Town Hall Gallery will soon be exhibiting the work of Louis Kahan (1905 – 2002) in Louis Kahan: Art, Theatre, Fashion. The exhibition will run from 27 August until 23 October.

Kahan is well known for his work as a portrait artist and painter, however this is the first time his work as a fashion illustrator and theatre designer has been showcased. The exhibition tells the little-known story of his work with the great fashion houses and celebrities of early 20th century Europe.

KAHAN, Louis, (1905 – 2002), Torso and Samples II, 1995, oil on canvas and marine ply, 87.5 x 67.5cm. © Courtesy of Louis Kahan/Licensed by Viscopy 2016.

We have worked closely with Kahan’s family, now based in the City of Boroondara, to exhibit his prominent work and celebrate his long and vibrant career. Co-curated by Laura Jocic, who was previously a curator in the department of Australian Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, Laura has said: “This exhibition showcases an exciting artist who moved seamlessly across theatre, dress and illustration. It’s been a personal highlight to work closely with the Kahan family to showcase the multimedia nature of Kahan’s work, and an untold ‘migrant story’ of the talent that arrived unheralded in Australia in the 1940s and 1950s. Kahan was a significant part of the wave of extraordinary talent arriving in Australia from Europe pre and post WWII.”

Spanning all three gallery spaces, this exhibition will highlight Kahan’s lengthy and colourful career.

Saint Catherine’s Day at Maison Poiret, 25 November 1925. Photograph by Boris Lipnitzki. Louis Kahan is pictured in the centre with Paul Poiret (back row) and Josephine Baker (seated).


We are thrilled to present our full program for 2017!

There are a variety of exhibitions, films, presentations and offerings for you to get your visual arts fix throughout the year. Curated exhibitions will showcase works from The Collection, commissioned works by new artists and an amazing retrospective of Clement Meadmore’s design practice.

There is something for everyone at Town Hall Gallery in 2017.



It’s all hands on deck this week installing four exhibitions across our main gallery spaces and the Community Project Wall.

We will be kicking off 2017 with three complementary exhibitions across our main gallery spaces, as well as our first Community Project Wall exhibition for the year. Featuring work by Emily Floyd, Sarah crowEST, Jenny Zhe Chang, Henry Madin, Alysia Rees, Samantha Semmens and Franky Howell.

14 January – 12 March
Field Libraries – Gallery 2
Shape of the Life World – Gallery 1
Forms of Play – Gallery 3

14 January – 12 February
Hard-edged Geo Candy – Community Project Wall

FLOYD, Emily, Field Libraries, installation view at Anna Schwartz Gallery 2015. © Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Field Libraries features a series of Emily Floyd’s works recently acquired by the Town Hall Gallery. The colourful sculptures double as bookshelves, stacked with an ever-expanding ‘fair use’ library of booklets created by Floyd using excerpts from texts dedicated to eccentric perspectives on the subject of work. Also on show will be a series of screen prints made in collaboration with Negative Press.

REES, Alysia, detail of Configured States (2016), digital type C photographic prints, plaster, acrylic paint and plywood. © Courtesy of the artist.

For Shape of the Life-World artists Alysia Rees and Samantha Semmens configure elements in the world around us as we try to make sense of our experience of these elements. Semmens and Alysia Rees are resident studio artists at Hawthorn Arts Centre. This is their first exhibition at Town Hall Gallery.

SEMMENS, Samantha, detail of View from a Purple Star (2016), porcelain, gplass, LED lights, acrylic paint and plywood. © Courtesy of the artist.

Forms of Play examines the way in which formalism is fundamental to notions of playfulness, interaction and learning. Featuring the work of three artists – Sarah crowEST, Jenny Zhe Chang and Henry Madin – who work with different ideas, materials and processes.

ZHE CHANG, Jenny, Ballet 9 (2017) installation view, wood, acrylic paint, each work 25.5 x 20.5 x 3cm. © Courtesy of the artist.

Working with cut paper assemblages Franky Howell produces dynamic works that are equal part crystalline and biological in form for his exhibition Hard-edged Geo Candy. Intensely coloured, hand cut heavy paper with added inlaid paper comprised of geometric patterns, shapes and forms, with a slightly sculptural element. Up to 15-20 individual assemblages with smaller satellite shapes intersecting between will be exhibited in a vibrant array of colour through the space.

HOWELL, Franky, Hard-edged Geo Candy (2016), installation view. gouache on paper cut assemblages. © Courtesy of the artist.


We are seeking conscientious volunteers with a personable approach who enjoy dealing with the public and have the freedom and time for a long term commitment.

Our wonderful volunteers Rosalyn and Sunny.

Volunteering offers a rewarding experience for those looking to engage in the cultural life of Boroondara and the arts, and we welcome those who may be interested to join the team. Whether looking to gain industry experience or to meet arts-interested audiences, volunteering is a fun way to participate in the cultural life of our area while being surrounded by wonderful and inspiring art.

Volunteers with Town Hall Gallery include students, retirees, artists, locals and those looking to support the arts. Shifts are determined on your own commitments and willingness, with varying degrees of frequency, and allow for standard invigilation of the spaces or assistance
with workshops, openings and events.

To find out more, ask one of our friendly volunteers at the gallery, or contact the gallery via phone or email.


Another Look is a $3,000 commission for up to 6 artists to produce new work inspired by the Town Hall Gallery Collection.  These works will feature in our exhibition at the end of the year from 28 October until the 20 December, 2017.  There is also an opportunity for the gallery to acquire, through purchase, the works commissioned at the end of the exhibition.  Please note that the $3,000 commission fee does not include acquisition. Please view and download the commission brief here.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 3 March, 2017.

SIEDLE, Justine, with her ceramic work produced for the 2015 Town Hall Gallery art commission for
Ronald Greenaway: The Artist and His World (2015).