Building Creative Communities
Bendigo Venues and Event’s Creative Communities team assists artists, creatives and communities to develop arts and cultural initiatives. The team values diversity and inclusion, encourages participation in the arts and promotes the health and wellbeing benefits of creativity and arts participation. The Creative Communities team delivers an annual arts program that contributes to the City of Greater Bendigo’s vision to become the world’s most liveable community. The program is closely aligned with the new Greater CREATIVE Bendigo strategy.
The team also plays a key role in developing Bendigo’s temporary public art program by commissioning murals and supporting artists and arts organisations to develop their skills and create artwork in public spaces. Current programs include Artists on View, RAW Art Awards, Art in the Conservatory, Ground Level Temporary Public Art, Exhibit B, Pennyweight Walk Open Air Gallery and the much loved Cushion Concert series designed for pre-school children. In addition, the education and engagement program offers schools, families and the community the chance to engage with the touring artists who visit our venues in a variety of ways.
The team is currently working with the Emerge Cultural Hub Bendigo to support First Nations and culturally diverse artists to develop, create and showcase their creativity. The Emerge Cultural Hub Bendigo is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Network. Emerge Cultural Hub Bendigo artists are involved in Bendigo’s annual events such as ZINDA Festival, Bendigo Easter Festival and NAIDOC Week.
Greater Bendigo is an arts and cultural hub where local artists, residents and visitors can experience and explore all that our ‘creativity community’ has on offer through a range of creative spaces and hubs.
If you’re looking for ways to connect with the arts community, see locally produced art or seeking space to host an exhibition, rehearsal and/or workshop space please download the Creative Spaces brochure. Hardcopy versions are available from City of Greater Bendigo offices.