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Anna Taylor, The Andes, Peru – Save me series (detail), 2016, 230 x 510mm. Photographer: Christopher Sanders

Save me

13 February - 3 March

An exhibition exploring the minutiae of landscape replicated in the aerial view, documenting the exquisite mirroring of detail, pattern and line. Both a celebration of our earth and it’s incredible
beauty, and a call to action to save it.

Jan Donaldson, The Infant of Prague

Uncanny Life – artifact and identity

13 February - 3 March

An extension of the research undertaken for Jan Donaldson's PhD project exploring the doll/puppet as a cultural icon and artifact.

This is Eden by Emily Goddard

14 February - 25 February

A limited return season of an extraordinary work that examines our dark past. Part of the 2018 VCE Drama Playlist.

The Ones by Peter Rose

26 February

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

SARAY Iluminado

28 February

SARAY Iluminado play new interpretations of Sevdah (traditional folk music) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Jewish Sephardic music from the Balkans.

None but the Lonely Heart

2 March

Young Greek-Cypriot Australian Soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, performs an exciting and eclectic program in our theatre.

Lisa Sewards, Thousand kisses deep, 2017, detail

Thousand kisses deep

6 March - 17 March

A new body of work connecting the materiality of prints and the fluidity of paintings with imagery emphasizing illusory maritime parachutes.

Bird as totem

6 March - 17 March

An exhibition of sculpture, drawing and prints commenting on issues affecting our lives, war, the environment and the higher being.

Venus in Fur by David Ives

9 March - 24 March

A whip-smart exploration of sexual politics, gender and power.

ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

19 March

Please join us as we announce the winner of the 2018 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Daily Encounters

20 March - 7 April

As part of an artist residency at fortyfivedownstairs, Robyn Rich will present an exhibition of paintings that explore life through the eyes of the artist.

The Language of Colour: A Textile Journey

20 March - 7 April

A new series of work as part of Melbourne Design Week exploring cultural heritage and traditional textiles as the inspiration to create new performative and cultural connections with the medium.

A life seen through cut outs

10 April - 5 May

A series of large scale paintings finding figuration through means of abstraction.

Hands All Over 2

Hands All Over

10 April - 21 April

An exhibition of photography commenting on how convenience, industrialisation and modern materials are impacting the natural world.

La Serenissima by Genesis Baroque

23 April

Genesis Baroque takes us on a journey to 18th century Venice, with works by Vivaldi, Ziani, and Giacomelli.

The Calling

3 May - 6 May

The fourth installment in Adam Simmons' 'The Usefulness of Art' series.

Between Us

8 May - 19 May

An exhibition of glass portraits depicting the diversity of the artist's community.

Resident Alien by Tim Fountain

9 May - 13 May

Paul Capsis returns for a limited season in his "astonishing" performance as Quentin Crisp.


16 May - 27 May

A provocative look at love, aging and being a woman.


Captured Landscapes

22 May - 2 June

A series of paintings capturing the Australian landscape, exposed to the elements, in a rapidly changing environment.

Andrew Scollo, Grid 1 (detail)

MAXIMUM minimal

22 May - 2 June

The first solo exhibition of an architect/artist exploring the materiality of line and colour in painting.

Holy Cow! James Joyce takes it all off

13 June - 17 June

In Ulysses, nothing and no-one is safe and everything is fair game.

Helyard’s Bach by Geneis Baroque

1 October

Harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard joins Genesis Baroque for a program of works by J.S. Bach’s two eldest sons.

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