Documented in such diverse locations as Svalbard, Iceland, the Mornington Peninsula and the Southern Ocean, Weather by Jo Daniell explores the power that nature exerts over the landscape.
Works are made in black and white to heighten the elemental drama of nature and draw attention to the often overlooked abstract elements of weather.
Image: Flinders # 1, 2/06/2012 – 4:11 PM, digital print, archival pigment inks, 1/4 + 2 AP, 605 x 900mm
This new series of maquettes by Dayne Trower is a study into the modifications made to the natural ground for the purpose of a new dwelling.
An elongated site with a gentle incline is excavated, levelled and retained through the language of concrete walls and foundations.
These actions are represented in twenty-two individual timber scale models.
Image: Ground Form 1-18, plywood, 400 x 100 x 40mm, photography Gary Smith.
by Anthony Crowley
Redemption is the gripping story of two priests who harbour a terrible secret.
One night in a remote country parish – Ben arrives at the home of Terry – his life long mentor and close friend of a retired Monsignor, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy, thirty years ago.
Ben has been sent to investigate the allegation. Terry is a formidable force, determined to muddy the waters and restore Ben’s dwindling faith in the church.
Moment by moment the mystery binding these two men unravels, its horrible truth challenging the very fabric of the Catholic Church.
Image by Sarah Walker.
We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Barry Jones AC, a most notable public treasure, at an evening of poetry and music performed by some of his many admirers, including actor John Stanton, writer Barry Dickins, former Minister for the Arts (Victoria) Race Matthews, writer and journalist Jill Singer and the Flinders Quartet. It’s a great excuse to join us for some culture, some comedy and some cake!
PILBARA – An ancient red land being “towed away” because it’s made of pure iron. The beauty of the place hits you like a fist sized rock from the back of a road train or being attacked by a bunch of rabid dogs.
Geoffrey Falk’s exhibition is a reflection on his visits to a remote WA community, drawing and painting with the local secondary students; children of the Martu People who live in the land and the land in them.
Proceeds will be donated to World Vision’s Martu Leadership program.
Image: White Goods, 2014, Indian ink and oil paint on canvas, 460 x 460mm.
Marsupialiminal: A retrospective
“Marsupialiminal – The world is terrible. Furry animals, intrepid chickens, talking pizza. A spring roll argues with a fox terrier at the opera.
Spending the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist has given me a unique insight into what it would be like to have spent the last 7 years as a full time professional political cartoonist. It is pretty good, no it is fantastic.
Life is wonderful when it isn’t dreadful. How fortunate we are those of us who are fortunate, let’s share some of it around shall we? Yes let’s.” – First Dog on the Moon, September 2014
First Dog on the Moon (aka Andrew Marlton) is the editorial cartoonist for the Guardian Australia. Winner of the 2012 Walkley Award for Cartoon, First Dog’s most recent exhibitions, The Universe According to First Dog on the Moon (2011) and A Marsupial Life (2012) were held at Platform. First Dog’s award-winning comedy stage show Cartoobs and Other Typos featured in various festivals and toured the nation.
Image: Drowning, 2012, comic print on paper, 270 x 420mm
interactive live art & performance experience
Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory world of sound, image & colour
Silhouettes, inside outside brings together classical musicians, visual artists, silhouettes, shadow art, the audience and the space within and without a giant three-sided canvas. You can listen, you can watch, or you can grab a brush and make your mark on the canvas.
Following on from the success of Paint What You Hear, Artistic Director Erica Rasmussen has created Silhouettes, inside outside to encourage adults and young people to engage with music and visual art in an innovative and interactive way. Joining her will be some of Melbourne’s best contemporary classical musicians, violinist Andrea Keeble (Ad Hoc Music Collective), flautist Elisse Kleiner and sound artist Nat Grant, visual artists Sam Haycroft (Afterwhite) and Natalya Garden-Thompson, and lighting artist Annabel Warmington (La Mama Theatre).
Silhouettes of the musicians will be created as they perform and the artists will capture their outlines. As the musicians take shape on the canvas, the audience will be invited to add colour to the silhouettes in response to the music.
There may be a chance of paint or other arty materials getting on clothes, so don’t wear your Sunday best… Bring an old shirt to catch any pesky paint drops when you join in the fun
Photo by Shadow Zone Photography. Graphic design by CDF Art Direction & Design.
in/animate investigates tensions between nature and culture. Informed by both art and science, Louisa Ennis-Thomas’ biomorphic installations explore recurring themes of transformation, symbiosis and temporality.
Humans are antithetically at odds with, yet inextricably linked to nature.
Mimicking aspects of the natural environment, form and function combine in sculptural works which play upon binaries of organic versus constructed; real versus imagined.
Image: Of a Material Nature IV, 2013, mixed media with aluminium, 400 x 250 x 70mm.
