exhibitions



The Traveller
Experiencing Movement, Time & Place
Works from the Lyon Collection

Start:       Thursday 17 March, 2016
End:         Wednesday 15 June, 2016

Venue:     Galleries 1, 2 & 3




PICCININI, Patricia, Sheen (1997-1998), installation shot of interactive video installation with 5 digital C Type photographic prints, sculptural pod of timber construction with automotive paint finish, video monitor, Courtesy of the artist and the Lyon Collection.


Navigating our way through the world is the height of adventure, where the journey is often as important as the destination. Experience ideas about movement and passage in artworks by some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Carefully selected from the Lyon Collection, this exhibition takes you on a journey through time, space and place – through the vast Australian outback, our urban and suburban landscape, and the virtual world. Features works by Patricia Piccinini, Matthew Sleeth, Callum Morton, Shaun Gladwell, Peter Atkins and Louise Forthun.

The Lyon Collection is one of Australia’s largest and most significant collections of
Australian contemporary art. The Collection includes more than forty five artists represented in depth, and offers insights into significant moments and shifts in Australian contemporary art practice and thinking from the early 1990s through to the first two decades of the new century.

Established in 1990, the Collection has been developed by Corbett Lyon and Yueji Lyon over a 25 year period as a large, privately held collection. In 2012, the Lyons established a new public museum entity, the Lyon Foundation, to secure a permanent future home for the Collection.

Many works from the Lyon Collection have now been gifted to the public Foundation which has a charter to promote Australian contemporary art and to preserve and exhibit the Lyon Collection. The Foundation is currently finalising plans for its new public museum building to be constructed in Cotham Road, Kew. The museum will open to the public six days each week, commencing in early 2018.

In anticipation of the development of the new public museum building, the Town Hall Gallery is pleased to present these  key works from this public Collection.


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Imagined Worlds

Start:       Saturday 25 June, 2016
End:         Sunday 21 August, 2016
Venue:     Galleries 1 & 2

WORMALD, Alice, Bending Stem Over Valley (2015), oil and acrylic on linen, 102 x 81 cm (104 x 83 cm framed), Courtesy of the artist and Daine Singer Gallery.

Blurring the boundary between real and imagined these artworks challenge traditional representations of landscape and allow the viewer to imagine life in a new world.


Imagined Worlds also questions why artists are proposing new landscapes. Is it escapism, fantasy or dreaming of a new utopia? The exhibition will show beautiful, dreamy imagery which will be both calming and intriguing.


Artists: Andrew Mezei / Tony Lloyd / Connor Grogan / Christie Torrington / Alice Wormald / Kate Shaw / Ara Dolatian / Ben Taranto / Kevin Chin.



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Louis Kahan
Art, Theatre, Fashion


Start:       Saturday 27 August, 2016
End:         Sunday 23 October, 2016
Venue:     Galleries 1, 2 & 3

KAHAN, Louis, (1905-2002), Still Life on Palette II (1994), oil on canvas on marine ply, 60.5 x 81.5cm. Courtesy of Louis Kahan/Licensed by Viscopy 2015.




Tailoring, fashion and costume design were crucial aspects of Louis Kahan’s journey as an artist. In Australia, Kahan contributed to a vibrant post-war arts scene where his training in art and tailoring in early twentieth-century Vienna and Paris influenced his later work.


This exhibition showcases an exciting artist who moved seamlessly across theatre, dress and illustration. It also provides the back story to one of Australia’s migrant artists; a little-known story that includes work with the great fashion houses and celebrities of early twentieth century Europe.


Co-curated with Laura Jocic in collaboration with the Kahan Collection, Melbourne.




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Pattern +

Start:       Saturday 29 October, 2016
End:         Sunday 18 December, 2016
Venue:     Galleries 1, 2 & 3

EDWARDS, Daniel, detail from Everyday Women with Extraordinary Stories (2013), woven tapestry, wool weft and cotton warp, 240 x 130 cm, courtesy of the artist.



Pattern + highlights both artworks and design-based works that celebrate pattern. Whether it be finding symmetry and repetition in nature or investigating computer generated algorithms, this exhibition will have viewers seeing patterns within their own environment.


Pattern + references the history of various iconic patterns as well as artists who are creating their own language within pattern. Featuring a wide range of artists and designers, Pattern + will showcase textiles, painting, photography and installation.