• Peter Biddulph Wind on Water

    Peter Biddulph | Wind on Water

  • Line Found Form

  • Metcalfe Gallery

    Metcalfe Gallery

  • Underpinnings I Judith Kentish

Metcalfe Gallery

Current Exhibition

16 October - 28 October 2020

Underpinnings | Judith Kentish

Judith Kentish Underpinnings

The focus of Underpinnings stems from Kentish's core practice of making with time and touch and attention.

Recent Exhibitions

19 September - 27 September 2020

BIA Members' Exhibition 2020 |

BIA Members' Exhibition 2020

The exhibition features a diverse range of art works by BIA members who are practising artists. The show includes; drawings, paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, some of which are for sale.
In light of constantly changing regulations, restrictions on numbers of people permitted at gatherings, and social distancing rules, we have
decided not to hold an opening event, but encourage everyone to come and see the exhibition with friends and family sometime over the duration of the show.

Wind on Water | Peter Biddulph

Peter Biddulph Wind on Water

This exhibition features new porcelains and unglazed black and custom blended stoneware vessels with deeply textured surfaces, which appear to have been formed through meteorological, seismological or other natural processes. In this body of work I have endeavoured to emulate not only the appearance of natural formations, but also through several experimental ceramic processes, the ways in which the forces of energy on matter create such surfaces, hence the title Wind on Water.

All work is high fired to 1300°C and thus watertight.

6 December - 11 December 2019

p(arty) | BIA End of Semester Exhibition

BIA End of Semester Exhibition p(arty)

The exhibition features hundreds of pieces produced by students during the semester. The opening night is on Friday 6 December, with several hundred people in attendance and will be a celebration of the years creative activity at BIA. If you would like to learn more about the different classes on offer at BIA, be sure to visit this vibrant end of semester student exhibition. The exhibition continues 10.00am - 4:00pm daily until 11 December.

16 November - 26 November 2019

Floressence | Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland

Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland Floressence

Floressence is the annual members exhibition for the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland and has been held each year since 2005. Floressence 2019 is the exhibition’s fifteenth anniversary and we wish to mark this event with a curated exhibition to focus on the diversity of Australian native plants.
Floressence 2019 at Metcalfe Gallery, presents the work of Queensland’s outstanding botanical artists. The exhibition also showcases the work of the Society leading up to the major exhibition Artistic Endeavours, that was held at Redcliffe Museum from 1 May to 19 July 2020. Artistic Endeavours commemorates the Australian plant collections - by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander and the artist Sydney Parkinson - on the Endeavour’s 1770 voyage along the east-coast of Australia.
Many of the artists in the Society are also botanists, landscape architects, scientists and involved in land care and garden groups. The members’ commitment to environmental conservation is particularly evidenced by the Society’s display of works featuring Australian native plants at the annual Native Plants Queensland (NPQ) shows at Rosewood Showgrounds and the NPQ Spring Show at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Garden since 2005.
Queensland’s botanical artists have gained national and international recognition for their work. Members’ works have been included in the Botanical Art Society of Australia’s yearly exhibitions Flora, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, which showcase Australia’s premier botanical artists. They have also been successful in international exhibitions at premier botanical art institutes such as the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US.

15 November - 27 November 2019

Nona | A Remarkable Woman and Artist 1915-1989

A Remarkable Woman and Artist 1915-1989 Nona

Opening hours - 10:00am to 4:00pm daily

1 November - 13 November 2019

Spaced | Barbara Penrose, Sally Cox and Nameer Davis

Barbara Penrose, Sally Cox and Nameer Davis Spaced

Please join us for the opening at 6pm on Friday 1st November.

Spaced | Barbara Penrose

Barbara Penrose Spaced

The Traveller
Stitched thread, acrylic stain and paint on canvas.
640 x 640mm

Spaced | Sally Cox

Sally Cox Spaced

Acrylic on Board
780mm x 625mm

Spaced | Nameer Davis

Nameer Davis Spaced

Synthetic polymer on canvas
1230mm x 850mm



At last Brisbane can look forward to an exhibition by the infamous Boathouse group of artists. The much anticipated show, 7 Explorations, will be held from 17 to 30 October.
The seven artists invite you to enjoy a remarkable collection of works on paper, canvas and board. With each artist contributing her own unique sensibility and aesthetic, the exhibition promises to be an exciting variety of contemporary art at its finest.

