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Spoken Word Circle

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

This is an un-ticketed evening open to anyone from the curious to the ambitious who have an interest in sharing or experiencing living, breathing literature. The Spoken Word Circle encourages emerging and established writers of poetry, creative writing, lyricists, playwrights, novelists, biographers, diarists — all with a pen or keyboard and a fire in their belly for words are welcome.

Mike Green

M A D: Mutually Assured Destruction

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is a doctrine of military strategy and security policy where a full scale use of nuclear weapons by two or more opposing sides would cause the annihilation of both sides. It is based on the theory of deterrence, which holds that the threat of using strong weapons against the enemy prevents the enemy's use of those same weapons. As ridiculous as such a thing sounds, it is still today the modern deterrence of such an event

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Mike Nicholls

Bird Call

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

The works in Bird Call reflect humanity’s social conscience regarding the natural environment, and the impact we collectively impose on the ecosystem and the self through ignorance and greed.

Carolyn Roberts

Birdsong

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Informed by botanical and scientific illustration, Carolyn Roberts deconstructs her environment in order to better understand it.

Becky Phiri

View to Joy

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Phiri learned to sculpt and mix different coloured clays by decorating the wall plastering of the huts where she lived and grew up. Phiri channels and repurposes these skills in her artwork today, choosing to work instead on canvas and with acrylic mediums. Her artwork focuses on life through positivity. Through her work she seeks to engage the viewer with stimulating colours and a whimsical joy that draws from the beauty of everyday life.

Sal Cooper

Sombras

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Sombras means shadows or spectres in Spanish.  Sal encountered it as a title translation of the 1970’s song Feelings by Morris Albert. These etchings, drawings and photographic works are also attempts at translation. They express a bleak and magical landscape she once inhabited, with all its fragility and potency. 

Naomi Bishop

Subtle Realms

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Naomi Bishop’s paintings search restlessly for connections between the terrestrial and celestial spheres, between geology and astronomy, science and myth.  Intense and luminous, the paintings point to an invisible, unseen world that exists just beyond us.

CLIMARTE

TREE

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

CLIMARTE is mounting an exhibition of 25 original artworks, each depicting a City of Melbourne trees. Trees face a dangerously warming world, among other threats. Life has a layered dialogue with trees in the city context. Trees in urban settings have circumstances not experienced by trees in non urban environments.

Featuring new and established wordsmiths

Spoken Word Circle

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

fortyfivedownstairs presents Spoken Word Circle Tuesday 4th October 2022 6pm - 8pm admission: Free ..An open mic night for anyone with pen or keyboard and a fire in their belly for words. All are welcome... fortyfivedownstairs Spoken Word Circle In the first week of October, fortyfivedownstairs continues the widely-enjoyed Spoken Word Circle happening for writers of every…

Emerging Artist Award 2022

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

presented by fortyfivedownstairs Emerging Artist Award 2022 27 September - 8 October 2022 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm - 8pm admission: FreeView Exhibition Onlinefortyfivedownstairs presents the eighth annual Emerging Artist Award 2022. It is a pleasure to announce that fortyfivedownstairs will once again be filled with the work…

Gyungju Chyon, John Sadar, Rebecca Nel, Yurika McGuire

Mycalicoes

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Unlike industrially processed materials such as timber, steel and plastics, a living material such as mycelium is unpredictable and hard to control. Mycelium is sensitive to its surrounding temperature, humidity, and light.

Rory Fink

Perspective

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

This mixed media series looks at the way in which society lives under the power and influence of the various media outlets, whose published material has decidedly far-reaching effects on how we think, look and feel.

Featuring new and established wordsmiths.

Spoken Word Circle

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

A special one-off evening of spoken word, art and ideas.

Ming Chung

Drift

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

“Drift” explores the state of mind where our consciousness drifted away to a difference place, wondering, imaging, and perhaps just thinking of nothing.  Mind drifting breaks you away from the present moment and free your mind to a different world.

Richard Besley

Crawling Through the Dust of Life

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

With densely textured surfaces creating movement and space, the work is suspended somewhere between the metaphysical and material. While referring to the natural world the images ultimately evoke otherworldliness and suggest an internal process of revelation.

Kate Durham

It’s All in the Details

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

An exhibition of wearable art by designer Kate Durham.

Alison Russell

Drifted

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Her imaginary landscapes are triggered by an enduring fascination with textures, patterns and life forms in the natural world. Ambiguous, otherworldly themes suggestive of subterranean and underwater worlds, forests and biomorphic forms evoke curiosity and wonder.

