Friday, August 26, 2011

Pachamama begins next week!

Town Hall Gallery is pleased to host Pachamama, an exhibition of works by Cristina Palacios.
Pachamama is an interdisciplinary exploration of Argentinean myths of creation, cosmic energy, growth and proliferation.

This exhibition investigates the artists personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs, in particular the spiritualized Mother Earth figure, called Pachamama in Argentinean culture.

Using unconventional materials and installation, Cristina Palacios explores the idea of this South American mythology and Pachamama to share her interpretations of the culture and to transport the viewer through some universal landscapes.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday 31 August and runs until 24 September.  Cristina will be talking about her work at the In Conversation program on Saturday 10 September at 2pm.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Artists! Do you wanna be part of PRE-FAB?!


Do you want to be part of our upcoming exhibition Pre-Fab?  And no, we are not talking about pre-fabricated houses!

Please see below for information from our artist brief for this exhibition!


Exhibition Dates: 23 November to 17 December 2011
Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 17 September, 2011

The Town Hall Gallery invites artists to submit Expressions of Interest for a curated group exhibition under the theme Pre-Fab.

Exhibition Concept:
Pre-fab highlights creative processes that re-purpose manufactured and mass-produced objects into works of contemporary art. Artists have for a long time been seduced by the shiny, plastic and metal materials that are often associated with industrial factories and are now claiming these materials as their own. Works involving these ordinary and everyday materials build a language that sits between the art world and that of the manufacturing one.

Artists are now finding that they may not purchase their materials from the traditional arts supply but rather are collaborating with welders and plastic manufacturers to realize their ideas.

We are looking for works that use pre-existing manufactured items in new and innovative ways and works that utilize manufacturing and design for their construction.

Expression of Interest Details:
Approximately ten visual artists will be selected for the exhibition. Artists submitting an Expression of Interest may be emerging or established. Works will be selected that:

• Clearly interpret the theme.

• Are inclusive of any medium.

• Are innovative, engaging and deemed to be of artistic merit.

• Works that are resolved and finished.

Expression of Interest must include the following:

• Artist’s full CV with name and contact details,

• artist statement reflecting the theme (approx. 500-800 words)

• 5 jpeg images of the work/s to be considered or if artist opts to create new works, 5 images from the artist’s folio with 1-2 images of previously existing works.

Works can be made available for sale during the exhibition as well, however the gallery does take a 20% commission on sales.
Expressions of interest must be emailed the curator at or via post to:

Town Hall Gallery, Private Bag 1, Camberwell, 3124.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Getting Felty this week at Town Hall Gallery!

Pam Czarny, Poppies (detail), wet felted wool and silk.

Town Hall Gallery is very pleased to host FELTernative, featuring works by the Victorian Feltmakers Inc.

FELTernative aims to change people's perceptions of contemporary felt, as well as raise public awareness of it as an artistic medium.

Felt making in Australia has undergone an enormous surge in popularity over the past fifteen years. There is an increasing number of practising feltmakers committed to exploring and celebrating the never-ending potential of traditional handmade felt. As a modern art and craft medium, felt can be functional, wearable as well as used to produce fine art.

Viewers will see a diverse range of felt products from two-dimensional artworks, jewelry, clothing and sculptural works.  With approximately 35 artists involved in the exhibition and just under 70 works on display, FELTernative will definitely highlight what felt can do!

The exhibition will be be officially launched by Martien van Zuilen, founder of the Victorian Feltmakers and practicing textile arts practitioner, specializing in hand made felt.

If you would like to find out more about the wonders of felt, join us for our In Conversation program where some of the exhibitors will discuss the felt making process. Saturday 13 August 2pm to 3pm. Free to attend!
For more information visit

FELTernative is open to the public from Wednesday 3 August until Saturday 27 August, 2011.  We are open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 5pmWe are open this Sunday 7 August from 10am to 3pm in conjunction with the Hawthorn Craft Market.