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
Fun for all ages, Monster Mash is an interactive exhibition that draws on the fantastical interiors and mutant creatures created by artist Kate Rohde.
Enter this hyper-colourful, larger-than-life world for participation, play and creativity. Design wallpaper and magical, ever-growing mirror frames, and create your own mutant from a menagerie of bean bag creatures.
Image: Monster Mash exhibition
Colouring Lake Mokoan presents a series of paintings by Ivan Durrant exploring the materiality of painting and the colours and forms of a stark local landscape. Through this exhibition the artist shares his way of seeing the world as patterns of light and form, and the creative processes through which he materialises this vision through paint.
Located in northeast Victoria near Benalla, Lake Mokoan, now known as Winton Wetlands, is the focus of an environmental rehabilitation program. Durrant’s paintings of shimmering water and drowned stag trees are presented alongside studies of the artist’s paint palettes used to create them.
Image: Ivan Durrant, Night Light, 2017, acrylic on composition board. Courtesy of the artist.