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June 2018


5 June, 2018

A concert by Collide, a new and versatile ensemble with the unique combination of Saxophone, Cello and Piano.

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BLOOMSDAY IN MELBOURNE: Holy Cow! James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature

Holy Cow!

Bloomsday in Melbourne
13 June, 2018 - 17 June, 2018

James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature. In Ulysses, nothing and no-one is safe and everything is fair game.

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Emerging Artist Award 2018

fortyfivedownstairs & Future Leaders
19 June, 2018 - 30 June, 2018

fortyfivedownstairs and Future Leaders present the fourth annual Emerging Artist Award 2018.

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Brave World

Retro Futurismus
21 June, 2018 - 8 July, 2018

The Feminista Supernovas of Retro Futurismus are back! “★★★★★ Brave World is a work of genius” - Theatre People

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The Boite
25 June, 2018

Inspired by sadness and joy, Klezmania embraces the old and the new. Grounded in the present, yet steeped in Eastern European Jewish roots, their music looks ahead, evoking a conversation about passion and life, a journey from quiet intensity to wild delight.

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July 2018

HICSA Bunyip


Curated by Lisa Waup and Baluk Arts
3 July, 2018 - 14 July, 2018

TOO-ROO-DUN has brought together Victorian Aboriginal communities to create an immersive and imagined exhibition celebrating the Bunyip.

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Coral Browne: This F***ing Lady!

Genevieve Mooy
10 July, 2018 - 22 July, 2018

“Wit and charm bring Coral Browne’s fascinating life to light” - The Age

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Weaving the here and then

Ali McNabney-Stevens
17 July, 2018 - 28 July, 2018

A new series of large scale paintings exploring the links between the artist's past and present.

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Real and Imagined Spaces

Jessica Gannaway
17 July, 2018 - 28 July, 2018

These botanical hand dyed textiles provoke viewers to think about the imaginary and discursive places we inhabit in relationship to other people: shared spaces, contested spaces, collaborative spaces and boundaries and walls that divide us.

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The Kites of Tianjin

Adam Simmons
26 July, 2018 - 29 July, 2018

A magical new composition by Adam Simmons, inspired by the Chinese city’s renowned "Wei Kites".

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All We Can't See: Janet Laurence

All We Can’t See: Illustrating the Nauru Files

Melbourne Art Week
31 July, 2018 - 11 August, 2018

A hugely impressive roster of award-wining Australian artists, including Abdul Abdullah, Janet Laurence and Ben Quilty have joined forces once again for the Melbourne installment of All We Can’t See, depicting individual interpretations of the leaked Nauru files exposed by The Guardian in 2016.

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August 2018


Christopher Bryant
1 August, 2018 - 12 August, 2018

A daring new Australian work from writer Christopher Bryant and director Daniel Lammin.

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Virtually Embedded in the Landscape

Narelle Cridland
14 August, 2018 - 25 August, 2018

Virtually Embedded In The Landscape authenticates a father’s and daughter’s connection with the picturesque Australian landscape of South Australia, Flinders Ranges and the romantic mobility of the British icon four-wheel drive vehicle, the Land Rover.

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Darker Places

Caroline Walls
14 August, 2018 - 25 August, 2018

Darker Places, a new series of paintings and drawings by Caroline Walls, is an extension of her art practice where the female is the central focus of consideration.

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Seanna van Helten
15 August, 2018 - 26 August, 2018

She Said Theatre presents a new Australian work, inspired by the history of a home for “fallen” women founded by Charles Dickens.

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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

20 August, 2018

Readings of the three shortlisted stories and the announcement of the winner. This prize honours the work of the great Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley.

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Hyperrealism and Improvisation

James Yuncken
28 August, 2018 - 8 September, 2018

James Yuncken presents a series of paintings and drawings; both landscapes in a traditional and non-traditional sense.

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Melbourne Listening, Susannah Williams and Warren Armstrong

Melbourne Listening

Susannah Williams & Warren Armstrong
28 August, 2018 - 8 September, 2018

An interactive installation consisting of 24 audio recordings representing a "day" in Melbourne that can be accessed via touch responsive drawings and objects, and beyond the gallery, via a phone app.

