Spanning four gallery spaces, the Town Hall Gallery features a diverse range of contemporary and innovative curated exhibitions, public programs and exhibits drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection.
Town Hall Gallery’s exhibition calendar is carefully selected to explore diverse mediums and themes relevant to Boroondara and the visual arts scene.
Exhibitions are also drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection of contemporary and historical art. The collection reflects Boroondara’s diverse community and features art by significant Australian artists who currently live or have lived or worked in the municipality.
In addition to the exhibition program, Town Hall Gallery hosts a range of public programs including hands-on workshops, talks, seminars and documentary screenings.
The Town Hall Gallery Collection aims to nurture a sense of community and shared history as well as enhance public spaces and community well being. Combining art works, historical and civic memorabilia from the past municipalities of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell, the Collection actively acquires new works and historical items.
It is divided into four components: Art Collection, History Collection, Local Government Collection, Public Art Collection.
Each component has its own unique focus to interpret the cultural heritage of Boroondara.
Community Exhibitions Program
The Community Exhibitions program at the Town Hall Gallery is devoted to talented local artists.
Artists benefit from advice and mentoring from our curatorial team to help with their artistic and career development.
Since the Community Exhibitions program was established in 2013, it has presented well over 1000 artworks produced by more than 350 artists. The wall averages 800 visits to each individual exhibition. The exhibition space spans close to 30 metres.
Applications open in May 2019 for consideration in the 2020 program
getting to the gallery
The gallery is walking distance from the Glenferrie Train Station and is also accessible via the Tram No. 16 Melbourne University to Kew.
Parking can be found behind the Centre off Kent Street. Additional parking is also available a short walk from the gallery off Grace St and off Wakefield Street. Please note, restrictions apply.
Melway Reference: 45 D10
Wheelchair access throughout Town Hall Gallery.
Second Empire Cafe
Monday - Friday: 8am - 3pm
T: 03 9290 9400
Named in honour of the Hawthorn Arts Centre’s iconic architectural heritage, Second Empire Café is open for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy the surrounds of the Arts Centre in this light-filled café.
The Emporium at Town Hall Gallery
Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Closed Mondays and public holidays
The Emporium at Town Hall Gallery offers distinctive designer and artisanal goods from local and international makers. Housing a rotation of stock including clothing, stationery, wearable objects, home wares and small art pieces, each and every item will be sourced by independent traders in and around Melbourne, and internationally.
At the heart of the Emporium is the belief that good design and superb craftmanship are vital to a sustainable future for the arts and craft industry in Australia.
Image: Exhibition opening at Town Hall Gallery for This Wild Song, on display from 1 September- 21 October 2018. Photograph by ImagePlay.