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May 2017
Stoke, 2017, Acrylic/Charcoal/Oil Pastel/ Shellac

Surfaces

16 May, 2017 - 27 May, 2017

Surfaces explores the relationship between the physical action of mark making, and the role of the unconscious mind that drives it.

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Kyneton Jug, 2016, oil on board, 20 x 20cm

Truth in the Shadow

16 May, 2017 - 27 May, 2017

An exhibition of visual poetry, objects from the everyday, simple moments.

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Untitled, 2017, encaustic sculptural painting (detail)

This life of accretion

30 May, 2017 - 10 June, 2017

This life of accretion is an exploration of intricate and interesting processes, borne of a desire to push artistic boundaries.

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She animates the Monument – St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

But She is the Monument

30 May, 2017 - 10 June, 2017

An exhibition exploring the notion of the monument, or monstrance, in relation to images of twelve saints from Alban Butler's Lives of Fathers, Martyrs and other Saints.

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June 2017
Emerging Artist Award 2017

Emerging Artist Award 2017

13 June, 2017 - 24 June, 2017

The third annual Emerging Artist Award showcases independent, experimental and thought-provoking art by some of Australia’s best emerging artists.

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John Beaton, Here, 2011, photographic print

Wabi/Sabi

27 June, 2017 - 8 July, 2017

Wabi/Sabi is a series of photographs celebrating the ephemeral, freezing humans and nature in motion.

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July 2017
Philip Faulks, Charon The Smuggler, 2016, cut paper, 900 x 2700mm

Paper Pusher

11 July, 2017 - 22 July, 2017

Paper Pusher explores bureaucracy, institutional power, and the influence of organisations on our everyday lives and our sense of self.

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David Hirst, Blue Faces I, 2017, oil on canvas, 610 x 610mm

Wet Feet

11 July, 2017 - 22 July, 2017

Wet Feet expresses the artist's dismay at the way in which we are ignoring the effects of climate change on others.

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Rehgan De Mather, [DIOS] Mother is God, 2017, acrylic, spray enamel and tin heart on canvas, 1400 x 1400mm

Art, Life, Love, Death, Immortality, and a Respectable Haircut…

25 July, 2017 - 5 August, 2017

After a four-month residency at fortyfivedownstairs, Rehgan De Mather presents an exhibition inspired by his travels through Mexico and South America.

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Cate Blanchett Elizabeth the Golden Age, 2015, gouache on paper, 80 x 130mm

Imaging the Filmic Gloriana: The Mask of Elizabeth

25 July, 2017 - 5 August, 2017

The purse-sized gouache miniature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I are a meditation on regaining authorship of one’s own story.

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August 2017
David Frazer, 5. Happy Hour, 2017, wood engraving, 75 x 99mm

Happy Hour

8 August, 2017 - 19 August, 2017

David Frazer teams up with Australian song-writing legend Don Walker to create his latest handmade book collaboration of traditional wood block prints.

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45at45 Design by Zac Fay

45 at 45

8 August, 2017 - 19 August, 2017

An exhibition of 45 artists at fortyfivedownstairs to celebrate our fifteenth birthday!

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Rhonda Baum, Mind, white conte and ink, 300gsm on cotton rag paper, 300mm x 200mm

Convenire

22 August, 2017 - 2 September, 2017

Convenire is an exhibition of sculpture, photography and works on paper by three renowned Melbourne artists.

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Rosie Weiss, Mt Martha, 2016, CHinese ink and watercolour on Arches, 160 x 125mm

The Trees Are Falling Into The Sea And Other Stories: Part Two

22 August, 2017 - 2 September, 2017

An exhibition of watercolours documenting the effects of climate change along Melbourne coastlines.

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September 2017
Mark Chew

Nili Kotoka

5 September, 2017 - 16 September, 2017

Nili Kotoka is an attempt to understand how despite the most desperate circumstances, community is fundamental, music permeates all aspects of life and above all, education is cherished.

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Aurora in Purple (2016) Monotype & Etching Ink on Velin Arches paper 43.5 x 39cm

A Decade of Dance

19 September, 2017 - 14 October, 2017

A Decade of Dance celebrates ten years of artwork inspired by dance companies from New York to The Australian Ballet by Debra Luccio.

