We would like to invite any artists or groups from NEA or the community to showcase your work in our large Exhibition Gallery space.
Although the NEA exhibitions for the year have not been finalised there will be quite a few months available and applications will be considered based on availability.
Please refer to the Exhibitions Application below for details.
If anyone has any requests or theme ideas for NEA exhibitions this year, please contact our Exhibition Coordinator Janet Leith.
Tim Bowtell's entry into Swanpool Art Festival's SCRAP exhibition in 2018 is on display in the foyer window gallery space at NEA.
Title: 'Treadmill of Perpetual Happiness' (2018)
Artist's Statement: "Climate Change is my inspiration, it speaks of mass production and the over consumption of 'stuff' we don't need. We live in a system that plugs in to our insecurities, selling us stuff to make us feel better. Using SCRAP to create a positive move towards a healthier planet!"
Materials-Medium: 'Old conveyor belt and frame, buttons, switches, castors, electrical wire, plugs and security camera all salvaged from scrap yard. Human form from scrap metal frame and papier mache.
There are only a few hours left to check out the fascinating pieces created by the students from Benalla Flexible Learning Centre as part of their exhibition, 'Creativity Unlocked' .
As you will notice a lot of the artworks and creations have accompanying artist's statements which give the pieces a story and create a wonderful richness surrounding the artwork.
For example, Tara wrote about her mosaic 'Serene'... "After hearing about this exhibition, I wanted this to be in it, but as the deadline got closer and closer, I started having just a few doubts about getting it done in time. You probably could have made one of those dramatic slow motion yet 'inspirational' montages they put in movies with me slaving over this mosaic while silently complaining about my back hurting and wondering what the meaning of life is about all the while appearing completely nonchalant. But nonetheless I'm pleased with the result of this project!" Thank you Tara!!
Well done and thank you to the students on yet another successful and inspiring exhibition - it's wonderful to see such amazing creations by young local talent! And thank you to everyone who supported the exhibition by visiting and or purchasing the students' work--the look on their faces when they find out they've sold is something is priceless!!!
NEA's President (and resident poet) Seamus Foley, in welcoming people to the the 'Wisdom and Experience' exhibition in Gallery 2 at NEA, drew upon the poem 'When You Are Old' by William Butler Yeats.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)
Photographs - Beverley Lee (NEA) and Jan Osmotherly,(c/Age Friendly Benalla Project)
NEA members are encouraged to draw upon the special places and spaces in our community they love (or perhaps want others to think about) and enter this inhouse exhibition to be held during the Benalla's 'Our Back Yard' themed Festival in November. There will be a People's Choice award of $250 - this will be awarded on Friday November 16 at a party to celebrate the work of all the members who contribute to North East Artisans in so many different ways. (If you would like to enter and have been thinking of becoming a member, membership forms are available at NEA or in the footer on our webpage.)
Two separate exhibitions are being planned for the later in the year. Now is the time to begin working on your entries!
The first exhibition is to be held in conjunction with the Victorian Seniors Festival and is open to all senior citizens in Benalla and the surrounding areas.
The theme of this exhibition is “Wisdom and Experience”. It will be held from the 19th until the 30th of October in NEA’s Gallery 2.
Following this exhibition, and running from the 3rd until the 11th November, will be an in-house exhibition which is open to all NEA members. It will be held in conjunction with Benalla Festival and supports its 2018 theme: “Our Backyard”.
NEA is seeking early expressions of interest - keep an eye on this space for further details.
'SCRAP' - Swanpool's Creative Recycled Art Prize, is Swanpool’s fabulous, fearsome, funny and frolicking art challenge to Australian artists in the use of recycled materials. Please join the Swanpool Community in August for Swanpool’s inaugural exhibition of scrap art presented by some of Australia’s artistic leaders in the use of recycled materials.’
The Swanpool Community Development Association is moving on from their successful involvement in the Bald Archy Touring Exhibition to deliver their own exhibition own exhibition and art prize in 2018 'SCRAP - Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize'.
'SCRAP' The Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize
Saturday 4th August to Sunday 19th August 2018 10 am to 4 pm
Gala Opening Friday 3rd August
Swanpool Memorial Hall 2386 Midland Highway, Swanpool Vic 3673
Cost - $5 per person, Students $2
Morning and Afternoon Teas; Light or Main Lunches; Wine, Barista Coffee and slices available
Merchandise will be on offer, including the popular Swanpool Cookbook $15
Exhibits will be for sale, unless the artist chooses not to do so.
SCRAP's “Call for Entries” poster and entry form are now available online!
Community Art Exhibitions held nearby -
Benalla Camera Club – Swanpool Bowls Club rooms – Entry by a gold coin donation.
Update: The Broken River Painters exhibition is not part of the Festival in 2018.
For Group Bookings - contact Rob Collins mobile 0422 370 389 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA