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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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Michael Pearce

Unwrapped Hong Kong is a selection of contemporary urban scrolls evolved from artist Michael Pearce’s time as an Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 2007 and 2009. Michael was drawn to the dramatic wrapped…

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Clare McFarlane

Murders and Echoes by Clare McFarlane is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne. Recognised in Western Australia for her works that intertwine intricate patterning with detailed illustration, this selection of paintings focuses on her preoccupation with birds. Through her…

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Streeton Trio

CURRENTLY POSTPONED Highly acclaimed Streeton Trio return for their second performance at fortyfivedownstairs in 2013. Formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians, the Streeton Trio is the first Australian ensemble to be selected for the prestigious European Chamber Music…

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Assassins

Amidst the lurid debris of a traveling carnival, a Proprietor invites nine would-be heroes to step up to the mark and hit a target in return for a glittering prize. As he hands out guns with a glib invitation, “c’mere and…

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Laugh Pack

fortyfivedownstairs now has a way for you to see all three of its Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows for a fantastic reduced price! Introducing the LAUGH PACK. Either see all three shows on one night, or pick and choose a…

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Jenny Peterson Artist Talk

Jenny Peterson is holding an artist talk, speaking about her unconventional printing methods as well as sharing her extensive knowledge of printmaking learnt over her 30 years as a practising artist. Prints of marred road signs and bake-ware make the basis of…

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Art Auction for Gay Hawkes

Artist Gay Hawkes, who has exhibited at fortyfivedownstairs on several occasions as well as nationally and internationally over the years, has suffered the loss not only of her home and studio, but her entire archive in the disastrous fires at…

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DC3: The Ringtone Cycle

For the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The DC3 presents ‘The Ringtone Cycle’ – their interpretation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the gargantuan 16 hour opera which will be performed this year in Melbourne to a select crowd who can afford the…

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All Washed Up

No, this isn't a 10 year retrospective on two failed comedians (come back in 7 years), this is what happens when idiot number one decides to cast off a tour boat without the crew, then idiot number two climbs the…

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Yunuen Pérez and Sissy M. Reyes

Mex-tli is a photographic exhibition that consists of 10 images and a series created by artists Yunuen Pérez Martínez and Sissy M. Reyes, who are based in Melbourne and Sydney, respectively. Their work aims to challenge the stereotypical representation in…

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The House of King

A real life story exploring the life and times of Noeleen King, a dynamic fashion designer during the 60s and 70s. The showrooms and factory were housed at 45 Flinders Lane, where 80 women toiled to produce trend-setting fashion in…

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Zero Zero

Zero Zero is a new dance work by Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare and Matthew Gingold exploring the spaces between fullness and emptiness, visibility and invisibility. . From the immediacy and simplicity of the human body lit by candles and incense,…

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Flesh and Bone

KAGE presents the world premiere of Flesh and Bone in March 2013, a bold new work exploring the construction of attraction and our primal need to be connected. This work sees KAGE co-founders Kate Denborough and Gerard Van Dyck return…

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The Power of Love

The Power of Love is a superb program of some of the world’s best loved poetry selected by Helen Morse, Paul English and ABC radio drama director Anne McInerney. Red roses fade – a love poem lives for ever!   What more perfect way…

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The Laverty Collection

The Laverty Collection auction will be one of the most important single owner sales to be held in Australia, and as a mark of its significance highlights from the collection will travel to London, New York and Melbourne for viewings…

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Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown’s latest body of work takes the viewer on an exploration of the ever changing and ever energetic urban environments that the artist calls his home town. The famous graffiti street art landscapes of Melbourne provide the inspiration for…

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Margaret Gold

In Sketches for a Painting, Margaret Gold explores the concept of disability - both external and internal - by way of the psychological portrait. Margaret's abstract/expressionist style blurs the boundaries between painting and drawing; ably communicating aspects of human frailty…

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Gypsy Passion

The passionate and exotic lives of gypsies have fired the imagination of composers for hundreds of years. Join Songmakers Australia on a world-tour of songs inspired by a romantic view of Gypsies' spontaneous love of music and singing. Featuring songs…

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Stefano Canturi

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of jewellery designer Stefano Canturi’s work with the unveiling of his first exhibition of drawings, paintings and small scale sculpture. Journey offers a rare insight into the world and mind of Stefano Canturi through…

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Jenny Peterson

In Souvenir, Peterson examines the activities of finding and collecting, using a visual symbol familiar to us all: the road sign. Peterson collects broken road signs, intervenes with their already scarred surfaces, and re-presents them as intaglio prints on paper.…

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Dispelling All Myths

An exhibition which brings together some of Australia’s most refined tattoo artisans  including: Geordie Cole, William Yoneyama, Wade Johnston, Biee SaeTang, Zach Hart, Nicole Drager, Mel Williams, Tashi M Dukanovic, Dean Sacred, Caleb Walmsley, Teniele Sadd, Tebi el Camaron and…

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Closed for the Christmas break

The galleries will be closed from Saturday 22 December 2012 - Tuesday 22 January 2013 when we reopen with an exhibition of ink drawings by visiting Korean artist Park Sung Soo. Our theatre is also closed to the public from…

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and then there were five

A group exhibition of painting, photography and installation. The artists come from different backgrounds and employ diverse mediums, yet their works and practices repeatedly interconnect. Billinge paints with oils and inks on paper and timber; Chandler's oils on canvas are…

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There are Trees that are Dancers

Join us for a special rehearsed reading of There are Trees that are Dancers by Monica Raszewski, a winning script from the R.E. Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards 2012. Vera is a writer who became blind in her youth. She visits…

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Hollandia

Guitarist Ken Murray and flautist Laila Engle join forces to present works from Japan, Australia and South America. Featuring compositions written specially for the duo by composers Barry Congyham, Christian O’Brien and Annie Hseih, the concert will open with Japanese…

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Lina Andonovska

In this special one night only performance, flautist Lina Andonovska presents Lost Compass, Forgotten World, a brutal yet gorgeous program as part of the New Music Network’s 2012 mini-series. Joined by some of Australia’s best interpreters of contemporary music, Andonovska will take…

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One World Workshops – cancelled

Sadly, the One World Project is no longer able to go ahead, due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. For more information please email Abby Storey on abby@fortyfivedownstairs.com. Image: lampshade made by Paul Blackman. Part of the commissioned decorations for the…

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A Soul Seance

A rare appearance not to be missed. Legendary Australian blues icon Wendy Saddington returns to the Melbourne stage in a stripped back setting of voice and piano that highlights her astonishing vocal soul power. In 'A Soul Seance' Wendy will…

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Tik Tak – Heartbeat

One Night Only - Monday 22 October Rebetika Performance and Celebration Australian born musician Hector Cosmas became celebrated in Greece as an outstanding exponent of Rebetika, the "Greek blues". The news of his untimely death earlier this year shocked us…

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Ashley Fripp

British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the USA at such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Royal Festival Hall (London). Fripp has won prizes at national and international competitions including the coveted Gold Medal from…

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