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Bush Diwan

Bush Diwan

Bush Diwan

5 Aug 2022 – 16 Oct 2022

Developed by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Amrit Gill
Reina Takeuchi

Manisha Anjali
Anindita Banerjee
Monisha Chippada
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Perun Bonser
Amardeep Shergill

The stories of migration and community formation are laden with struggles and triumphs. What do we bring with us and what do we leave behind? In Bush Diwan, artists respond to a pivotal moment in Sikh history in Australia by exploring the reclamation of identity, forming, gathering and laying foundations of community. Illuminating two significant, yet little known, moments in Australian history, this project centres on the story of Siva Singh, an early 20th century Benalla resident, Sikh community leader and civil rights campaigner.


4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Benalla Art Gallery wish to thank the following people and groups for their advocacy, research, advice and support. These contributions have left a legacy of stronger awareness and understanding of Siva Singh’s story, and directly assisted in developing and delivering Bush Diwan and associated public programs:

Benalla Migrants Association
The Sikh communities of Benalla, Shepparton and northeast Victoria
Benalla Historical Society
Australian Indian Historical Society
Shepparton Sikh Gurdwara
Tandoori Hut Benalla
Benalla Migrant Camp

Gallery Details

Benalla Art Gallery
Botanical Gardens
Bridge Street
Benalla VIC 3672
T: (03) 5760 2619
E: gallery@benalla.vic.gov.au

Opening Hours
Open 10am - 5pm
Closed Tuesdays

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Gallery Info

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.