Season 2011




robert forster

Thursday 14 JULY 2011

Limited tickets available at the door for tonight’s ARTBAR show.

ARTBAR 2011 will bring you 4 nights of entertainment on a Thursday evening in April through to July where music, comedy, food, drink, people and art come together.

Image Credit:

Photography by Andy Gotts

Robert Forster solo artist and co-founder of the legendary Brisbane band the Go-Betweens will bring the ARTBAR 2011 season to a close.

After the 2006 death of Grant McLennan, his writing partner and band mate of twenty five years, Robert Forster was unsure if he would ever record again. The body of work he had assembled with McLennan led many commentators to have pronounced them the greatest ever Australian group. Yet in 2008, Forster released his first solo album in 11 years, The Evangelist. Receiving rave reviews.

Forster will share awe-inspiring classics and critically acclaimed solo material from his expansive and rich career in an intimate ARTBAR season finale. Be sure not to miss one of Australia’s finest musicians at this special performance.

Supporting Robert Forster is Perth alternative rock band The Chemist.

"It is a great honour to be offered the opportunity to open the stage for someone as important & special to the Australian music world as Robert Forster.
We have been requested to play as a band, however, to strip it back, to accommodate for the atmosphere & also because Robert is playing acoustically. It isn't really appropriate to leave with the arrogant wall of feedback young bands have loved leaving in their wake for decades (ourselves included) when opening for an acoustic performance. So we shall place ourselves in this "acoustic" musical context and see what happens. Taking the flesh off the songs & leaving the bones, we hope you enjoy. God gave rock & roll to you, know your role jabroni!"
- Ben Witt, The Chemist

It’s been heady times for The Chemist, what with the May release of their debut EP, The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon, its launch before a 600-strong crowd in their hometown of Perth, followed by a move to Melbourne and their first tastes of Eastern Seaboard touring.

Now, with many still humming the Triple J-favoured End Of July, comes news that The Chemist have not been resting, even if their new EP is called Lullabies. Singer/songwriter Ben Witt appears to have been up all night writing songs about going to bed, but he’s just trying to help folks out.

Despite all this lullaby talk, sleep is low on The Chemist’s agenda, what with national support slots for Birds Of Tokyo, Boy And Bear, City Riots and Lowrider plus their own headlining dates leading into a festival season that includes  One Movement, Coaster, Festival of the Sun, Peats Ridge, Southbound and Woodford.


On sale now through BOCS Ticketing. Ticket price:$52.00 or call 9484 1133.
Tickets also available through the Gallery Shop during Gallery opening hours.


Exhibitions are open for viewing inside the Art Gallery prior to the performance commencing.

  • General Admission / some unreserved seating.
  • ARTBAR is an 18+ event. Photo ID will be required for entry.
  • No pass outs.
  • No unsealed bottles.
  • No photography or recording equipment allowed.
  • All ARTBAR events are smoke free.
  • No refunds.


BYO beverages (except sealed bottled water), tables, umbrellas, tents and sun shelters.


A range of food options will be available to purchase, these include beer, wine, soft drink & tapas style meals. CASH BAR ONLY

Download the menu here


Doors and Gallery Exhibitions open for viewing from 6.30pm
Featured Exhibition: Your Collection 1960-1980
Performance commences approximately 7.30pm.
Event Closes 9.30pm


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Last Reviewed 14 July 2011