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fortyfivedownstairs has offered an Artist in Residence programme since 2013.

The fortyfivedownstairs residency aims to foster the creation and development of new contemporary art in Melbourne. The residency supports the career development and exposure of the resident artist, as well as engaging audiences in contemporary art practice.

2017:  Rehgan De Mather

Rehgan De Mather’s innovative creative practice shifts between chaos and order. He is driven by a desire to create, construct and connect, ultimately forming a personal iconography inspired by his travels.

Rehgan studied Visual Arts at Monash University, earning a BVA in 2001. He is represented in various private collections in Australia, Singapore, Ireland, UK and USA, as well as in public collections at Gippsland Art Gallery and Cowwarr Art Space.

Residency  dates: 13 – 24 June 2017
Exhibition dates: 25 July – 5 August 2017

2014:  Christopher Beaumont

Artist Christopher Beaumont was the second artist to take up residence in the studio which is attached to fortyfivedownstairs’ large gallery space.

A committee that included Julian Burnside, Chair of fortyfivedownstairs, and artists Jon Cattapan and Kate Dawe, decided that Christopher, with his dedicated and determined art practice, was an ideal candidate for the studio residency, which also involves talking to some of the numerous senior student groups that visit the gallery each year. While his meticulous work depicts instantly recognizable objects in a completely naturalistic manner, there is significant study and theory underpinning the deceptively simple work.

Beaumont began his studies in Melbourne University Faculty of Medicine, but after a few years he became fascinated by the exquisite still life paintings of 17th century Spanish artists, and began studying painting and sculpture, first at  Prahran CAE and then Victorian College of the Arts.

Residency  dates: 4 February – 27 May 2014
Exhibition dates: 27 May – 7 June 2014

2014:  Greg Ades

A committee that included the Chair of fortyfivedownstairs Julian Burnside AO QC, artist Jon Cattapan and Heide Museum director Jason Smith, selected Greg Ades as the first recipient of the residency and exhibition grant.

Greg Ades is an artist who has been widely acknowledged and respected by the art world since he first exhibited with the now legendary Art Projects set up by John Nixon in the early 1980’s.

Greg currently teaches at Latrobe College of Art and Design and is involved with Port Melbourne Primary School as a teacher’s aid. Greg also works closely with, and was the Director of, Artists for Kids Culture; an organisation that seeks to provide arts and cultural opportunities to kids experiencing disadvantage in their lives due to factors including poverty, health or social issues or cultural dislocation.

He has always been strongly influenced by his environment – St. Kilda in the 80s, New York in the late 90s, producing a series of works that dealt with the claustrophobia of dense urban space. These are scenes of crowded skylines, streets devoid of life, while more recent journeys have produced works about the Kimberley and Kakadu, the South Australian desert and the Daintree Rainforest.

Residency  dates: May – July 2013
Exhibition dates: 16 – 27 July 2013

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