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Guided Walking Tour

Meeting at 11.00am we will embark at a leisurely pace through the city's inner East, stopping at significant sites for James' paintings along the way - taking in lush gardens, bustling streets and hidden lane ways. Finding ourselves conveniently at…

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Walking to Work

In Walking to Work James Yuncken documents his daily commute from home to studio. His paintings depict parts of Melbourne’s inner east, worked from photographs taken en route between November 2010 and January 2011. The aim? 'To show those scenes…

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Streeton Trio

Formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland from three of Australia’s leading young musicians, the Streeton Trio is the only Australian ensemble ever to be selected for the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, where it has been ensemble-in-residence since 2010. The…

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2012 Flashpoint Rehearsed Readings

Rehearsed readings of winning scripts from the R.E. Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Awards. The boy out of the country by Felix Nobis -Monday 19 November at 7.30pm The play revolves around the sale of a country property to accommodate…

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Rhonda Is In Therapy

Recipient of The R E Ross Trust Playwrights' Script Development Award 2009, Rhonda Is In Therapy by Bridgette Burton is a new Australian work that explores the themes of loss and grief. After an unimaginable accident, Rhonda takes flight from…

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The Marvelous Wonderettes

The Marvelous Wonderettes takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School Super Senior Prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we…

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Mademoiselle

From the talent behind sell-out success Urban Display Suite - prepare for Mademoiselle. Michael Dalley and Paul McCarthy are overdressing and overacting as they storm into fortyfivedownstairs for a champagne cocktail of wit with an extra dash of bitters! A…

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THEN X TEN: The Power of the Poster

Herman Miller, with its designers, has shaped the world of modern furniture design as we know it. But the company’s influence is not limited to product design and manufacturing – equally acclaimed are the now iconic art and illustration posters…

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Victorian Architecture Awards 2012

An exhibition exploring the 230+ projects entered in the 2012 Victorian Architecture Awards. Nowhere in Australia is the process of making architecture as celebrated as it is in Victoria, particularly in Melbourne, a city where architecture makes a tangible contribution…

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The McNeil Project

FOUR STARS- THE AGE- read the review FOUR STARS- HERALD SUN- read the review Three walls. A roof. A floor ... And thick black iron bars. The McNeil Project presents two of Jim McNeil’s best-known plays penned in the Parramatta jail…

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Un:sighted

A group exhibition by Peter Summers, Troy Mendham, Emma Langridge, Tim Gresham, Louise Blyton and Lynette Smith. These six Melbourne artists all focus on the myriad pathways of abstraction. The exhibition title refers to the multiple terms used about abstract…

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Uncle Vanya

Chekhov’s modern masterpiece is brought to life by a unique performance ensemble led by Green Room award-winning director Laurence Strangio. The world of this timeless play is hilarious while it is heartbreaking, endearing while frustrating, and baffling while delightful. Chekhov’s…

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Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize 2012

Now in its third year, the Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize is presented by AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with VicHealth, Parks Victoria and the Sidney Myer Foundation. Read about the winners of the 2012 Heartlands Refugee Fine…

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David Lawrance

While David Lawrance worked in relative isolation in the latter part of his life, his lifelong commitment to his work as an artist never waned. He worked in various mediums; pencil, charcoal, water color and oil. His work, particularly in…

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Allan Wolf-Tasker

Througout the 80s and 90s when much of Victoria was in drought - renowned artist Allan Wolf-Tasker painted the landscape. With a practised brush he created vivid images of country Australia, farmland, drybeds of creeks, rivers and bush. Now with…

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Martin Hodge

Heroism is a cross-cultural and historically persistent phenomenon. Martin Hodge’s latest series of observational drawings and watercolours are inspired by contemporary heroes – a collection of children’s toys and figurines. As elements of material culture, toys act as role models…

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Streeton Trio

Formed in 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, from three of Australia’s leading young musicians, Benjamin Kopp (piano), Emma Jardine (violin) and Martin Smith (cello), the Streeton Trio is currently one of the ensembles in residence of the prestigious European Chamber Music…

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Far Away

Caryl Churchill’s 'Far Away' has proven almost visionary in its surmise of the events of the past decade. Written in 1999, the play takes us with Joan on her journey from questioning youth into the overwhelming apathy of adulthood, in…

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Tango Mundo

Fresh from their crowd-pleasing performance at diamonds downstairs, our 10 year birthday showcase, Faye Bendrups, Guillermo Anad, and Dave Evans return to our stage with a tango performance steeped in the rich history it has sprung from. Esteemed scholars of…

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Duo 19

Two of Australia's most compelling virtuoso guitarists – Daniel McKay and Antony Field - join forces in Duo 19. Already much loved within Australia's guitar scene the duo are a riveting combo of on-stage energy. Collaborating for many years on…

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Ironwood

One of Australia’s most exciting chamber groups come to fortyfivedownstairs this April – promising an enlightening evening of enlightenment, discussion, and the music of the revolutionary 1770s/1780s. The winds of change and outward expansion refreshed Europe and the new world, and…

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Sambalamento

Ken Murray (guitar), Ken Schroder (saxophone) and Denis Close (percussion) are Sambalamento. The trio play Bossa Nova, samba and choro with brief excursions into Nuevo Tango. Featured composers include Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, alongside Afro-Sambas by the great Brazilian…

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Ward B

The place: Ward B, Yarra Bend Asylum, Melbourne. The man: Chinese What does it mean to be innocent and incarcerated?  What does it mean to be guilty and incarcerated. Are you insane or do you become insane? Ward B is…

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Beck Wheeler

Beck Wheeler's colourful Neo-tribal series, Gone Bush, blends European folklore with myths and legends from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Colour palettes are reminiscent of 1970's European childrens books whilst the pattern making takes inspiration from Maori, Pacific…

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Nicholas Harder

In mid 2009 Nicholas Harder spent time exploring the landscapes of Kakadu in the Northern Territory. In his latest series, Harder captures the kaleidoscopic essence of the Australian landscape. ‘My landscapes are concerned with memory and a sense of place…

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Peter Garnick

The 50-year old Western Districts Grampian’s Wool Scour was decommissioned in February 2009. The specialised scrubbing machinery has since been sold and shipped to China, where Australia’s wool will be processed more cheaply. In this latest body of work, photographer…

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UNFOLD

fortyfivedownstairs is celebrating 10 marvellous years in Flinders Lane with an in-house group show. UNFOLD: works from paper features 10 outstanding Australian artists: Louise Rippert, Nicholas Jones, Nobby Seymour, Graham Hay, Wendy Edwards, Lan Nguyen-Hoan, Adam Simmons, Alana Sivell, Claudia…

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A Little Room

It’s the 3rd of February again and Miss Place, Betty and Lana sit quietly, sipping their shiraz. Slowly and methodically the floor begins to shift, revealing the moss and mud below.  A tall crab apple tree pulls out from cupboard…

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diamonds downstairs

Our anniversary showcase is sure to dazzle and delight with a glittering list of performers... The beautiful voice of Fiona Roake... Comedy Festival stars Benn Bennett, Wes Snelling and Ryan Coffey... Michael Dalley singer, songwriter and satirist, turns his piercing…

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Henry IV, Part I

King Henry IV is beset by strife. His soul is sick, his body faltering. His land is gripped by civil war. His enemy is a killing machine. And his heir is a playboy prodigal. What does he want to do?…

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