About the Community Exhibitions Program

Dreaming of your own art exhibition? Apply for the Town Hall Gallery Community Exhibitions Program for the chance to publicly exhibit your work with guidance and support from our professional curatorial team. We are proud to offer this program each year to artists, community groups and schools from the community as a wonderful opportunity to improve professional skills and confidence in a supportive environment.

These exhibitions proudly showcase the diversity and depth of creative talent in the community.

Over the last 11 years, the Community Exhibitions Program has:

  • exhibited over 2,050 artworks produced by more than 470 artists
  • received over 1,000 attendees annually to exhibition openings
  • welcomed 1,200 online visitors
  • averaged over 800 visits to each individual exhibition
  • helped over $98,000 of art sales directly back to local artists of Boroondara. 

We look forward to seeing you at our online information session and to receiving your application. 

      Important dates

      Date Application stage
      9am Monday 9 May 2022 Applications open
      5:30pm to 6:30pm Wednesday 25 May 2022 Online information session
      11:59pm Sunday 19 June 2022 Applications close
      Monday 8 August 2022 Applicants notified of outcomes in writing

      Online information session

      We recommend that you join our online information session on Wednesday 25 May before submitting your application. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the application process and what to expect if your application is successful. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions directly to the curators. 

      Register for information session 

      How to apply

      This application round is for exhibitions taking place in 2023.

      Start your application

      Community Exhibitions Program themes

      The Curatorial Team has developed 3 possible themes for the 2023 Community Exhibition Program. We encourage applicants to create an exhibition that aligns to one of these themes.

      Collections of You

      Create an exhibition that reinterprets or responds to an artwork in the Town Hall Gallery Collection through the lens of your experience, identity and culture. 

      The Town Hall Gallery Collection aims to nurture a sense of community and shared history, as well as enhance public spaces and community wellbeing. It combines art works, historical and civic memorabilia from the past municipalities of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell. The Collection regularly adds new works and historical items.

      View the collection items on the Town Hall Gallery Collection database.

      Boroondara Biographies 

      Have you or an older person you know had an extraordinary life? Is there an unsung hero in your community? Have you uncovered long-lost family history? Create an exhibition that explores and pays homage to the unique personal stories of people in the Boroondara community.

      Pride in My Culture

      How do you celebrate your culture? What traditions do you hold dear? Your exhibition could show big festivities like Lunar New Year or Mardi Gras. Or it could explore a treasured pastime, a significant cultural experience, or feature a learned art or craft technique. 

      Boroondara Summer Salon

      The 2023 Community Exhibitions Program will end with the first Boroondara Summer Salon – a curated group show celebrating the creativity and diversity of artists in the Boroondara community. You're invited to apply as part of a group or solo exhibition. Or you can apply for the chance to exhibit one work in the Boroondara Summer Salon.

      If you're proposing a solo or group exhibition and you haven't received a place for the Community Exhibitions Program, you can choose to have your work considered for the Boroondara Summer Salon. Participation in the Boroondara Summer Salon won't exclude you from future opportunities to apply for the Community Exhibitions Program. However, we won't consider successful applicants to the 2023 Community Exhibition Program for the 2023 Boroondara Summer Salon. 

      You can submit individual work(s) instead of a proposal for a solo or group exhibition. Or you can submit multiple works for consideration to the Boroondara Summer Salon, but we will only choose one work per artist. 

      Application eligibility

      To be eligible for our Community Exhibitions Program, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

      • An emerging artist living in, or with a studio in the City of Boroondara.
      • A practising artist not represented by a commercial gallery living in, or with a studio in the City of Boroondara.
      • Students at a school or institution in the City of Boroondara.
      • A school, university or TAFE group based in the City of Boroondara.
      • An historical group from the City of Boroondara.
      • An arts organisation or arts community group based in the City of Boroondara.
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who live, work or study in the Inner East Region (Boroondara, Monash, Manningham or Whitehorse).

      Artists or groups in the Community Exhibitions Program can't exhibit 2 years in a row.

      We encourage applications from First Nations people, culturally diverse people, people from the LGBTQIA+ community and people with disability. For information about the accessibility of our venues, visit Venue accessibility.

      Eligible applicants must complete an online application accessed through the Smarty Grants portal.

      If you need a hard copy application form or other support to complete your application, please contact the Curatorial Team by email to [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4770.

      Selection criteria

      The Curatorial Team will assess applications against the following criteria:

      • Connection to community.
      • Clarity of theme or concept of the exhibition or project.
      • Appropriateness of the exhibition or project to the space and available resources.
      • Innovation, excellence or diversity represented in artistic practice.
      • Quality of documentation provided.

      Application guidelines 2023

      • Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
      • All works must be ready to hang or display with hanging mechanisms or object mounts as appropriate.
      • Works must be able to be displayed on the wall. A limited number of 3-dimensional works may be displayed on the gallery’s plinths or in museum cabinets (subject to availability). This must be discussed with and approved by the Curatorial Team.
      • Works may be displayed using the gallery’s TV screens (limited number and subject to availability). This must be discussed with and approved by the Curatorial Team.
      • Exhibitors must provide the Curatorial Team with a list of works (title, materials and dimensions) and high-resolution images 4 weeks before the exhibition.
      • For solo artist applicants, the Curatorial Team may suggest that your works are shown next to other solo artists in a group exhibition or themed group exhibition curated by the Curatorial Team. This may be a condition of the acceptance of your application. You can tell us if you're willing to be considered for a group exhibition in the online application.
      • The Curatorial Team has the right not to include works it believes is inappropriate, unsafe or unfinished.
      • Curation of the exhibition will be through collaboration between the Town Hall Gallery Curatorial Team and the artist or collective. The Town Hall Gallery Curatorial Team reserves the right to make final decisions for the exhibition, exhibition dates and installation of works.
      • All exhibitions are installed by the Curatorial Team.
      • Applicants must agree to criteria outlined in the Artwork Loan Agreement provided on an official offer to exhibit.

      In the event that the Town Hall Gallery must close due to public health directions, Community Exhibitions that are impacted won't be rescheduled and will continue to be presented as an online exhibition on the Boroondara Arts website.

      Floor plan

      The Community Exhibitions Program is curated across 2 gallery spaces – Gallery 4 and the Centre Foyer. The Curatorial Team will allocate exhibitions that are most suitable for each space and provide the best alignment with the Boroondara Arts program.

      Gallery 4 has approximately 30 metres of hanging space. The Centre Foyer has approximately 11 metres of hanging space.

      Artwork sales

      By agreement with the applicant, works exhibited through the Community Exhibitions Program may be made available for sale through the Boroondara Arts online shop.

      We will facilitate the sale of works and take 15% commission on all works sold. Artworks with a retail price of more than $1,500 including GST and commission, will be listed on the room sheet as ‘Price on Application’. The Curatorial Team will talk with buyers to help with collection of purchased works. 


      Images of the artworks within the exhibition or project will be used to promote the exhibition or project, and the activities of the Town Hall Gallery, Boroondara Arts, and the City of Boroondara. 

      Successful applicants must give a non-exclusive copyright licence to reproduce works from the exhibition or project for marketing and promotional purposes online via our website, online exhibition, online shop, social media pages, and e-news, and in print via flyers, brochures, programs, room sheet, annual report and other uses that are not for sale.

      More information

      For more information about the Community Exhibition Program, email [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4770.

      Visit our online exhibitions to see past community exhibitions.

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