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
Saturday 17th November - Pottery Workshop, 10 – 2pm
Saturday 24th November - Makers’ Market, 9 – 1pm
Image: Melissa Grimwade, Pots, 2018.
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.
Fun for all ages, Monster Mash is an interactive exhibition that draws on the fantastical interiors and mutant creatures created by installation artist Kate Rohde. The Simpson gallery is transformed into a hyper-colourful world, and activities draw on the techniques and processes Kate used to make her works. These include designing wallpaper and adding it to the gallery space, extruding plasticine to make a magical, ever growing mirror frames, and a menagerie of bean bag creatures which can be stacked to make your own mutant.
Kate Rohde completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. Since then she has become known for her jewellery and sculptural object based practice, nowadays working predominately with resin and hand casting techniques. Recent exhibitions include Luminous Realms,a solo survey of her work since 2006 at Craft, Magic Object; the 2016 Biennial of Australian Artat the Art Gallery of South Australia, 21stCentury Heide, and Obsessed: Compelled to make at the Australian Design Centre, which will tour several venues around Australia from 2018 – 2021. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Rigg Design Prize at the National Gallery of Victoria.
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.