Benalla Nude is a $50,000 award for a work depicting a naked human figure as subject matter. The man instrumental in creating the art prize, artist Ivan Durrant (pictured), told Time Out: "I’ve been trying to get it up, so to speak, for a good few years. Friends of the gallery put up a 50 grand prize. Because the art gallery is so big in the town, everyone’s used to art being there. They embrace it. I thought it was a great idea to establish something like the Archibald. It brings in a lot of people, a lot of money, and I just thought it sounded good: Benalla Nude. If we can get it going, after two years, I’m going to try talk the council into changing the town’s name. Imagine driving down the highway and seeing the sign, Benalla Nude. These things are possible."
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Benalla Nude 2014 exhibition details
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