The Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly the Hawthorn Town Hall) is a former civic building located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Designed by architect John Beswicke in the Second Empire style, the hall was built from 1888 to 1890 and housed the council chambers for the City of Hawthorn. After the City of Hawthorn was dissolved in 1994 and absorbed into the newly created City of Boroondara, the building was used as a library, museum and gallery space. A $17.9 million redevelopment was commenced in April 2012 to convert the former town hall into a regional arts space. The hall was renamed to the Hawthorn Arts Centre and officially opened in November 2013.
Located in the redeveloped Hawthorn Arts Centre, Town Hall Gallery is the peak public gallery space for the City of Boroondara. The Hawthorn Town Hall has been converted into a new heritage inspired arts and cultural space and renamed the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
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. The collection celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara and fosters a strong sense of community and shared history.
Part of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV), we support local, national and international artists at varying stages of their careers. We also offer a space for local artists and community groups to exhibit professionally on our Community Project Wall, located at the side entrance of the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
The Emporium store, located adjacent to Town Hall Gallery, supports emerging designers and craft artists through a series of programmed and themed displays.