Venue Hire

Hire the Substation for your next event.

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

The Space

The Substation is an historic building with soaring high ceilings and walls which are fitted with a hanging system and great lighting. On the ground floor, we have a small stage that is perfect for presentations and performances. The ground floor gallery area is fitted with a hanging system and lighting for exhibitions and has a small stage. On the second floor, we have our workshop space, a small kitchen, and two bathroom facilities. 

Services Provided by Hands On Art

  • After hours alarm security and 24 hour access to the building.
  • PA System, including speaker and microphone.
  • Stage lighting. 
  • Promotion of workshop on our website, and social media sites.
  • Use of the Hands On Art kitchen.

Hire Rates 

Casual Bookings

  • 1 hour = $20
  • 2 hours = $40
  • 3 hours = $55
  • 4 hours = $70
  • 5 hours = $85
  • 6 hours = $100
  • 7/8 hours = $115
  • 6 to 10pm = $20 per hr

Workshop prices exclude GST.

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 workshop 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. 


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.

How to Pay

Fill out the form and we'll send you a tax invoice with a number of ways to pay, including credit card, direct bank deposit, mailing a cheque or coming in to the Substation and paying in cash.


Venue Hire  


Enquiry Form

(If you do not have an ABN you will need to fill out a tax declaration form with Hands on Art)

Exhibition or event date:

Required duration:

Will you require assistance from Hands on Art? A cost of $20.00 per hour applies.

If Yes, number of hours of assistance required.

Brief description of exhibition or event.