Philip Sargeant and Colin Munro were life long friends. They attended the same secondary school and studied architecture together at the University of Melbourne in the early 1950s. Between 1965 and 1975, in partnership, they carried out two major design projects: Benalla Art Gallery and the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park at Langwarrin, today considered two of Australia’s most iconic buildings.
Painting and drawing was another common pursuit of both men, established during their early school days. Art remained a life-long passion and several exhibitions of Sargeant and Munro’s work have been shown in Australia, Samoa and Greece.
This exhibition celebrates the artists and architects fine careers and coincides with the 40th year anniversary celebrations of Benalla Art Gallery.
Image: Colin Munro, Architectural Landscape #1, oil on canvas. Private collection.
Dawn till Dusk: Gifts of Light and Landscape celebrates the generosity of donors to the Benalla Art Gallery. Laurie Ledger donated the first substantial gift of art works from his private collection in 1975. Since then the Gallery’s collection has grown substantially as a result of gifts, bequests and donations to become one of the most significant public art collections in Australia. Dawn till Dusk presents a rich legacy of landscape paintings by some of Australia’s most significant artists from the early nineteenth century to the present.
Image: Lina Bryans, River Landscape, 1945, oil on paper on board. Ledger Gift 1988.
Working across a conceptual, site-responsive and often collaborative art practice that incorporates painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance and public interventions, artist Ash Keating has raised a wide range of social and environmental issues within his many projects and artworks. These include systems of production and consumption, climate change, urban gentrification, waste and sustainability. This exhibition surveys his practice over a ten year period.
Download the catalogue for this exhibition by clicking on the link below.
Image: Ash Keating: Selected Works 2005 - 2015 (installation view)
The View presents landscapes and domestic views from the Benalla Art Gallery Collection dating from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, a period in which painting underwent several revolutions, most notably as a result of French Impressionism which emerged in the late 1800s. The paintings presented in this exhibition reflect not only changes in artistic styles but also in wider society.
Image: Abram Louis Buvelot, The Barwon, oil on canvas. Gift of L. H. Ledger, 1986
This is a dark world of toxic landscapes and deserted towns, coloured by sulphurous copper skies and illuminated by the chemical glow of flowing metals and poisonous liquid. These paintings have been inspired by time spent in the mining and metallurgy industries, recent travels through outback mining towns, and our seemingly insatiable desire to dig up the planet and poison our atmosphere. - Tony Flint.
Image: Desert Bloom, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Some of Australia’s best street artists including Adnate, 23rd Key, Shawn-Lu and Ears, as well as Choq from Paris have created some spectacular pieces on Benalla Art Gallery’s walls as part of the Free Art School. The exhibition also includes smaller works by many other artists including Smug, Jaws, Lucy Lucy, Gemma O’Brien and others.
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Reuben Paterson is a dynamic artist known for his creations in glitter and diamond dust. His shiny dazzling paintings are provocatively titled and ‘painted’ entirely in glitter. Paterson is heavily influenced by his Maori heritage and his earlier works draw from this ancestry combining traditional pattern and design with contemporary media.
This particular body of work plays on the idea of colour patterns and floral motifs. Works are bold, visceral and tangible and incorporate formal properties of sharp line and ornate detail with specially commissioned glitter colours to elicit curiosity and joy. The viewer is offered an opportunity to look and experience through a kaleidoscope, which opens up a world of varying cultural ideas and sensations.
Image: Reuben Paterson, Thanks Green, 2013, glitter and synthetic polymer on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Benalla Camera Club. To celebrate we are showcasing a selection of the best recent images taken by current members. Over 35 works are on display and images include portraits, local landscapes, wildlife and architectural sites. Artists include John Barry, Judy Barry, Jeanette Beattie, Joe Bourke, Nigel Bowen, Keith O’Brien, Cathy Duncombe, Daren Fawkes, Jennifer Fawkes, Lorna Hobbs, Brian Houlihan, Jenny Monger, John Spencer and Amanda Swaney.
Image: Cathy Duncombe, Fields of Gold, 2014, type C print, courtesy of the artist.
At Benalla Art Gallery we believe everyone has creative potential. To help you discover yours, we’ve set up a Free Art School in the Gallery offering classes and workshops in drawing, painting, digital media and some surprises, like chocolate sculpture.
The Free Art School is a participatory art project developed by Benalla Art Gallery based on the concept of social sculpture. Set within the Gallery, the Free Art School will include interactive installations, pop-up artist residencies, a creative studio, social space, library and projects with guest artists.
Download the January program from the What’s On box on our home page.
No artistic experience is necessary. All classes are designed to expand an understanding of artistic practice and to build confidence in creative expression. Book early for the workshops on 03 5760 2619.
An exhibition of landscapes from the school of Australian Impressionism. The image of Australia’s landscape has touched the imaginations of artists for centuries. It was a key source of inspiration to artists of the nineteenth and twentieth century and they produced a large volume of work depicting people, places and landscapes using ‘impressionist’ techniques with quick, broad strokes to capture the light and colour they saw as they painted.
The paintings and watercolours in this exhibition are drawn from the Alec Cato Collection, Wesley College, Melbourne and the Benalla Art Gallery Collection. Australian painters include Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Hans Heysen , Penleigh Boyd and others as they traveled to all to all four corners of our country.
Works on display have rarely been exhibited. Floor talks led by Kenneth Park, Curator of Collections at Wesley College are scheduled to take place during the exhibition.
Arthur Streeton, Winter Landscape, oil on canvas, 48.5 x 74 cm, Alec Cato Collection, Wesley College, Melbourne