Friday, March 27, 2015

Exhibition Opportunity at Town Hall Gallery

It's that time of year again - Community Project Wall callout time! If you live, work or study in Boroondara, you are eligible to exhibit at Town Hall Gallery ... for FREE. Our dedicated fourth gallery space is devoted purely to the talented artists of the local area. We can offer the exhibition space completely for free - with curation, promotion and presentation at the same standards we apply to the exhibitions in the main galleries. It really is a rare and excited opportunity to show your work to a broad audience.

Artworks can be made available for sale if you so desire, with the smallest of gallery commissions applied (only 15%). The artists who have exhibited at the Community Project Wall have fared very well in this regard, which is one of the most excited aspects of this space besides the exposure.

Solo artists, art groups and community groups are encouraged to apply. There is around 30 metres of linear wall space to work with and curatorial staff on board to help ensure your work is presented in the best possible light. The deadline for submission is 30 June, but don't wait until the last week to submit! Information about how to apply is available here or you can email us at the gallery and we can send you a PDF. We'll also have forms available at the gallery for you to pick up on your next visit.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Hours at Town Hall Gallery

Town Hall Gallery will be closed over the Easter Holidays.  This includes the Emporium and Community Project Wall.  We hope that you have a wonderful and safe Easter.

Thursday 2 April - open 10am to 5pm
Friday 3 April - Closed
Saturday 4 April - Closed
Sunday 5 April - Closed
Monday 6 April - Closed
Tuesday 7 April - open 10am to 5pm

We will see you all back at the gallery on Tuesday 7 April!  It will be the last week to view Data Flow: Digital Influence so pop it in your diary!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Expanded Gallery

For some time now artists, museums, galleries and curators have been thinking about the limitations of the traditional 'white cube' exhibition venue. There is a very important function to be served by having an architectural space to put art into, allowing people to come and enjoy it in a familiar, safe and generally contemplative atmosphere. But for some art, and for some purposes, this can be limiting.

Given that the current exhibition is about the way in which digital culture is influencing art making, whether in process or aesthetics or presentation, we thought that it would be a wonderful chance for us to explore non-architectural spaces for exhibiting art. To take a look into the way that digital culture has created new ways of sharing art. At the gallery we've been keen to ensure we utilise a variety of social media channels to assist in spreading the good work of the artists we exhibit, with outlets on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo. And of course, there is this blog as well.

These channels enable galleries to provide more insight to the art they show, providing behind-the-scenes looks into the machinations of gallery activities, offering interviews and sneak previews of shows, and to help promote their parallel public programs and events. For the current exhibition Data Flow we decided to take one of these channels, Instagram, and make it a virtual exhibition space. We have three main gallery spaces full of artwork to see in Hawthorn, and one virtual online gallery space running out of our Instagram feed.

Over the course of the 6 week exhibition, we have one new artist exhibiting each week on Instagram. So in this 'space' we will be showing:
    Lily Mae Martin
    Josh Rufford
    Crystal Knight
    Ace Wagstaff
    Michelle Hamer
    Ben Aitken

Lily Mae Martin on Instagram

Please hop on over to Instagram and keep an eye on this unfolding exhibition 'space'. The artists are all very different in nature, each exploring ideas and expressions that are unique to their own styles and voices, but each very conscious of the digital environment they are navigating. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Stream is an idea made wet

Data Flow is off and running - and what a fantastic launch event we had on Tuesday the 3rd to get it all going. Featuring work by 11 artists across all 3 gallery spaces, it's a veritable feast for the eyes and the mind. Tapestries from New York artist Erin M Riley are on show next to video game incursions by Melbournian Georgie Roxby Smith. Oil painting by Sydney-born, LA-based Jonathan Zawada sits opposite abstract art made of glass and salt by English-born, Tasmania-based Kit Wise. And so so much more!

A full house for the opening night launch

As always, we have a series of public programs running parallel to the exhibition, allowing for new ways into understanding the artwork and the ideas behind it. For Data Flow we have three events scheduled for you, all free, and all very different.

Floor Talk:
Saturday 14 March, 1-2pm
Artists from the exhibition will be joined by Senior Curator Mardi Nowak to talk about their artwork, the ideas underlying it and their processes for creating it. A great opportunity to meet and talk directly with some of Australia's most interesting artists and to learn more about the curatorial approaches of Town Hall Gallery. Bryan Spier, Dr Troy Innocent and Viv Miller will be some of the artists talking about their work and will be on hand to take questions about their practices.

Viewers enjoying the work of Georgie Roxby Smith (right) and Erin M Riley (background)

Kids' Workshop:
Sunday 29 March, 1-3pm
Join Ace Wagstaff in a workshop that explores image making with cameras. Working with lo-fi techniques such a mirrors, plastic and lights, Ace will demonstrate ways to create image effects normally achieved with software and media filters. The workshop will be conducted in two sessions - 'think & talk' and 'do & make' - enabling kids to learn about techniques and put them into practice. Each participant will take home a digital folio of their work. Fun and educational for children aged 7 and over. 

A happy trio in front of the work of Kit Wise
Cinema Sessions:
Sunday 12 April, 1-2.30pm
Everything is a Remix is a four-part video series produced by New York film-maker Kirby Ferguson. It explores ideas around appropriation, copyright and the artistic licence of creative practitioners who make new work from materials already available. Town Hall Gallery will air all four episodes of the series, and offer our audience a chance to consider its themes in relation to the exhibition in the main galleries. Of particular focus is the way in which digital technologies have come to influence our creative output and our understanding of ownership and control.

The film screening will be followed by a tour and discussion of the current exhibition Data Flow, led by Dr Kent Wilson.

Bryan Spier, Steven Rendall, Troy Innocent, Mardi Nowak (Senior Curator), Darcey Bella Arnold, Kent Wilson (Assistant Curator) and Georgie Roxby Smith