Monday, August 31, 2015

Panel Discussion

There are variety of ways a public gallery can go about curating its programming. At Town Hall Gallery we like to find ways to integrate the historic with the contemporary and we were delighted to be able to bring in three contemporary artists to make work inspired by a local historical art figure. For Ronald Greenaway: The Artist and his World we commissioned new artwork from artists to accompany the retrospective nature of the show, offering new ways of seeing artwork dating back through seven decades.

Artist Nicholas Ives (with his wife Amy) in front of his painting Jabberwocky

This Thursday evening we are running a panel discussion with the commissioned artists - Nicholas Ives, Justine Sielde and Ian Paradine - to talk about the process of commissioning artists in this way and, most importantly, to hear directly from them about how they went about tackling the commission itself.

Ian Paradine with his multimedia installation

Set to take place under the the delightful wooden ceiling of the Chamber in the Hawthorn Arts Centre, you'll be able to hear about artistic process, inspiration, curatorial approaches, and more about the current exhibition itself. It starts at 630pm, Thursday 3 September - it's completely free, with light refreshments and a unique opportunity to converse with artists about their working methods.

Justine Siedle with some of her amazing ceramic artworks.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Apply for an Artist Studio at the Hawthorn Arts Centre

The Hawthorn Arts Centre is located inside a nineteenth century, Victorian-era town hall. In the upper reaches of the building we have converted the old Hall Keeper's apartment into a suite of artist studios. They vary in size and character, and would make for an ideal working environment for creative people. With a small kitchenette connected, wonderful views in a couple of the rooms plus a cafe and THG right downstairs, it could hardly be a more attractive proposition. 

Studio 1

We have now launched our Expressions of Interest (EOI) period and would love to hear from you if you'd like to secure one of the studios spaces. The plans for the rooms, sizes and dimensions are included in the EOI Kit, which can be downloaded here. Photographs of the spaces are also available here

Some of the spaces might be more suited to writers, others to painters, perhaps others for photographers. Our intention is to ensure they are used by creative practitioners who will utilise their studio for the production of their work. A happy, vibrant hive of activity is our ultimate aim. 

For those interested in applying, we will be holding 'open for inspection' times on the following days and times:

Tuesday 8 September 11am to midday 
Thursday 10 September 2pm to 3pm 
Saturday 12 September midday to 1pm 
Wednesday 16 September 3-4pm 
Wednesday 23 September 3-4pm 

To come along and view the studios, please RSVP to letting us know which time slot you'll be attending.

We expect to receive a lot of interest, so places will need to be allocated to ensure the best overall environment for the Centre and the creative practitioners working in that part of the building. We look forward to learning about your work and being able to provide space for your endeavours.

Applications are due no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 September, 2015.

For any further queries, please contact Town Hall Gallery by email or call 9278 4626.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Beauty is everywhere

The Community Project Wall is lined with the brilliantly executed artworks of local Boroondara artist Serene Kitchen. The exhibition, Sewer Princesses, kicked off on Saturday with the official launch and was conducted in an atmosphere of awe and excitement.

Serene generously took the audience on an impromptu artist talk, much to the delight of the interested attendees. There is a careful and considered interplay of ecology, urban-design and identity woven throughout her artwork. All produced with a finely skilled quality of draftsmanship that encourages a long hard look at all the detail in her art.

For example, an artwork like Sewer Princess Light (below) incorporates actual architectural references drawn literally from the streets of Melbourne, together with urban planning elements and industrial infrastructure. All premised on the consideration of individual identity and human existence in a fabricated environment. Clever stuff and visually treat-worthy for the eyeballs.


Serene is also engaging with her audience in novel ways through two projects running as part of the exhibition. There is:
   > Sewer Princesses Snapshots where you can download your own crown and photograph yourself in the urban environment. All the info is here
   > Artist Tour of Hawthorn where you can join Serene on a walking art tour of the local area. This Saturday and details available here.

We hope to see you at the gallery, or on social media (#sewerprincesses) real soon! This show will run until 6 September and you can learn a whole lot more about Serene from her website here.