Richmond Town Hall exhibition program
Locale is a Council-supported exhibition series that promotes the work of local artists at Richmond Town Hall.
About the exhibition space
Richmond Town Hall is one of Yarra's most iconic heritage landmarks. Its art deco interior also houses many of Council's day-to-day administrative functions and plays an important role in the delivery of services to the community.
Located at 333 Bridge Road, Richmond, the town hall is open to the public between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (and open to 6pm on Tuesdays). The town hall is closed on weekends and public holidays.
During opening hours, members of the public are free to move around the public sections of the building to view the art on display.
5 March – 25 April
This exhibition showcases 1990's works from Council's collection including artists Angela Brennan, John Kelly, Helen Geier, Annie Howie and Stephen Armstrong. Vivid paintings such as Angela Brennan's Untitled, bold in both colour and execution, are featured in this group show. Connections between these works include strong geometric form, colour and unique visual style of the artist. Alongside these works are works by Ann Burns and Annie Howie acquired around the same time which explore more disquieting themes and imagery evoking dark fairytales and childhood memories. Many of these works were purchased through the short-lived City of Richmond Acquisitive Prize. Significant artists were collected through this prize including John Kelly's Dobell's Cow on Wheels.
New Acquisitions 2013
30 April – 27June
This exhibition features some of the new acquisitions recently added to Council's Contemporary Art Collection. In 2013, there
has been a focus on acquiring works by mid-career artists. Acquisitions include contrasting works by
Deanna Hitti and Senye Shen. Both works were acquired through the current annual commission of the Print Council of Australia, which has recently joined the local arts landscape following their move into Fitzroy Town Hall.
A Shared Reality
2 July – 29 August
A Shared Reality is a celebration of the invaluable bond created between visual artists who share working spaces within studio
communities. Appleton Street Studios, based within the City of Yarra, has seen many artists from different disciplines during
the last six years. This exhibition brings together three artists from the studios including. Deanna Hitti, a printmaker, Sarah
Louise Ricketts, a textile artist and Katrina Carter who creates conceptually based work. As part of the exhibition, each artist will
visually respond to the Town Hall’s architectural design and spaces by producing site responsive works.
3 September – 1 November
Jack Rowland's Australian landscapes are painted in a realistic style but with unnatural and vibrant colour schemes. Based
on rural landscapes in Victoria and produced with a hypnotic psychedelic palette, the works in this exhibition aim to celebrate
the vibrancy of the natural world. By altering viewers' perceptions of the natural landscape through his paintings, Rowland intends to evoke a new response and engagement with the scenery of our wide expansive land.
6 November – 20 December
November has come to be popularly synonymous with Movember, the facially focused fundraising event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health. To mark this worthy cause and the end of the year in appropriate
style, a variety of moustaches can be seen and admired in this exhibition dedicated to ‘Movember’. Heritage works from Council’s collection will form this show, which harks back to earlier days in Australian society when the mo’ was à la mode for the fashion-conscious man. The exhibition will also look at its resurgence amongst young men and within popular culture.
Locale 2013 (692.96 KB)
In 2012, Locale featured an alternating program of exhibitions drawn from Council’s Art & Heritage Collection and local artists.
Many of the exhibitions and artists were linked by recurrent themes which explore connections and exchanges between Yarra’s local environment and its relation to other urban and regional landscapes.
A copy of the 2012 program can be viewed below:
Locale program (860.79 KB)
Proposals received from artists in April 2012 for the exhibition series were assessed by the following criteria:
- Artists or groups who are Yarra-based ie. practitioners living, studying, working or represented by a gallery in Yarra (Where it is a group proposal at least 50% of the group must be Yarra based).
- Works of high quality
- Innovative and/or emerging forms/practice
- Works presented in a professional manner.
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