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Shrine by Tim Winton

24 May - 18 June

From the multi award-winning writer of Cloudstreet comes an otherworldly theatrical event that shines a light on the tangled bonds of one Australian family.

Untitled, 2017, encaustic sculptural painting (detail)

This life of accretion

30 May - 10 June

This life of accretion is an exploration of intricate and interesting processes, borne of a desire to push artistic boundaries.

She animates the Monument – St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

But She is the Monument

30 May - 10 June

An exhibition exploring the notion of the monument, or monstrance, in relation to images of twelve saints from Alban Butler's Lives of Fathers, Martyrs and other Saints.

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Rose Paez Band

5 June

Join the gorgeous Rose Paez and her band, with the new music rage, Cumbia.

Emerging Artist Award 2017

Emerging Artist Award 2017

13 June - 24 June

The third annual Emerging Artist Award showcases independent, experimental and thought-provoking art by some of Australia’s best emerging artists.

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Poetic License

20 June - 24 June

Poetic License is a cross-art form, inter-generational performance about the power and limitations of words.

John Beaton, Here, 2011, photographic print


27 June - 8 July

Wabi/Sabi is a series of photographs celebrating the ephemeral, freezing humans and nature in motion.

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The Rapture

29 June - 16 July

Moira Finucane's The Rapture writhes through a visual feast of prophecy, Gothic dreams, birds of prey, soaring wings, apocalyptic fairy tales, soul-searing music and physical madness.

Philip Faulks, Charon The Smuggler, 2016, cut paper, 900 x 2700mm

Paper Pusher

11 July - 22 July

There’s A Ghost In My House represents the extensive influence of the idea of continuity, and references both western and eastern traditions of working on, and with paper.

David Hirst, Blue Faces I, 2017, oil on canvas, 610 x 610mm

Wet Feet

11 July - 22 July

Wet Feet expresses the artist's dismay at the way in which we are ignoring the effects of climate change on others.

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Book of Revelations

19 July - 30 July

Directed by Nancy Black, some of Melbourne's leading talents combine sound, visuals and performance to create a startling world full of wonder, terror - and joy.

Rehgan De Mather, [DIOS] Mother is God, 2017, acrylic, spray enamel and tin heart on canvas, 1400 x 1400mm

Riding with Death

25 July - 5 August

After a four-month residency at fortyfivedownstairs, Rehgan De Mather presents an exhibition inspired by his travels through Central and South America.

Cate Blanchett Elizabeth the Golden Age, 2015, gouache on paper, 80 x 130mm

Imaging the Filmic Gloriana/The Mask of Elizabeth

25 July - 5 August

The purse-sized gouache miniature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I are a meditation on regaining authorship of one’s own story.

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The Ones by Peter Rose

31 July

A reading of two new short works by Peter Rose presented in our gallery.

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Looking Glass by Louris van de Geer

2 August - 13 August

a frightening portrait of a family stuck looking to the 'other' to define its 'self'.

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The Usefulness of Art

24 August - 27 August

The second in Adam Simmons' concert series. This suite celebrates the qualities that art helps engender, including acceptance, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith.

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Angels in America

1 September - 17 September

For the first time since its Australian premiere in 1994, Melbourne audiences will have the chance to experience the full magnitude of Tony Kushner's ground breaking masterpiece.

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Birdcage Thursdays by Sandra Fiona Long

2 November - 12 November

An intimate window into a family in crisis.

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Rainbow Man by Peter Dawncy

15 November - 26 November

A tale of many tales.

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Travelling Tales

7 December - 10 December

The third concert in Adam Simmons' 'The Usefulness of Art' concert series and a Melbourne premiere.

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