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Current Exhibitions

The Salon: Benalla Art Gallery Collection
16th Jun 2016 - 11th Dec 2016 
The Salon: Benalla Art Gallery Collection
Ledger Gallery

The Salon presents an extensive experience of the Benalla Art Gallery collection. An amazing array of works from the Collection, including paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts and furniture, are displayed in a 19th century salon style.

Image: Grace Cossington Smith (1892 – 1984)
Garden. Grey Morning 1947, oil on cardboard. Ledger Gift, 1981

Vessels of Life
24th Jun 2016 - 21st Aug 2016 
Vessels of Life
Simpson Gallery

Eva Ponting (Gunditjmara), Lyn Thorpe (Yorta Yorta), Naomi Ota (Japan/Australia), Cynthia Hardie (Yorta Yorta)

Developed for Collisions – A Cross Cultural Artist’s Collaboration, a partnership project between Gallery Kaiela & SAM Shepparton Art Museum.

Collisions: Cross-Cultural Collaborations provided an opportunity for artists from a diverse range of backgrounds to come together and collaborate in the making of art. The project involved a number of local Indigenous artists partnering with established contemporary artists, collaborating side-by-side, or in response to each other’s practice. The participants included North-East Indigenous weavers Aunty Cynthia Hardie, Eva Ponting and Lyn Thorpe with Naomi Ota, a Melbourne-based installation artist whose work uses fabric, hand made fibre paper and other fibrous materials. Through the sharing of ideas, narratives and techniques, the artists engaged in an exploration of cultural difference and similarity, conflict and connection, forging relationships in a dialogic exchange that departs from the art-making process.

Unfolding over several months the project was a journey - as the artists charted the treacherous waters of cross-cultural identity politics, intersected by the post-colonial wake. The project reimagines the scientific notion of a ‘collision’ as a creative act; an encounter between particles resulting in the exchange or transformation of energy.

This collaborative installation combines organic and man-made materials, with diverse cultural historic, artistic traditions and expertise such as weaving and making of fibrous textiles. The installation incorporates coolamons, Indigenous vessels traditionally used to carry food or cradle babies. Their inclusion pertains to spiritual birthplace, the cycles of life and gathering sustenance. These suspended mobiles refer to blood lines, genealogy and a sense of universal connectivity.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2015
2nd Jul 2016 - 4th Sep 2016 
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2015
Bennett Gallery

For the past 27 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize. Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar.
Benalla Art Gallery was selected as the only Victorian venue to present this prestigious prize.

Image: Wendy Sharpe, Self Portrait with Ridiculous Hat, oil on linen, 2014.