Friday, December 27, 2013

A Quest for Fruitful Partnerships

We are very excited to announce a new partnership arrangement with the wonderful folk at Quest Hawthorn Studios, led by the delightful Michael Kratzke. As a result of the new arrangement, our program of exhibitions in the fourth gallery space will be billed under the moniker - Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall - and our ability to foster the artistic talents of our local creatives takes a massive leap forward.

Views of the Hawthorn Arts Centre from Quest Hawthorn!

A partnership of this nature is a great example of organisations working together in mutually beneficial ways. The most important outcome in this scenario is that thanks to Quest Hawthorn's support, all exhibitions by our Boroondara artists will be advertised, supported, promoted and catered for with the same level of professional quality afforded the shows with international artists and Australian icons exhibited in the main galleries. This will have tremendous outcomes for the artists and help propel their professional practices.

To kick off the 2014 program at the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall, Richard Glenn will be exhibiting a series of paintings inspired by the highly frenetic world of urban street art. Richard is a young artist with a bucketload of talent and potential. Having just graduated from RMIT, he recently exhibited his work at Monday Week Gallery in Carlton North. Speaking eloquently of his own work, Richard explains:

Disenchanted with more conventional and socially regulated interests and activities, the youths of today have become enchanted by the dense and boundless nature of their urban environment. It is a fascination that commonality has excited into a rich, but difficult to define culture, operating on social, artistic, physical and intellectual levels.

Richard Glenn, detail of Mums the word (2) (2013),
 120 x 120 mixed media on board 
Richard's exhibition, Escapism, launches on Saturday 11 January, from 2-4pm. It will be fully catered and there will be drinks to celebrate the occasion. Paintings will be for sale, so it will be a great opportunity to buy some vibrant, highly-charged contemporary art from a promising young artist. These are local stories by a locally engaged young man, revealing a very real connection to the way in which urban youth are trying to navigate their place in the world - a world of nature and artifice collided into an environment fraught with discordant forces.

Two other exhibitions are launching simultaneously - New Ground (a curated group show) and Singular Impressions (a survey of Wayne Viney's work) - so it's going to be a grand affair! Information about these shows will follow here too, but you can get a sneak peek here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas and New Year Operating Hours @ Town hall gallery!

Image or original artwork by Fiona Tettman

Do you feel like you may need to escape the madness of shopping centres and other festivities?  Well just remember that you can relax and contemplate at Town Hall Gallery over the break!  We will be open the following days (on shorter hours) for you to get your art fix or pick up a last minute gift at the Emporium.

Saturday 21 December:  11am to 4pm
Sunday 22 December:  11am to 4pm
Monday 23 December - CLOSED
Tuesday 24 December:  10am to 4pm
Wednesday 25 December:  CLOSED (Christmas Day)
Thursday 26 December:  CLOSED (Boxing Day)
Friday 27 December:  10am to 4pm
Saturday 28 December:  CLOSED
Sunday 29 December:  CLOSED
Monday 30 December:  CLOSED
Tuesday 31 December:  10am to 4pm
Wednesday 1 JanuaryCLOSED
Thursday 2 January:  10am to 6pm
Friday 3 January:  10am to 6pm
Saturday 4 January:  11am to 4pm
Sunday 5 January:  CLOSED

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

X Marks the Spot

On a treasure map you know you've got to look for the spot marked with an 'X'. That's where the treasure is buried. With that in mind, if you were to stumble upon a book with an 'X' on the front cover, you'd be well within your rights to think that maybe, just maybe, there's treasure inside. Well, at Town Hall Gallery you'd be right on the money because our first major publication, 'Marker: 10 Years of the Town Hall Gallery Collection' is exactly the same. Open it's cover and climb into a world of artful joy!

The Marker book comes with an ingenious spine that allows it to open flat
Featuring beautiful plates of the artworks from the exhibition, there is background information about each artist and their connection to the City of Boroondara. There are some true icons of Australian art in here, with John Brack, Fred Williams, Eric Thake and Noel Counihan in the mix. Interviews with artists and their families give a fantastic insight into their practices and their feelings about the nature of public collections of art.

Of course, 'X' is not just a marker of place but a marker of time too. 'X' is a symbol for 10 and that's what we're celebrating with the relaunch of the refurbished gallery spaces at the Hawthorn Art Centre. These artworks have made their way into the permanent public collection of the City of Boroondara over the course of the last 10 years. What better way to mark an occasion than in this way.

Leading off the information in the book are two wonderful essays by the curatorial team - Senior Curator Mardi Nowak discusses the nature of the show, and of collecting and curating in a public gallery context; and Marion Piper discusses the push and pull of global influence on the local in her essay, 'Art as my neighbour'. There's commentaries from David Walsh of MONA, Tony Ellwood of the NGV, Glenn Barkley of the MCA and Cherie McNair of the TATE as well.

So if you're looking for that little bit of 'X' factor (how far can we milk this 'X' related punnage..?) for your library, or want to make sure you can revisit the works of the exhibition well after the art has come out of the galleries, the Marker book might be just the ticket. Feel free to look through the gallery copy in the exhibition spaces and then pick up your own copy from The Emporium. It's only $35 and goes to help support the running of the gallery and the continued strengthening of this exciting cultural asset, the Town Hall Gallery Collection.