BENDIGO, VIC

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

The Bendigo Art Gallery sits at the heart of this Vic­to­rian city, reg­u­larly pre­sent­ing such dy­namic ex­hi­bi­tions as Marimekko: De­sign Icon 1951 – 2018, which runs un­til 11 June.We caught up with the gallery’s di­rec­tor, Karen Quin­lan.

HOW WOULD YOU DE­SCRIBE BENDIGO’S

Bendigo has CRE­ATIVE SCENE TO­DAY? de­vel­oped and grown over the last few decades and is a thriv­ing cre­ative city, with a rich cafe, din­ing and fash­ion cul­ture and a full cal­en­dar of events and fes­ti­vals. All of this blends with the rich gold-rush her­itage build­ings to add much to the over­all feel of the city.

AND WHAT ROLE DOES THE BENDIGO ART

We are one of the GALLERY PLAY IN THAT? largest re­gional gal­leries in Aus­tralia, and the sup­port we have from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the City of Greater Bendigo means we have been able to raise the bar by bringing in in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions, many ex­clu­sive to the city. We have also been able to build on our ex­ten­sive 19th-cen­tury Euro­pean art and Aus­tralian hold­ing with an im­por­tant and grow­ing con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian art col­lec­tion, which we like to show along­side in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions so what we of­fer au­di­ences is rich and di­verse and con­stantly chang­ing. Over time we have be­come a des­ti­na­tion, a rea­son to visit Bendigo, and the City recog­nises this and con­tin­ues to sup­port our pro­grams. It’s an en­vi­able model and one that con­tin­ues to evolve and grow.

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