Friday, June 21, 2013

Community Project Wall: Now taking applications to exhibit!

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Senior Curator, Mardi Nowak in her hard hat and vest during the gallery redevelopment.

That's right!  You can get your art exhibited in 2014 on the Community Project Wall (CPW). So how does the Community Project Wall work?

The Community Project Wall (CPW) is located within the side foyer of the new Town Hall Gallery.  Spanning just over 20 metres, this space is available for local community groups, local and emerging artists and schools to exhibit a series of two-dimensional works to a wide audience.

The Community Project Wall allows groups and artists to exhibit within an arts context free of gallery rental and have their work exposed to a broad audience.

The CPW is suitable for:

  • school groups
  • small arts organizations, such as displays that have resulted from workshops
  • historical groups
  • libraries
  • organizations wanting to display for a particular week - i.e youth week.
  • local emerging artists
  • local unrepresented artists
To be eligible for an exhibition on the Community Project Wall, applicants must be:

  • residents or students at a school/institution within the City of Boroondara
  • an unrepresented artist living/with a studio in Boroondara
  • an emerging artist  living/with a studio in Boroondara
  • an organization wanting to display for a particular week ie. youth week
  • a historical group or library which is displaying Boroondara related material
  • small arts organization based in Boroondara
  • school group based in Boroondara

The deadline for applications to exhibit in the first half of 2014 are due by Friday 30 August, 2013.  Application information and form can be downloaded here.

For more information, please email Senior Curator, Mardi Nowak at

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Town Hall Gallery to reopen Friday 22 November, 2013!

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Senior Curator, Mardi Nowak and assistant Marion Piper with stored Town Hall Gallery Collection items.

Yes, it is the date that everyone has been waiting for! Town Hall Gallery is set to reopen to the public on Friday 22 November!!! We are very excited!

We have loads of wonderful public programs and workshops planned for the opening weekend so all you art lovers can come and get your hands dirty and explore the new spaces in the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Many of our followers have been asking about how to exhibit with us at the new Town Hall Gallery in 2014. Currently we will not be taking any applications but you can email us at to be added to our mailing list for information as it comes to hand - or keep an eye on the blog!

So what's in the crate?  One of oldest collection works Jeanne d'Arc by Raffaello Romanelli was crated and transported to offsite storage during the redevelopment.  Some of you may remember this beautiful marble sculpture that featured in the former Hawthorn Town Hall foyer.  Joan (as we affectionately call her), was carefully crated for storage in early 2012.  Just recently, she was sent to a team of professional conservators to be cleaned before she makes her return to the Hawthorn Arts Centre later this year.

We hope that you will come in when we reopen and greet Joan upon her return!