Overview Preface Foreword Artists Essays

In and of this place—
Curated by Jessica Clark

Deanne Gilson 
Wadawurrung Camping Alongside Werribee River 2015  
White ochre, acrylic, gold leaf, and charcoal from my fire on linen
120 x 150 cm
Courtesy the artist and Wyndham City Council

Artists: Charles Blackman Arthur Boyd Lorna Chick Grace Cossington Smith Maggie Nakamarra Corby Janet Dawson Deanne Gilson Hans Heysen Robert Juniper Richard Larter Beaver Lennon Djambawa Marawili Roy McIvor Danie Mellor Alison Murray Albert Namatjira Anne Ovi Gloria Petyarre Emanuel Phillips FoxAngelina Pwerle Lloyd Rees Tom Roberts William Robinson Keith Stevens Judy Watson James Tylor Judy Watson — all image


Curated by independent curator and palawa woman Jessica Clark, the exhibition In and of this place pairs artworks from the collection of Benalla Art Gallery with works by contemporary Australian artists to broadly consider the earth’s topographies, geographies, its natural seasons and cycles, and reflect on humanity’s place in the natural world.

The curator of the exhibition Jessica Clark says: “It’s an incredible opportunity to bring these historic works of art from the Benalla Art Collection into a contemporary dialogue. Exhibition development has involved research from home during lockdown, and multiple research visits at the Benalla Art Gallery.”

The exhibition outcome features a selected group of works by Australian artists from Benalla’s extensive collection of landscape painting, that have each been paired with a contemporary work by a First Nations artist that responds to Country. Together, the artworks and their respective pairings present a journey through the Australian landscape – across, below, and above its surface – through varying representations of the land that extend well beyond the physical reality of place.  

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.