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Mike Nicholls

Nicholls’ powerful and expressive wood carvings, paintings and prints, combine figurative elements with pared-back minimalist forms to produce artworks that speak with a unique personal strength. He has developed a highly personal vocabulary using the motifs of the hand, shield,…

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Dayne Trower

A series of small objects made from thin slices of timber is presented in Dayne Trower's External Walls, with an unusual degree of precision. In this study of theme and variation our attention is drawn to slight shifts in emphasis…

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Nick Kallincos

Originally trained as a biochemist, Nick Kallincos' works are primarily concerned with the psychological aspects of human experience. How we navigate the real world with the imagined world and how our cognitive decisions are informed by our perceptions, intuitions and…

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Judy Holding

Working in the landscape, particularly in the Top End and more recently in Nepal, the most powerful lesson I have learned is not to look just with my eyes, but to ‘ look ‘ with my ears, fingers and nose…

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Collected Works

The commercial world is a place we inhabit, but the personal realm is where we draw breath - Samantha Simpson, Managing Director, Sam I Am Management Sam I Am represents a collection of passionate and talented photographers, each incredible in…

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Katica Pedisic & Rachel Hurst

Taking its name from the two parts that comprise this exhibition, TIMES/TABLES is a collaborative installation that sees Melbourne-based Katica Pedisic and Adelaide-based Rachel Hurst use an eclectic mix of relief castings, compressed charcoal drawings, paintings and installation. Disseminating their…

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Violin for 2

Come and experience a rare and unusual duo concert by two diverse and beautiful violinists. Violin for 2 is the collaboration of two talented performers, Anne Harvey-Nagl and Susannah Ng, exploring the joys of the violin duo repertoire. From the charm…

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A Kind of Fabulous Hatred

Read the four star Herald Sun review here! A one-woman fantasy about Sylvia Plath, performed by Caroline Lee. A Kind of Fabulous Hatred by Barry Dickins is a new Australian work: beautifully written, surprising, and darkly humorous. Set on the…

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Ysabelle Dauguet

At the heart of Ysabelle’s body of work is a fascination with architectural structures and the desire to combine layers of occupied landscape sporadically with human presence. She constructs her works in a process of layering recognisable elements of the…

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Restoring Hope

In conjunction with Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and Melbourne Playback Theatre Company presents a unique creative performance inspired by 2013 national Refugee Week theme Restoring Hope. When…

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Castaway

Castaway is set by the sea, where a group of five women start art classes. Their first subject is a boat. After meeting, the women begin to paint and to share their stories. The script is essentially five revealing monologues…

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Greg Ades

This exhibition is the culmination of the inaugural fortyfivedownstairs Artist in Resident. In this exhibition Greg Ades draws upon the places he has journeyed to over recent years. He explores the interaction between natural structures, their surrounding space and neighbouring…

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Stephen Nova

The catalyst for Stephen’s current show came in the form of an old, wooden desktop loom; a humble item of domestic life that raised questions of the psychological and physical associations connected to the ideas and meaning of ‘home’. As…

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Flinders Quartet

Come and hear Flinders Quartet warming up for their forthcoming tour in an informal lunchtime concert at fortyfivedownstairs, where they are the 2013 string quartet in residence. They'll be playing some Haydn and Ravel for approx 45 mins. Entry is…

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Paul Newcombe

Paul Newcombe's upcoming exhibition is a culmination of his artistic ‘double life’, working in both visual arts and performance theatre in his early career. The exhibition is a continuation of Newcombe’s most recent exhibition at Melbourne’s G3 Artspace, Compositions In Paint (27 March…

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Savages

"I rate it as her finest play to date… Savages isn't just a remarkable piece of writing, it's a powerful piece of theatre at every level." Chris Boyd, The Australian "it is one of the best – if most unsettling…

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Uproar

Finissage 15 June, 2-4pm with pay bar and artist discussions. In the large gallery, Uproar features current works by artists who were original members of the ROAR Studios collective. ROAR Studios was an artist run space established in 1982 in…

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Voyage

The Actual and Properly Truthful Account of the Emigration of Thomas Pender History is forgetful. Imagine… it’s the 19th century. You are 126 days at sea in a sailing ship, crammed into communal cabins with 300 other passengers, hopeful for…

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Narelle Cridland

Narelle’s exhibition Living China,  provided solitude and escapism to its creator, as she documented a concatenation of memories of East meets West and her physical and spiritual displacement of residing in an Asian destination.  The autobiographical photographic self-portraits are personalized…

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Inaugural Artist in Resident

For three months fortyfivedownstairs will be hosting Greg Ades as its artist in residence. Positioned in a studio space at the back of the large gallery Greg will be working in the space on material for his upcoming exhibition from…

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Stephen Williams

For his first exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs, Stephen Williams continues his exploration of the tree’s role in contemporary art. In a series of multi-panel paintings, trees float in a shifting white space. Evocation and mystery have taken precedence over traditional depiction…

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Lisa Sewards

White Parachute is a body of work by Lisa Sewards, capturing a childhood memory of her mother’s experience in wartime Russia.  It reveals the human impulse to create order and beauty in the face of displacement and the chaos of…

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Finucane & Smith’s Glory Box: Paradise

STOP PRESS: Vika & Linda Bull, 9 August! & Tina C, 10 August! “Constantly evolving, totally unpredictable and enormously entertaining …..setting hearts a quiver”  **** THE AGE “Glory Box Paradise is so sexy and contemporary it’ll set your bouffant hair…

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SWEET DREAMS: Songs by Annie Lennox

From writer/director Dean Bryant direct from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths IS Annie Lennox. No accent, costume or wig. Lyrics plumbed for new meaning, melodies reinterpreted, all peppered with candid musings and remembrances from the moody…

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Between the Cracks

Melbourne’s very own Diva extraordinaire – the feather ruffler, the rabble rouser, the cabaret provocateur Yana Alana, takes to the stage with her first solo show (with two people in it). Between the Cracks traverses the private places and deepest…

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Gallery 9

Gallery 9 is fulfilling its original intention to exhibit Sydney and overseas based artists in Melbourne, in the same way the Gallery exhibits Melbourne based artists in its Sydney premises with group exhibition Contemporary Painting. Contemporary Painting presents the latest…

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Heartlands Refugee Art Prize

Forty inspiring artworks have been shortlisted for the AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria 2013 Heartlands Refugee Art Prize, including works by thirty-two refugee artists from Victoria. The shortlisted artwork will be on display at fortyfivedownstairs in the lead up to…

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Sally Fitts

We Don’t Know Everything Yet is a series of drawings and sculptures that grew out of Sally’s desire to explore the fundamental questions of human existence. Sally questions what causes us to be capable of the extremes of compassion and…

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True Love Travels on a Gravel Road

"I laughed out loud at the cleverly handled banter, heightened caricature and ludicrous comedy" - Cameron Woodhead, The Age. A comedy about living the dream. True Love Travels on a Gravel Road by Jane Miller is a new award-winning Australian comedy-drama, set…

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Victoria McCaffrey

Upon preparing for this exhibition of prints, Victoria McCaffrey realised that her folio was filled with images of trees; trees which has made their way into her psyche and her artworks without her conscious realisation.  These trees are both serene…

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