Bendigo Art Gallery sets date to re-open

Bendigo Art Gallery will re-open on Saturday June 6. 

Following Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement on the weekend, the Gallery will be operating under the requirements of the Victorian Government. 

Numbers will be restricted to 20 people per separate space (this number is in addition to Gallery staff) and staff will be taking the contact details of every visitor before they enter. 

Bendigo Art Gallery Director Jessica Bridgfoot said there would also be increased hygiene measures for visitors and staff. 

“Hand sanitiser will be available for visitors as they enter the foyer and there will be additional staff placed throughout the Gallery to ensure that all visitors are observing social distancing and to help manage visitor movement through the gallery spaces,” Ms Bridgfoot said. 

“Our foyer will look different, as our front counter will have sneeze guards installed to help further protect everyone’s safety and staff will be focused on disinfecting high-touch surfaces like counters, benchtops and door handles. 

“As restrictions continue to ease and the number of people allowed indoors grows, we will adapt our practices to accommodate this increase while ensuring the Gallery remains as clean and safe as possible for all visitors and staff. 

“We thank everyone for their patience and really look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Gallery. While the team has done a wonderful job to make our current exhibitions and the Art at Home program available online, galleries are best experienced in person.” 

The current exhibitions at the Gallery are Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde and Ross Taylor: Field Notes. Piinpi – Contemporary Indigenous Fashion will open on September 5. The Gallery is currently reviewing when public and education programs will return.

The City of Greater Bendigo will wait for further announcements from the Victorian Government and work with peak industry bodies in regard to re-opening its other arts spaces, including The Capital and Ulumbarra theatres, the Engine Room and Dudley House. There is no date for their re-opening at this time.


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