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Join Janno’s Corona Girl Project!

We're so looking forward to Janno McLaughlin's upcoming exhibition Making Nonsense at fortyfivedownstairs later this year (dates to be announced soon!). Janno has been incredibly busy on many projects these last few months, including this exhibition, with Rose Lang as…

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Sneak preview: Robyn Rich

At fortyfivedownstairs, we love to encourage visitor engagement within our gallery spaces. Visual art is so enriching, and even more so when you can talk about it, or even participate in it! Robyn Rich is an artist who consistently and…

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Sneak preview: Mike Reed

3000 Streets is the photographic trace of Mike Reed’s near and far wanderings in the worlds’ arteries with the odd servings of meatier bites than others but always a lean towards the unusual and quirky. The exhibition was due to…

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Sneak preview: James Yuncken

James Yuncken is a longtime fortyfivedownstairs exhibitor and supporter. Sadly his exhibition of small paintings of Hong Kong scenes has been postponed, but we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite pieces! Keep an eye out here and on our…

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Flashback: All We Can’t See 2018

As a non-profit exhibition space striving to show diverse, open and thought-provoking art, we've had some excellent group exhibitions at fortyfivedownstairs over the years. One of the more important exhibitions we have hosted was the incredibly moving All We Can't See:…

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5 Minutes With the Artist: Abby Storey

We sat down with contemporary photographer Abby Storey to chat about her work and practice. Her exhibition is currently running in our gallery space until next Saturday, the 5th of July.


Contemporary photographer Abby Storey

What is the inspiration behind your current body of work ?

Moving to Melbourne from New Zealand made me really think about where the meat I was eating came from. In NZ I had a good source of genuinely free-range, humanely slaughtered meat, and this was something I initially struggled to find in my new home.  My research into areas such as animal welfare, invasive species, food production and land management made me increasingly aware, and in many ways appreciative of the specific knowledge and skills of someone who hunts animals for food and conservation. I have always struggled with killing anything, even a mangled mouse who has been caught in a trap. My inadvertant cruelty in such instances (thank goodness there’s always been someone else around!), sits uneasily beside the fact that I eat meat. I have a huge admiration for someone who is able to – humanely – slaughter and dress the animal they are going to eat, there’s an honesty to this that many of us lack. This is not to say I am pro-hunting however, more pro competance and accountability.


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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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Nick Kallincos

Originally trained as a biochemist, Nick Kallincos' works are primarily concerned with the psychological aspects of human experience. How we navigate the real world with the imagined world and how our cognitive decisions are informed by our perceptions, intuitions and…

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Judy Holding

Working in the landscape, particularly in the Top End and more recently in Nepal, the most powerful lesson I have learned is not to look just with my eyes, but to ‘ look ‘ with my ears, fingers and nose…

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Collected Works

The commercial world is a place we inhabit, but the personal realm is where we draw breath - Samantha Simpson, Managing Director, Sam I Am Management Sam I Am represents a collection of passionate and talented photographers, each incredible in…

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Prestigious art prize honours refugee artists

MEDIA RELEASE Prestigious art prize honours refugee artists AMES and Multicultural Arts Victoria are excited to announce the 12 winners of the Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize, who were honoured at a special exhibition opening at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane…

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'Beck Wheeler goes Bush' – City Weekly

European folklore mingles with Australian and New Zealand myths and legends in Beck Wheeler’s latest exhibition, Gone Bush. The German-born, New Zealand-based artist presents vibrant, colourful works inspired by her cross-cultural upbringing and the oral tradition of folklore. Many works…

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Arts Victoria People's Choice Award

The Victorian Indigenous Art Awards aim to profile and promote Victoria's Indigenous art sector. The 2012 awards exhibition features 27 works by Victoria's most exciting Indigenous artists. Check out the free exhibition in person at fortyfivedownstairs, or view the online…

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Trevor Turbo Brown paints three works

Check out this video of Trevor Turbo Brown, winner of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2012. This video shows respected Aboriginal artist Turbo working on 'Wombat Foraging For Scraps', 'Echidnas In The Dreamtime', and 'Eagle Flying High Trying To Touch…

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Call for proposals: 2013

Artists, curators and galleries, we invite you to submit proposals for two and four week exhibitions in the first half of 2013. Deadline for first round now extended until 7 May 2012. fortyfivedownstairs contains two elegant gallery spaces. The large…

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Cathedral's collapse immortalised; Mike Hewson's Under Standing Loss on The Press, Christchurch and the South Island NZ Newspaper

The Press
Written by Keith Lynch
November 25, 2011

Cathedral’s collapse immortalised – see the original article here.

A Christchurch man caught the moment when the Christ Church Cathedral crumbled on February 22.

Andrew Hewson, 24, was in an art studio he shared with his brother, Michael, and other artists on the sixth floor of the Tower Building in Cathedral Square when the earthquake struck.

He grabbed his camera and took pictures of dust clouds engulfing the Square and police kiosk.

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Kristin Diemer

As a photographer and sociologist, Kristin Diemer loves to tell a good story. Her latest exhibition 'A Dingo Fence and Mallee Roots' tells the story of a Victorian family farming on the Fringe. Kristin's poignant imagery illustrates the often solitary life of…

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