Last Friday night I dragged my sorry little lurgy-lugging body out of the tracksuit I had been inhabiting
Melbourne continues to surprise and delight me. Just 10 minutes west of the CBD is this extraordinary community arts venue. The Newport Substation is, you guessed it, an old energy substation. Reimagined by some kindred spirits and restored through a number of community work initiatives; it now houses a number of art spaces, hosts workshops, farmers markets and offers multiple other opportunities to engage the local community.
The Substation Contemporary Art Prize recognises innovation in contemporary art practice and includes all mediums across the visual arts. It is a diverse and exciting exhibition, beautifully curated (by Jessica Bridgfoot) using all the nooks and crannies of a fascinating building.
Here is just a little taste of a couple of the works that took my fancy:
A video installation with sound, featuring a set we all know well- I'm not going to say anymore, you have to experience it.
Oil on canvas.
Can you guess what it is?
A work that makes you laugh and then think- the best kind I reckon.
A visceral work about the refugee experience. An excellent example of the power art has to enrich the perspective of the audience.
The Substation's sense of belonging to, and supporting the local community was very evident on opening night. I was particularly impressed with the number of families with young children exploring the exhibition. There is a real buzz of energy in the building (excuse the pun) as well as a lovely welcoming vibe. Well worth a visit, and you have plenty of opportunity as this exhibition is on until 12th October
The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 5pm and entry is free.