EXHIBITION VI | Kinyu Ink Studio

Kinyu Ink Studio EXHIBITION VI

Please join us for the opening of this exhibition of works by students of Yumiko Kigoshi.

SEVEN | Kylie Farelly & Charli Kahler

Kylie Farelly & Charli Kahler SEVEN

Celebrating their 7th year working creatively together, Kylie and Charli are proud to exhibit a collection of artworks that showcase their unique styles. Kylie’s work is centred around her aerial landscapes and urban streetscapes while Charli focuses on portraits and figure themed works within urban areas. They tell a story of the people who live and work in this beautiful city, whilst capturing views of Brisbane from above and exploring the laneways and urban areas of Brisbane.

Creative Generation |

Creative Generation

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art (the Awards) promote and recognise excellence in senior visual art education and student achievement in visual art throughout Queensland’s state and non-state schools. Since 1990, the program has helped raise community awareness of the degree of sophistication in concepts, diversity of technical competence, and the high standard of visual art education in Queensland secondary schools.
In recognition of the breadth of the visual arts, students working in the mediums of video, film and electronic imaging, as well as ceramics, costume and stage design, drawing, environmental design, fibre arts, graphic design, installation, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, product design and sculpture are encouraged to apply.
The awards offer the only collective exhibition of senior student artwork from each region of Queensland. It is an initiative that has led to widespread recognition of the excellent work senior visual art students are producing, as well as enabling students and teachers throughout the state to share and appreciate the diversity of artwork being produced in Queensland secondary schools

Natural World | Lesleigh Stewart

Lesleigh Stewart Natural World

This exhibition is inspired by the natural worlds of French Polynesia. Much of the landscape in this archipelago of the Pacific gives a sense of being far removed from the man made. It exists in the elements of a time from the past. The early writings of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1197) celebrated the sacred in nature. These contemporary paintings reference Hildegard’s ideology. Her spirituality viriditas means connected with the natural world and is latin for green and truth. Clemens G Arvay (2018) also explores how deep engagement with the natural world is of benefit to our bodies, psyches and souls. The works exhibited explore the healing power, the divinity and the spirituality of the natural world.
Lesleigh Stewart 2019

Patterned Terrain | Laura Patterson

Laura Patterson Patterned Terrain

'Patterned Terrain' is a collection of works presenting Laura’s continuing investigation of landscape painting as a mode of expression and experience, coupled with a deepening interest in the built environment, drawing on her background in architecture.
Intentionally diffusing the disparate elements of her landscapes through patterning, shadow and layering, Laura’s paintings aim to evoke a calm cohesion, while maintaining the depth and intrigue of the landscape's identity.

Siliceous Award | Members' Exhibition | Ceramic Arts Queensland

Ceramic Arts Queensland Siliceous Award | Members' Exhibition

Please join us for Ceramic Arts Queensland's annual shows - the $2,000 Siliceous Award for Ceramic Excellence, Judge Janet DeBoos, and the Members Exhibition, presenting the work of over 30 artists. Opening & Awards presentation Friday 23 August 6.00pm, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor. Continuing Mon-Sat 9.30 - 3.30 til Tuesday 3 September.

