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Botanical Gardens
Bridge Street, Benalla VIC 3672
Telephone: 03 5760 2619
gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au
Open 10 - 5pm Closed Tuesdays


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Benalla Art Gallery Public Programs

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Drawing inspiration from the tranquillity of Brett Whiteley’s expressive depictions of willows and river scenes, Benalla Art Gallery is offering a series of guided mindfulness meditation classes within the gallery space, directed by Dr Lisa Shortridge from Things of Spirit in Shepparton. Classes will begin with a short introduction to the theory of mindfulness meditation and are suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.

Wednesday 15 March, 5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday 22 March, 5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday 29 March, 5:30-6:30pm

Open to adults and teens. 
$12 members, $15 non-members.
Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Brett Whiteley, Marulan bird with rocks, circa 1980, oil, gouache, collage, rocks on plywood, 153 x 88.6 x 9 cm. Brett Whiteley Studio. Photo: AGNSW © Wendy Whiteley


When: Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Wednesday 29th March 2017 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Where: Benalla Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Benalla - Ledger Gallery
Price: 15.00

MASTER CASTER - SCULPTURE WORKSHOP WITH MICHELLE NIKOU

In this one-day masterclass, children and accompanying adults will learn to make moulds and to cast into metal, transforming a hand-made sculpture into a lasting object, under the direct guidance of Michelle Nikou. This is a unique opportunity for child and adult to work together to create an original artwork. Participants will discuss and develop their concepts into an original artwork, and prepare a mould ready for casting in the morning. In the afternoon, once the mould is set they will cast their artwork, then refine their piece using metalworking tools. The finished work can then be displayed as a keepsake, or threaded on to leather to be worn. All materials provided.

Saturday 1 April

10:30am-12:30pm Introduction & build moulds
12:30 - 1:30pm Q & A between artist & curators
1:30 - 2pm Lunch
2-3:30pm Metal pouring

$45 members, $50 non-members (per child–adult pair)
Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

**This workshop is proudly supported by Benalla U3A.


When: Saturday 1st April 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 50.00

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

SURREALISM - DALI’S CLOCKS
with Shanley Cleeland

The Surrealists explored dream imagery in their paintings. In this class we will study the work of Salvador Dali, in particular his melting clocks. Children will use their own clock to create a drawing or watercolour inspired by one of Dali’s many surrealist works.

Note: Participants are to bring their own clock – an alarm clock, pocket watch, wall clock or wrist watch to be used in their artwork. 

Monday 3 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory (detail), 1931, oil on canvas. Collection of MOMA, New York.


When: Monday 3rd April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

FLOOR TALK WITH ARTIST IVAN DURRANT

FLOOR TALK ABOUT BRETT WHITELEY “WEST OF THE DIVIDE” WITH ARTIST IVAN DURRANT

Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide presents works spanning four decades of the artist’s career. Paintings, prints and drawings in the exhibition have been selected by Wendy Whiteley and focus on the enduring connection Brett Whiteley had with the region west of the Great Dividing Range.

Join nationally acclaimed artist and former Benalla resident, Ivan Durrant, for a floor talk of the exhibition and discussion of Whiteley’s influence on the Australian art scene.

Monday 3 April, 10am

FREE EVENT
Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Brett Whiteley, Autumn (near Bathurst) - Japanese Autumn, 1987-88, oil, tempera, egg, ink and photography on plywood. Brett Whiteley Studio Collection.


When: Monday 3rd April 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Ledger Gallery
Price: Free

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

PEN AND INK SCROLL MAKING
with artist Cornelia Selover

Join local artist Cornelia Selover as she explores the age old technique of pen and ink drawing on scrolls.  This class is inspired by Brett Whiteley’s “Willow Tree” paintings showing as part of West of the Divide. Children will walk through the exhibition to gain a greater understanding of this technique before embarking on their own creations. 

Wednesday 5 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619


When: Wednesday 5th April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

BRETT WHITELEY INSPIRED BIRD COLLAGE
with Catherine Bennetts-Cash

Drawing inspiration from the exhibition Brett Whiteley: West of the Divide, this workshop will focus on the creative depiction of birds and their environments through both drawing and collage, using art materials, photographic images and natural materials. Participants may bring along images of their favourite birds or use those provided.

Thursday 6 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image credit: Brett Whiteley, The lyrebird (detail), 1972-73, oil & mixed media. Brett Whiteley Studio collection


When: Thursday 6th April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

ARTISTS AND COLLECTORS IN CONVERSATION

Artists RONE and Adnate in conversation with street art collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King.

Saturday 8 April, 4 - 5pm

FREE EVENT

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Adnate and RONE, in front of a recent finished work in Collingwood. Courtesy The Australian Newspaper.


When: Saturday 8th April 2017 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Bennett Gallery
Price: Free

EXHIBITION TOUR WITH COLLECTORS

Join street art collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King for a tour of the “Born on the Street: Adnate and RONE” exhibition which comprises works from their personal collection.

Sunday 9 April, 11am

FREE EVENT
Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619


When: Sunday 9th April 2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Bennett Gallery
Price: Free

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

STREET ART FOR KIDS

Inspired by our current exhibition, Born on the Street and the 2017 Wall to Wall Festival, children will work with renowned street artist Kaffeine to try their own hand at street art. Each child will use aerosol paint to create their own dazzling work..

Note: Old clothes are a MUST. 

Monday 10 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Adnate, You and the Space Between, 2015, spray paint on canvas. Benalla Art Gallery collection. Courtesy the artist and Juddy Roller Studios, Melbourne.


When: Monday 10th April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

NED KELLY MASKS
with Catherine Bennetts-Cash and Shanley Cleeland

Children will view the Sidney Nolan 100th Commemoration exhibition which includes a variety of works depicting Ned Kelly.  Using paper, paint and other decorative items, children will create their very own mask of armour, just like the one Ned Kelly wore. 

Wednesday 12 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image credit: Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly (detail), 1946. Collection of National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Gift of Sunday Reed, 1977.


When: Wednesday 12th April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

EGG PAINTING
with Catherine Bennetts-Cash

Come and join us to create brightly coloured Easter eggs.  In this fun, easy activity children will learn the traditional art of Easter egg decorating using natural dyes and paint. 

Thursday 13 April
10 – 11AM
2 – 3PM

$10 members
$12 non-members

Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619


When: Thursday 13th April 2017 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 12.00

LIFE DRAWING WITH ARTIST CORNELIA SELOVER

Join us for a series of life drawing classes at the Benalla Art Gallery. Develop your observation and drawing skills under the guidance of local professional artist Cornelia Selover. All materials are provided.

Saturday 29 April, 1-4pm
Saturday 6 May, 1-4pm
Saturday 13 May, 1-4pm
Saturday 20 May, 1-4pm
Saturday 27 May, 1-4pm
Saturday 3 June, 1-4pm
Saturday 10 June, 1-4pm
Saturday 17 June, 1-4pm
Saturday 24 June, 1-4pm

Single session: $35 members, $40 non-members.
Nine sessions: $270 members, $315 non-members

For adults 16 and over.
Limited places. Bookings essential: 03 5760 2619

Image: Cornelia Selover, Life drawing 2015. Courtesy of the artist.


When: Saturday 29th April 2017 - Saturday 24th June 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: Botanical Gardens, Bridge Street, Benalla - Education Space
Price: 40.00