. It’s a new way of working and we are excited to see what manifests and how this might shape the future.

We are really open to how artists might approach this opportunity across our physical and digital contexts. We also know that the world has changed due to COVID and we will work with artists’ creative ideas as well as our own experiences about how our collaboration may have built-in flexibility to navigate any COVID related impacts. We will all work to navigate these together.

Working together we want to celebrate artist(s) across all our arts venues and communities and learn together about how this mode of “presenting” work impacts locality and community ecologies. It is a new frontier to which the artist(s) are central. Through this program we will endeavour to enliven our practice and our communities and deepen our “togetherness” rather than separateness.

For more information about the program, including how to apply, please visit the Performing Lines website.

EOIs close Monday, 20 September 2021.

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1 Market Street, Newport,
Victoria 3015, Australia

Currently closed
Wed–Sat 12–6pm

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.

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