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Future Perfect: Benalla Art Gallery 50th Anniversary
6th Oct 2018 - 2nd Jun 2019 
Future Perfect: Benalla Art Gallery 50th Anniversary
Bennett Gallery

A Celebration of 50 Years

Benalla Art Gallery was established in March 1968 and 2018 marks the 50th anniversary.

Since its early beginnings, housed in the Benalla RSL building in Nunn Street, Benalla Art Gallery has grown to become one of Victoria’s most prestigious regional galleries. The striking modernist gallery complex, set on picturesque Lake Benalla and completed in 1975, was designed by Philip Sargeant and Colin Munro. 

The Benalla Art Gallery permanent collection is one of the most important public collections of Australian art in regional Victoria and surveys Australian art history across indigenous, colonial, impressionist, modernist and postmodernist eras. 50 years on the Gallery has become a major attraction for both Australian and international art-lovers.

Image: Future Perfect exhibition

Broken River Potters
26th Oct 2018 - 2nd Dec 2018 
Broken River Potters
Simpson Gallery

Broken River Potters are a community group of ceramic artists based in North East Victoria. They meet regularly to learn new skills and share creative ideas and processes. This exhibition showcases recent works by many talented members of the group. Membership is diverse and inclusive, ranging from complete beginners to those who regularly enter exhibitions. 

A key feature of the group is its self-help ethos and supportive environment – the sharing of ideas and knowledge to help newcomers learn more about this ancient craft. As all members have their own unique style and employ a wide variety of techniques, there is never a shortage of inspiration, new ideas and creativity. Techniques include: hand-building with coils, slabs and pinching, slip casting and using the wheel.  Works created include functional wares, realistic or creative animals, architectural sculptures and exquisitely carved artworks. 

“Seeing the way members decorate their pieces is always a highlight, especially the glazing. How textures and glazes interact and fall, sometimes unpredictably, is an endless source of delight. No one can describe the anticipation, before opening the kiln, nor seeing our finished pieces, with their beautiful glazes catching the light, for the first time”. Lorna Hobbs, 2018

Opening Reception: Sunday 28th October, 3 - 4:30pm

Public Programs:
Saturday 17th November - Pottery Workshop, 10 – 2pm
Saturday 24th November - Makers’ Market, 9 – 1pm

Image: Melissa Grimwade, Pots, 2018.

VCE Showcase
9th Nov 2018 - 9th Dec 2018 
VCE Showcase
Bennett Gallery

VCE SHOWCASE is an exhibition of painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, film, animation, textiles, drawing, installation and printmaking produced by VCE Studio Arts students from North East Victoria.

With a dynamic approach to presentation, which includes the exhibition of student preparatory support material such as folios and notebooks, VCE SHOWCASE provides students the opportunity for artistic recognition in a public art space. 

Education programs for schools include introductory lectures, folio viewings, floor talks with Benalla Art Gallery’s Education and Public Programs Curators.

Image: Olivia Milner, 2018, Benalla P-12 College.