Queensland’s champion of contemporary artists, Metro Arts, is offering members of the public the opportunity to ‘tread the boards’ as its 2016 program launch and fundraising event on 8 December.

But instead of stepping on stage, members of the public will have their names installed on the boards of Metro Arts’ steps, all in the name of stepping up to support local artists. For a donation of $100 or more, the names of supporters will be inscribed on the for all of 2016.

The 2016 launch will also feature the auction of original artworks by renowned Metro Arts tenants including Archibald prize finalist Sam Cranstoun, oil painter Nick Drake, graphic artist Chris Lediott and Neil Douglas, created especially for the occasion.

Courtney Coombs

Courtney Coombs

Guests at the 2016 launch will also have the opportunity to hear from and speak with local artists.

The fundraising initiatives are part of Metro Arts drive to step up to support local and national artists. Some of the featured 2016 artists are:

Courtney Coombs, a Brisbane-based artist and 2016 artist-in-residence, who will be using collaboration and intimacy as engagement strategies to explore value and position of both art and human connection.
Sammie Williams, a Brisbane based independent dance artist who is creating new dance-theatre work combining contemporary dance with hip hop performance.
Meagan Streader, formerly from Brisbane, her large-scale light installation W-inter in February will feature a field of illuminated linear structures. The work is a hypnotic, futuristic for of cyberspace.
Joseph Breikers, 2016 artist in residence, who works across sculpture, video, installation, performance.
Hannah Bronte, whose new, politically charged video work shows a world where the government is comprised of strong women from diverse ethnicities, demographics and ages.
Leah Shelton, Brisbane contemporary performance maker/dancer who will develop a new experimental physical performance project with USA artist Sophia Remolde inspired by damaging and decaying environmental sites.

Sammie Williams

Sammie Williams

Committed to the future of independent artists’ and the sustainability of the small-to-medium arts sector, in 2016, Metro Arts will provide half and full year artist-in-residence programs, support four works in residence and assist the creative development of five new works, in addition to staging a full year program of provocative and stimulating performances and exhibitions and ground-breaking festivals which will be announced at the launch on 8 December. In an exciting first for 2016, Metro Arts will not be charging any fees to artists engaging in the artistic program.

Tickets for the 2016 Metro Arts Program Launch and Fundraiser are free.

What: Metro Arts 2016 Program Launch and Fundraiser
When: 8 December, 2015, 6pm
Where: Metro Arts Gallery, Level 2, 109 Edward Street
Cost: Free

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