Victoria, Kyabram, Home is Where the Hall is – Splinter Contemporary Artists Exhibition

EVENT DATE:  Wednesday 4 November 2015 – Monday 1 151015_Home is Where the Hall is exhbition poster submitted by Nicole FraserFebruary, 2016

Splinter Contemporary Artists will be exhibiting ‘Home Is Where the Hall Is’ – A reflection of Kyabram’s broader community initiatives. The exhibition will be on display at the Kyabram Town Hall from November 4th 2015 – February 1st, 2016. This will combine the eclectic elements of contemporary art with the stoic simplicity of the Kyabram Town Hall. It is a melding of the modern with the resonance of the past.

Kyabram Town Hall is the focal point for community involvement. Once the edifice for all Shire workings, the Town Hall represents the enduring identity of Kyabram through the combination of historical resonance and contemporary arts.

The Kyabram Town Hall will also be hosting two other exhibitions from November including: Isobel Harvie Collection – ‘Belle of the Ball’ A retrospective display of beautiful ball gowns and accessories from late 1800’s to the present day Sue Reid – ‘Colour – Good Enough to Eat’. An exhibition of contemporary textile art.

Kyabram’ s ‘Home Is Where The Hall Is’ continues the tradition of offering the Kyabram and District community, a broad spectrum of art in a variety of mediums. This exhibition develops interest in visual arts, broader community engagement and serve to foster appreciation of locally developed talent.

For more information visit the Kyabram Town Hall website.

Date: Wednesday 4 November 2015 – Monday 1 February, 2016
Venue: Kyabram Town Hall
Address: Allan Street, Kyabram, Victoria, 3620
Time: 10am – 4pm daily (closed Tuesdays)
Entry: Free (Gold coin donation optional)


In 1890 the township of Kyabram decided a Mechanics Hall was needed as the present Henley Hall was too small.   A public company was formed to raise money to build the Hall and the shares from the Company were donated to the Mechanics Institute Committee.   The First Hall was built by money raised by Kyabram Citizens without recourse to Government money.

From this date to now, the Kyabram Mechanics Institute and now as the Kyabram Town Hall, has held many historical and community events within its precinct. 13/11/1901 the first public meeting of the Kyabram Reform Movement was held in the Hall with a very enthusiastic audience for the purpose of initiating a reduction for members of the State Parliament of Victoria, and the general reduction of State expenditure which had not occurred after the Parliament of Australia moved to Canberra. The meeting was very well attended, and the movement became State wide, with Kyabram being the leader of the discussions held over the next several years .

12th August 1912 The township power supply was turned on followed by a ceremony with a banquet in the Kyabram Mechanics Hall which was lit by strings of electric light. June 1924 Mr John Allan MLA delivered a policy speech. In November he was elected as Premier of Victoria. When his term ended Mr Allan and his wife were guests of honor at a gathering in the hall, where 225 guests were seated at 4 tables.

From 1932 to 1983 the Mechanics Hall was very much a social hub for number of occasions such as Fancy dress balls for children, music and elocution competitions, annual performance of carols or Handel’s messiah took place. Debutante Balls were held until1974. The Farewell and Comfort Fund Committee arranged a gathering to farewell those volunteering to fight in World War 2. Two churches also used rooms for their services.

1949. Mrs Finlay presented the Hall with its clock in memory of her husband Mr James A. Finlay The town of Kyabram was declared a Borough, and the first meeting of the Kyabram Council was held in the Hall. Later in the year the Mechanics Institute Hall was named The Town Hall. Every room in the building was used for Borough purposes and on occasions for public events.

1983 the large Hall area was sub-divided to hold the Municipal Library in the front half and the Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC).

2009 The Campaspe Shire Council finally started renovating the Rear are of the Hall to its original state, and this area was used for events and meetings.

2013 – 15 The Kyabram Town Hall reopened on 7th November 2014 as a: Community and Tourist Information Centre; Gallery space to ‘Splinter Contemporary Artists’ and other community or visiting artists; and as a permanent home to the ‘Isobel Harvie Collection’ a Victorian and Edwardian historic clothing and accessories display. This was generously donated to the Town of Kyabram, by Isobel and Keith Harvie in March 2013.

In May of 2014, the Shire of Campaspe agreed to contribute $24,400.00 towards the project and agreed to free lease the building to Kyabram Town Hall Inc. on a one year trial. This enabled work to commence on the renovations mid September 2014. Other Kyabram community groups and businesses also made financial or in kind contributions. The major key to the success of the renovation however, has been the work of a team of skilled, dedicated volunteers that has ensured the renovations progressed quickly, proficiently and achieved a totally professional outcome. Kyabram Town Hall Inc has received fantastic support from the community and individuals and is always looking to extend its Information Centre volunteer base or receive expressions of interest for use of the spaces available in the hall.