Recent Works | Group Exhibition | Coulson | Cox | Monley | Niven

Coulson | Cox | Monley | Niven Recent Works | Group Exhibition

Line Found Form | A BIA Group Show

A BIA Group Show Line Found Form

Features the work of - Carolyn V Watson Julie Thornton Heather Burton Moore Kirralee Robinson Jeff Christiansen Cathryn Crowe Gwenn Crozier Ryan McDade Katie Gamblin Narelle Tobin Wendy Tait Tish Linehan Tom Ryan Wendy Clark Ingrid Burkett This eclectic exhibition is the heterogeneous and curious result of Carolyn V Watson’s 2D to 3D – Studio course, conducted through the Brisbane Institute of Art. Inspired by found objects and utilizing skills gained throughout the class, each piece reveals the varied ways in which process, material and form can be cultivated to express the artist’s vision. The brief for this body of work was that all participating artists were to exhibit one work created and developed during their time as a student of this BIA course. And one new work inspired by a found object or material that was unearthed after the semester class concluded. Through careful study and personal research each artist has developed their exhibited forms in a way that values construction and materiality . The inclusion of drawings and documentation of process provides a fascinating insight into Carolyn’s course and into the further innovations of each artist. Line Found Form is an exhibition of process, images and objects that is both exciting and inclusive. A wonderous combination of artistic minds, stories and surfaces focused in, to produce an intriguing cabinet of curiosities.

Show and Tell | BIA End of Semester Exhibition

BIA End of Semester Exhibition Show and Tell

Staff Only | Tutors and Staff

Tutors and Staff Staff Only

Works By
Nancy Brown, Mia Clark, Berenice Anzellotti,
Glen Skein, Peter Biddulph, Trevor Moore,
F.S. Helfish, Nameer Davis, Barbara Penrose,
Kay Watanabe, Georgina Berkman, Lizzie Connor,
Sally Duhig, Karl de Waal, Allin Dwyer,
Abramo Papp, Nicole Sylvestre, Dianne Peach,
Chris Hagen, Carolyn V Watson, Svetlana Trefilova,
Gwen Tasker, David Paulson, Deborah Cavallaro,
Renata Fojtikova, Clare Poppi

Milburn Art Prize 2019 | Paul Milburn Art Prize

Paul Milburn Art Prize Milburn Art Prize 2019

'Landscape as a space of creative discovery'
I see pictorial space as an inner landscape for the mind’s eye to roam; so it is not surprising if my paintings evoke the feeling of landscape. (I) know it is a mental projection but it is inherently delightful. While painting, I am issuing an open invitation for these illusions - or allusions – to enter.
My conscious mind can be occupied with the making, and the unconscious can come up with its own surprises.

John Peart
Kate BarryElizabeth Gair PalmerLaura Patterson
Jennifer BellKailum GravesLeigh Schoenheimer
Vanessa BertagnoleElaine GreenSally Simpson
Peter BiddulphLouise GreggSalli Sixpence
Russell BrownFS HelfischDavid Staines
Angela CowanMeredith HowseWayne Talbot
David CrossPetalia HumphreysPhil Tamblyn
Grace CrossPenelope HuntCharlotte Tegan
Karl de WaalLynn KincadeJulian Thompson
John DoyleIlona KovacsNicole Voevodin Cash
Lucy FaheyNic MasonTamara Whyte
Jacqueline FelsteadMarie MasonEmma Wright
Stewart FreeAshlea McFarlane 
Amanda FullerGlenda Orr

BIA Members' Exhibition | BIA Members

BIA Members BIA Members' Exhibition

Hanging Works

Surface to Air | Peter Biddulph

Peter Biddulph Surface to Air

Porcelain Double Walled Vessel


Metcalfe Gallery, located within the Brisbane Institute of Art building in Windsor, is a contemporary exhibition space that aims to present a dynamic program of exhibitions across its three gallery spaces. Central to the exhibition program is the presentation of a visual culture which honours risk, experimentation and creativity, and stimulates dialogue and debate, especially amongst the BIA audience.

Artistic Aims of Metcalfe Gallery

  1. To develop and extend critical debate about contemporary visual art and culture.
  2. To create opportunities for emerging artists, writers and curators challenging the boundaries of contemporary visual practice.
  3. To encourage and support ambitious projects by less established artists.
  4. To promote the exchange of exhibitions, ideas and practices between artists, writers, curators and a diverse audience.
  5. To introduce BIA students to art work which extends their understanding of what contemporary art can be.

