Art Festival
11 — 27 Nov. 2022

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We offer our respect to the Elders of these lands and to all First Nations people who reside here.

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Open / Station and Closing Party

When 26 Nov | 2pm – 12am
Who Jo Lloyd, Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu, Australian Art Orchestra, Slippage, NAYNAY, KSMBA
Cost Free
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Open / Station invites you to an afternoon of new music, performance and visual arts culminating in the Neighbourhood festival closing night party.

Programmed from ground breaking work of artists and companies who have worked at The Substation as residents or guests, Open / Station will activate the entire building, including the parts that are usually hidden from view.

Explore experiments in performance, sound and projection as well as site-responsive works by Jo Lloyd, Australian Art Orchestra and more.

After dark, see the final showing of Michaela Gleave’s Between Us, a collaborative poem translated into morse code and beamed into the night sky.

Then DJs curated by Studio Slur will lead us into a celebration of the ending of 18 days of art, performance and community at NEIGHBOURHOOD festival.

Open / Station is a curated spotlight on Melbourne’s most exciting artists and companies, and their practice, who just so happen to call the West home.

Open / Station (from 2pm)
Australian Art Orchestra (Adrian Sherriff, Georgie Davidis and Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung 梁詠然)
Slippage (Phuong Ngo and Hwafern Quach)
Jo Lloyd
The Rabble
Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu
Woke in Fright

Closing Party (from 7pm)
Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and speeches (Auslan interpreted)
DJS curated by Studio Slur (Including NAYNAY and KSMBA)
Between Us by Michaela Gleave

For set times, visit The Substation.

All Neighbourhood tickets are purchased via each venue’s website. To make ticket purchases, click on the ‘Get your tickets’ link, and you will automatically be redirected.

[Image by Gianna Rizzo]

Meet the Artists

Jo Lloyd Read more +

Jo Lloyd is a dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over various durations and contexts. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Jo has presented work in Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Liveworks, Mona Foma, the MCA and Dance Massive. This year Jo has created and performed, Bang Stop with musicians Jim White and Emmett Kelly commissioned for the opening night of RISING at the State Library, Handsome at The Substation, Death role commissioned for the Bundanon Art Museum and Archive the archive for the National Gallery of Australia. 

Other works include; OVERTURE at Arts House 2018 and Melbourne Festival 2019, DOUBLE DOUBLE with Deanne Butterworth, Tina Havelock Stevens and Evelyn Morris, CUTOUT at ACCA and Confusion for Three (Arts House 2015 and PICA 2018). Jo has performed extensively in the works of Choreographers Shelley Lasica, Sandra Parker and Gideon Obarzanek, and collaborated with; Stephen Bram, David Rosetzky, Shian Law, Alicia Frankovich, Nicola Gunn, Speak Percussion and Liza Lim, Ranters Theatre and Back to Back Theatre. Jo is a resident artist at The Substation.

Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu Read more +

Collaborative duo Shae Rooke and Jess Dubblu are contemporary artists based in Footscray, Melbourne. They’ve been working together since 2016.

Jess Dubblu is an installation artist, illustrator and comic creator. Her work focuses on immersive experiences. Employing a variety of techniques from audio, visual and physical. If she can convince her audience to climb into a pipe or crawl on the ground she considers it to be a success. For the past few years she has worked and collaborated with Dr. Lorien Parker at SciencePlay Kids, translating scientific concepts into approachable and accessible images for kids and parents.

Shae Rooke is a photographer, video and installation artist. Her artworks play off mis/communication and offer multiple interpretations of the world around us – journeying through landscape, memory, distortions of perception and mis/communication. Shae creates intricate installations and illusory videos and photographs from ordinary objects which merge natural and constructed landscapes, mess with scale and twist your perception. Shae has exhibited throughout Australia and across the seas. Her favourite words are creepy and cute.

Australian Art Orchestra Read more +

With an emphasis on improvisation, The Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) explores the meeting points between disciplines and cultures, and imagines new musical forms to reflect the energy and diversity of 21st century Australia.

Founded by Paul Grabowsky AO in 1994 the AAO is one of Australia’s leading contemporary ensembles. Now led by daring composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, its work constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures. It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates music that traverses the continuum between improvised and notated forms.

Slippage Read more +

Slippage is a collaborative practice by contemporary artists, Hwafern Quach and Phuong Ngo. Slippage, examines the cycles of history in conjunction with current geopolitical and economic issues through the lens of vernacular cultures, artifacts and language.

NAYNAY Read more +

NayNay is a DJ and Radio host from Naarm/Melbourne who specialises in Afro, Latin and various worldly related sounds. Her Afrocentric taste explores Tribal house, Amapiano, to the realms of Deep & Soulful House, Tech House to high energy dance tracks. 

As a true raver and avid music lover, NayNay is not afraid to experiment with the crowd. Showing her audience her love and passion for music in her sets. She continues this in her podcast and radio show segment with Area3000. 
NayNay has made her mark in the Australian music scene in a very short space of time with appraisal from Triple J, PBS, FBI radio and many more. Performing in major festivals, events & clubs all across Australia, NayNay continues to showcase her love and passion for music constantly. Her contagious will keep you coming back for more.
KSMBA Read more +

KSMBA is a Naarm based classical musician turned DJ with a love for the contemporary sounds of hypnotic, deep and percussive dance music. With their sights now set on igniting the dance floor, their sets move across a range of genres, embedded with an exploration of sound, texture, energy and movement.


Wheelchair accessible

Events Partners

The Substation is supported by AusCo, Creative Vic, Hobsons Bay City Council and VicTrack. Where possible all of The Substation’s supporter logos should appear. Commissioned by The Substation. Creative Vic Logo Footscray Community Arts logo The Substation Logo RISE Fund Logo