Update - 9 April 2020: Some of our services and facilities remain closed for the foreseeable future, as directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

See the latest information about support services, Council facilities and closures.

Council has temporarily closed the Hawthorn Arts Centre and Town Hall Gallery, and cancelled events and programs at the Kew Court House. 

Council has activated its Municipal Emergency Management Pandemic Plan and introduced these measures to protect the community and staff from the risks associated with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The health and safety of our community and Council staff is our top priority and we believe this decision is in everyone’s best interest. 

All of our exhibitions, regular programming, performances and workshops will be suspended during the closure. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to continuing our 2020 Boroondara Arts program in the future. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Boroondara Arts team on 9278 4770 or email [email protected].

For regular updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.  


I have purchased a ticket to an upcoming events and performance. Will I get a refund?

All ticket purchasers will receive a full refund for their tickets to any events, workshops, and performances. Patrons will be contacted to be able to process these refunds.

I have a meeting room booked at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. What does that mean for me?

All bookings will be refunded in full. Deposit payments and full payments will be refunded. 

I have a function booked at the Hawthorn Arts Centre or Kew Court House. What does that mean for me?

All bookings will be cancelled and any funds paid will be refunded.

I have an upcoming exhibition at Town Hall Gallery. What does this mean for me?

All exhibitions will be closed until further notice. Artists will be paid as per their agreements.

Can I still apply for a Community Strengthening Grant this year?

The Community Strengthening Grant program is open and accepting applications. For more information on guidelines and closing dates visit our Community grants page.

Can I still purchase from the Emporium gift shop?

The Emporium is closed until further notice.

Is the Second Empire Café still open? 

The Café is closed until further notice.

Can I still buy tickets to future events? 

The Boroondara Arts website is up to date and tickets can be purchased for future events at this time. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation changes. Please visit our website and social media channels for all updates.