Gallery & Venue Hire

The Substation Gallery & Venue Hire

The Space

Ground Floor The ground floor area is fitted with a hanging system and lighting for exhibitions and has a small stage. This floor is designed for exhibitions, live music, presentations, spoken work and plays.


Second Floor On the second floor, we have our workshop space, a small kitchen and 2 bathroom facilities.

Services Provided By Hands On Art

  • Assistance in hanging the exhibition (optional at $20 per hour)
  • Supervision during the Artist’s chosen Gallery hours (optional at $20 per hour)
  • After hours alarm security and 24-hour access to the building.
  • Stage lighting
  • PA System including speaker and microphone
  • Promotion of exhibition and all other events/workshops on our website, mail-outs and social media sites, as well as posters and flyers of the exhibition displayed at the Substation.
  • Use of the Hands On Art kitchen.
  • Use of Hands On Arts tools and equipment for installation.

Opening Hours

Hands On Art is open between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday morning for Kids Do Art. Opening times may vary, as the building is Artist-run so it may be closed on occasion when Hands On Art are needed elsewhere for workshops. When you hire the space, you are given access to the building to open up and use the area as you require. It is up to the people hiring the venue to open up, clean the space they have hired and close up properly after each use.

The Substation Gallery

Hands On Art Substation Gallery is now seeking proposals for exhibition opportunities in 2018. Independent artists, artist collectives, emerging artists, Indigenous and Torres-strait Islander artists are encouraged to apply. 

The Gallery is available for hire with options: night events, 1 day (daytime opening), 1 day/night (including opening night), 2 days, 3 days, 4 days to 7 days, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks exhibition time. We encourage all artists who are interested to please come and view the spaces before submitting their application.

The building has a security alarm and exhibiting artists are required to plan and manage their own gallery opening and closing times.

Venue Hire

The Substation is available for hire for exhibitions, theatre performances, meetings, artist's residencies, workshops and kids Birthday Parties.

The Substation is available for hire from anywhere between 1 hour to 1/2 days, full days and evening events.


Bookings for the Gallery Space or Venue Hire are now available via the Communify Qld website. You can check availability here. Simply follow the instructions on the page.

To contact Communify to inquire about booking the Gallery Space or Venue Hire click here.


Street parking only.

Wheelchair Access

The lower ground floor is accessible to wheelchairs, however, our toilets are located on the second level which is not accessible.