Metro Arts opens fit-for-purpose new home in Brisbane’s West End

Creating the new home of Metro Arts was ‘seven months of building hell,’ according to Creative Director and CEO Jo Thomas. It opens just in time for Brisbane Festival.

The official opening of the new Metro Arts building in Brisbane’s West End today marks the start of a new chapter in the organisation’s 40-year history, according to Creative Director and CEO Jo Thomas.

‘We’ve just finished editing the 40-year history book … and going back over that, reading everyone’s stories from the late Seventies all the way through, reminded me of the strong history of the organisation. But that thread carries on and will now go into the future. We’re here for artists, we support new work, we support community. Nothing much has changed there,’ she said.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts