Benalla Art Gallery is delighted to present this exhibition by one of the pioneers of street art in Australia, Julie Shiels. In the 1980s Shiels was actively involved in several of Melbourne’s street poster screenprinting collectives, responsible for some of the most politically strident and visually striking images of that era. Highly regarded as cultural icons, many of the artist’s posters, originally pasted up around streets and laneways under cover of darkness, are now held in major public and private art collections.
All That Remains focuses on the artist’s more recent street-based work in which she stencils dumped mattresses, couches and chairs with meaningful texts to create temporary public art from hard rubbish. Gleaned from nature strips, the artist transforms these pre-loved remnants of domestic histories into metaphors for the transience of urban lives and spaces.
Image: Julie Shiels, Quoting myself, Robe Street 2007, inkjet print. Image courtesy the artist.
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.
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
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.
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.
Samantha J Heriz is a British/Australian visual artist working conceptually across media. Much of her work concerns language, words, speech and the conveyance of subtlety. Often juxtaposition and duration are utilised to play with figure/ground to highlight the overlooked.
This 4-channel video installation was made whilst on residency at TAKT Berlin in 2016. During the month Heriz overtly spied from the inside and outside of Building No.1, the location of the Stasi Headquarters. The building remains largely unchanged and its essence of ‘ubiquitous control’ seems to linger. This work sees words from Party slogans, songs and official media, paired with footage of the Stasi Headquarters in 2016.
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
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
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.
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.