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Stage view of the Main Hall in the Hawthorn Arts Centre. The red curtain is framing the image, with stage lights in the fore and middle ground, along with two large chandeliers.
Facing the Hawthorn Arts Centre from the street Burwood Road. There is a large clock tower in the middle of the building.
Image of the sliding doore of the Eastern Entrance. There is a Hawthorn Arts Centre sign a the top of the door.
Picture of two musicians in the community arts space playing a guitar.
Image of a pool table covered in black cloth is in the right foreground and and a table tennis table is adjacent. Two people are playing Table Tennis
their figures are blurred in their movement.

Hawthorn Arts Centre

John Beswicke 1889, Peddle Thorp Architects 2013


Architect John Beswicke’s spectacular Second Empire-style town hall was completed in 1889, and opened with a Grand Ball. Built in a Renaissance style, it was a two storey brick and stucco building with a 100-foot (30.48-metre) tower. It was home to municipal offices, post office, fire station, police station and courthouse.

Over time the building has evolved with the community, with additions such as the clock tower, balcony, marble stairs, entrance foyer and stunning art-deco chandeliers added to make it one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings.

In 2013 the town hall was reimagined and redeveloped into the Hawthorn Arts Centre comprising a gallery, performance spaces, Boroondara’s 360 Youth Services, function rooms and artist studios. It is a beautiful example of perfectly blended 19th- and 20th-century architecture.

Come and see for yourself how this sympathetic and innovative redevelopment has created a stunning venue for the delivery of arts and youth programs for the local community.

What's On

Join a building tour led by heritage experts, an architect talk with the team at Atelier Wagner about their work to maintain and preserve the Hawthorn Arts Centre or visit one of our special exhibitions open across the weekend.

'The Memory Palace' in the Town Hall Gallery showcases highlights from Cyrus Tang's multidisciplinary art practice. Over the past 20 years Tang has examined sentiments of nostalgia within memory and fantasy, exploring ruins and decay through human bodies, of houses and of cities, while referencing current environmental and man-made catastrophes. Join a curator-led tour to hear direction from the artist and gain a deeper understanding of the works on display.

'Mayblooms and Cherry Bobs' exhibits recordings covering the pivotal role of the Hawthorn Town Hall in some of the Hawthorn's community most significant milestones, including World War I and II, the Spanish Flu pandemic and the many events and dances which make up the Hawthorn Arts Centre's exciting and colourful history.

Children's Activities

- Explore and Create Activity - fun arts-based activity at the Hawthorn Arts Centre exploring the themes of the current exhibition.
- Scavenger Hunt for children to participate in the tour

Images: (1) Hawthorn Arts Centre, Main Hall. Photo: City of Boroondara. (2) Hawthorn Arts Centre, Burwood Road. Photo: Peter Bennetts. (3) Eastern entrance of Hawthorn Arts Centre. (Photo: Peter Bennetts. (4) Community Arts Space, Hawthorn Arts Centre. Photo: Peter Bennetts. (5) Boroondara Youth, Hawthorn Arts Centre. Photo: Peter Bennetts. (6) Main hall from balcony, Hawthorn Arts Centre. Photo: Peter Bennetts.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 July
Open access + exhibitions 11am-4pm
Guided tours at 11.15am + 1pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 20
No bookings required

Architecture talk 2pm
Running for 60 minutes
Bookings required

Sunday 30 July
Open access + exhibitions 11am-4pm
Guided tours at 11.15am + 2pm
Running for 60 minutes in groups of 20
No bookings required

Exhibition tour + talk for The Memory of Palace: Cyrus Tang 12.30pm
Running for 60 minutes
Bookings required

Meet in the Hawthorn Arts Centre; speak to the friendly staff at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


All Ages


360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122

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