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October 2017
Terry Swann, HIGH COUNTRY MT. BUFFALO VIC , watercolour, 530 X 530mm

Journeys Through Landscape

17 October, 2017 - 28 October, 2017

This series of visceral contemporary watercolours capture in vivid abstraction the essence of Australia’s ancient and unspoilt landscapes.

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The Art of Conversation, Image and Text on paper & Interactive Digital work 100cm x 100cm

The Art of Conversation

31 October, 2017 - 25 November, 2017

The Art of Conversation presents a colloquial and visual dialogue around the arts, community, collectivity and what it’s like to be young.

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Liza McCosh, Liminal 5, watercolour on synthetic paper, 300 x 300mm

LIMINAL

31 October, 2017 - 25 November, 2017

The series of work in LIMINAL derives from Liza McCosh’s direct engagement with the natural environment.

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November 2017
Kim Anderson, Untitled (The Red Dress series), 2017, ink on Arches paper, 350 x 260mm

Hiding in Plain Sight

28 November, 2017 - 16 December, 2017

A body of work centred around personal experiences and struggles, exploring the artist's deepest responses to the world around her.

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William White, It's Not a Library.

It’s Not a Library

28 November, 2017 - 16 December, 2017

A collection of of mixed media artworks and prints inspired by childhood memories.

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January 2018
Stephanie Howden, Bec and The Fox

As you are

30 January - 10 February

An exploration in the subtleties of physical expression through body language, attitude and sartorial choices.

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Bailer, Untitled, acrylic on canvas. Photo by p1xels

Duality

30 January - 10 February

A series of paintings and sculpture traversing the liminal states of being and exploring the ever-changing states of the human condition.

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February 2018
Anna Taylor, The Andes, Peru – Save me series (detail), 2016, 230 x 510mm. Photographer: Christopher Sanders

Save me

13 February - 3 March

An exhibition exploring the minutiae of landscape replicated in the aerial view, documenting the exquisite mirroring of detail, pattern and line. Both a celebration of our earth and it’s incredible
beauty, and a call to action to save it.

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Jan Donaldson, The Infant of Prague

Uncanny Life – artifact and identity

13 February - 3 March

An extension of the research undertaken for Jan Donaldson's PhD project exploring the doll/puppet as a cultural icon and artifact.

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March 2018
Lisa Sewards, Thousand kisses deep, 2017, detail

Thousand kisses deep

6 March - 17 March

A new body of work connecting the materiality of prints and the fluidity of paintings with imagery emphasizing illusory maritime parachutes.

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Bird as totem

6 March - 17 March

An exhibition of sculpture, drawing and prints commenting on issues affecting our lives, war, the environment and the higher being.

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Emerging Artist Award 2018, Design by Zac Fay

Emerging Artist Award 2018 – Call for Submissions

16 March - 21 May

fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders are inviting submissions from emerging Australian artists for the annual Emerging Artist Award 2018.

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Daily Encounters

20 March - 7 April

As part of an artist residency at fortyfivedownstairs, Robyn Rich will present an exhibition of paintings that explore life through the eyes of the artist.

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The Language of Colour: A Textile Journey

20 March - 7 April

A new series of work as part of Melbourne Design Week exploring cultural heritage and traditional textiles as the inspiration to create new performative and cultural connections with the medium.

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April 2018

A life seen through cut outs

Kerry Armstrong
10 April - 5 May

A series of large scale paintings finding figuration through means of abstraction.

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Hands All Over 2

Hands All Over

Serap Osman
10 April - 21 April

An exhibition of photography commenting on how convenience, industrialisation and modern materials are impacting the natural world.

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Studio Gallery Melbourne

A Small Gathering

Studio Gallery Melbourne
24 April - 5 May

A Small Gathering brings together a series of artworks from Studio Gallery Melbourne.

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May 2018

Between Us

Ede Horton
8 May - 19 May

An exhibition of glass portraits depicting the diversity of the artist's community.

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Arthur Ted Powell, Midnight Melbourne

Mighty Melbourne

Arthur Ted Powell
8 May - 19 May

An exhibition of Melbourne cityscapes by Arthur Ted Powell

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