Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Popup Library

As we launch our 2016 program with two show-stopping exhibitions, we're very excited to bring you yet another FREE resource: a reading list from our popup library. 

Assembled by the City of Boroondara Library Services team, this reading list is chock full of delicious bibliographic information on our exhibiting artists, key artistic styles and a plethora of magazines (if that's more your thing). 

All of the resources listed below are available at your local City of Boroondara library, so feel free to give them a call on (03) 9278 4666 to get more information. They also have a great website where you can reserve books online and a blog that's updated regularly on all things bookish!

Our popup library will be open throughout the course of the exhibition so make sure you leave a little extra time for your visit to indulge in some cheeky reading in the gallery. 



Fred Williams: The Pilbara series

HART. Deborah. Fred Williams : infinite horizons

MCCAUGHEY, Patrick. Fred Williams 1927-1982

MOLLISON, James. Fred Williams: etchings

ZDANOWICZ, Irena. Fred Williams : an Australian vision

BOLTON, Richard. Handbook of watercolour landscapes tips & techniques

CALLAGHAN, Timothy. One painting a day : a 6-week course in observational painting--creating extraordinary paintings from every day experience

EDWARDS, Sterling. Creating luminous watercolor landscapes

GRANT, Kirsty. Robert Jacks : order and variation

GRAY, Anne. Sydney Long : the spirit of the land

HANDELL, Albert. Painting the landscape in pastel

HART, Deborah. William Robinson : the transfigured landscape

HEATHCOTE, Christopher. Russell Drysdale : defining the modern Australian landscape

HICKS, Joyce. Painting beautiful watercolor landscapes : transform ordinary places into extraordinary scenes

HYLTON, Jane. Hans Heysen : into the light.

KEELER, Brian. Dramatic color in the landscape : painting land and light in oil and pastel

KING, Jennifer. Expressing the visual language of the landscape

KLEPAC, Lou. Kenneth Jack

LOCK-WEIR, Tracey. Misty moderns : Australian tonalists 1915-1950

MCGREGOR, Ken. Robert Jacks: past unfolded

MCGREGOR, Ken. Robert Jacks.

MCKENZIE, Janet. Arthur Boyd : art & life

MACPHERSON, Kevin D. Landscape painting inside & out: capture the vitality of outdoor painting in your studio with oils.

NICE, Claudia. Drawing & painting trees in the landscape

RADFORD, Ron. Ocean to outback: Australian landscape painting 1850-1950

RANSON, Ron. Watercolour landscapes from photographs.

SMITH, Ray Campbell. Watercolour work-out : 50 landscape projects from choosing a scene to painting the picture

TOPLISS, Helen. The artists' camps : "plein air" painting in Australia

WALKER, Robert. Painters in the Australian landscape

WILSON, Gavin. The artists of Hill End: art, life and landscape


Colour theory / with Richard Bell.

Impressionists : painting and revolution

Painting in watercolours : landscape / presented by Rebecca Hind with Chris Smith

Painting Australia: Braidwood Eps. 1

Painting Australia: Simpson Desert Eps. 2

Painting Australia: Bendigo Eps. 3

Painting Australia: Byron Bay Eps. 4

Painting Australia: Kakadu Eps. 5

Painting Australia: Cooktown Eps. 6

Studio : Australian painters on the nature of creativity


Art and Australia.

Art monthly Australia.

The artist.

Artlink : Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly.


Australian artist.


City of Boroondara Libraries

Ashburton Library
154 High Street, Ashburton 3147 

Balwyn Library
336 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn 3103 

Camberwell Library
340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell 3124 

Hawthorn Library
584 Glenferrie Road,, Hawthorn 3122 

Kew Library
Cnr Cotham Road & Civic Drive, Kew 3101 

Phone: 9278 4666 - for all libraries 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 is here!

2015 was a big year here at Town Hall Gallery; so big that it can only be explained in dot point statistics...
  • 21 exhibitions across 4 gallery spaces
  • Over 8,000 visitations 
  • More than 20 public programs
  • Engagements with over 100 artists
We're hoping to surpass the above figures in 2016 and bring you an amazingly diverse program, starting with three wonderful exhibitions launching this Saturday 16 January. Our gallery shop, The Emporium @ THG, will be open too for 'back to (art) school' supplies and goodies. 

Community Project Wall

WESTHORPE, Margot, Before – 3 (2015), oil and acrylic on linen, 120 x 90cm, © Courtesy of the artist

Memory Mostly by local artist Margot Westhorpe presents a new body of work exploring notions of identity and how we relate to one another as a community. Westhorpe has exhibited with us on the project wall previously and this exhibition features a number of large works on canvas that depart from previous explorations. All works are for sale and will be snapped up quickly, so make sure you come by to take a look. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 7 February, 2016.

Gallery 1 & 2

In our first two main gallery spaces we have Dialect: Works from the Town Hall Gallery Collection. As a compliment to the exhibition in gallery 3, Dialect explores the often complex and multifaceted visual language employed by artists in their art making practices. Featuring some of our favourite collection pieces by Helen Maudsley, Eric Thake and Ian Armstrong (among others), Dialect gives pause to the detailed and intricate world created of mark-making. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 6 March, 2016.

Gallery 3

NIXON, John, Eltham (2014), enamel and various timbers on canvas, 60 x 45cm, Copyright Courtesy of Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

We are thrilled to be hosting this touring exhibition that places two great Australian artists in conversation together about a very interesting topic: the landscape. Reducing Landscapes: Fred Williams and John Nixon is an opportunity to view some beautifully crafted pieces by these two talented artists as well as think about the different ways in which the landscape can be depicted. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 6 March, 2016.


Our first exhibitions will launch this Saturday 16 January from 2pm to 4pm - to RSVP to the launch, send us an email. We also have a 'Walk and Talk' with the curatorial team from 1pm, so if the above musing didn't satisfy your curiosity, make sure you come down a little earlier on Saturday (it's free, you just have to register here).