COVID-19: our cultural facilities are reopening. See our opening times.

Health and safety measures

We have introduced the following health and safety measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), in line with the Chief Health Officer’s advice:

  • Visitors must have their temperature checked before entering.
  • Visitors must clean their hands as they enter (we’ll provide the hand sanitiser).
  • Visitors must adhere to social distancing of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • Visitors must adhere to social density numbers (one person per 4 square metres).

About the Hawthorn Arts Centre

Hawthorn Arts Centre is the flagship destination for cultural and civic celebrations for the City of Boroondara.

The Hawthorn Arts Centre is an ideal venue for a range of community and corporate events with its diverse spaces for hire and intriguing mix of contemporary and traditional design.

The Centre offers flexible function spaces, meeting rooms and display spaces, audio-visual facilities, a ticketing and box office service, professional on-site event support staff and catering services.

All public areas of the Hawthorn Arts Centre are fully wheelchair accessible.

For more information or to discuss hiring spaces at Hawthorn Arts Centre, contact us on 9278 4770 or email Hawthorn Arts Centre. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hire rates

All Hawthorn Arts Centre bookings are for a minimum of 3 hours, unless otherwise noted. Note that the fees don't include staffing or catering.

We offer subsidised rates to groups meeting all of the following criteria:

  • not-for-profit community groups
  • community groups located within the City of Boroondara
  • community groups with 75 per cent or greater membership of City of Boroondara residents.

Performance and large function spaces

Venue name and description

Full rate per hour

Full rate per hour

Subsidised rate per hour

Subsidised rate per hour
Days Mon – Thur Fri – Sun Mon – Thur Fri –Sun

Main Hall

Accommodates up to 600 people. Includes a large stage and two dressing rooms. Ideal for performances, presentations, gala dinners and weddings.

$235.50 $395 $118 $197.50

Chandelier Room

Accommodates up to 300 people, An elegantly refurbished space with natural light and AV facilities.

$170 $300 $85 $150

Medium function and meeting spaces

Venue name and description

Full rate per hour

Full rate per hour Subsidised rate per hour Subsidised rate per hour
Days Mon– Thur Fri–Sun Mon– Thur Fri–Sun

Mayor’s Room

Space for up to 60 people. Features an outdoor portico. This was once the mayor's private room.

$68 $82.50 $34 $41.25

The Chamber

Space for up to 60 people. Suitable for meetings, functions, training sessions or an intimate wedding ceremony.  Historically used as the Council Chambers.

$67 $83 $16.75 $20.75

Zelman Room

Space for up to 120 people. Overlooks the Main Hall. Direct access to balcony seating. Perfect for a pre-performance function, meetings, training sessions or as a breakout space.

$67 $83 $33.50 $41.50

Edward C. Rigby Room

Located on the first floor with space for up to 40 people. Contemporary architectural features. Ideal for meetings, training sessions or as a breakout space. There is the option to self-cater and access to community kitchen.

$42.50 $47 $10.75 $11.75

Community Arts Space

A studio space with wet areas and washing facilities for classes and workshops for up to 50 people or as a theatre space for 120.

$67 $83 $33.50 $41.50
Basement Performance and Rehearsal Space

$56 per hour

$360 per day

$1,950 per week

$72 per hour

$430 per day

$1,950 per week

$14 per hour

$90 per day

$487.50 per week 

$18 per hour

$107 per day

$487.50 per week

Intimate meeting spaces

Venue name and description   Full rate per hour   Full rate per hour    Subsidised rate per hour    Subsidised rate per hour  
Days Mon– Thur Fri–Sun Mon– Thur Fri–Sun

Dora Wilson Room

Suitable for meetings or as a breakout space for up to 12 people.

$28 $33 $7 $8.25

John Beswicke Room

Suitable for meetings or as a breakout space for up to 12 people.

$28 $33 $7 $8.25

Catering

Hawthorn Arts Centre’s in-house caterers provide  catering and event coordination services. The team can assist you in delivering an exciting event experience. With a focus on fresh, local and sustainable food and beverages, the caterers will provide delicious menus to complement your event.

The catering menus are suitable for a wide range of events, including meetings and conferences as well as gala dinners and extravagant weddings. Bespoke menus for your specific requirements can also be created.

For catering and event requirements, phone 9278 4770 or email [email protected].

Find out more about catering at Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Ticketing services

We provide a full box office and ticketing service for all performance-style events. Patrons can buy tickets online, over the phone or in person. Workshop-style events may not be required to use this service.

Note that there is a fee for ticketing services.

Marketing and promotional services

We offer a range of complementary marketing and promotional services if you are presenting medium to large events at the centre, including displays on our digital screens, flyer display and website listing.

We also have tables to display merchandise related to your event or performance.

Support staff

You can hire a supervising technician, front of house and duty manager, box office staff and up to three event staff.

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