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
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.
Sally Simpson’s work reflects her fascination with the way values and meaning assigned to land change over time, according to point of view, culture and situation. She uses unexpected methods to transform natural and man-made materials found at particular sites, creating sculptures that evoke artefacts or specimens and drawings that reflect the fragility of the environment. The purpose of these objects is to record the interaction between humans and the land at a particular point in history, as if for a future museum.
Simpson’s Lake Mokoan Series utilises both manufactured and natural materials collected on site including discarded irrigation pipe, lace and fish bones, that reflect the fragility of this environment in flux. Her drawings of mummified fish found at the lake suggest the provisional nature of survival in a changing environment.
Part of a former irrigation scheme, Lake Mokoan is now in the process of being converted to the Winton Wetlands.
Image: Sally Simpson, Venerated remains (installation view). Courtesy of the artist.