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Michael Prideaux

"Michael Prideaux’s photographs draw attention to the liminal edge of the city laid out along the great puddle of Port Philip Bay, where he has lived for the last 40 years. He uses dazzling natural effects of light to illuminate…

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David Frazer

David Frazer’s exhibition HUG at fortyfivedownstairs will not only showcase recent prints and paintings but also launch his latest handmade artist book little aches and pains in collaboration with singer songwriter Paul Kelly.  This book was made completely in the…

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Paul Blackman

An exhibition of recent works by artist Paul Blackman. Consisting of works on paper, Non/sense (or ‘when words fail.’), presents an exploration into notions of the absurd that lurk in the subconscious mind. Drawing, like the playing of a musical…

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Abby Storey

Abby Storey is a contemporary photographic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her exhibition Of the Land looks at the complex and sometimes paradoxical relationships between humanity and the natural world. This series forms both a portrait of a man and…

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Christopher Beaumont

Still Life Paintings & Commissions is a culmination of fortyfivedownstairs’ second Artist in Residency, that ran from 4 February 2014. Christopher Beaumont has spent nearly four months creating new still life paintings as Artist in Residence at fortyfivedownstairs, which will…

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ACACIA QUARTET

Acacia Quartet explores new frontiers by commissioning jazz pianist and composer, Joe Chindamo, to write his first string quartet. Chindamo, who is equally gifted as composer, arranger and improviser, is known to skate effortlessly between musical genres with integrity and…

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A Life Beyond Waiting

A Life Beyond Waiting is a community project created to raise awareness of the low rates of organ donation in Australia, and the possibility of generosity among human beings. Top Australian and emerging street photographers, Misho Baranovic, Mike Read, Greg…

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Josephine Do

From her frequent travels between China, Hong Kong and New Zealand Josephine Do developed and changed her artwork style and approach; introducing birds and clouds into her subject matter. She uses traditional Chinese landscape paintings in the background of her…

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Allan Wolf-Tasker

The Daylesford region… This is a new and recovering landscape. Unlike William’s Pilbara or Boyd’s Shoalhaven this region is a much interfered with earth zone. Formed firstly by violent volcanic processes coupled with awesome water bound sculpturing, then turned upside down…

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Emma Davies

Hybrid is inspired by the natural environment and embodies past experiences of Emma Davies' travels into remote communities. The use of bone and twine alludes to fragments of primitive life and rural landscapes, whilst the coiled and annular structures seem…

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Yana Alana presents Between the Cracks

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…

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Bach with Bubbles

Bach with Bubbles is a rare opportunity to experience J.S. Bach's entire solo violin works, performed by three outstanding musicians, all multiple award winners both here and abroad. The Sonatas and Partitas are masterpieces. They have an emotional depth and…

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MEIN KAMPF

Winter. Vienna 19 ~ (Frau) Death stalks the streets. A young Hitler arrives from Braunau seeking fame and fortune as an artist. Meanwhile, in a flophouse on Blood Street, Shlomo Herzl, a Jew, struggles with his magnum opus, Mein Kampf.…

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ENCORE

A new creative partnership between La Mama and fortyfivedownstairs, ENCORE will give audiences a chance to see two of La Mama’s finest 2013 productions – Mein Kampf and My Life in the Nude – for a return season in July at…

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The Consul

THE FINAL PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY 23 MAY HAS NOW SOLD OUT! “To this we’ve come, that men withhold the world from men…” Magda Sorel, THE CONSUL, Act 2 Ordinary people forced to use desperate measures to escape persecution and tyranny. …

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HEX

Commissioned and developed through Nextwave's Kickstart program. Presented by Next Wave as a part of the Next Wave Festival 2014. The piece involves three Generation Y contemporary dance artists traversing the arc of the HIV/ AIDS crisis (circa 1981 -…

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Geoffrey Bartlett & Rhonda Baum

Artists Geoffrey Bartlett & Rhonda Baum come together for a joint exhibition in fortyfivedownstairs' large gallery space. Confluence will span mediums, and presents a culmination of artworks from both artists' personal journeys. The sculptures assembled for this exhibition span 6…

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Martin McDonagh's The Leenane Trilogy:

ALL PERFORMANCES HAVE SOLD OUT! The Leenane Trilogy is set in a rural Ireland so blighted by rancor, ignorance and spite, that even the local priest admits 'God Himself seems to have no jurisdiction here.' The Beauty Queen of Leenane…

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Open Studio Day

Open Studio Day is a rare opportunity for the public to visit our artist in resident, Christopher Beaumont, in his studio. Situated in a space at the back of our large gallery, Christopher has been painting here since 4 February,…

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Christopher Hazzard

Since his last solo exhibition in 1996, the focus for sculptor Christopher Hazzard is no longer when his next show is, but rather the work itself. The works he creates come from the subconscious. Meanwhile the wood itself always hasa…

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TangoMundo plays Piazzolla

TangoMundo continue their Piazzolla Project with the launch of their latest CD Fracanapa. TangoMundo are unique in Australia; specialising in authentic tango standards and with over 50 Piazzolla works in repertoire, including his most popular songs. All arrangements are by…

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Group Exhibition

The female birthright; to conceive, carry, birth and raise a child the way generations before us have done.With this new found insight into ourselves and our capabilities, we are re-invented and changed undeniably as we learn to understand the internal…

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Indigenous Masterpieces

Brigitte Braun Art Dealer presents a selection of works by Butcher Cherel Janangoo, Dorothy and Tommy May, Tiny McCale, Mawukura Jimmy Nerrimah and Pijaju Peter Skipper. This is a rare opportunity to see works by some of the finest painters…

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David Tatnall

The works in Royal Park – The Last Summer were made throughout Melbourne’s hot and dry summer of 2013-2014 with the hope of conveying the spirit and tranquillity of Royal Park. Throughout David’s life as a photographer he has been…

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The Life & Love of the Woman

Young Greek-Cypriot Australian soprano, Christiana Aloneftis, debuts for the first time at fortyfivedownstairs with concert pianist Konrad Olszewski. Featuring music by Bellini, Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky and Gerswin with the centrepieces of the evening including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and the Australian…

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Danielle McCarthy

When a clock ticks our concept of time is shaped and when we move through a building, from room to room we conceptualise space. Linear movements and containment dominate the way in which space and time are understood. But, what…

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New Paintings by John Cullinane

New paintings is John Cullinane’s third exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs. In this new body of work John explores the ongoing relationships between the male and female psyche, and throughout uses the shadow as a metaphor for the measurement of time. He…

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France to Argentina

Following her sell-out performance of the Bach solo cello suites, Zoe Knighton returns with renowned pianist Amir Farid to present music from France and Argentina, a wonderful confection of lesser known works for cello and piano. Amir and Zoe have…

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Bach Conversations

Bach Conversations is a re-imagining of J.S Bach's cello suite No.3 by musician/composer Elissa Goodrich for solo marimba and responding duet improvisations with members of her jazz ensemble States of Play and long-time colleague Ria Soemardjo. With the extraordinary harmonic…

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Invenio: Clarion/Whisper

Invenio launch their second album, Clarion/Whisper. Composed for the 16-voice Invenio ensemble, Gian Slater's song cycle - Clarion/Whisper - explores text and song-form with an urgent, dynamic intensity that throws itself between minimalist unison and 8-part layered complexity; hushed text…

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Tango Revolucionario: Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla revolutionised the Tango and his compositions and performances became a worldwide artistic phenomenon. Called "the assassin of the tango" by his denigrators, his music was fresh, radical and destabilising. But its roots lay firmly in the established traditions…

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