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Over the last five years, The SUBSTATION has established itself as a new voice in the contemporary art community of Australia. The SUBSTATION promotes the creation and presentation of contemporary and experimental art and ideas from across art forms, from the deeply personal to the universal, from Newport to the rest of Australia and beyond.

Our 100-year-old repurposed industrial building, renovated by our local community, is a physical symbol of the transformation taking place in our area and more broadly across the Western region of Melbourne. This historical context is a point of inspiration to which we return, a reminder of our importance to the local area and community.

Since 2016, The SUBSTATION has made a significant cultural impact locally, nationally and internationally. Over the last five years we have welcomed over 280,000 visitors to our building, supported over 50 local community groups with free venue hire and engaged 588 artists to work in our spaces. We actively strive for artistic and cultural diversity across our program. In 2018, 60% of the artists we worked with identified as female and 30% as culturally and/or linguistically diverse.

Since 2016 we have never charged an artist, arts company or local community group to present in our incredible building. We have worked to pay fees, create platforms and an environment in which artists are supported and respected in a way which we think gives them the best chance at doing their best work.

Looking forward to the next five years, it is with a commitment to the principles of collaboration and partnership with our local community, co-presenters, stakeholders and artists which will continue to guide us. As we currently work towards reopening our incredible building we will continue to leverage every dollar to generate as much income as possible to create opportunities for artists, communities and audiences to come together.

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