A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published July 9th 2014
Free Exhibits and Community Art
The lovely old Hawthorn Town Hall, located at the intersection of Glenferrie and Burwood Roads in Hawthorn, was no longer needed for its original purpose after the former City of Hawthorn was rolled into the new City of Boroondara in 1994. The building was used for some years as a library, museum and gallery space, until undergoing a major redevelopment in 2012 - 2013 to convert it to a regional arts space, which is now known as the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
Located within the Hawthorn Arts Centre, the Town Hall Gallery is the peak public gallery space for the City of Boroondara, featuring three gallery spaces. This provides the opportunity for there to be a diverse range of art on display at any time. The Gallery promises both contemporary and 'innovative curated' exhibitions, as well as exhibits drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection.
One of the installations in the Re-Writing the Image exhibition
When I visited, the exhibition on display was Re-Writing the Image, which was described as 'investigating the intersection between art and text'. It highlighted how text infiltrated our lives in so many ways - to the point where we sometimes become oblivious to it. It was an interesting collection, which was both insightful and thought provoking. The exhibition continues until 10th August 2014.
Another piece in the Re-Writing the Image exhibition: the contours in the 'Grampians' are shown through different ink levels in ballpoint pens
The Gallery also boasts a privately sponsored 'Community Project Wall', for which exhibitions are selected through a bi-annual application call-out, allowing artists, schools and community groups to exhibit without the cost and pressure of exhibiting in a professional environment. Exhibiting at the time of my visit was Lyn Guy's collection Fragmented, in which the artist has used textiles and stitching to create quiet scenes and well known patterns of urban Spain. This exhibition continues until 2nd August 2014.
The Community Wall - a space for artists/community groups, selected by application
If you're planning a trip to the Town Hall Gallery, details of their exhibitions are available online.
Entry to the Gallery is FREE. The Gallery is open from 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Friday and 11am - 4pm on weekends (closed Mondays and public holidays).
It's also worth keeping an eye on the Gallery's Public Program for an interesting range of public events, many of which are also free. You may for example have the opportunity to attend free screenings of movies, or be invited to cheese and wine evenings with poets or artists.
If you're travelling by public transport to the Gallery, catch a Belgrave, Lilydale or Alamein train to Glenferrie Station, and it's a 5 minute walk south along Glenferrie Road. Alternatively, catch the number 16 tram to stop 73.