Sunday, September 26, 2010

Between the Covers exhibition starts this week!

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition Between the Covers. This exhibition is the result of a project between The Evergreen Centre in Balwyn, the Boroondara Writers' Group, professional artists and Boroondara residents.

Working across these diverse groups, life stories have been captured and turned into books which challenge the viewer's perception of the book. Some books hang on walls, concertina or roll up but all represent each maker.

"There is a very specialized skill to making art books. However this exhibition has allowed everyday people the opportunity to take part in this skill and exhibit their works alongside professional artists who work in the medium", says Mardi Nowak Gallery Curator.

There is also a variety of talks and workshops held in conjunction with the exhibition between 6 October and 10 October. During these workshops, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at making their own book. More information can be found via the public program section on this blog!

This exhibition is presented as part of the 2010 Victorian Seniors Festival and has received funding from Arts Victoria.
We hope that you enjoy emersing yourself in these great books of art!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Conversation with Dillon and Mandy

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Last Saturday saw quite the event of the ever lovely Dillon Naylor and Mandy Ord giving a bit of a guided tour through the current exhibition Dark Contrasts. Visitors were also given a bit of a guided tour of both their careers and how they started out within the comic book industry.

The awesome Bobby has given his run down on the afternoon's events here on his blog too with some great photos of the artists in action chatting away. (thanks again Bobby!)

The afternoon was a great insight into how both artists were drawn into what they do and some of the very imaginative ways that they have promoted their works. Dillon gave us a tale of stalking celebrities and chasing them into elevators to give them comic book pages he had created based on them. Mandy also spoke about her first encounters with comic book pages from the newspaper as a child and feeling engulfed by the size of them.

Dark Contrasts is open until Saturday 25th September!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dark Contrasts review by Chloe Wilson

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If you haven't quite picked up your copy of Beat Magazine today, then you should! It features this great review of our current exhibition Dark Contrasts with works by Dillon Naylor and Mandy Ord.

Reviewer Chloe Wilson had the opportunity to view the exhibition and interview comic book star Dillon Naylor about his twenty-something years in comics.

You can hear more from Dillon and Mandy this Saturday 11 September from 2pm as they talk about their works at Town Hall Gallery. Dark Contrasts is on display until Saturday 25 September, if you're not a football kind of person, you can escape to Town Hall Gallery that day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Call for Beardo artwork proposals!

Do you make artwork about beards? Then we want you! Take part in Beardo! an exhibition that celebrates the beard! For more information please contact Curator Mardi on

The deadline is end of September 2010!!!

Fashion comes in cycles. This is also the case with the fashion of men''s facial hair. The beard and moustaches is one way that men can express their individuality and personality. This exhibition explores beards at many stages of time from works from the collection as well as a young breed of contemporary artists who use the beard as a symbol of masculinity.

Inspired by the many portrait works held in the Town Hall Gallery Collection that feature fantastic facial hair, I started to notice the resurgence of young men sporting beards. Was this a new fashion? Or was it a backlash to the metro sexual man. The beard historically has had many meanings, from the cultural and religious meanings of the Sikhs or orthodox Jews, to more popular culture connotations such as musicians ZZ top or Ned Kelly.

The Beardo exhibition aims to showcase both historical works from the collection but also current arts and craft practitioners who are using the beard (or facial hair) to express a wide variety of ideas. Artists will be selected who work in a variety of media, including textiles and crafts and whose work predominately features and embraces the beard.

Contact Mardi Nowak Curator for brief on

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Official launch of Dark Contrasts

Hello blog readers, this is my first time taking some footage of our opening night speech so please forgive my shaky hand, I'm still learning!

The official speech for the Dark Contrasts exhibition was made by Bernard Caleo who has known both of the artists for quite a long time. I'm sure you will agree that his 0pening remarks give viewers a glimpse into the history of comic books in Melbourne.

Click on the play button to view the opening speech via youtube.

So what are comic book lovers saying?

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It is always lovely to hear about our exhibitions through the eyes of other visitors. The most excellent Bobby posted an entry about our current exhibition Dark Contrasts, showcasing works by Dillon Naylor and Mandy Ord. You can check it out here! If you are into all things comics, Bobby's blog is a great read!

Don't forget that Dillon and Mandy will be talking about their works on Saturday 11 September from 2pm to 3pm. It is free to attend and a great opporutnity to hear from 'comic book royalty'!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dark Contrasts at Town Hall Gallery

Town Hall Gallery is very pleased to host Dark Contrasts, an exhibition of works by Dillon Naylor and Mandy Ord. Both Naylor and Ord have been a creative force in the Melbourne comic book scene since the early 1990s. This exhibition includes amazing new works by both artists as well as some original treasures dug out of their archives!
Melbourne based Mandy Ord showcases a combination of here highly recognizable autobiographical black and white comics as well as illustrations commissioned for newspapers and magazines. The work is heavily referenced from her own life experience and most of the stories are based in Melbourne.

Her works have included Rooftops published by Finlay Lloyd, which is her first graphic novel or book length comic (highlighted in the exhibition cabinet) and her Bearded Men series. Mandy was guest blogger at ZAP!POW!BLOG! In conjunction with an exhibition on the history of cartooning in Australia at the State Library of Victoria. Her work is widely published in a variety of magazines, newspapers and comic book collaborations. Mandy's style and imagery is easily recognizable and you can see her work monthly in the Trouble magazine.
When talking about the Melbourne comic book scene, Dillon Naylor is a name that constantly comes up. Having a career that spans more than 20 years, this exhibition highlights both recent and older works. Visitors may be aware of his work in comic books Da ‘n’ Dill, Tales of the Ovoid and Burr and Spud for company The Showbag Factory, Victoria. 200,000+ copies were premiums inside showbags at almost all Royal shows, fetes and fairs around the country, over eight years.

Dillon is a regular contributor to K-Zone and Total Girl magazines, Australia and New Zealand’s biggest selling publication for kids. Wrote and illustrated colour comic sections containing up to 30 pages and other content such as puzzles, spot illustrations and developed a 3D process for the magazine. Dillon is also well known for his works in the 1990s of comics Pop Culture and 2 minute noodles and works for band The Fireballs, original works from both comics are featured in this exhibition.
The exhibition will run from 1 September until 25 September. Both artists will be discussing their works and career on Saturday 11 September from 2pm to 3pm.