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The COVID pandemic has been difficult for everyone, and in times like these the sense of humanity and connection that art can bring is essential. Luckily for us, while the rest of the world has been shutting down, artists have been finding new ways to explore, create, and engage. We’re excited to be open online with our exhibition series Fragments.

Fragments features snippets of an artist’s practice and collection. Each of the artworks featured in our Fragments series will be available to view and purchase online, and can be previewed on our Instagram page.

The first of these Fragments, group show HERE, brought together 25 accomplished Victorian artists, and featured work that explores the themes of resilience and growth. The online exhibition included work from artists’ past practices and works that displayed an evolution of creative practice amid the chaos of 2020 – an act of resilience and growth in itself!

The second Fragment was a solo online exhibition by Terry Swann, one of Australia’s foremost contemporary landscape watercolourists. Kimberley to the Pilbara explored the process of creating work that captures the ever-changing sounds and moods of the bush when there’s no option but to stay at home.

Deep and meaningless, the third online Fragments exhibition, featured the work of Melbourne artist, James HaleThis collection of artworks, made just prior to or during Melbourne’s extensive lockdown in 2020, is piercing in its simplicity, capturing the fleeting moments that constitute our internal lives in the solitude of a shuttered city.

Visions of Love by Marisa Mu rounded out the 2020 Fragments online exhibition series. The collection of works on paper were all created as an act of defiance against the darkness enveloping us during Melbourne’s second lockdown. As a resilient and self-appointed optimist in “a full-blown love affair with nakedness and womxnhood,” Mu harnesses and channels her learnings, personal reminders and self-love notes taken from this time.

We revisit Fragments in September 2021, a year after the online exhibition series began, with a new show HERE again. Because, well, here we are again! The exhibition brings together the work of fortyfivedownstairs artists, many who have had exhibitions affected by Melbourne’s six lockdowns to date. This will be a chance to experience new work, and sneak peeks into forthcoming exhibitions.

HERE again

10 September – 10 October 2021

Visions of Love

7 – 25 December 2020
Marisa Mu

Deep and meaningless

2 – 27 November 2020
James Hale

Kimberley to the Pilbara

5 – 30 October 2020
Terry Swann


1 September – 3 October 2020

Online Artwork Sales & Delivery Information

fortyfivedownstairs selects artists to show online based on the known quality and calibre of work, and all sales are final

fortyfivedownstairs is not responsible for the condition and delivery of artworks received

Artworks are available for collection from the gallery by appointment. Delivery costs additional.

Fragments is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
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