Our arts and neighbourhood house teams have a full calendar of fresh events kicking off this winter.
What’s on at Boroondara Arts
A new batch of exhibitions comes to the Town Hall Gallery, including major exhibition Above the Canopy, celebrating the beauty of Australia’s natural environment. Parallel Visions explores 20th-century Italian art and design history, Borrowed by Carla Tucker pays homage to still life artworks, and The Cartoon Chronicles of Sandwich Bag Dad celebrates Dave Blumenthal’s lunch-bag artworks. On 22 July Art After Hours invites you to enjoy a Friday-night feast for the senses with after-hours access to Town Hall Gallery exhibitions, live music and the Arts Bar, with exhibition curators on hand.
To find out more, visit our Exhibitions and visual arts page.
Tap into your own creative side with workshops introducing botanical watercolours and botanical imprints, or take in Boroondara Creative Network’s Navigating Social Media workshop, where Boroondara Arts’ marketing guru will give insights into how best to promote your art through through social media.
You can learn more about these events on our Workshops and classes page.
Visit our Music and performance page for upcoming events including the Sedergreen Brothers Sextet, salsa 10-piece Quarter Street, singer, songwriter and comedian Jude Perl, and a Bares and Emily Victoria double bill.
What’s on at your neighbourhood house
If there’s an interest or a passion you’d like to pursue, your local neighbourhood house has a range of courses, classes and workshops to explore. Nurture a creative talent, learn a language, develop your skills or join a social group. We have options for children and teens through to the senior members of our community. Get in touch with your local neighbourhood house to find out what it is on offer.
Get ahead with English
English classes are held each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. New students are welcome to join any time.
Where: Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning
Call: (03) 9885 9401
Cost: Contact the centre for more information
Wind down at week’s end with this gentle form of exercise, indoors – 1 pm to 2 pm, Fridays. Free trials and casual enrolment available.
Where: Ashburton Community Centre
Call: (03) 9885 7952
Cost: from $7.50 per class
Italian for travellers
A 5-week language course suitable for beginners. Learn key phrases, words, and top tips for your next overseas trip – 7 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursdays from 28 July.
Where: Balwyn Community Centre
Call: (03) 9836 7942
Cost: $110 (5 sessions)
Improve your strength, flexibility and clarity of mind, and experience a greater sense of wellbeing – 6 pm to 7 pm, Thursdays from 14 July.
Where: Bowen Street Community Centre
Call: (03) 9889 0791
Cost: $175 (10 sessions)
Watercolour in winter
Settle into the cooler months with a watercolour class with Mike Kowalski – 1 pm, Wednesdays from 20 July.
Where: Camberwell Community Centre
Call: (03) 9882 2611
Cost: $195 (8 sessions)
Meet the bees workshop
Discover more about bees and the critical role they play. Taste honey varieties and handle beeswax – 10 am to 11:30 am, Saturday 27 August.
Where: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Call: (03) 9830 4214
Father’s Day woodwork workshop
Learn new woodwork skills with your child as you build a wooden classic car – 12 pm to 2 pm, Saturday 3 September. Suitable for adults and children aged 3 to 12. Materials
provided, and a sausage sizzle lunch.
Where: Craig Family Centre
Call: (03) 9885 7789
Cost: $15 per child ($10 members)
Carers walking group
A walk by carers, for carers, where participants can learn about news, services and support available to them. Includes morning tea – 10 am to 11 am, third Thursday of the month.
Where: Hawthorn Community House
Call: (03) 9819 2629
Coffee and conversation
Enjoy a coffee or tea from our cafe while practising your English in a small group led by a facilitator – 1 pm to 3 pm, Thursdays from 21 July.
Where: Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Call: (03) 9853 3126
Cost: $45 residents/$90 nonresidents (10 sessions)
Cake decorating workshop
Learn how to ice and decorate a cake using coloured fondants – 1 pm to 4 pm, Sunday 7 August.
Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Call: (03) 9890 2467
Cost: $79, includes materials
Learn how to bring pre-loved furniture back to life. Introductory workshop shows the restoration stages and tools you will need – 7 pm to 9 pm, Thursday 25 August.
Where: Trentwood at the Hub
Call: (03) 9006 6590