Emerging Artist Award 2015
fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders present the inaugural Emerging Artist Award 2015.
The Emerging Artist Award 2015 brings together the best emerging artists from universities across Victoria for a two-week exhibition. With $3000 of prize money on offer, esteemed judge Ron Ramsey will select two submissions that best demonstrate originality and innovation.
Emerging Art Australia are partnering with fortyfivedownstairs to offer the Emerging Art Australia People’s Choice Award. The crowd favourite will win a $500 prize package that includes the option of joining Emerging Art Australia as a VIP artist.
To vote, simply use the hashtag
#EAA2015 + the artist’s surname
on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
|Isabelle de Kleine|
Image: fortyfivedownstairs gallery, image by Alix Bromley and Talya Chalef (2009). Design by Elle Bentley.
Solstice - of darkness and light
A solstice marks the two brief moments during an astronomical year when day and night meet as equals.
This elusive balance between dreaming and wakefulness, the conscious and the unconscious, and the natural cycles around and within us, are the focus of Solstice – of darkness and light.
An exhibition of contemporary jewellery, objects and image by Aurelia Yeomans, Inari Kiuru and Naoko Inuzuka.
Image: Inari Kiuru, Solstice, 2015, digital media
METASYSTEMS is a contemporary dance performance that analyses our human interactions with the environment from the individual to the universal.
Through the documentation and translation of the processes taking place at the construction site, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving landscape we inhabit. This physically demanding and rhythmically hypnotic work creates the awareness of a world in flux, a space that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed.
An exhibition featuring film, explanations of the process and a series of drawings designed by architect Anna Tweeddale documenting the work.
Choreographer: James Batchelor
Visual Artist: Madeline Beckett
Performers: James, Batchelor, Emma Batchelor, Madeline Beckett, Amber McCartney
3D Printed Design: XYZ Workshop
Consulting Architect: Studio Apparatus (Anna Tweeddale)
This project has been assisted by the City of Melbourne.
Image: METASYSTEMS – image by James Batchelor.
Epiphany is an exhibition that came about through commonalities of the creative process of artists Theo Papathomas and Helen Andrade.
“At the end of the creative process we hold a mirror to ourselves and see a reflection of who we are, how we are feel, the way we perceive the world and how we fit into the world.”
The theme of landscape and nature is used throughout Epiphany as a metaphor for the instinct and nature of the human condition. The expressionist and intuitive manner of painting results in a realisation; an epiphany of life experience.
Images: Theo Papathomas, Sinner, oil and enamel, 1800 x 1500mm; Helen Andrade, Figure in the Forest, acrylic, 770 x 620mm.
Michael Pearce has developed a series of luminous, lyrical and evocative pastel and charcoal works on paper.
Lacuna explores the contrast and balance between the vertical and horizontal; and positive and negative space.
This exhibition is the result of Pearce’s interest in the intrinsic qualities of pastel markings and texture, with the use of spontaneous lines against the spatially challenging long horizontal paper format.
Michael Pearce, Lacuna, pastel on BFK Rives 300gsm paper, 350 x 900mm
by Jane Miller, directed by Alice Bishop
“You know who I am, don’t you?”
When a young man turns up on Mel and Leo’s doorstep asking for peanut butter on toast and a band aid, they want to believe he might be their missing son…but is he really who he appears to be?
And how does he know so much about hypnotizing swans?
Following the success of True Love Travels on a Gravel Road, 15 Minutes from Anywhere presents the premiere production of a dark comedy about a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a big box of Lego.
Cast: Natalie Carr, David Kambouris,
Matthew Molony, Samuel Russo
Set design: Kelsey Henderson
Lighting design: Bronwyn Pringle
Stage Manager: Hayley Fox
Image by Alice Bishop/Karen Slade – Brief Eater Design.
“This year Craft turns 45 years old, and to celebrate this milestone we are pleased to launch the inaugural Victorian Craft Award. The Award is a biennial event facilitated by Craft Victoria in the pursuit of presenting and celebrating excellence in the crafts. The award presents emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria from individuals utilising craft skills, processes and materials.” – Craft Victoria
Finalists will be on show in the award exhibition across four venues – Craft Victoria, fortyfivedownstairs, Sofitel Melbourne and 1 Spring St foyer.
By Brett C. Leonard
A brilliant masterpiece a story you won’t soon forget - N W Times
The play gets under your skin - Variety
A POWERFULLY redemptive celebration of forgiveness and unconventional beauty…startling, moving and at times, difficult to bear in its stark authenticity - Chicago Theater
A devastating new play exploring the impact of addiction and the aftermath of those affected. Set in the heart of America, “The Long Red Road” – a Native American term for the journey towards redemption and inner peace – is the story of Sam and Bob, two brothers struggling to move beyond years of anger and resentment. The women in their lives also seeking resolution and Sam’s young daughter desperate to reunite with her father, leaving Sam to decide if he will face his demons and those he left in their wake.