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Dreams echoing the memory of time

Dreams Echoing the Memories of Time

Pam Davison Visual Storyteller
29 August, 2018 - 8 September, 2018

An exhibition of photography, fashion, floristry and theatre by Pam Davison in collaboration with Linda Britten, Victoria Whitelaw and Cameron Menzies.

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September 2018

Marion Harper, I am years on the bridge, 2018, oil on board, 630 x 730mm

I am scattering like light

Marion Harper
11 September, 2018 - 22 September, 2018

I am scattering like light proposes a visual journey through abstraction, amorphic forms, dimensional models, and demarcated spaces.

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Catherine Bainbridge

…of script and facture… with Two Shanks

Catherine Bainbridge with Daniel Keene
11 September, 2018 - 22 September, 2018

A two-part exhibition of painting and prints by Catherine Bainbridge and a film of Two Shanks by Daniel Keene.

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Lottie in the Late Afternoon

Amelia Roper
12 September, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

Critically acclaimed Aussie, LA-based playwright and screenwriter Amelia Roper brings her hilarious new comedy home to Melbourne for its world premiere

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Manhattan Dreaming

Marco Luccio
25 September, 2018 - 20 October, 2018

A new collection of paintings and drypoints capturing Manhattan's lines, angles, moods and movement, with a spontaneity bordering on instinct.

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October 2018

Helyard’s Bach by Genesis Baroque

Genesis Baroque
1 October, 2018

Harpsichordist Dr Erin Helyard joins Genesis Baroque for a program of works by J.S. Bach’s two eldest sons.

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with Simon Starr
17 October, 2018

The exquisite, melismatic music of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, traditional and modern tunes from Israel, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Syria

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The Far North

Allan Wolf-Tasker
23 October, 2018 - 3 November, 2018

In this most recent exhibition, Allan leaves his studio in Daylesford for the vastly different Far North of Australia, an area he has visited with his wife Alla since the 1970s but never before captured on his canvas.

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Play Reading: Chekhov and the Lady

Judith Armstong
24 October, 2018

A rehearsed reading of a play based on Chekhov's final love affair.

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Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

Max Gillies
31 October, 2018 - 11 November, 2018

Max Gillies performs Beckett's meditation on time, memory and ageing.

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November 2018

SMALL! exhibition

8 November, 2018 - 17 November, 2018

fortyfivedownstairs has submissions from everyone for our first ever community-sourced small works exhibition, SMALL!

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BROKEN by Mary Anne Butler

Lab Kelpie
15 November, 2018 - 25 November, 2018

The Victorian premiere of Mary Anne Butler’s poetic, evocative play. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature.

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Keren Dobia, The Fashion Designer


Keren Dobia
20 November, 2018 - 1 December, 2018

A photographic portrait series of Australian creatives, exploring and depicting the diverse nature of those in the creative industry in a cinematic and stylised form.

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Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out

Lee Darroch
20 November, 2018 - 1 December, 2018

A contemporary installation documenting and exploring a series of heart-wrenching letters and petitions written by the Ancestors to authorities in the 19th and 20th century.

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Bottomless by Dan Lee

28 November, 2018 - 14 December, 2018

Broome is a tropical paradise, but also home to the idiosyncratic Sober Up Centre. Written in response to his own experience of getting sober, Dan Lee's story moves between a chaotic night the Centre and a long past tragic incident.

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December 2018

Ignacio Palacios, 2017


The Light Collective
4 December, 2018 - 15 December, 2018

A photography exhibition posing the question: Coral or Coal. How do we meet our growing energy needs and still act responsibly towards the environment?

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La Mauvaise Réputation

The Boite
10 December, 2018

Celebrate the end of the year with a superb evening from French Gypsy Swing virtuosos, La Mauvaise Réputation, authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms, passion and beautiful melodies of classic French chanson from 1930s Paris.

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