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Arts Spring Clean

We’ve assembled a delightful dozen creative folk and they want to meet you! An eclectic mix of Melbourne creatives have been invited to partake in a collaborative cacophony at fortyfivedownstairs. Artists and makers of all persuasions will engage curious members…

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The Boundlessness of the instant

Returning to Australia from Paris after his South‐East Asian tour Joshua Hyde will be presenting a program of new music with the help of Leigh Harrold, Winnie Huang and Anna Camara. This group of highly acclaimed musicians will be playing…

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Coady Green

Coady Green is acknowledged as a major rising talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as “a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating”, (Musical Opinion). Since early 2006 Coady Green has been based…

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Tristan Lee

One of the few Australian musicians of his generation pursuing a successful career as a concert pianist in Europe, Tristan Lee returns to fortyfive downstairs for his yearly Melbourne recital. Once again, he will perform a diverse and challenging programme,…

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Jo Daniell

An exhibition of colour photographs of the artist’s Antarctic experience extending the artist’s archive of work which includes image galleries from Australia, Africa, Asia, the Himalayas and Sahara. Image: Jo Daniell, 3 December 2010 0810 hrs, 2011, digital print, archival…

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Pam Bain

Living, breathing, thriving:  A visual story of pattern, shape, line and colour these paintings and works on paper redefine the City of Melbourne and its suburb boundaries as organic formations. Bain’s interest in fractal geometry and playful experimentation transform the current map of Melbourne into anthropomorphic conversations of form and effect. Presented in abstract and naturalistic stylings, these two dimensional re-interpretations are the result of the artist’s ongoing efforts to reorientate herself within a new city. Interlocking colourfully patterned shapes each maintain an individual identity while also functioning as a whole much like living organisms and cities of people do.

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Trevor Mein

'When we think of an archetypal cloud, we think cumulus: the picture book clouds. The word ‘cumulus’ comes from the Latin for ‘heap’ or ‘pile’, and like a cloud slowly accumulating droplet by droplet, this collection of images is the…

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Whiteley's Incredible Blue

'Dickins' distinctive, poetic script is rendered truly memorable by Pigot's nuanced, chameleon-like performance.' Kate Herbert - four stars in the Herald Sun read review here. What lies inside the imaginations of an artist and addict? The capricious genius of Brett…

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Cyprus: A Fifty Year Old Republic at Risk?

A Public Speaking event hosted by Liberty Victoria with special guest Dr Van Coufoudakis. Dr Van Coufoudakis will focus on the achievements and challenges facing the Republic of Cyprus after fifty years of independence. The  current  state  of  the  “Cyprus …

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Rebetiko

One of the most important and revered figures of the Greek popular music known as ‘rebetika’, Agathonas, is touring Australia for the very first time in June of this year. A founding member of the seminal rebetiko* group Rebetiko Synkrotima…

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Two by Two

The rain hasn't stopped, the water is rising, and Carl and Jack are just about packed. They can see the boat from their window but haven't got a ticket. Yet. Two by Two is a play about the food chain…

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The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell

Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt. Ragged. The incident inspired celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s (John Wood) most analysed piece of verse ... a poem that’s final verse has never been published. Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as…

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Urban Display Suite

Urban Display Suite is a deliciously malicious musical satire on our national obsession with the property market. With Melbourne houses the most overvalued in the world, our city is awash with tandoori tanned real estate agents, tasteless architecture and boring…

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The Burlesque Hour Loves Melbourne

The global smash hit, legendary burlesque-eats-its young salon that has set critics raving and 60,000 audience members around the world in raptures comes home at last, with a 9 week love letter to its home town; The Burlesque Hour LOVES…

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Atticus

Atticus has drawn players from Melbourne’s leading and emerging new music ensembles (Golden Fur, Quiver, Arcko) to create a string quartet dedicated to the highest quality performance of the world’s finest new music. This new ensemble seeks to create a…

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I Take Your Hand in Mine

I Take Your Hand in Mine by Carol Rocamora is a series of readings by Anastasia Malinoff and Paul English, directed by multi awarding winning director Ariette Taylor. Based on the letters between Anton Chekov and his wife Olga Knipper,…

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Quiver

Quiver New Music Ensemble undertakes its most daring project to date. In the depths of fortyfivedownstairs, Quiver presents a dark mixtape of new music with industrial-rock undertones. Rarely heard tracks by industrial pioneers Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Dept will be…

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Skin Tight

Electrifying, personal, fierce and passionate, Skin Tight is modern theatrical classic, a feverish fusion of intense physicality, daring tenderness and poetic lyricism set against the dramatic South Canterbury landscape. Since its first performance at BATS Theatre in 1994, Skin Tight…

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Apophenia

Apophenia RMIT BA Textile Design Exhibition 1 - 4 December 2010 The RMIT Bachelor of Arts - Textile Design exhibition, Apophenia, is underway at fortyfivedownstairs.

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