the cell brook andrew

There’s a jumping castle (of sorts) at The Substation Newport!

Australian contemporary artist Brook Andrew is known for playfully reinterpreting colonial and modern history. His work includes video, sculpture, photography and installations. 

The Substation is presenting the Melbourne premiere of Andrew’s major installation ‘The Cell‘. Wiradjuri patterns decorate the immersive inflatable installation and visitors dress up in a onesie decorated with the same pattern.

the cell brook andrew

the cell brook andrew

Four people at a time are then invited to climb inside.

the cell brook andrew

The roomy inflatable structure is dark with small light sources. It’s quiet and womb-like and aims to blur the lines between sanctuary and detention. Kids in particular will enjoy jumping, walking, crawling and rolling.

the cell brook andrew

You can join NGV Senior Curator, Susan Van Wyk, for a free conversation with Brook Andrew on Sat 3 June 2pm. Incidentally, Brook Andrew is also currently exhibiting at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred includes more than 100 works spanning the artist’s 25-year career, including his signature neon light works, ‘Wiradjuri Op’ paintings, screen-printed portraits and large-scale installation worksThe exhibition is open until Sun 4 June and entry is free.

HOT Tips:

  • entry is free;
  • only four people inside the installation at a time;
  • all participants must dress up in the onesie;
  • it’s quite dark inside, some children may not like it;
  • there’s an emergency exit and first aid assistance if required;
  • free artist talk Sat 3 June 2pm;
  • Free limited parking nearby; and
  • head to Leroys or The Backyard for a post-visit coffee.

The Cell by Brook Andrew, The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport

Fri 25 May – Sat 10 June

Tue-Sat 11-5pm

Free entry



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