Brett C. Leonard offers a story of the wandering journey through the desert of self destruction and the six tormented souls that charter the territories known as The Long Red Road.
Produced through special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc. New York.
Image: The Long Red Road. Photograph by Tracii Caroline, graphic design by Dark Miaco.
Written & performed by James McCaughey
Five conversations take place across two programs, performed on consecutive dates;
Program One: The Gods assist in an Investigation and A Toast to the Gods
Program Two: Seminar with the Gods about Progress, The Gods attend a Counselling Session about Loss of Identity and To the God at the Door
James McCaughey conjures up gods, Greek, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous and others. He challenges them about their mortality, offers them a toast, invites them to a seminar about progress and counsels them to get over fears that they may be losing their identity.
Over five conversations an intimacy builds. The gods, present and invisible, dangerous and entertaining, enter the performance space for a few minutes and leave traces of their existence. The show is part comedy, part enquiry, part epic story-telling, part-pilgrimage, part-pisstake. Gods who have never spoken to each other enter as embodiments of the world’s comedy and tragedy. The Hero, the Diva, the Has-Been, the Saviour – argue for their lives in their one last chance.
Book a Conversations with the Gods Package and see both programs for a special price (Full $50, Senior $40, and Concession $30).
Images by Adis Hondo.
Celebrating a return to the solo stage after the highly successful production THE COLLAPSIBLE MAN, Gerard Van Dyck presents a new, intimate dance theatre work.
Part nightmare, part time capsule, part gift. A surreal physical poem.
PICNIC explores notions of innocence, naivety, creativity and chaos as Gerard’s character challenges the artist’s philosophical role in society by cleverly leaping between childlike regression and adult responsibility.
PICNIC combines nuanced and athletic choreography, machine gun monologues, illusion and intelligent humour to present an absurd meditation on the importance of creativity.
Come and find happiness. Or don’t.
Conceived, choreographed and performed by Gerard Van Dyck. Writer: Marieke Hardy. Composer: Alisdair Macindoe.
Image by Jeff Busby.
Rod Schaffer’s photographic series Luna is an exploration of the perception and interaction with one’s surroundings.
The series utilises urban and rural elements of the Australian landscape as a specific vehicle for how we interpret what is around us.
The European in Australia. A young community in an ancient place. A collision of cultures.
Image: Rod Schaffer, Crocodylus Porosus, 2015, archival pigment on cotton rag print, 600mm x 800 mm
Is this how you feel?
Australia’s leading climate researches respond to the question, “How does climate change make you feel?” in an exhibition showcasing their hand-written letters collected by Science Communicator Joe Duggan.
These researchers have dedicated their lives to understanding climate change, but this is the first time they have been asked to describe their feelings. They write with passion, stepping away from the clinical and sterile prose common in research. The letters show raw, heartfelt emotion. Fear, anxiety, despair, hope.
This exhibition has been made possible by National Science Week 2015 and Inspiring Australia.
Left Bauer Productions
The Age (review from 2014 season)
Inspired by Maria Callas’ 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Terrence McNally’s Master Class is a searing, funny and touching depiction of opera’s most beloved diva.
At the time, Callas’ own career singing on the world’s great stages had drawn to a close, her voice a shadow of its former glory. Six years later, Callas’ death at the age of fifty three sealed her legend as a real life tragic heroine.
Featuring stage and screen star Maria Mercedes as Callas and three of Australia’s most exciting young operatic talents, Master Class shares the wisdom, humour and torment of a woman who knows what it takes to live the dream.
Image: Masterclass. Photographer: Sarah Walker .
Watch This presents
by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth
It’s Robert’s birthday – he’s turning 35 and his closest friends are throwing him a surprise party. Witty and well-liked, living in the heart of New York and dating three gorgeous women, Robert has it all … so why can’t he blow out the candles on his birthday cake and make a wish? Each attempt triggers the next turn in Sondheim’s beloved ‘concept musical’. Company examines the affairs of the heart: can a sophisticated person in the anxious atmosphere of a major metropolis function happily in a marriage, sustain an emotional connection or even recognise love? Via the uncertain romantic Robert, Sondheim windows into the lives of five married couples and three women to explore these ideas in all their hilarity and complexity.
Director, Kat Henry; Music Director, Isaac Hayward; Choreographer, Michael Ralph; Set Design, Eugyeene Teh; Costume Design, Zoe Rouse; Lighting Design, Rob Sowinski.
Outstanding ensemble cast to be announced – Watch this space!
LIMITED $40 EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES ON 18 – 27 SEPTEMBER!
Image by Kate Williams.