Love your Local Creatives

The City of Greater Bendigo’s $40,000 Creative Recovery Activation Fund has led to over 14 new creative projects being developed with more planned to support artists and creatives.

The local arts and creative industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Recovery Activation Fund was set up last October to provide opportunities for creatives to maintain and grow their skills and support those who have been unable to work due to cancelled public events and the closure of venues.

The City grants of up to $3,000 were made available and we received many imaginative and innovative ideas from applicants.

The brief was to support the local creative economy and activate our public spaces.  Many of these events and activation ideas have now come to fruition for the community to enjoy and see the breadth of creative work taking place in the region. More will be scheduled over the coming months.

Upcoming projects:

Back Creek Art Trail Scavenger Hunt: Wes Franklin

  • April 2 to April 21
  • Back Creek Art Trail

The Back Creek Trail Scavenger Hunt will run during the Easter school holidays. The Scavenger Hunt activity has been designed to activate Bendigo’s unique Back Creek Art Trail connecting the community through cycling, walking and art. This new program will encourage participants to find all scavenger hunt tiles using clues, visit some of Bendigo’s best cafés, discover the location of the secret mural, and go into the draw to win a prize.

Hearts of Gold: Aunty Marilyne Nichols, Helena Read

  • May 27 to June 3
  • Various locations

Hearts of Gold is a collaborative work between Indigenous artist Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and British migrant artist Helena Read.  Grounded in the traditions of their respective cultures and families this work combines traditional weaving, printmaking and sculpture to explore the complex and problematic local histories of gold mining and genocide.  

Exhibitions in Dudley House, 60 View Street, Bendigo

Anastasia Maher: Ainsley O’Connor

  • Feb 18-28 (11am-4pm on weekdays. 10am-4pm on weekends) 

Ainsely O’Connor’s exhibition Anastasia Maher is a series of work composed of darkroom prints, archival images, documents, and an accompanying photobook. A modern exploration of the Victorian Goldfields, this exhibition will portray the story of O’Connor’s ancestor who lived throughout the goldrush.

Narcissus Herself: Melanie Thoren

  • April 23 to May 2 (Wednesday- Sunday 11am-4pm. Not open Monday or Tuesdays)

Narcissus Herself is an exhibition of self-portrait work from emerging Bendigo based artist Melanie Thoren. The work focuses on using portraiture to explore inner emotions and identity.

Steel Life: Andre Sardone

  • June 16 to June 29

Andre Sardone Steel Life is an exhibition exploring the link between art and nature, consisting of sculptural works in steel by Andre Sardone and photographs by Bridget Finch.

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