Drawn from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection, this exhibition explores the idea of works of art as studies of particular subjects, primarily through portraiture in this case, and also as decorative ornaments.
Ornament and Subject features paintings, photography and prints from the 19th century to the present day with a special focus on contemporary female artists.
Image: Jacqui Stockdale, Rama Jarra, The Shepherdess 2012. C type print. Benalla Art Gallery Collection
Inspired by this year’s 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, Sea HER Land showcases exquisite works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, river reed and feathers. Collecting and working with materials from places lived in or travelled to, these strong Indigenous women identify with their heritage to reclaim and reignite their innate cultural expression. Whether from the sea or the land, these materials evoke memories of personal history.
Cradled in the form of vessels, these are women’s stories, expressing the essence of protection and strength.
Artists: Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw, Lisa Waup, Gillian Garvie. Presented in partnership with Baluk Arts and Craft Victoria.
JEWELLERY WORKSHOP: Join the artists for an introductory workshop in the use of natural materials such as twine, wood and reeds to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.
Sunday 15 July, 11am - 1pm
Gallery members FREE, non-members $10
Bookings: 03 5760 2619
Image: Lisa Waup, Vessel 2018. Photographer: Fred Kroh
There are more images circulating in the world then ever before. Despite this, never has photography occupied such an anxious understanding of itself. Freed - through technological advances - of the requirement to represent the real, globally photography is questioning its expressive value and beginning to redefine itself.
This exhibition contributes an Australian voice to this international conversation. Concentrated through strategies of dispersal and aggregation, Looking But Not Seeing brings together a group of artists whose work engages with questions of what photography is now and where it is going.
Jacqui Ball, Nina Gilbert, Eliza Hutchison, Will Nolan, Nik Pantazopoulos, Kiron Robinson, Vivian Cooper Smith, Darren Sylvester, Marian Tubbs, Xanthe Waite and Grace Wood.
Curated by Kiron Robinson.
This exhibition has received assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Exhibition Opening Sunday 2 September, 3-5pm
Image: Darren Sylvester, Ghost Story, 2017, light jet print. Courtesy the artist, Neon Parc, Melbourne and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney