In a time where members of the creative industries need support more than ever, Metro Arts has reached out to local artists – offering an invaluable opportunity to install commissioned works – in the decoration of its new premises in West End.

With an endeavour to position artists and creative innovation as the cornerstone of each of its projects, the Metro Arts venue will be adorned with the artwork of Elizabeth Willing and Dale Harding in its new home in West Village.

In addition to Harding’s recent series of artworks and overlay glass walls that will embellish the building walls with colour, Willing’s bespoke curtain entails digitally printed text work will be hung in the new rehearsal studio space. “Metro Arts has been a supportive and inspiring presence throughout my career, and so it is a privilege to contribute an artwork to the new site,” Willing said.

CEO and Creative Director Jo Thomas said the pieces will contribute to the visual aesthetic of the spaces and act as a statement of Metro’s passion for and commitment to the careers of contemporary artists. “Metro Arts is committed to providing opportunities for artists during this time of unexpected disruption and uncertainty for the arts and cultural sector,” said Thomas. “We want to ensure artists continue to work and take the lead in determining an artistic response to our community’s new circumstances and to Metro’s new site.”

Set to open in September, the new venue includes a theatre, two galleries, and two multi-purpose studios, with Factory Lane and foyer that will transition to the Box Office and Bar in the evenings. “We look forward to welcoming not only West End’s diverse community, but arts lovers Brisbane wide, providing them the opportunity to experience exciting and thought provoking work by local, national and international contemporary artists,” Thomas said.

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