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May 2019

Street Dog 3 (detail), oil on canvas, 91 x 122cm

The Power of Pattern

Gavin Brown
21 May - 1 June

Gavin Brown presents a body of new paintings exploring the surreal, the unimaginable and the unexpected.

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Chris Orr
21 May - 1 June

An unorthodox assemblage of everyday detritus, ephemera and artist photography blanketed in classical engravings and stencils.

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LOVE by Patricia Cornelius

23 May - 9 June

An unapologetic exploration of love and addiction. Audacious. Raw. In-your-face, LOVE is a work that talks about an Australia that is rarely explored on our stages.

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SHIT by Patricia Cornelius

29 May - 9 June

SHIT, winner of four Green Room Awards, returns to fortyfivedownstairs after a sold-out season in 2016.

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June 2019

Complex Life

Catherine Hearse & Glenn Murray
4 June - 15 June

Two friends and artists use their artistic processes to explore their positions in the world, both in a physical, environmental and emotional manner.

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John Mezzini, Sofa (detail)

E lascia dir le genti

John Mezzini
4 June - 15 June

E lascia dir le genti, captures fragments of social interaction. The moment when inhibitions are dropped, and subjects are exposed in their most raw and vulnerable state, where we are confronted by the beauty of the immediate.

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Travesties by Tom Stoppard

Bloomsday in Melbourne
12 June - 23 June

Bloomsday in Melbourne return to fortyfivedownstairs to celebrate everything James Joyce.

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Emerging Artist Award 2019

presented by fortyfivedownstairs
18 June - 29 June

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Closes 20 May at 5pm.

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Songs and Dances with Sally-Anne Russell

Salon Porject
25 June

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell joins Salon Project for a beguiling concert of Songs and Dances.

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Yasmin Rowe
26 June

Yasmin Rowe returns to fortyfivedownstairs with a stunning solo piano program ranging from the contemplative to the utmost joy and exhilaration.

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Benn Bennett Live

Benn Bennett
28 June

Award-winning cabaret artist Benn Bennett returns to fortyfivedownstairs for one night only!

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July 2019

Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

Max Gillies
2 July - 14 July

After a critically acclaimed season in 2018, Max Gillies returns to fortyfivedownstairs in Beckett's remarkable duet for solo performer and tape recorder.

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Rowan Chanen, A Dangerous Smile

A Dangerous Smile

Rowan Chanen
2 July - 13 July

A Dangerous Smile not only documents a life that has been lived for centuries, but also reflects upon the very modern point at which the pursuit of inner peace intersects with the pursuit of politics.

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The Last Days of Summer

Peter Hyatt
2 July - 27 July

Peter Hyatt combines sublime photographic imagery and digital art to create a richly invented tableaux. Familiar yet dreamlike, his work captures the collision of people, places and nature, frequently as disparate forces.

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After the Archive: Park Life

Amanda Johnson
16 July - 10 August

Amanda Johnson’s paintings question the fate of the public garden in a context of global warming. How has our physical and cultural encounter with the public garden changed?

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A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Peta Hanrahan
17 July - 28 July

Following a sold-out premiere season, Sentient Theatre's 'A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf' returns, shining a light on our history with astounding relevance to contemporary society.

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Josh Dykgraaf, Ourea, 2018, digital photo manipulation, editioned print, dimensions variable


Josh Dykgraaf
30 July - 10 August

A photographic manipulation experiment representing the culmination of countless hours of exploration, both literal and artistic.

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August 2019

FLY – a chamber opera

25 August - 1 September

Melbourne’s award-winning, boutique opera company, Lyric, presents this Australian work about Lawrence Hargrave: explorer, engineer, inventor and the man on the twenty dollar note.

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September 2019

Moira Finucane’s Rapture: Art vs Extinction

Finucane & Smith
4 September - 29 September

Moira Finucane, one of the world’s greatest performance chameleons, magic realist geniuses and apocalyptic rock goddesses, brings home The Rapture Chapter II in her mind-stunning party on the edge of the abyss.

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