The Town Hall Gallery Education Program offers students and their teachers the opportunity to engage with works of art through a dynamic and changing exhibition program at their local art gallery.
The Young Curators Development Program is a new education program offering art industry mentoring opportunities for young people in Boroondara. Led by curators from the Town Hall Gallery, this series of free learning modules and mentoring opportunities helps develop curatorial knowledge and skills for young people who are interested in the gallery and museum sector.
How to apply
Applications to the 2022 Young Curators Development Program have now closed.
Applicants will be notified of outcomes in writing by Friday 11 March 2022.
To be eligible for our Young Curators Development Program, applicants must be between 16 to 25 years old and meet one of the following criteria:
- a City of Boroondara resident
- a student at a school or institution in the City of Boroondara
- part of an arts organisation or arts community group in the City of Boroondara
- identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and live or study in the Inner East Region (City of Boroondara, Monash, Manningham or Whitehorse).
Applicants who are First Nations, culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+ and people with disability are encouraged to apply. For information about the accessibility of our venues, visit our Venue accessibility page.
Eligible applicants must complete the online application form.
If you need a hard copy of the application form or other support to complete your application, email the Town Hall Gallery Curatorial Team at [email protected]. Or you can phone the team on (03) 9278 4770.
To be successful, applicants must meet eligibility criteria. They will also be assessed against the following assessment criteria:
- clear enthusiasm for the arts
- strong written communication
- openness and willingness to learn
- interest in working in the arts industry in the future.
Successful applicants will:
- Commit to attending at least 3 of the 4 learning modules:
- Module 1: Collection management
Learn the basics of caring for cultural materials in private and public collections. This module gives insight into the theoretical and practical steps curators follow to make sure collection items are kept safe and preserved for future generations.
- Module 2: Working with artists and art writing
Gain insight into the important relationship between artists and curators. This module explores the creative brainstorming and background planning involved when preparing for an exhibition. It also explores the process of writing about an artist’s practice for online and print.
- Module 3: Exhibition design and display
Learn the basics of exhibition design and display. This module will focus on the process of designing, installing and de-installing exhibitions. Discover how curators work closely with artists and contractors to install artworks.
- Module 4: Marketing for the visual arts
Find out how to get the word out about your exhibition or visual arts program. This module gives insight into the preparation for public programs and covers a range of marketing topics, such as photographing artwork, writing promotional copy, and advertising in print and social media to reach your intended audiences.
- Module 1: Collection management
- Have access to one-on-one mentorship with Town Hall Gallery curators.
- Take part in an end-of-year graduation celebration.
To book a Town Hall Gallery tour for a school group, complete the Book a tour form. You'll be asked to enter your preferred date and time, participant details and your contact information.
We will email you confirming we have received your submission and will confirm your booking by email within 3 working days.
Primary school student tour
In this fun and interactive tour, students hear directly from the exhibition curator and complete an engaging activity sheet.
Introduce your students to their local art gallery and view the current exhibitions at your own pace.
VCE art tour
Through this curator-led tour of Town Hall Gallery, students are supported to develop critical and creative thinking skills when responding to artworks within the current exhibition. They learn to analyse the works on display using a variety of interpretive frameworks.
VCE studio tour
Students will hear directly from arts industry professionals on a curator-led tour of the current exhibition, learning about the structure of Town Hall Gallery and how it fits within the arts industry, as well as exhibition design and the technical presentation of artworks within an art gallery context.
Secondary and Tertiary students
Focussing on a particular area of study with your students? The Town Hall Gallery curators can develop a tour in partnership with your school to meet the specific needs of your class and age-group.
Town Hall Gallery is accessible to all visitors. To discuss your access requirements, please call Hawthorn Arts Centre on (03) 9278 4770.
Town Hall Gallery is located at 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, inside the Hawthorn Arts Centre.
Primary school groups can travel free on off-peak trains, trams, coaches and buses. For more information, visit Public Transport Victoria.
Train: Alamein, Belgrave and Lilydale lines - arrive at Glenferrie Station, walk 2 minutes south along Glenferrie Road then turn left into Burwood Road.
Tram 16: Melbourne University to Kew - alight at stop 52.
Tram 70: Docklands to Wattle Park - alight at stop 32 and walk north on Glenferrie Road for 9 minutes until you get to Burwood Rd. Turn right and walk 1 minute east along Burwood Road.
Tram 75: City to Vermont South - alight at stop 32 and walk north on Glenferrie Rd for 9 minutes until you get to Burwood Road. Turn right and walk 1 minute east along Burwood Road.
Public parking is available at the rear of the Centre, accessible from Kent Street or Oxley Road. Additional parking is also available a short walk from the Centre on Serpells Lane and Swinburne Avenue. Please note, restrictions apply.
Please note that no bus parking is available. Drop off points are available on Burwood Road and near the Basement at the rear of the building.