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In response to the lifting of restrictions, the gallery will reopen on Friday 11 June with an extension of the exhibitions Retreat by James Grant and Greedy Pixiu by William Eicholtz. The theatre will reopen on Wednesday 16 June with the return season of RUNT.

COVID safe practices and restrictions apply, of course. We look forward to seeing you at the venue soon.

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Roma McLaughlin & Kathy Fahey
8 June - 19 June
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Emerging Artist Award 2021

presented by fortyfivedownstairs
22 June - 3 July
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fortyfivedownstairs is a Melbourne based
not-for-profit theatre and gallery

showcasing independent visual art, theatre and music

fortyfivedownstairs is one of Melbourne’s most renowned and multi-faceted creative hubs

As an unfunded and not-for-profit organisation we support independent, experimental and thought-provoking art forms, striving to make money for artists – not from them.


fortyfivedownstairs acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which we gather to share art and performance, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We recognise the strength, pride and expression of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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