A new hub for contemporary visual art has launched in Brisbane. Metro Arts recently opened MAVA (Metro Arts Visual Arts) Substation – a refurbished arts space in the former Substation No. 9 building, which once supplied power to Brisbane’s tram system, before Metro Arts claimed the space in 2007. Following its recent refurbishment, the Substation has been transformed into a space for community workshops, artist studios and equipment hire. Also on offer are programs designed to help artists develop sustainable career paths. The first of these programs is the MAVA Pathfinders Program, which awards three mid-career visual artists from Queensland with a 12-month paid residency including studio space, materials budget, workshop access and professional development opportunities. The program’s inaugural recipients are Caitlin Franzmann, Elizabeth Willing and James Barth.
NOTE: The dates provided are current and speculative. Many Australian and international arts organisations remain closed in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer to institutional websites for further details.