How to Apply: Exhibitions

Exhibition proposals and applications are to be emailed to enquiries@brisart.org or posted to Metcalfe Gallery, PO Box 2083, Windsor 4030.


Contemporary artists working professionally in any visual arts medium are eligible to apply for exhibitions in Metcalfe Gallery art spaces. Students and artists engaged in full-time study may also apply for exhibitions.

Program Structure

Metcalfe Gallery accepts applications from individual artists, collaborations between two or more artists and artist groups, with or without a curator.

Artists/curators can make applications which are developmental in nature and involve a future body of work, or the exploration of a particular idea. To avoid misinterpretation, it is important that written material presented be especially clear and concise. If approved, an artist or curator will have the scope to develop the exhibition. In the case where an idea is approved, the basic character of the idea must remain throughout.

Artists/curators can also apply to exhibit a particular completed body of work to which only minor changes will take place. In this instance, it is expected that the work seen by the committee will be that actually proposed for the exhibition and not just an indication of it.


Please ensure that you understand the gallery rental conditions (see below). When applying for an exhibition at Metcalfe Gallery, you should include:

  1. The preferred date for the exhibition: see the 2017 and 2018 Gallery Dates tabs above
  2. Relevant visual material of the best possible quality (details and installation views).
  3. Please remember to indicate whether or not the work viewed is the work proposed for exhibition. Preferred visual materials: 12 digital images on CD , 1 DVD (10 minutes max.), slides, catalogues, photographs, colour photocopies, a website or any other printed material. In the case of group exhibitions, no more than 6 images/5 minutes moving image per person. Material must be clearly labelled with the artist's name, title of work and date of execution. N.B. Safe return of improperly labelled material cannot be guaranteed. Do not send original or irreplaceable material.
  4. A synopsis for the planned exhibition. This should be a clear and concise description of the exhibition and its ideas. It should not be longer than one A4 page. It should include a discussion of themes, theoretical background and reasons for wanting to show at Metcalfe Gallery. It should make clear what the relationship is between ideas and artworks. It should also include a description of the visual appearance of the exhibition, including the number and dimensions of works and the amount of space required, how the work will be installed and details of participants. The clearer the picture applicants are able to provide, the more informed the assessment of the proposal can be.
  5. A selected up-to-date curriculum vitae abridged to no more than one A4 page. For group shows, applicants are asked to abridge biographical information to half a page per artist.
  6. If posting or bringing in applications please provide a large, stamped and self addressed envelope to ensure the return of your material. Metcalfe Gallery cannot return visual materials if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is not supplied.


Successful applicants wishing to be fully insured against fire, flood, theft, loss or damage must organise this independently.


Have you included the following?

  • Name, address, email address and contact number
  • Proposal
  • CV
  • Labelled visual material (CD, DVD and / or slides)

NB. Gallery staff are not able to contact artists to seek material missing from proposals.

Gallery Plans

Click to view the Gallery Plan. If your work is to be site-specific it would be beneficial to view the space personally.

Rental cost

A TWO week show is preferred by the BIA and is recommended in order to give a range of viewers sufficient time to get to the gallery. Gallery rental for two weeks:

  • Space 1A Metcalfe Gallery: 2019 $ 510.00 | 2020 $ 540.00 (plus $50 refundable bond)
  • Space 1B Metcalfe Gallery: 2019 $ 510.00 | 2020 $ 540.00 (plus $50 refundable bond)
  • Foyer Metcalfe Gallery: 2019 $ 510.00 | 2020 $ 540.00 (plus $50 refundable bond)
  • Utilize two spaces: 2019 $945.00 | 2020 $ 995.00 (plus $50 refundable bond)
  • Utilize three spaces: 2019 $1397.00 | 2020 $ 1465.00 (plus $50 refundable bond)

Current BIA members are entitled to a 10% discount. Longer periods can be negotiated but are not advised. NOTE : In order to be familiar with the spaces and the way the gallery is set up, it is highly recommended that artists and exhibitors visit the gallery and discuss arrangements with the gallery staff prior to booking.

