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It’s All in the Details

16 August, 2022 - 27 August, 2022

16 August – 27 August 2022

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm – 8pm
admission: Free

..An exhibition of wearable art by designer Kate Durham…

It’s All in the Details is the title of this show.

I made most of these pieces in lockdown. I think with being somewhat cloistered and remaining housebound and often losing any sense of time’s progress or the world beyond my designated perimeter, my work became more complex. The vision was more myopic, focused more intense, l hope not to the point of neurosis, but as time seemed limitless there was a slowness to the pace of my work. A sense that I could quietly explore, avoid the virus and with no distractions, the work often became an elaboration on an elaboration. Jewellery inside jewellery.

My exhibition held here in the small gallery at fortyfivedownstairs in 2016 called The Decorated Self contained similar themes, my retort to minimalism and it’s structures. I wanted to pay my respects to Decoration. Decoration and detail are cousins and they both allow the eye to travel which is what the eye seeks.

Kate Durham

Kate Durham is a Melbourne artist, practicing in jewellery, painting, decorative art, interiors, sculpture and drawing. She was trained in fine art in Melbourne.

Her work has been shown in Japan, England, the USA and around Australia. Kate has sold her designs in several boutiques and gallery design stores.

Kate is represented in major collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, The National Gallery, Canberra, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sydney Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston and Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

In 2001, Kate established Spare Rooms for Refugees, a project to provide community accommodation for asylum seekers. In June 2002, she travelled to Nauru with a BBC journalist and thus provided the first images of Australia’s Pacific Solution.

In the 1980’s Kate made popular her extravagant, bejewelled jewellery, head-pieces, drawings, paintings, sculptures, busts, mirrors, frames and furniture. Kate’s choice of materials from scraps, remnants, and rubbish informed her playful and unique anti-fashion, fashion style.

Kate was a founding member of the Fashion Design Council (FDC) of Australia. A non-profit collective supporting emerging and alternative fashion, emanating from the street and the nightclub scene of the early 1980’s.

Artist talk & drinks hosted by Janice Breen Burns with Kate Durham, Susan Cohn & Deborah Thomas.

Saturday 20th August from 2pm.
Free event. Bookings essential.
RSVP to [email protected]


16 August, 2022
27 August, 2022
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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