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Geoffrey Falk

PILBARA - An ancient red land being “towed away” because it’s made of pure iron. The beauty of the place hits you like a fist sized rock from the back of a road train or being attacked by a bunch…

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THE JOURNEY

The Journey is a tender and illuminating play about one of the most emotional and controversial issues of our time - infertility. A two-hander, directed by Brenda Palmer and featuring Carolyn Masson and Sarah Ranken, it focuses on the intimate relationship between…

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Studio Visit & Guided Walking Tour

James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with his latest exhibition Places Nearby.

As part of his exhibition, James will be taking a select group on a private walking tour of the Fitzroy precinct and visit to his artist studio.

Meeting at the BlackCat in Fitzroy at 10.30am Saturday 6 September, you will take a short walk through laneways and street art to his artist studio on Little Smith Street. From there James will conduct a ‘show and tell’ of his studio over a light brunch. Take a leisurely half hour walk through Gertrude Street shops and Fitzroy gardens, finishing at fortyfivedownstairs where you will be served a glass of tipple on arrival and have James personally talk you through his exhibition.

Please email jade@fortyfivedownstairs.com to book.

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Ivana Perkins

For over 30 years Ivana Perkins has been inspired by the changing landscape of her environment; the shape, texture and colour of organic forms has always intrigued her. This approach to art-making connects her with the instincts and artifacts of…

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The Sound Of Waves

"... remarkable theatre that explores one artist's journey between two worlds in all its isolation and wonder, frustration and humour." - The Age Meet Shelly, a ‘normal’ girl who finds herself becoming more and more fish-like every day. Join her…

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Kate Durham

Read THE AGE's interview with Kate HERE "I return to jewellery in this exhibition, but it is a far cry from the exuberant and noisy youth I celebrated in the 1980s. My ‘grown up’ jewellery is just as talkative but…

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DREAMERS

★★★★ 1/2 Andrew Fuhrmann, Australian Book Review "Dreamers showcases hope in stunning cast led by Helen Morse" Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Age "Dreamers is a perfect example of strong writing, acting, and directing coming together to create a highly memorable theatrical experience…

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James Yuncken

James Yuncken returns to fortyfivedownstairs with Places Nearby; an exhibition that captures scenes of inner Melbourne at a time in its history when self-confidence is flowering like perhaps never before. The cultural cringe is in recession and we have attained…

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Flashpoint Readings

The R E Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Awards are designed to foster Victoria's theatre industry by providing support to Victorian-based writers to develop their play scripts. Over the past decade the Awards have produced many wonderful new plays – and…

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PARADE – all performances have SOLD OUT!

★★★★1/2 ArtsHub ★★★★ Theatre People Atlanta, Georgia. 1913. Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. With the whole town screaming for justice, his only defenders…

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Vivien Anderson Gallery presents

Contemporary Australian Indigenous art from The Torres Strait, Tasmania, Victoria, East Kimberley and South Australia featuring Ricardo Idagi, Vicki West, Maree Clarke, Phyllis Thomas, Peggy Patrick & James Tylor. North South East West is an exhibition that spans the continent…

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press, play

After the Light sees three of Melbourne’s most acclaimed and diverse artists come together for the birth of new project press, play. The universes of pianist Sonya Lifschitz, percussionist Leah Scholes and flutist Lina Andonovska have collided as they set…

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Master Class 2014 – new season on sale now (2015)

★★★★★ "awe-inspiring performance" The Age "Maria Mercedes... is sensational as Maria Callas" Australian Book Review “masterfully directed” Theatre Press “this play cast a spell…Bravo.” Australian Stage Inspired by Maria Callas’ famous 1971 visit to New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Master…

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THE SEAFARER

“very funny… impressively tense” TimeOut Melbourne ★★★★★ “beautifully constructed, atmospheric piece of theatre... I highly recommend it” Melbourne.Arts.Fashion “a riveting production of this impeccably paced & often funny play” The Age It’s Christmas Eve and James ‘Sharky’ Harkin, battling alcoholism,…

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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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