Thursday, April 30, 2009

Town Hall Gallery Collection update

John Brack, The Yarra at Kew, oil on canvas, 1946, 46.5 x 57.5cm

Helen Maudsley reg. 867
Helen Maudsley, The Green Sovereignty, oil on canvas, 1999, 111 x 80cm

John (gallery assistant and installation tech) and myself have been doing quite a bit of work on the Town Hall Gallery Collection in the last few weeks. With works being moved from offices and display at Camberwell for renovations to take place, it has given us the opportunity to condition report, re-photograph works and also to re-familiarize ourselves with the approximately 1,000 works that we hold!
If you happen to keep an eye on our flickr site, you will see that we have been uploading some of the works in our collection to make them more accessible to you Internet folk. Our Town Hall Gallery database has also been updated with new acquisitions and we are continuing to update this in the next couple of months too with more information and images.
I thought I'd take this opportunity to show off our latest acquisition by Melbourne based artist Helen Maudsley. This work 'The Green Sovereignty' will partner a work on paper that we already hold in the collection. We are incredibly excited to have been able to acquire such a large and important work by Helen Maudsley. Helen is the widow of the late John Brack (above is a work of his that we have in our collection too!). Incredibly prolific in her art making, her works are truely beautiful and engaging. Every time you look at them you see something different. I thought that it was appropriate to do this post as there is a major retrospective of John Brack works at NGV Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square. With this major exhibition on there has been many articles talking about Helen Maudsley and John Brack which have been of great interest. If you have the chance, pop down and see the show!
If you would like to know more about the 2 works above, visit our database or contact us for an appointment to view the works in the flesh in our store room.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Want to know more about current exhibition?

The current exhibition, Living With Stroke... from nowhere to here... has a fabulous catalogue that has all of the photographic images from the show with each subjects story. Below are some examples of what you will see in the gallery and catalogue.
If you would like a copy of the Living With Stroke exhibition catalogue, either contact the gallery or from the Boroondara Stroke Support Group on
With 22 subjects and 22 very touching stories to read about, taking the catalogue home is a great option to absorb this fantastic exhibition.
Living With Stroke... from nowhere to here is on at the gallery until Sunday May 3.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Town Hall Gallery in the media

Living With Stroke exhibition

Living With Stroke exhibition - article Progress Leader 24 March, 2009

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Emma Blee interview

As you can see our exhibitions and artists have certainly been a feature in the media of late! The current exhibition Living With Stroke... from nowhere to here... opened on Wednesday 8 April to a great crowd. The exhibition has been brought to you the viewer from...Project coordinator Jenny Cheng, Curator Jane Mooney, Photography coordinator Jens Waldenmaier and MentorRobert Imhoff.

This stroke project was made possible with the funding from the City of Boroondara Community Developments Grant and Rotary Club of Balwyn and the in-kind contribitions from the stakeholders.

For further enquiries about the project go to:
Boroondara Stroke Support Group PO Box 2260 Hawthorn 3122
Also, the next exhibition The Colours of White by Emma Blee was featured in the Melbourne Weekly with a great interview with the artist. Emma's works are also featuring in the Art Melbourne exhibition at the Royal Exhibition Building from Thursday 16 April until Sunday 19 April. So if you would like a sneak peak get on down there!

Friday, April 3, 2009 with stroke... from nowhere to here...

... living with stroke... from nowhere to here... begins on Wednesday 8 April at Town Hall Gallery. The exhibition features 22 photographic portraits and explores the journey various people have had affected by stroke.
The above photograph "Glenn Fraser Sitting in the Gentleman's sitting room" has this story told by Glenn of his own journey.
"My name is Glenn Fraser. My star sign is Virgo and I was born in 1962. That's right, I am one of the younger people to have had a stroke. These days I am painting and creating mosaics but before my stroke, I had my own business called Landescapes where I created beautiful gardens for my customers, many of whom beacame friends. I invented a word called 'hortisculpture' which describes the type of work I did.
On the 8th July, 2003 my world stood still! I had a stroke, a big one. So big, that I was not expected to survive. After eight days I did! I guess it was meant to be and I set about the very difficult road to recovery. Many wonderful people helped me work on my jigsaw that had many pieces missing. With youth on my side and hard work I have been able to defy predictions and surpass my recovery expectations. However, I still struggle with aphasia and dysphasia.
It is not easy! Most times I'm a happy soul but sometimes like many stroke survivors I get depressed and frustrated and wonder why me? Getting depressed though doesn't improve anything, so I guess I just have to continue on my recovery journey.
My portrait is taken in the gentleman's sitting room, which used to be our lounge room. It's always very interesting to see how people react when they come into this room. Sometimes very funny."

I hope that you can come along and view this touching and thought provoking exhibition. Exhibition dates are 8 May to 30 May.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easey Street - Last Days!

Progress Leader promo 31 March 2009

Easey Street article, Progress Leader 24 March, 2009

Easey Street exhibition, press photo Progress Leader 24 March 2009

Easey Street, curated by Nina Sers finishes this Sunday 5 April at 3pm. If you haven't had a chance to see this beautiful and fascinating exhibition featuring the various works of seven young artists, I would suggest you get down this weekend!
If you feel like making a day of it on Sunday there is a variety of things on to make your day! The monthly Hawthorn Craft Market is happening in the Hawthorn Town Hall (same building as the gallery) from 10am to 3pm, the annual Glenferrie Road Festival is also on from 11am to 4pm with lots of activities, food and bargains from our local traders.
So pop along, check out the exhibition before it closes and have a wander around the market and festival as well. With all these events on, I would suggest leaving the car at home and walking or catching public transport for the day too.