Town Hall Gallery
Located in the redeveloped Hawthorn Arts Centre, Town Hall Gallery is the peak public gallery space for the City of Boroondara. Spanning three gallery spaces, 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 supports local, national and international artists at varying stages of their careers. The gallery also offers a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally on the Community Project Wall, located at the side entrance of the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
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.
The Town Hall Gallery collection is available online: Search the Collection.
Second Empire Café by Epicure
The Second Empire Café is named in honour of the iconic building’s architectural heritage. The menu features breakfast and lunch classics, whilst also providing dishes with a sense of occasion.
An abundant choice of wraps, sandwiches and salads are on offer. A considered selection of ‘signature dishes’ includes a Thai sticky pork belly salad, romesco crumbed flathead and chips, and a Moroccan spiced lamb burger.
Open: Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 4pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 4pm.
Cafe Telephone: +61 (0)3 9290 9400
The Emporium at Town Hall Gallery
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.
Open: Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm.
Saturday and Sundays: 11am to 4pm.
Closed Mondays and public holidays.
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