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Current Exhibitions

Ornament and Subject
28th Mar 2018 - 30th Sep 2018 
Ornament and Subject
Ledger Gallery

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

Squatters and Savages: Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans
27th Apr 2018 - 5th Aug 2018 
Squatters and Savages: Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans
Bennett Gallery

Squatters and Savages is ‘an eloquent contemplation of the colonial period, its legacies and ongoing impact’. (Professor Lynette Russell)

A collaborative exhibition by artists Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans, Squatters and Savages brings together reflections on both colonisers and Indigenous people in a creative reimagining. Waples-Crowe is Ngarigo and his work reflects on the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture. Evans is of Scottish, Irish Welsh heritage, born on Wurundjeri land, and her work examines the role of her ancestors in the brutal history of this country.

Image: Peter Waples-Crowe, SAVAGES letters 2017, digital prints on calico with cotton on recycled blankets. Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.
Image courtesy the artist.

Goggomobil D’Art Project
25th May 2018 - 24th Jun 2018 
Goggomobil D’Art Project
Simpson Gallery

The iconic Goggomobil Dart car, with its painted paper darts by Melbourne contemporary artist Robert Clinch, is a distinctive and unique ‘objet d’art’. This engaging painted art car will be on show at Benalla Art Gallery from Friday 25 May to Sunday 24 June 2018, along with paintings, drawings and a documentary. The Goggomobil D’Art Project is being exhibited to celebrate the annual Benalla Historic Vehicle Tour and the Historic Winton weekend.

The Goggomobil was named and designed by Bill Buckle who thought ‘Dart’ summed up the tiny, good-looking little sports car. The sense of flight and fun implied by paper darts is a perfect fit for the Dart car.

This classic 1960s Australian designed and built Dart sports car is an aesthetic object in itself, peppered with painted paper darts by artist Robert Clinch.Classic car collector Jeff Brown, son of renowned art dealer Joseph Brown whose collection is a highlight of the National Gallery of Victoria, collaborated with Robert Clinch to conceive this stimulating project. Robert’s hyper-real paintings and works on paper depicting urban Melbourne often feature paper darts, which have become a signature motif for him.

Image: Robert Clinch, Goggomobil D’art Project 2017. Image courtesy the artist, Jeff Brown and Lauraine Diggins Gallery.