Monday, July 11, 2016

Imagined Worlds launch

Town Hall Gallery is thrilled to be exhibiting the work of 9 high-calibre Australian artists in Imagined Worlds. The exhibition has been very well received so far - our Walk and Talk tour of the exhibition attracted over 50 people! We have posted some images below of the launch and the Walk and Talk, and hope that you’ll have a chance to drop in before the exhibition closes on 21 August.
Walk and Talk with the curatorial team. Ben Taranto's work pictured.
Walk and Talk with the curatorial team. Ara Dolatian's work pictured.
Installation view. Conor Grogan (background left), Andrew Mezei (background right).
Installation view. Ara Dolatian (foreground), Alice Wormald (background right), Andrew Mezie (background left)
Installation view. Kate Shaw (left), Kevin Chin (right)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Spoken Word

In 2014 we presented a Spoken Word event for our exhibition Re-Writing the Image and we've been regularly asked about when we would repeat such an event again. Well, we'll be reprising it next month and we're looking for poets.

As with the first outing we will have 4 spoken word poets present a 15 minute set each, and then open the mic to interested performers. Submission information can be found here. The theme the next installment is Imagined Worlds, tying in with the exhibition in the Gallery. So set your minds to wandering the vast landscapes of the psyche and submit your ideas!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Farewell Traveller...

Launch of the Traveller, works from the Lyon Collection
Visitors on the opening night of The Traveller

Thank you to everyone who came along to see the exhibition The Traveller: Experiencing Movement, Time and Place.  It was fantastic working with the Lyon Collection and to have the ability to showcase the works of several significant Australian artists.

Matthew Sleeth Stunt car!

Children fell in love with Matthew Sleeth's work The Last Carpark which included over 100 3D printed cars in an installation.  In fact, it was so well loved that we included a 'stunt car' that visitors could examine more closely and feel the weight and strength of the 3D printing technique.

Corbett Lyon, Senior Curator Mardi Nowak, Ada Moshinsky from Ten Cubed, Bryony Nainby Benalla Art Gallery and David Sequeira from the panel discussion.

Our panel discussion about collectors and collections was also well received.  Audience members on the night got a taste of the variety of collections out there and also heard some amusing tales from our entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable panel of Corbett Lyon, Bryony Nainby (Director Benalla Art Gallery), Ada Moshinsky (Ten Cubed) and David Sequeira (artist, curator and collector).

Launch of the Traveller, works from the Lyon Collection
City of Boroondara CEO Phillip Storer, Yueji and Corbett Lyon and City of Boroondara Mayor Cr. Jim Parke checking out the model.

Visitors were also very interested in the architectural model on display in the gallery foyer of the current Lyon House Museum as well as the new (soon to be built) public museum.  If you have never visited the Lyon House Museum, please visit their website to see available times and bookings.

Launch of the Traveller, works from the Lyon Collection
visitors viewing Shaun Gladwell's video work.

Town Hall Gallery is thrilled to have been able to share a small sample of the Lyon Collection with our visitors.  It was an interesting and fun experience working with another collection and curating it into an exhibition.  Definitely an opportunity that rarely arises!

Thank you to all who came and we look forward to sharing our next Town Hall Gallery curated exhibition Imagined Worlds which opens on Saturday 25 June until Sunday 21 August.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Panel Discussion: Collectors Share their Collections

The Traveller exhibition on now at Town Hall Gallery.  Photo by Christian Capurro

This panel discussion will give audience members a personal insight into the key private collections of the Lyon Collection and Ten Cubed Gallery, as well as how curators are working together with both public and private collections.

  Corbett Lyon: Chair of the Lyon Foundation
  Dianne Gringlas: Executive Director at Ten Cubed Gallery
  Ada Moshinsky: Curator at Ten Cubed Gallery
  David Sequeira: Independent curator, artist and consultant
  Bryony Nainby: Director, Benalla Art Gallery
    and moderated by Town Hall Gallery's Senior Curator, Mardi Nowak.

Guests will have the opportunity to pick the brains of some of Australia’s most significant art collectors and discuss ideas such as: why and how people collect art; The difference between public and private collections and changes in how people have access to them; details of the panel’s experiences and some of their favourite works; why collections are important in Australia.
The event is FREE, with a cash bar operating from 6.00pm with a selection of gourmet snacks and beverages. We will be extending the gallery opening hours until 6.30pm so you have the opportunity to view The Traveller prior to the Panel Discussion.

You can book a place here to ensure your seat.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dinusha Joseph and the CPW 2017 Program

Our most recently concluded exhibition at the Community Project Wall was a tale of rejection, hard work, success and achievement. Dinusha Joseph first applied to exhibit at the Community Project Wall for the 2015 program was unsuccessful. We receive a large influx if applications and have only 12 slots to apportion, so it's actually more likely to miss out than to be selected. Especially as we also take care to ensure a reasonable spread of solo, group and community shows across the year. But following the news of her unsuccessful bid, Dinusha took the gallery up on their offer of feedback and met with the Assistant Curator to discuss her application and ways of improving her chances for the next year. Taking that on board, she resubmitted for the 2016 program and was successful.

