Brazilian tunes and free tours at After Dark Friday 23 August

Hawthorn’s Town Hall Gallery will once again welcome visitors for another instalment of Town Hall Gallery After Dark, featuring an evening viewing of the current exhibitions, access to The Emporium and Arts Bar, live music and interactive workshops on Friday 23 August.

The evening’s tunes will be supplied by Trio Agogo, three of Melbourne’s finest Brazilian musicians. Formed in 2009, they are one of only a few Australian groups performing the Brazilian styles of Choro and Samba. Adam May will play a seven-string cavaquinho (Portuguese guitar), with Paul Carey on a six-string guitar while Al McGrath-Kerr plays the pandeiro (Brazilian percussion), creating an upbeat yet soul-warming soundscape for visitors.

After Dark provides a chance to see the current exhibition For Love or Money after hours, which can be explored freely by guests, or navigated by a complimentary curator-led tour. The exhibition examines economic structures that underpin artistic labour and how artists sustain their practice within broader capitalist systems. Guest curated by Sophia Cai and featuring a series of works by artists such as Artists Subcommittee (pictured left), James Nguyen and Melbourne artist Kay Abude, this collection will ignite After Dark-goers.

Also on show is the (Th)reads collection by Anzara Clark, a paper and textile artist who uses recycled materials to explore fragility and resilience, human experiences and questions of value. By subverting the traditional purpose of paper materials, Clark reimagines their stories and creates visual poetry from the heart.

After Dark invites audiences to get involved in the 2019 Craft Cubed Festival by taking part in a fun and interactive paper art activity. Audiences are welcome to create some beautiful butterflies and leaves for the How does your garden grow? installation at Hawthorn Arts Centre. The soft-sculpture installation has been created by Sai-Wai Foo for Craft Cubed with creative contributions from the community being planted throughout the month of August.  After Dark will be one of the last opportunities for the community to contribute to it creatively!

Town Hall Gallery features four distinct gallery spaces that showcase a range of artwork, contemporary public programs, curated exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from the Town Hall Gallery Collection. Celebrating the rich, cultural heritage of the City of Boroondara, Town Hall Gallery supports local, national and international artists of varying experiences and offers a space for local artists and groups to exhibit professionally.

Town Hall Gallery After Dark
Friday 23 August, 6pm to 8pm
Town Hall Gallery – 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Free entry