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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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And When He Falls

One of Australia’s most acclaimed actors, John Stanton, returns to fortyfivedownstairs with his great solo performance And When He Falls, bringing the bloody Plantagenet Kings of England to vivid life. The recent discovery of the bones of Richard lll, the…

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The Long Pigs

ALL PERFORMANCES NOW SOLD OUT! ★★★★ "a dark-hearted jewel." Cameron Woodhead, The Age ★★★★ "a dirty little masterpiece" Byron Bache, Herald Sun Join us for the premiere of THE LONG PIGS, a profound, stylistically and visually arresting performance rooted in…

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Artist in Residence 2014

Artist Christopher Beaumont is the second artist to take up residence in the studio which is attached to fortyfivedownstairs’ large gallery space. It’s particularly appropriate to Christopher's work that the studio was formerly used as a kitchen space for gallery functions,…

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Robert Lee Davis

Life is a journey of endless possibilities, Then, Now and Everything in Between engages in a dialogue with the artists’ ongoing exploration into memory and conversation. Robert Lee Davis’s sensitive cinematic paintings are reminiscent of early colonial coastal cartographic surveys. Working…

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Group Exhibition of 8 WA Artists

Florid is a group exhibition curated by Clare McFarlane and Andrew Nicholls that brings 8 multi-disciplinary WA based artists to fortyfivedownstairs. Participating artists will be: Olga Cironis, Thea Costantino, Mel Dare, Eva Fernandez, Susan Flavell, Ryan Nazzari, Clare McFarlane &…

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Design Institute of Australia

Women In Design celebrates the contribution Melbourne women make to our built environment. Presented by the Design Institute of Australia Victoria Tasmania Branch, the exhibition profiles creative leaders from the disciplines of Architecture, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior…

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Matto Lucas

Matto recently received a Lifetime membership for his contribution to MidSumma as a visual artist. "I own this space. Creating art is a way for me to belong to myself. Using photography as a foundation I exploit the perception of…

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The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Glory Box 2014 has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment that this has caused. See below for our replacement season, ENCORE, a new collaboration between fortyfivedownstairs & La Mama!  …

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Group Exhibition

embodied features diverse work by four contemporary jewellers from Australia, New Zealand and America. Tassia Joannides, Suse Scholem, Rachel Timmins and Selina Woulfe break conventions of wearability, each incorporating performance; photography; ephemeral and interactive work as well as object making in their…

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Georgia MacGuire

Ill-fitted presents a body of work that reflects upon the history of the assimilation of Australian Aboriginal women and their subjection to a western imposition of identity. This imposition involves a process where the subject’s sense of self is manipulated…

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EVOKE

Evoke: To call forth or up; To re-create imaginatively. Sarah Coghlan, Talisha Ohanessian, Lucy Wang and Jennifer Mills are four Melbourne-based musicians who want to bring and exchange ideas in sharing the music that they know with the people who…

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