metro artist run space toowoomba
metro artist run space toowoomba
All we need now is to fill it up, which shouldn’t be a problem thanks to theGRID: hybrid arts collective’s residency program, Arts Queensland, our own MARSians and the Regional Arts Development Fund.
Plus a couple of talented artists independently involved.
Big things a-brewing and it’s. almost. time.
Details on our first show soon.
Check out our OPPORTUNITIES page for details on how artists can be involved.
6pm - 9pm
Friday, March 30 upstairs at Metro Cafe + Events
15 Railway St Toowoomba
‘MARS presents’ is a flow on from our Battles.
It’s a resident MARSian and a guest artist.
Doing their thing, across two canvases, live and mildly interactively.
It’s a calmer affair than our battles, with more room for artists to do their thing as organically as possible infront of an audience.
This time round we’ve got resident MARSian Dale Mundey on one canvas and Daniel Qualischefski on the other.
They will create their piece live with a couple of opportunities for interaction between artists and audience which should result in unexpected elements for the artists to work into their piece.
The completed works will be available for purchase by way of silent auction, to no set reserve.
Each artist is also given a canvas to prep for the other, a week out from the session.
Metro is putting on their usual fare of fine foods and drinks.
Would love for you to come and join us.
To RSVP online or simply follow us on Facebook, head here:
MARCH sees us working with the local council and theGRID: hybrid arts collective to deliver eight FREE two-hour visual arts / performance and new media workshops across the Toowoomba Region this month … for 10 - 25year olds.
Here’s kind of what they’ll look like …
THIS WEEK all 3.30pm - 5.30pm
TUES 06/03 Wilsonton Community Centre
WED 07/ 03 Crows Nest New Hope Facility
THUR 08/03 Westbrook
FRI 09/03 Yarraman Memorial Hall
Next Week 3.30 - 5.30pm
TUES 13/03 Clifton School
WED 14/03 15/Millmerran Youth Access Centre
THUR 15/ 03 Pittsworth Town Hall
FRI 16/03 Greenmount Memorial Hall
we’re back for 2012 and have four new MARSians keen to get their battle on.
Thursday FEB 23, 6pm - 9pm
upstairs, Metro Cafe + Events - 15 Railway St, Toowoomba.
four artists | eight rounds | one canvas | a referee | live music | bar | pizza
MARS Battles is a tongue-in-cheek live art night where MARS residents pit their skills against each o…ther in a bid to explore, entertain and play on the one canvas.
If they create their best works when in their nice little studios away from outside pressures and judgements… what do they create in loosely controlled chaos?
MARS Battles are fought to the freestyle soundtrack provided by Mayuresh and Alex Sathe … it’s live art, live music, the bar is open.
Then, when the winner is voted and gets to resolve the piece however the hell they like, it’s put up for silent auction… to no reserve.
So, if only one person bids $5 - they get it.
This is our way of stimulating the local art market by introducing the idea of purchasing the creations of local artists.
Local live musicians, free entry, bar open.
Come and meet our new gang this month before we open the ring up to guest artists in March.
Cultural offerings in Toowoomba are no longer restricted to reworked theatrical classics, Thursday night shopping and mid-week CBD dining. 2011 saw a solidification of our cultural scene with regular attendance at each of the town’s four independent artist run initiatives, open mic nights and alternative cultural events.
Even the Mayor Peter Taylor got his paint on in November’s Celebrity Art Battles, as run by the MARS initiative above Metro Café and Events.
Toowoomba is coming of age. And the cultural movers and shakers on the hill are planning big things. Soon.
There’s talk of a pending TARI Fest.
That is, there is so much support, movement, inspiration and action on the independent art scene of Toowoomba that cities and other regional areas are looking to us for insight. They want to know the insides of this shift.
TARI Fest - Toowoomba Artist Run Initiative Festival. A festival of all the creative wonder that regulars on the local cultural scene dive into twice monthly in the least. From Skype-assisted international artist talks in a back alley corner of the CBD to cutting edge physical performances at art openings and boxed windows… Toowoomba’s shifting.
Like a big beautiful scholar, all brained up thanks to 17 high schools, a University and TAFE, finding her feet and wanting to dance.
This is what’s waiting for Toowoomba. The town’s cultural identity is getting brave. And the space this provides those with venues, artists, musicians, talents, wants, urges, concepts, free nights is a crucial element in its continued evolution. What this means for residents is: a chance to play.
Go. There is quality offerings in your town. One such example is the pending development in the former Boogie Shack. 17 creatives across 10 artistic disciplines: exhibiting, performing and also teaching, sharing. That’s circus, dance, theatre, short film, visual arts, sustainable horticulture. It’ll be right there, in the middle of Toowoomba next month. Go.
2012 resident MARS artists got their preseason battle on mid-January at the Lockyer Valley Arts Festival - with the help of a local tattooist, Geoffrow, in a couple of rounds.
Next up is MARS body Battles at Toowoomba’s Cube Hotel for Australia Day.
We’re bringing back 2011 resident Ian McCallum to size up against fellow 2011-er Alison Mooney as they battle it out on flesh canvases.
Battle kicks off 1pm - Hottest 100 streaming, verandah pool, test match cricket on the pool tables, a surprise FUGLY portraiteer and thought catcher.
Time to raise the bogan bar - Come play :)