Benalla Art Gallery

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Situated in the heart of Victoria’s bushranger country, Benalla Art Gallery occupies a striking modernist building by the lake. The Gallery presents an exhibition program of Australian and international 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 and contemporary Australian artworks.

Permanent Collection

19th and Early 20th Century Australian Art
Benalla Art Gallery has some extraordinary paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative arts and furniture reflecting European trends of the late 19th and early 20th century.

This historical colonial and European influence of traditional styles and subjects in art is evident in a selection of paintings, prints and drawings from the Ledger Bequest with key works by Conrad Martens, S.T. Gill, Eugene von Guerard, Louis Buvelot, W.C. Piguenit, Edward Roper and Charles Rolando.

Indigenous Art
Benalla Art Gallery holds an incredible range of traditional and contemporary Indigenous artworks that survey the diversity, richness and complexity of the Aboriginal people and their traditions.

The collection features works in a variety of media including painting on bark and canvas, sculpture, textiles, weaving, photomedia, printmaking and installation. Included in the collection are works by leading artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamara, Anatjari Tjakamarra, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tommy McRae, Albert Namatjira, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Rover Thomas, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, Gordon Bennett, Brook Andrew, Destiny Deacon, Leah King-Smith and Fiona Foley.

Modern and Contemporary Art
Benalla Art Gallery's collection of modern and contemporary artworks from the 20th and 21st century includes painting, photography, sculpture, prints and drawings. The collection traces the development of modern and contemporary Australian art from the Melbourne and Sydney moderns, the Heide circle, abstraction and figurative Australian art though to postmodernism and the present day.

Artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Fred Williams, Leonard French, Jeffrey Smart and Clement Meadmore are amongst the many important 20th century Australian painters and sculptors represented in the collection.

Benalla Art Gallery is committed to building a significant collection of contemporary Australian art. Represented are works by leading contemporary artists such as Robert Jacks, John Sandler, Ivan Durrant, Dick Watkins, Sydney Ball, Angela Brennan, Peter Booth, Rosalie Gascoigne, Inge King, Howard Arkley, Juan Davila, Tim Maguire, Patricia Piccinini, Tim Storrier, Rick Amor, Polixeni Papapetrou, Mike Parr, Peter Tyndall, Sally Smart and Jason Benjamin.

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getting to the gallery

Benalla is 212km from the Melbourne CBD.

By Train
From Melbourne to Benalla on a V-line train, estimated traveling time is 2 hours. The closest train station to the Gallery is Benalla station, a 15 minute walk. 

By Car 
Located 10mins off the Hume Highway.  Car parking is available outside the Gallery next to the Botanical Gardens.  


Benalla Art Gallery has full wheelchair access via a ramp entrance at the front of the building.  The café deck and floor can also be accessed via a ramp. 

Disabled toilets and infant facilities are also available within the building.

cafe & gallery shop

Benalla Gallery Café
Open: 9am – 4pm (closed Tuesdays)
Telephone: (03) 5760 3777 

Benalla Gallery Cafe is located at the heart of Benalla Art Gallery on the banks of Lake Benalla and offers an extensive range of local wines and produce. Serving herbal teas through to oils and preserves at reasonable prices, the range is such that you will find something to delight any palate. Benalla Gallery Cafe is fully licensed and offers a selection of local and regional wines, or enjoy a coffee, tea or soft drink.

However you wish to indulge, Benalla Gallery Cafe by the lake is the perfect spot to do so.  Join friends for a delightful morning or afternoon coffee, or just spoil yourself.

Gift Shop
Open: 10am – 5pm (closed Tuesdays)
Telephone: (03) 5760 2619

The Benalla Art Gallery Shop is perfect for that unique and unusual creative gift or memento of your visit. The Gallery Shop stocks local handmade crafts, books, cards and children’s toys. Our shop is a wonderful place to purchase something special, a gift for a loved one or perhaps something to treat yourself. Highlights include:

  • A wide selection of local handmade cards
  • Art books, including a selection of children’s books
  • Ceramic works by the Broken River Potters of Benalla
  • Screen printed cushions and tea towels by Myrtle, Suellyn Et Al.
  • A range of jewellery and brooches by The Papered Tree
  • Dindi natural botanical products
  • Aprons, infinity scarves and clutches by A Jill of All Trades
  • Children’s gifts and products by KidEx and Happy Little Bird
  • Tiger Tribe and O.B Designs baby and children’s products 

Gift vouchers and free gift wrapping available.  Become a member and save. Gallery members receive a 10% discount on all purchases over $10.00.

Benalla Art Gallery
Botanical Gardens
Bridge Street
Benalla VIC 3672
T: (03) 5760 2619
W: benallaartgallery.com.au/

Opening Hours
Open 10am - 5pm
Closed Tuesdays

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Janet Leith: Melancholia
3 May 2024 – 23 Jun 2024
Benalla Art Gallery
Claire Beausein: Smells Like Rain
17 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
Benalla Art Gallery
EXHIBITION BENALLA Light Shines, Shadow Falls
Hans Heysen and Matthew James MacNally: Light Shines, Shadow Falls
17 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
Benalla Art Gallery
EXHIBITION BENALLA Embrace the Eucalypt
Ruth Johnstone and Lesley Duxbury: Embrace the Eucalypt
17 May 2024 – 28 Jul 2024
Benalla Art Gallery

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.