The Decorated Self
“I return to jewellery in this exhibition, but it is a far cry from the exuberant and noisy youth I celebrated in the 1980s. My ‘grown up’ jewellery is just as talkative but the discourse may be better suited to women of a certain age and defiance.
My work is still devoutly decorative and suspicious of the orthodoxies of ‘good design’ and its austerity, sobriety and minimalism. I believe these tendencies persist because of the work of envious men, who have for a couple of centuries been left out of the fun and love of the ‘shiny things’; the glittering stones, the dizzying transformations and the intricate and richly female world of fashion and jewellery.”
- Kate Durham, July 2014
Images: Necklaces, mixed media, 2014.
For over 30 years Ivana Perkins has been inspired by the changing landscape of her environment; the shape, texture and colour of organic forms has always intrigued her.
This approach to art-making connects her with the instincts and artifacts of artisans and makers across many, many centuries.
In this exhibition she explores pollen and seeds – the agents that propagate and reproduce the botanical world around us.
Ivana’s work is an oversized impression of plant organism, fabricated in mixed media and bronze, conveying botanical embryonic life forms.
- Linda Sproul, Manager Education and Community Programs, Museum Victoria
Saturday 20 September, 1pm: Artist Talk with Kate Durham and Ivana Perkins, hosted by Deborah Thomas. To book please email email@example.com
Image: Folded Leaves, 2014, 23ct gold leaf x 1, mixed media on resin black boards, 500 x 500mm; Lotus Pods Blue, 2014, solid bronze x 1, mixed media on resin black board, 500 x 500mm.
Artist & Floor Talks
20 September Artist Talk with Kate Durham and Ivana Perkins, hosted by Deborah Thomas, former editor and publisher of Women’s Weekly ACP, director of media public affairs and brand management for Bauer media.
27 September Floor Talk Jewels and Treasures – Fondly Buried or Reborn, chaired by Jill Singer, speakers Amanda Smith, Catherine Deveny, Ramona Koval, Susan Cohn & Janet Whiting.
4 October Floor Talk The Decorated Self: Jewellery and Body Decoration, chaired by Jill Singer, speakers: Jane Laver – Chapel Tattoo, Richard Nylon – Milliner, Linda Jackson & Kate Durham.
Please email the gallery coordinator to book on firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by THE COLLECTIVE
Atlanta, Georgia. 1913. Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.
With the whole town screaming for justice, his only defenders are a governor with a conscience and his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength to become his greatest champion.
This mysterious and glorious musical by award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, tells the true story of a landmark American court case that provided one of the world’s earliest examples of sensationalist media. With a score and book to die for, you don’t want to miss Parade.
Image: Parade. Design by Dean Gordon .
New Music Network presents
After the Light
After the Light sees three of Melbourne’s most acclaimed and diverse artists come together for the birth of new project press, play. The universes of pianist Sonya Lifschitz, percussionist Leah Scholes and flutist Lina Andonovska have collided as they set about to interpret and re-imagine modern masterpieces.
The three originate from different countries with distinctly evocative landscapes that have profoundly shaped their creative sensibilities. The program explores the immensity, beauty and power of landscape, centred around Andrew Byrne’s acclaimed White Bone Country which will have its Australian premiere in this concert. This work is inspired by Australian landscape painter Fred Williams’ evocative statement ‘To see the desert is like peeling the skin off a landscape’. Also in the program will be John Luther Adams’ After the Light, whose music is famously embedded in the magic beauty and starkness of the Alaskan tundra.
Image: Lina Andonovska, Leah Scholes, Sonya Lifschitz. Photographer: Asher Floyd .
Written by Gareth Ellis
Meet Shelly, a ‘normal’ girl who finds herself becoming more and more fish-like every day.
Join her as she finds refuge in a world under the sea only to find that one-day even the sea is not enough, and she must search for a way to walk on land again.
This is a whimsical tale tracing the emotional landscape of the performer’s experience of losing her hearing, receiving a cochlear implant and finding her way in the world again.
The Sound of Waves combines text, sound and light to deliver a spell binding theatrical event.
A play by Gareth Ellis in collaboration with Jodie Harris (Performer), Naomi Edwards (Director), bluebottle – Frog Peck (Design & Light), Jethro Woodward (Sound & Composition), Katherine Manson (Costume), Geraldine Cook (Voice Coach).
If you are hearing impaired and wish to read the script prior to the show, please email email@example.com
Image: Jodie Harris in The Sound of Waves. Photo by Photobat.
world premiere screening
ELIZABETH I: THE LAST DANCE
“… each moment is a dance which should always be lived as though it were the last dance.” - LINDSAY KEMP
In 2008, Lindsay Kemp’s production of Elizabeth I: The Last Dance was filmed in Japan. The Queen in the last hours of her life, stands immobile in the midst of her court, reliving the loves and dramas of her life, then suddenly calls for music and begins to dance to ward off the approach of death. With an original score by Carlos Miranda, this is a new work from Lindsay Kemp, who has been a major figure in dance, mime and theatre for over forty years. He has performed, choreographed and produced some of the most influential dance productions ever seen, most famously Flowers. He taught and performed with David Bowie and Kate Bush and has appeared in films by Derek Jarman and Ken Russell.
This film captures the stage presence of a great artist whose performance has always hovered achingly close to the limits of his own body, and is a rare opportunity to see the current work of one of the world’s legends of dance.
Image 1: still taken from the film, Elizabeth I: The Last Dance. Image 2: photograph by Richard Haughton.
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
Hoang Pham, with Sean Hennessy-Brose
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the year, Hoang Pham will perform twelve eternal masterpieces from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Thomas Adès (1971- present) in chronological order. Each work will be discussed by pianist Sean Hennessy-Brose, who will focus on how to listen, what to listen for and how the Art of music evolved over the centuries.
This unique experience will help to equip listeners with some of the basic skills needed to appreciate classical music on a deeper level, and will be an excellent refresher course for connoisseurs. Whilst many people will have heard some of the works on the program as they are already intimately entwined in the cultural fabric of our lives, this captivating performance will help illuminate the essence of the music, and reveal its place in eternity.
Image: Hoang Pham & Sean Hennessy-Brose. Photography: Candela Photography.
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.
Image: White Goods, 2014, Indian ink and oil paint on canvas, 460 x 460mm.
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.
Don’t forget to bring an old shirt to catch those pesky paint drops when you join in the fun.
Photo by Shadow Zone Photography. Graphic design by CDF Art Direction & Design.
fortyfivedownstairs is proud to announce the Australian premiere production of Dreamers, written by Daniel Keene and directed by Ariette Taylor.
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.
Daniel Keene’s work has been performed in Europe, China & Australia. In Australia it has been presented by Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. He is 2 times winner of Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and 3 times winner of NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
Ariette Taylor’s directorial work has been seen nationally and internationally including Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. She has been awarded a Green Room Award and Unesco Prize for Promotion of the Arts.
STRICTLY LIMITED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES ON THE 9 – 14 NOVEMBER!
Image: Daniel Keene & Ariette Taylor. Photo by Jeff Busby.
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 took out The Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer, as well as two 2013 Green Room Awards for Best Production and Artiste.
Image by Peter Leslie.