Town Hall Gallery is thrilled to present Reaching for the Sky by Helen Bushell, an exhibition celebrating a lifetime dedicated to creating and flying kites.

A resident of the City of Boroondara, Helen Bushell designs kites for children between the ages of 9 and 90. Grandmother, potter and kite builder, Helen is an industrial designer who turned to kite craft when the family was sailing small boats.

The only woman in Australia to hold a patent for a flying object, Helen spent decades trying to establish kite craft as an art form evocative of contemporary Australian life.

During her lifetime, Helen has designed and made 100s of kites, for sale and for her own collection, flown in Australia and at festivals overseas. She has lectured with the Council for Adult Education and the Craft Association of Victoria, and authored a number of books on kite design and flying techniques. Her information sheets were distributed at the regular flying days of the Australian Kite Association during the 1980s.

On display from 14 March until 9 April, the exhibition will feature over 10 different kinds of kites designed by Helen, alongside photographs, sketches and concepts.

Town Hall Gallery is committed to supporting local artists and community groups via the Community Project Wall. The Community Project Wall is located within Hawthorn Arts Centre, and is the side foyer of the Town Hall Gallery. Spanning close to 30 metres, this is a free exhibition space available to local community groups, local and emerging artists and schools to exhibit a series of two-dimensional works to a wide audience.

Applications will open 1 March 2017 to exhibit on the Community Project Wall in 2018.

Reaching for the Sky Tuesday 14 March - Sunday 9 April, 2017 Community Project Wall (Adjacent to Town Hall Gallery main exhibition spaces) 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Media contact: Elle Groch, Arts Admin and Marketing Officer [email protected] / 03 9278 4626