NORTH excerpts and essays
NORTH excerpts and essays meander the wide-ranging north Queensland landscape from Julie Poulsen’s home town of Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands onto Cooktown via the Savannah Way. The interpreted views are mixed elucidations: a broad perspective of the far north Queensland landscape.
These works are often viewed flattened and aerial to allow room for intrinsic local details. Here and there is the cat, the goat, the llama, the horse, the letter box, the mailman, the plumber, the peacock, the chook – all part of the local landscape and its ever revolving story.
Image: First Rain James Cook Drive, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 1210 x 1210mm.
Syrian composer and oud-player Adnan Baraké draws on middle-eastern and western traditions in search of a unique musical voice. Strongly influenced by traditional Arabic music, Adnan explores country, bluegrass and classical styles to create contemporary sounds on this ancient instrument.
Adnan’s musical virtuosity has received world attention, including that of legendary Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma who described Adnan’s technique as “original and innovative; he produces new sounds from the oud”.
Join us for the launch of his second album, Syrian Orpheus, featuring original works for the oud.
Out of the Ordinary
Whether working in her studio or in front of her kitchen cupboard, Metcalf adopts a plein-air approach and transforms her still life compositions into little landscapes.
The result is a series of oil on timber paintings that find drama and beauty in both random and considered arrangements, celebrate ordinary objects and make the modest appear monumental.
Image:Kitchen Landscape No. 25, 2014, oil on timber (framed), 200 x 400 mm
Eastern Arrernte Art
Experience the bold, cultural colours of Keringke.
Various Keringke Artists have developed this painting style over twenty five years. It is most identifiable from the intricate detail and high colour.
Keringke Arts is Aboriginal owned and operated.
Image: Untitled by Marie Young, acrylic on canvas, 925 x 1130mm.
fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the Australian premiere production of Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.
Dreamers deals with questions at the heart of contemporary life – the struggle against intolerance, the fear of difference and a love that is perceived as inappropriate.
Dreamers explores a young man’s experience trying to establish himself in a new country, amid growing fear and animosity as he begins a relationship with an older woman who is also familiar with isolation and loneliness.
We are thrilled to bring together this extraordinary creative team for the first time in over a decade. They previously collaborated in the highly successful and ground breaking Keene Taylor Theatre Project which ran from 1997 until 2002. Together they presented seventeen seasons of works, a total of 47 productions, including full length and short plays.
Dreamers will build upon this extraordinary collaboration, whilst producing a play with searing contemporary relevance.
Image 1: Dreamers promotional image. Photo by Jeff Busby, design by Miranda Costa. Image 2: Yomal Rajasinghe & Helen Morse. Photo by Jeff Busby.
performed by Brian Lipson & Aaron Orzech
‘I never want to see you again.
I never want to see you again.
I never want to see you again.
…call me back.’
Once upon a time in Romania, Aaron Orzech and his girlfriend met a strange and powerful man named Victor Bergman. The next day, he married them in the village of Voroneț. By the third day, he was gone, but for days and weeks and months afterwards he haunted Aaron’s life.
Performed by Brian Lipson and Aaron Orzech, The Collected works of Victor Bergman is the debut work by The Family. It begins with Aaron’s real life encounter and tumbles into a nightmare world of paranoid fantasy. Integrating stories, photographs, and interviews, the work explores the intrusion of a stranger into a person’s psyche.
The Family is a new theatre company created by Aaron Orzech and Romanie Harper. This show is conceived by Aaron Orzech, Romanie Harper, Zoey Dawson, James Paul, Katie Sfetkidis and Brian Lipson.
LIMITED EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES ON 5-14 DECEMBER!
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: The Collected Works of Victor Bergman – Aaron Orzech. Photo by Romanie Harper, design by Elwyn Murray.
A Bent Night of Blues, Burlesque and Blame
Australia’s very own diva extraordinaire – the feather ruffler, the rabble rouser, the cabaret provocateur Yana Alana, returns with her 2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival sell-out show Between the Cracks.
Between the Cracks, a bent night of blues, burlesque and blame, is the latest work from the team that has made Sarah Ward into Australia’s fastest rising cabaret star. In this ‘One Woman Show’ the tyrannical Yana Alana (Sarah Ward) accompanied by her long suffering accompanist Louise Goh, bares all (quite literally) through song, eccentric dance, poetry and tantrums.
A mistress at emotional manipulation and the art of entrapment, Yana Alana invites you to view the world from the heart and mind of a solipsistic, fragile and courageous diva, who is not afraid to let it all hang out. This is cabaret at its very best – incisive, hilarious, confronting, revealing and, most of all, musically divine.
Yana Alana’s Between The Cracks received the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer and two 2014 Green Room Awards for Best Production and Best Cabaret Artiste.
Image by Peter Leslie.