Thursday, February 27, 2014

Are you ready to be fixated?


Town Hall Gallery is madly putting the finishing touches on our next exhibition Fixation which opens to the public from Tuesday 4 March to Sunday 13 April.  This exhibition explores our obsession with fashion culture and is sure to leave you thinking about why you wear what you wear and why!

Artists include:

  • Alexander Batsis
  • Janice Gobey
  • Leo Greenfield
  • Inge Jacobsen (UK)
  • Ariana Page Russell (USA)
  • Kitty N. Wong (HK)
In conjunction, we are hosting a variety of public programs including a panel discussion on Narcissism and Selfies on Saturday 8 March at 1pm.  Our expert panel include:

  • Darren Sylvester (artist, musician)
  • Clem Bastow (cultural commentator)
  • Drew Pettifer (artist)
  • Jan Breen Burns (fashion blogger)

This is a panel discussion you don't want to miss!!!!  Bookings can be made via townhallgallery@boroondara.vic.gov.au or on 9278 4626.

To get into the spirit of Narcissism and Selfies, we are encouraging our visitors to take selfies in the exhibition.  Use the hashtags (#) #selfiefixation #fixationthg on social media so we can check them out!

We would also love to see your #OOTD (Outfits of the day) as well on instagram so please @townhallgallery ... we will share what the curatorial team are wearing too!

We look forward to seeing you fashionable folk in the gallery!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Languages of Art and Fashion

Saturday's launch of the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall exhibition was a resounding success, with a packed gallery space, artworks being purchased, and general merriment and good cheer for the occasion. Robyn Emerson and her series of encaustic paintings took the lead role in the affair, with wonderful support from her framer Luke at Visual Heritage, catering by Egg Unlimited,  drinks from the folks at Highgate Cellars, and the very generous support of Michael and his team at Quest Hawthorn.

Robyn's work has been very well received, as it glows with its own force in the gallery space. Evocative and rich in texture, the images swirl with a depth and weight that goes beyond the character of the medium to reach into new territories of contemplation.


Artist and all round lovely person, Elizabeth Banfield, put on a Linocut Workshop in the upper reaches of the Town Hall and that too was a hit. Elizabeth is a master of the fine line, a deft hand at the most exquisite mark-making you're likely see. She generously shared techniques and ideas with the class, who then produced their own great artworks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page or subscribe to our mailing list (over on the right of the page here) to be kept abreast of our workshops throughout the year.



And two little reminders:
1) We are keen to have you involved in our project, 'It's a Keeper'. You can be a part of a wonderful art installation, tell a story behind an important item of fashion, and have your clothes included as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. A rare opportunity indeed! Check out more information here. We'll be filming willing participants tell their stories on the next two Monday evenings. But if you're camera shy, you can still lend us a piece of clothing and be involved too!

2) On Thursday 20 February, from 6.30-8.00pm, Senior Curator Mardi Nowak is going to lead a panel discussion on public gallery collections. Providing an insider's insight into the way in which public bodies go about identifying art and artists to acquire into collections, this discussion will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the process and understand the machinations of this activity. Highly valuable for both artists, holders of important works and dealers, it is a rare chance to get behind the scenes and gain valuable knowledge. Contact the gallery to secure your seat.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Art of Engagement, in 3 Parts


2014 is off and running, with a swathe of new visitors finding their way into the gallery and the Emporium. On Saturday we had a wonderful set of artists talks and a very enthusiastic crowd of interested art patrons. A massive thanks to Jenny Peterson, Bronwyn Rees and Elizabeth Banfield for sharing their work with us and giving a generous insight into their ideas and working methods.

Part One
This coming Saturday, 8 February starting at 11am, we are excited to have Elizabeth Banfield return and deliver a linocut workshop - a rare and unique opportunity to learn directly from a truly exceptional artist. Materials will be supplied and it could hardly be a more perfect way to avoid the heat, get out of the house, and enjoy some creative activity in the air-conditioned comfort of the newly refurbished heritage building. More details available here.

Part Two
Also on Saturday, from 2-4pm, Robyn Emerson will be launching her exhibition, Languages of Phenomena, at the Quest Hawthorn Community Project Wall. For a sneak peak of what to expect, check out the preview video:


Part Three
On Thursday 20 February, from 6.30-8.00pm, Senior Curator Mardi Nowak is going to lead a panel discussion on public gallery collections. Providing an insider's insight into the way in which public bodies go about identifying art and artists to acquire into collections, this discussion will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the process and understand the machinations of this activity. Highly valuable for both artists, holders of important works and dealers, it is a rare chance to get behind the scenes and gain valuable knowledge. Contact the gallery to secure your seat.

(c) Image Courtesy of Matthew Stanton