Rental conditions

  1. Metcalfe Gallery opening hours:- The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. When renting the space week-end opening times are the responsibility of the artist. The exhibition must remain fully installed for the full duration of the advertised period.
  2. Promotion of exhibition:– It is the artist’s responsibility to promote the exhibition (i.e. printing and mailing costs). If you provide information and an image of your work, the BIA can facilitate a bulk mail out to our email list. Exhibitions in the gallery are also promoted through BIA facebook.
  3. Hanging of Work:- Works may be hung using pins nails, screws or picture hanging hooks. Plinths are available for 3D works. ONLY PENCIL MAY BE USED TO MARK THE WALLS AS A GUIDE TO HANGING. STICKY TAPE, OR ANY OTHER FORMS OF ADHESIVE ARE GENERALLY NOT ACCEPTABLE TO USE FOR HANGING WORKS - AND DEFINITELY NO SELF-ADHESIVE VELCRO IS TO BE USED (stapling the Velcro to the wall is acceptable in some circumstances).
  4. Opening Night:- Kitchen/bar facilities are available. The artist is responsible for catering and the clean up after the opening. Due to the security system, openings need to finish by 8.30pm and clean up by 9.30pm. The building must be securely locked.
  5. Sale of Work:- Labelling, signage and sales are the responsibility of the exhibitor.
  6. Clean up Procedures for Gallery:- Supplies are available for clean up from administrative staff – filler, sandpaper, paint, roller and tray.
    • Rub out any pencil marks etc.
    • Fill all holes using filler, sand back when dry and paint using roller and paint supplied.
    • Plinths need to be left in good condition.
    • Clean roller and tray in sculpture room sink at back of building.
    • Sweep or vacuum gallery floor.
    • Return all equipment to the administration staff.

Gallery Bookings 2020

Space Start Date Finish Date
Foyer Thursday, January 16, 2020 Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Foyer Thursday, January 30, 2020 Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Foyer Thursday, February 13, 2020 Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Foyer Thursday, February 27, 2020 Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, March 12, 2020 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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FoyerBooked Thursday, March 26, 2020 Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, April 16, 2020 Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, April 30, 2020 Wednesday, May 15, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, May 21, 2020 Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Foyer Thursday, June 4, 2020 Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Foyer Booked Saturday, June 20, 2018 Friday, July 10, 2020
A Booked Monday, 22 June, 2020 Sunday, 28 June, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, July 9, 2020 Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, July 23, 2020 Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, August 6, 2020 Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, August 20, 2020 Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, September 03, 2020 Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, September 17, 2020 Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, October 01, 2020 Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, October 15, 2020 Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, October 29, 2020 Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, November 12, 2020 Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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Foyer Booked Thursday, November 26, 2020 Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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Foyer Booked Saturday, December 5, 2020 Saturday, December 19, 2020
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Gallery Bookings 2021

Space Start Date Finish Date
Foyer Booked Thursday, January 14, 2021 Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, January 28, 2021 Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, February 11, 2021 Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, February 25, 2021 Wednesday, March 10, 2021
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Foyer Thursday, March 11, 2021 Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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Foyer Thursday, March 25, 2021 Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Foyer Booked Thursday, April 15, 2021 Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, April 29, 2021 Wednesday, May 14, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, May 20, 2021 Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, June 3, 2021 Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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Foyer Booked Saturday, June 19, 2018 Friday, June 25, 2021
A Booked Saturday, 26 June, 2021 Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
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Foyer Booked Thursday, July 5, 2021 Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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Foyer Thursday, July 15, 2021 Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Foyer Booked Thursday, July 29, 2021 Wednesday, August 11, 2021
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Foyer Thursday, August 12, 2021 Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Foyer Thursday, August 26, 2021 Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Foyer Thursday, September 09, 2021 Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Foyer Thursday, September 23, 2021 Wednesday, Octoberber 06, 2021
Foyer Booked Thursday, October 07, 2021 Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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Foyer Thursday, October 21, 2021 Wednesday, November 03, 2021
Foyer Thursday, November 04, 2021 Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Foyer Thursday, November 18, 2021 Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Foyer Booked Saturday, December 04, 2021 Saturday, December 118, 2021
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