Situated in the heart of Victoria’s bushranger country, the Benalla Art Gallery occupies a striking modernist building by the lake. The gallery presents an exhibition program of Australian art in the Bennett Gallery, in addition to the permanent collection which includes elements of the region’s history and recounting an Australian-European settlement story. The collection continues to develop with recent acquisitions including outstanding Indigenous works and contemporary media postmodernist works. The Ledger Collection comprises Australian art from the 19th and early 20th centuries with an emphasis on Australian landscape and Australian women artists.
The collection is divided into two parts: the Ledger Collection of 19th and 20th century art and the Gallery Collection of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media. The Benalla Art collection includes painting, prints, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. On display is a tapestry of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Glenrowan’, from his Ned Kelly series. Following the 2002 bushfires, we commissioned artist Rick Amor to create a work which responded to the blackened landscape. The result, ‘The Arc - aftermath of bushfires in the North East’ is a record of the tragedy of the fires, and an affirmation of nature’s powers of regeneration.