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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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Graeme Altmann

Melbourne artist Graeme Altmann was born at the end of the Great Ocean Road, where the wind and salt have carved out some of Victoria’s most spectacular coastline. This tranquil yet wild landscape continues to inspire his work. Altmann’s paintings…

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Allison Jonas Young

The twice divided circle is a welcome reference point when we have lost our way. This symbol with its union of the circular and the straight has inspired Allison Jonas Young’s latest body of work. Upon a background of bare…

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Park Sung Soo

Young Korean artist Park Sung Soo has brought a very beautiful, contemplative exhibition to fortyfivedownstairs, and has filled both galleries with ease with large scale brush paintings.   Park uses brushes as wide as a house painter’s brush, and it’s difficult…

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fortyfivedownstairs late fridays

Gallery hours don't fit your lifestyle schedules? fortyfivedownstairs has a solution! Get your culture fix and expand your social life at our Friday night extended hours. a) Unwind after a busy week. b) Enjoy a drink from the bar. c)…

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Voyages

With a deep respect for the environment, Jan Learmonth constructs her artworks using natural materials. Found melaleuca sticks provide the basic structure for her sculptures in combination with other raw elements such as metal, clay and cotton. This practice of…

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Childhood and Other Disasters

Irrespective of belief, background or current circumstance we can be sure that we were all children once, navigating our way through an unfamiliar world. Kirstin Finlayson explores this precious and at times precarious phase of life in her latest exhibition…

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Name Day

Artist Violeta Capovska is interested in the practice of naming and its strong cultural and political significance. Born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, Violeta grew up celebrating Name Day; a tradition whereby communities gather together to celebrate groups of…

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Vacancy

Andrea Jenkins is a Melbourne-based artist whose professional practice has remained centered in, around and about Melbourne throughout the last decade. In Vacancy Jenkins explores Melbourne’s empty spaces. She weaves her way around the bustling business district, up and down…

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mothersmilk

Kitty is an ordinary woman living an extraordinarily complicated life. An early morning surprise visit instigates a series of choices; leading her on a journey to discover a side of herself she doesn’t want to know. Struggling with the consequences,…

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Glimpse

Facebook. Twitter. Youtube. iPhones. Skype. It’s never been easier to keep in touch; to stay in the loop; to have your finger on the pulse of the world. But in this tangle of technology, it’s easier than ever to turn…

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Stilled Life, New Paintings

Cathy Drummond has become well known for her urban landscapes, gleaning imagery from local Melbourne streets, rural Victoria, Italy and the U.K. In Stilled Life, New Paintings, she continues to find dynamic and at times humorous visual relationships in what…

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Arrested Decay

A love of interesting surfaces and life's rich patina, which only arrives very gradually with age, is central to the making of Bill Hay’s paintings. A deliberate layering and scumbling (pushing the half set paint about) has been employed to…

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DasSHOKU SHAKE!

'Wild extremes in fearless performance shock, fascinate' - The AGE(DasSHOKU Hora!) Butoh Punkess, Yumi Umiumare ignites her next infamous DasSHOKU Cabaret, a culture-crush dementia bursting from the shaking earth. Osaka's legendary Theatre Gumbo and local shock-toy acolytes bring things of darkness out into footlights. Jap-pop…

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Sweet Oriander

Fiona Sweet, art director and creative director of Sweet Creative, and Garth Oriander, photographer, present Sweet Oriander, an exhibition of their creative collaboration over five years for Malthouse Theatre. The exhibition is exclusively from the Michael Kantor and Stephen Armstrong…

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Breath of Life

Rumi Takamoto’s vivid paintings and ceramic sculptures, are influenced by natural forms. They practically writhe with energy, appearing to stretch and twist, echoing unfurling trumpet flowers or crashing waves. Adopting techniques employed by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, Takamoto applies…

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Michael James Manaia

What do you do when the country you grew up in the country you fought for has no place for you? Michael James Manaia is flooded by memories and images of his life, including the close relationship with his younger…

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Parallel Tensions: New Designer Exhibition

Melbourne’s freshest crop of fashion mavericks have joined ranks in this exciting and innovative exhibition,offering you an alternative to the traditional runway-style fashion experience. Immerse yourself in the explosion of thoughts and ideas from our highly anticipated emerging designers as…

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The Housing Project

The Housing Project is a playful and engaging interactive installation about about the challenges, experiences, problems, and delights of urban life. In this work, people can build cities using miniature ceramic trees, houses, factories and high rise buildings. As these…

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