Aloma Treister

My Neighbours’ Gardens

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

The flowers and plants that Treister choose to paint spoke to her on a personal level, symbolizing the months of lockdown, and a celebration of the beauty that only nature can produce.

Margaret Gold

To The Promised Land

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

They risk everything for a chance of freedom.  How many boats are never seen.  How many people are never fished from the sea.

Michelangelo Russo & Jennifer Jabu

Vele

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

MICHELANGELO RUSSO & JENNIFER JABU Vele 2 August - 13 August 2022 hours: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 6pm Saturdays: 12pm - 4pm Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm - 8pm admission: Free The elements of composition are both rigid and fluid, angular and curvy, resulting in endless possibilities. Vele (pl) in Italian means sails. The…

Susan Wald

Mungo

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Fortyfivedownstairs presents Mungo, a solo painting exhibition by Susan Wald, as part of the 2022 gallery program.

Drasko Boljevic & Eleonor Palacio

The Book of Fabulas & Scented Echoes

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

As Dr Bernhard Sachs describes it “The meeting of this with the intense literary tradition of its South American corollary in Melbourne proposes a sophisticated larrikin poetic”.

Filip Toth

Imperishables: Sculptures and Paintings

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

The artist combines metal and stone forms, suggesting the frailty of human existence, or powerful monolithic shapes, tarnished by the patina of time, in an effort to indicate “visibly or invisibly” fragments of human existence.

Group show featuring: Robyn Rich, Angela Hayes, Lisa Sewards, James Yuncken, Braden Howard, Mike Wedd, Janno McLaughlin, Annette Fitton, Madeline Bishop & James Hale.

Crucible

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Crucible is a fortyfivedownstairs group exhibition responding to the triumphs and tribulations that the artistic community faced during the 2020-21 pandemic. Bringing together ten artists, the exhibition explores the spectrum of effects that the pandemic had on artistic practices.

Gavin Brown

After the Fire

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

From the end of 2019 into the beginning of 2020, bushfires ravaged much of the country. The aftermath left a devastating impact on people and land. Thoughts of recovery seemed far from our control. To make sense of it all, the Gavin Brown created a body of work, and titled it After the Fire - an attempt to find beauty amidst the chaos of the bushfire crisis.

Chris Orr

Sacellum

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Sacellum by Chris Orr is an infected confection of the sacred and technology. A melancholic wink at consumerism and spirituality. A dialogue between a certain past and an uncertain future.

Venus Virgin Tomarz

GARDENS OF EVIL

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

o Venus Virgin Tomarz GARDENS OF EVIL 24 May - 4 June 2022 hours: Tues - Fri: 11am-5pm Sat: 11am-3pm admission: Free ..It all started with art and heart. A growth through the wonders of the free mind. Venus always saw the pinnacle of acceptance would come from those who adore the oomph of the…

Robert Earp & Venus Tomarz

Venus Virgin Tomarz

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

The audacious and electrifying conceptual photography of Robert Earp focuses on
the ‘surreal realness’ of transgendering with Venus Virgin Tomarz – Named after
Earp’s ‘divalicious’ collaborator and muse.

David Maxwell

Everything Else

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

David Maxwell’s forthcoming exhibition Everything Else reflects on the visual cycle of life through graphic links in time, pushing together the connections between feelings and happenings in an evolving world.

Mike Reed

Road Works

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Mike Reed's 'Road Works' exhibition dabbles in the gravel and raises his sights from quirky street photography to an artful view of “Road Photography”.

Debra Winn

Artist Talk

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Please join Debra and Alice for valuable insight as they share their experiences of the rehearsal rooms and creating their art.

Debra Winn

Light

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

'Light’ celebrates over sixteen years of artwork inspired by life models and dance companies from New York to The Australian Ballet by award winning artist Debra Winn.

21AD

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

Freed from the straitjackets of client briefs, 21 creatives from the golden age of advertising and design come together for the first time in a joyfully unrestrained group exhibition.

Dorothy Lipmann

Hidden

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

A series of abstracted portrait paintings focusing on the vulnerability, yet quiet determination and resilience of the homeless women Dorothy Lipmann has come to know through the non-profit organisation Wintringham.

Braden Howard

A Stream of Consciousness: One Year Later

fortyfivedownstairs gallery 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

An exploration and documentation of Braden Howard's subconscious throughout the year from August 2020 - August 2021, comprising one small artwork per day.

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