Palya Art has a long history of working with, and for, Indigenous peoples living in far reaching communities across NorthWest Australia.
“PALYA”, (a Pintupi greeting word) is an outstanding exhibition of fine, traditional and contemporary Aboriginal artworks, with impeccable provenance, from North West Australia.
Image: Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Syaw (Fishnet) (2012). Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen. 990 x 980 mm ©Regina Wilson, Durrmu Arts and Palya Art 2012
greyscale spectrum marks George Papadimas’ first exhibition in his native Melbourne after a nine-year period of living and working in Ho Chi Minh City and New York City.
Papadimas has created a series of works that reflect his ongoing fascination with numerical logic and colour to explore themes of duality. Using multiple computer programs to manipulate colour and numerical information, Papadimas has created forms of highly saturated hues that are surprisingly biomorphic given their mathematical foundation.
Image: Untitled (Five) (2015). Archival Digital C print, Diasec Mounted. 140cm x 61 cm
Steph Bolt photo documents daily life. The subject matter is deliberately non heroic and celebrates our differences and similarities.
Central elements of Bolt’s art practice are photography, travel and colour. Through print and sculptural media she observes, records and explores the commonality of everyday life, often finding humour within this.
This new body of work focuses on the people around Melbourne.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: lollypop lady, 2015, acrylic sheet & plywood, 2400 x 1200mm.
Saray Iluminado perform Sevdah, the traditional songs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sephardic Jewish Romances from the Balkans. Its repertoire celebrates the ancient Balkan cities where a multitude of cultures coexisted and thrived in cosmopolitan artistic environments. This repertoire includes songs that speak of the universal themes of love, grief, of various societal changes or of the unique Sephardic Jewish life in the cities such as Sarajevo, Mostar and others.
Saray Iluminado includes Nela Trifkovic, a Bosnian-Australian composer and singer, Australia’s leading Klezmer and Sephardic musician Ernie Gruner, and multi-instrumentalists William Thompson and Kelly Dowall, who share a passion for Balkan, Turkish and Mediterranean music.
Image: Saray Iluminado. Photo by Alta Truden.
With Colin Moody & Belinda McClory
A radical abstraction by Colin Moody.
Directed by Chris Mead.
MR & MRS MACBETH is a radical abstraction of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It places literature’s most infamous couple in a holding pen of infinite justice. Here all their lost dreams and thwarted ambitions are thrown back at them as they torture themselves with only the lines of the play to give voice to. It is perhaps, if hell exists, a private cell in Dante’s Inferno. Permanently awaiting an execution that will never arrive.
Image: Rough Beast.
By Dan Walls. Directed by Wayne Pearn.
“I opened the door and there was red everywhere. On the desk, on the carpet. About half a metre away, was this hammer.
F***ing red as.”
One morning at a remote Western Australian school in Meekatharra, an Education Department auditor’s head is bashed in with a hammer. The night before, a pack of teachers have a blinder at a barbie, tensions building about all that school equipment they’ve borrowed. Two weeks before that, the school caught fire. Twice.
In the years before any of this, Headmaster and Aussie larrikin John McDonald became an upstanding pillar of the community, one good deed at a time.
At the end of the day, a small town will be hit hard by a shocking act of violence no one will forget.
Bad behaviour isn’t confined to the school yard in Meeka.
Based on a true story.
Cast: Kevin Summers, Brett Whittingham, Bridgette Burton, Christina Costigan, Heidi Valkenburg, Liam Gillespie
Ironwood with Anneke Scott, historic horns
“Sweet beauty to be stolen”
Don Giovanni – Mozart
Ironwood teams up with Anneke Scott, historic horn (UK) to launch their new ABC Classics recording – some rediscovered world premieres of Mozart – stolen by him and by others.
Playing detective in the British Library, Anneke discovered some great arrangements of some Mozart gems, by Covent Garden entrepreneur Barham Livius, as well as mysterious & cheeky horn players known by Mozart – Giovanni Punto, and Giovanni Puzzi.
Informed by 19th c performance practices, Ironwood brings a new sound to Mozart, the opera, and the historic horns of the early nineteenth centuries in this superb virtuoso concert for horn, strings & fortepiano.
PRE-BOOK YOUR TICKETS & RECEIVE A FREE DOWNLOAD LINK for Ironwood’s Mozart Horn Quintet 1st Movement. Please note: this offer is only available to patrons who provide us with their email address and it is not valid for door sales.
Image by Sophie Raymond.
fortyfivedownstairs Partnership with The Boite
Tomás Arroquero male dance, Jini Lim female dance, Manolo Jaen singer, Kieren Ray guitarist.
Dancer Tomás Arroquero sees contemporary Flamenco as an art that evolves from within the dancer, informed and shaped by intense study of the aesthetics and essence of the magnificent, ancient Andalucian tradition. Working with guitarist Kieren Ray, dancer, Jini Lim, and singer, Manolo Jaen, Tomás explores ways of shifting and realigning the contextual relevance away from ‘only a traditional cultural based art form’ into the immediate world of contemporary Melbourne.
