Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Some more responses

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Image from current exhibition Living Culture: an important way forward.

Wow, all of our readers are going great guns on our formspring function! Thank you so much! We are going to continue to post the questions and answers to our blog so you can all find out about the gallery and collection.

How do u pick the artist for group showings say like u did for generation X and the last group showing?

Hi there, the X represents the Unknown exhibition was a group show that was proposed to us, so it was a group of artists all working together already. The last group show that we had was one that we actually put together and we selected artists from proposals looking at a wide variety of themes and media but all of the work was of a high quality.

love the new style / formspring! DC
Thank you! We like to change our look every now and then to keep our blog looking fresh. We are glad that you are enjoying it and the formspring!

Remember to keep your questions coming!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hey! You can ask us!

John and moi working in the gallery

(Gallery assistant John Hendriks and Curator Mardi Nowak are here to answer your questions!)

Have you noticed our Formspring us box to the right hand of our blog? Well this is a tool that allows our blog readers to ask us a question, we get notified and then we answer you! We are quite new to Formspring but so far we have had 2 questions and we thought that we would post what the questions were and our answers as it maybe a question that you have been wondering about as well!
Thank you to the readers who have responded to us via Formspring!

Are the aesthetics imporartant in the interiors of an exhibition hall?
Hi there,thank you for your question!
Aesthetics are important to any interior of a gallery. There are many galleries that are white 'cubes', allowing a blank canvas for the display of works. Town Hall Gallery space is quite lucky as we have lovely clean white walls and a lovely timber floor which gives a warmth to the space.
When the gallery was created, it has small collumns that jut out between the larger walls. At first we found this difficult to curate around but now we love them as when we don't display work on them, it gives the viewer a breathing space between works, creating a great aesthetic flow.Every gallery is different. It is the curatorial team and installation team that work with all aesthetic ideas to create what you see!

I have Katie McLorinan tapestries. Can she be contacted. Thank you Linda from Western Australia.

Hi there, wow! which Katie McLorinan tapestries do you have? Her work is beautiful! If you email me at with your details, I can pass them on to Katie here in Melbourne!
So, if you have a question for us, pop it in the Formspring box and we will get back to you!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We would love to hear your thoughts on public art and the art collection!

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(image from the Town Hall Gallery Collection exhibtion People, Places: 21 May to 14 June 2008.)

The Town Hall Gallery is developing two new strategies related to art.

The first one looks at public art at the newly proposed Camberwell Library site and the newly proposed Arts Precinct at Hawthorn Town Hall. The second strategy is about the Town Hall Gallery Art Collection.

As a visitor, artist and patron to Town Hall Gallery we would like to ask you some questions to help us develop these two strategies. Below is the links to our short survey.

If you are a practicing artist, museum or gallery professional please complete this survey:

If you are a community member and gallery visitor please complete this survey:

We would appreciate if you could complete this survey by Wednesday 28 April.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Applications to exhibit in 2011 are now open!


Town Hall Gallery is currently taking proposals for our 2011 exhibition program from artists, groups, curators and generally people who make great art!

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday June 30, 2010.
Click here to get your application form!

The objectives of the Town Hall Gallery exhibition program are to:

- encourage innovation and new ideas
- encourage local community involvement and community building
- encourage critical debate about art and culture
- encourage a critical analysis of local history
- provide a forum for work which is not necessarily shown in the commercial gallery system
- support emerging artists.

Proposals are invited that:
- reflect the curatorial rationale (theme)
- are conceptually refined and clearly communicates their idea
- are innovative
- pursue new ideas
- are resolved
- exhibit technical innovation and excellence.

Don't forget that all applications must be on the official application form. If you would like some assistance regarding the process, check out this blog entry that we did to help you out.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, contact us via email at

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Town Hall Gallery and Collection in the media

Media piece- Melbourne Weekly Magazine 7-13 April 2010

If you happened to be checking out this weeks Melbourne Weekly, you may of seen the snippet about our current exhibition Living Culture: an important way forward! (see image above). That beautiful and colourful artwork that we have been using to promote the show as certainly been getting around.

Media piece- Melbourne Weekly Magazine 7-13 April 2010.

Also in the Melbourne Weekly was some information about a bus tour of Jewish Boroondara which is happening this Sunday. The tour includes a visit to the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Garden which is part of the Town Hall Gallery Public Art Collection. Details are above if you want to know more.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

We are back and about to launch Living Culture!

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(image is Judy Watson Napangardi, Mina Mina, acrylic on linen)
Town Hall Gallery is re-opening tomorrow with our new exhibition Living Culture: an important way forward. This exhibition is presented by Outback Aboriginal Art. Formed in 1992 by Hawthorn resident, Ms Jennifer Dudley, Outback Aboriginal Art aims to exhibit and promote the works of both established and emerging Aboriginal artists.

This exhibition is a celebration of the skills that maintain a cultural tradition and an opportunity to experience the creativity of Central and Western desert artists through an array of paintings and textiles. A Way Forward includes a cross cultural project with artists from the traditional Anangu Pitjantjatjara/ Yankunytatjara Lands in remote central Australia with artisan from Kashmir, Peru and Nepal.

Discover more about the works on display as Jennifer Dudley presents a floor talk and tour on Saturday 17 April from 2pm to 3pm. This talk is free to attend.

For more information visit the Outback Aboriginal Art website at