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Previous Exhibitions

Of Love and War - Australian War Memorial Touring exhibition
5th Apr 2012 - 10th Jun 2012 
Of Love and War - Australian War Memorial Touring exhibition
Bennett Gallery

Of Love and War details the relationships forged during times of conflict, the passionate affairs and whirlwind weddings of lovers caught up in war, and the loneliness of those serving away from home - or those they left behind.

Exhibition curator Rebecca Britt said the intensity of love amid times of war created a sense of urgency for some, with couples defying an uncertain future and marrying within days or weeks of meeting. Others were more cautious and put passion on hold, but treasured the keepsakes from a lover, such as letters, gifts and photographs.

The themes that Of Love and War covers include Romance and Recruitment, Meetings and Marriages, Letters and Longing, Loss and Loneliness and Beyond the Battlefield.

Visitors to the exhibition will see wedding dresses worn by war brides; posters of pin-up girls popular among soldiers to stem the loneliness of war; and works of art that captures instances of love amid conflict.

Some comments from our visitors include:
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for this display. I’m in my 60’s and I can relate to so much stuff from our family history” - Faye Meyers

“A beautiful display. My mother’s wedding dress is the same as one on display, both married in 1940. I was able to read and view everything on display without being rushed.” - Ruth Hall

“Breaks your heart, destroys your soul but makes you believe in angels!” - Yvonne Szwedye

Sidney Nolan - Ned Kelly
17th Feb 2012 - 18th Mar 2012 
Sidney Nolan - Ned Kelly
Bennett Gallery

The Benalla Art Gallery collection of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series serigraphs.

In The First Place - Benalla Art Gallery Indigenous Collection
11th Feb 2012 - 18th Mar 2012 
In The First Place - Benalla Art Gallery Indigenous Collection
Bennett Gallery

An exhibition featuring indigenous works from the Benalla Art Gallery collection.

Tim Bowtell
17th Dec 2011 - 12th Feb 2012 
Tim Bowtell
Simpson Gallery

Tim Bowtell is a local artist who paints from his studio in Samaria - 30kms from Benalla. His subject matter is of scenes that are considered iconic. But there is an added element of intrigue as he includes a visual narrative with characters to the local imagry.

Best of the Best
3rd Dec 2011 - 31st Jan 2012 
Best of the Best
Simpson Gallery

A special exhibition featuring works from the Benalla Art Gallery collection curated by former Director, John Jones.

Best of the Best
3rd Dec 2011 - 19th Feb 2012 
Best of the Best
Bennett Gallery

A special exhibition featuring works from the Benalla Art Gallery collection curated by former Director, John Jones.

Angelica Arriagada
17th Nov 2011 - 11th Dec 2011 
Angelica Arriagada
Simpson Gallery

Angelica Arriagada, originally from Chile, started painting in her father’s studio in the Andes. Her first exhibition was in the school of fine arts, University of Chile. She went on to further study at Queensland and Melbourne University and now holds a Master of Education degree.

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Polish Art Foundation - 6th International Drawing Biennale
15th Oct 2011 - 13th Nov 2011 
Polish Art Foundation - 6th International Drawing Biennale
Simpson Gallery

Organised by the Polish Art Foundation, Melbourne. This exhibition features a selection of drawings submitted by emerging artists as well as works by established artists from around the world. It will also will Include prize winning works from previous biennale exhibitions.

Howard Arkley & Juan Davila - Masters of Collaboration
1st Oct 2011 - 20th Nov 2011 
Howard Arkley & Juan Davila - Masters of Collaboration
Bennett Gallery

This exhibition features two stunning installations created jointly by the ‘Masters of Collaboration’ - Juan Davila and Howard Arkley.

Curated by Robert Hirschmann
30th Jul 2011 - 25th Sep 2011 
Curated by Robert Hirschmann
Bennett Gallery

Anyone with an even remote interest in contemporary art, issues of the moment, life at the leading edge should see this exhibition. Even those who prefer the traditional couldn’t complain about the exquisite miniature mask from the Congo, Goya etching and early Roger Kemp work. It’s eclectic, it’s stimulating but best of all it’s uplifting in a way which the best of the new can be.

Curator Robert Hirschmann has gathered the artworks from the studios and galleries of leading Australian contemporary artists. In addition to an example of the artists work, he has asked for a work from their personal collection. A work which inspires and guides their contemporary artmaking.

The results are very interesting.

Of course it makes perfect sense that Bruce Armstrong is inspired by Goya the life size standing figure, with friendly or not bear at the gallery entrance relates well to the dilemmas which Goya depicts. And the Gunter Christman painting of the big ball of fabric remnants is matched by the actual ball, made by his wife. There are other marriage matches of art as well. Ben Quilty is represented by a very impressive sculpture, an addition to his skills as a portrait painter which won him the 2011 Archibald Prize.

Exhibits include carvings from New Guinea, photographs, religious antiques, a knitted wool installation, many paintings and unconventional works of all kinds. There is literally more than something for everyone, and of a very high standard as well. Eighty works are included, representing forty artists and their collection piece of choice. 

“There are very few exhibitions with this variety and scale presented in public galleries. We have enjoyed the development of the exhibition, the arrival of so many works from far afield and the final presentation, which I personally think is a complete knockout”. Director Simon Klose said.

“We congratulate Robert Hirschmann on his selection and the excitement which the exhibition creates. We really want people to come along and enjoy an up to the minute review of much of Australian art and artists”.