Enjoy the rare opportunity of watching the ensemble perform in an intimate concert at fortyfivedownstairs.
By William Hannagan & Belinda Jenkin. Dramaturge & Mentor: Petra Kalive.
A windy night. A summer storm is brewing. A house. Old and rickety. Seemingly abandoned. This is Tom’s house. But the others don’t know that. They just think he found it on Gumtree. And who cares if the roof’s leaking when the rent’s this cheap. Tonight is their first night there: Tom’s first night back. And he’s determined to make it right: to make up with Kelly, to hook up with Mia, to overcome what he’s been running from all these years. And even though the walls are whispering, and even though Daisy’s convinced the place is haunted, he won’t runaway. Not again.
After an incredible development reading and workshop as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Will Hannagan and Belinda Jenkin are bringing HouseWarming, a new musical, back to Melbourne. Join them for an evening of selected songs and scenes from the show, with some of Melbourne’s hottest emerging singer-actors.
Logo design by Esther Parsons. Image by Siena Stone.
Flight from Silence
Flight from Silence honours lost memories and untold experiences. Artists Lisa Sewards and Anna Taylor deliver bodies of work that both complement and define the other.
Taylor’s Home Sweet Home – a Memorial for families of veterans is a collection of unique state artist books which contain the stories of women and children who have vicariously experienced the impact of war. Taylor’s multi layered paintings depict key war sites referred to by the families, seen from the air.
Seward’s work illuminates war heroes of the feathered kind; the carrier pigeons who contributed toward saving countless lives during WW2. In an installation of vintage drop parachutes the avian and wartime experience of flight, risk and valour subtly converge.
Lisa Sewards: Saturday 16 May, 2pm
Anna Taylor: Saturday 23 May, 2pm
Closing drinks with the artists:
Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4pm
(including a performance by Cate Taylor)
Images: (TOP) White Vision, 2015, Lisa Sewards, mixed media on BFK Rives 300gsm, 500mm x 600 mm, unique state. Photo
Chrisvan der Spuy. (BOTTOM) Siberia (detail), 2015, Anna Taylor, acrylic paint and ink drawing, 760mm x 760 mm. Photo Michelle Ferriera.
fortyfivedownstairs Partnership with The Boite
Tamandua play Choro (Portuguese word pronounced SHOH-roh), a genre that encapsulates the sonic complexities of jazz, the dance-able rhythms of tango and samba and the subtleties of classical chamber music.
The members of Tamandua have all performed regularly with choro legend Doug de Vries and studied music in Brazil. They bring a fresh, contemporary approach with a line-up of flute, 7 string guitar, cavaquinho (like a ukulele with steel strings), drum kit and percussion, playing music from the complete gamut of choro; 19th century to world premieres. Fast, energetic and addictive.
Image: Tamandua by Ella Mack Photography.
By Lachlan Philpott. Inspired by actual events.
What if someone you love vanished without a trace?
A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in the seven frantic hours before he’s found.
Years later his life seems normal; stable; happy. But something about that day haunts him. Something about that day remains unresolved. And then, he disappears again …
Colder explores the infinite unknowns surrounding missing persons and the fog of purgatory that engulfs those left behind. How do you grieve someone’s loss when your only hope is their return?
Colder won the R.E. Ross Trust Award in 2006 and was short-listed for the Griffin Award.
Director: Alyson Campbell Sound Design: Chris Wenn Assistant Director: Cathy Hunt
Cast: William McBride, Lyall Brooks, Anthony Johnson, Sapidah Kian, Caroline Lee, Elizabeth Nabben
fortyfivedownstairs Partnership with The Boite
French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson – sung en français, bien sûr.
A four piece ensemble of vocals/guitar (Paul Gillett), accordion (Salvatore Greco), double-bass (Enzo Ruberto) and the extraordinary talents of internationally-acclaimed manouche guitarist Jon Delaney, the group’s repertoire specialises in the timeless songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Sablon and the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt.
La Mauvaise Réputation has performed at festivals, jazz clubs, private functions and high-profile events across Australia. In 2011 they released their début album Tours Eiffel en Plastique. Their second album Bad Reputation was released in 2014.
Call for submissions!
fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders are inviting submissions from Visual Arts students in their final year of undergraduate study and first year of postgraduate study in the fields of Painting and Drawing for the inaugural Emerging Artist Award 2015.
A selection of approximately 20 artworks will be chosen for a two-week exhibition from 23 June 2015 at fortyfivedownstairs, with $3000 worth of prizes awarded to the finalists whose work most closely aligns with the Award selection criteria.
Please send proposals to fortyfivedownstairs at 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2015.
See the submission form for more information.
Queries regarding medium requirements to email@example.com.
Image: fortyfivedownstairs gallery, image by Alix Bromley and Talya Chalef (2009). Design by Elle Bentley.