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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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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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