Benalla Art Gallery
woven by Tapecaries de Portalegre, Portugal from the original painting of 1946
woven wool tapestry
Benalla Art Gallery Collection
photography by Benalla Art Gallery
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This noted tapestry of Sidney Nolan's iconic Glenrowan painting from his series of Ned Kelly paintings is a highlight of the Benalla Art Gallery's collection. It was acquired in 1998 and sits well with Benalla's rich history as 'Kelly country'.
Situated in the heart of Victoria's bushranger country, the Benalla Art Gallery occupies a striking modernist building on the edge of Lake Benalla. The Gallery presents a dynamic program of exhibitions of contemporary and traditional Australian art across three spectacular exhibition spaces.
The Benalla Art Collection was established in 1968 with an acquisitive exhibition by the Benalla Apex Club. This was greatly enhanced in 1975 with a gift from Laurie Ledger of Australian art spanning the colonial and modernist periods which included excellent examples of Australian impressionism and landscape painting. A million dollar contribution from Gladys Bennett enabled the acquisition of many contemporary works from the late 1960s onwards including Blue Chip Instant Decorator, a collaborative painting and sculpture installation by Juan Davila and Howard Arkley. The Collection now encompasses works in a variety of media, including paintings, prints, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture and features outstanding examples of Indigenous works.