"Looking back," says Dinusha, "having the extra year to work on the feedback, really did change the nature of the works."

During the lead-up to her exhibition Dinusha worked incredibly hard to bring her body of work together, consulting with the gallery to ensure a strong and cohesive suite of paintings. As a result of her diligence and thorough approach, she arrived on the day of installation with a captivating and intense show, ready to be set into place. "A highlight for me of the whole process was the installation day," says Dinusha.

Working with the Assistant Curator to marry her paintings with the idiosyncrasies of the gallery space and architecture, Landscape is a Concept was born. It was evident from the very moment the paintings were lined up along the walls that we had a special show on our hands. Before the lighting was even set, two paintings were sold. Buy the end of the first week, ahead of the official launch, seven paintings had been sold. By the end of the opening, all but 2 paintings had sold.

"The opening was a very special day," notes Dinusha, "in that I was able to share my painting practice with friends and family, in an environment that expressed the story within the works."

So whether you've applied in the past, never exhibited before or just want to bring your work out into the public sphere, an application to the Community Project Wall exhibition program might be the step on a very rewarding journey.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Program and encourage you to apply. If you've exhibited prior to 2016, we'd also love to hear from you; and whether you'd like a solo show, wish to band together with some friends, or represent a school or community group, the opportunity to share your artwork with a large audience, under the guidance of a curator and in a professional setting - well, this might be the perfect chance.

Information kits and submission forms are available online (just click on the links).

Friday, March 18, 2016

Popup Library for The Traveller

Our new exhibition The Traveller: Experiencing Movement, Time & Place (Works from the Lyon Collection) opened yesterday and we're thrilled to bring you yet another educational bonanza of a Popup Library! 

In conjunction with the City of Boroondara Library Service, we have a range of books on display in our foyer - right next to the gallery shop, The Emporium @ THG - ready for your hungry brains to devour. 

The exhibition features some incredible works by significant Australian Contemporary Artists such as Patricia Piccinini, so once you've soaked up the creativity of the main gallery spaces, drop by the shop and spend some time marvelling at our books.

We have created a Pocket Reading List for you which is listed below or you can pick up a hard copy next time you visit us. Happy reading!


The Traveller - A Pocket Reading List

Patricia Piccinini : nearly beloved
Helen Mcdonald.

Ten series/106 photographs
Matthew Sleeth.

Light sensitive : contemporary Australian photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund
Isobel Crombie.

Venice Biennale 2007 Australia
Susan Norrie, Daniel von Sturmer, Callum Morton.

Spitting and biting : ten contemporary artists and the print 
[exhibition curator: Sara Kelly].

Video void : Australian video art
Edited by Matthew Perkins.

Melbourne now exhibition guide
National Gallery of Victoria.

The language of light and dark : light and place in Australian photography
Melissa Miles.

Art and photography [text]
Edited by David Campany.

Photography speaks : 150 photographers on their art
Brooks Johnson.

101 contemporary Australian artists
edited by Kelly Gellatly.

The map as art : contemporary artists explore cartography
Katharine Harmon ; with essays by Gayle Clemans.

Map art lab : 52 exciting art explorations in map making, imagination, and travel
Jill K. Berry, Linden McNeilly.

Digital crafts : industrial technologies for applied artists and designer makers
Ann Marie Shillito.

Postdigital artisans : craftmanship with a new aesthetic in fashion, art, design and architecture
Jonathan Openshaw.

Printing things : visions and essentials for 3D printing 
Edited by Claire Warnier, Dries Verbruggen, Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten

The photograph as contemporary art

Charlotte Cotton.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Walk and Sketch

On Saturday 20 February the Gallery partnered with the Parks & Gardens team from Boroondara to co-host a 'Walk and Sketch' session at the gorgeous Maranoa Gardens. With places in hot demand, we sold out the 30 free tickets well in advance of the event. It was such a success that we are looking into scheduling more like this, throughout the parks of Boroondara, maybe in cycle with the seasonal changes throughout the year. If you're interested, please sign up to our newsletter or join us on social media through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The wonderful areas of Maranoa Gardens

Paul Birch showing some of the wonderful specimens in the garden
Paul Birch, horticulturalist specialist for the gardens, took the group through the various zones of Maranoa Gardens, expertly advising on the plant species, the development of the gardens and the seasonal changes therein. Fielding an array of questions from the group, Paul generously shared his knowledge and helped provide some fuel for the creative minds. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the occasion, and the Parks & Gardens team provided morning tea to make sure we all had enough energy to set out on our own into the garden and let the artistic drive propel our output.

Paul discussing seeds and germination

Drawing in the Arid Section of the garden

Out on the lawns, inspired by nature
The Gallery would like to acknowledge the Parks & Gardens team, especially Paul, for the valuable opportunity to spend time in this wonderful local resource. Also, a big thank you to those that came long, for your interest and enthusiasm! Stay tuned for more Walk and Sketch events later in the year.