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Draft Vision for the new Strategy

As part of Stage 1 of this project, our creative industries and wider community have told us about Greater Bendigo’s current creative landscape and what they wanted for the future.

A draft vision consisting of four themes has been developed from this community feedback.

We would like to hear from you, have we got it right? What are we missing?

Please fill out this online survey

Survey closes Friday 25 May 2018.

email us [email protected]

or write to us Regional Sustainable Development Unit, City of Greater Bendigo, PO Box 733, Bendigo, Vic 3552.

Following feedback on the Draft Vision, work will begin on Stage 3 of the project – developing the Draft Arts and Creative Industries Strategy.

Technical Advisory Group

The Group will bring together a cross-section of people to collaboratively contribute to the preparation of the Strategy, and in doing so representing the wider interests of those across all of the creative industries.

The Group is expected to meet three or four times in the next 5 months and will be:

  • Contributing views, ideas and thinking related to the project generally;
  • Reviewing and commenting on major project deliverables in draft form; and
  • Providing advice and recommendations to the project team.

 Nominations for the Technical Advisory Group have now closed.

 Those who have expressed interest in being part of the Group will be contacted shortly.

Where are we now?

Stage two

As part of stage two of the project we held the second Creative Conversations public event, seeking input and feedback from the community on the themes for the new Strategy, and forming the Technical Advisory Group.

Creative Conversations II: Showcase explored creative ideas and initiatives through a discussion panel as well as being an opportunity for Greater Bendigo and our region to showcase existing artistic work, works-in-progress and collaborations between creatives.

Stay up to date with the new Strategy and the Creative Conversations events by joining our mailing list. Send us your details to [email protected]

Creative Conversations II: Showcase, held Friday 13 April 2018 at the Bendigo Pottery Complex

Congratulations to all the local creatives who came together and put on an inspiring pop-up arts festival on Friday 13 April 2018 at the Bendigo Pottery Complex.

The whole evening was a great success, and highlighted the talents, diversity and passion of our creative community. Participants demonstrated how a broad range of people from across the creative industries can come together in a very short timeframe to collectively activate and invigorate an unconventional creative space – throughout the working factory and historic museum at the Bendigo Pottery

On behalf of all the organisers of the Creative Conversations Showcase event, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved; we very much appreciate your time, effort and contribution in making the evening such a success:

  • Angela Zheng
  • Anton Hasell
  • Aunty Gabby Gamble
  • Bailey Cook
  • Bob’s Boutique and Sonia Brit Designs
  • Brendan Ferns and Keech 3D
  • Caleb Maxwell
  • Cate Green and the Institute of Imperfections
  • Cheryl Cadzow
  • Cheryl Long
  • Emily Begley
  • Forest Keegel
  • Gail Haig
  • Goldfields Providore
  • Grant Davies
  • Jacques Soddell
  • Jail Buba Kuyateh
  • Jamie Le Rossignol and students from BSSC
  • Janet Bromley
  • John Willis and CreateAbility
  • Jonathan Ridnell and the Discovery Centre
  • Joy Tatt
  • Justin Bull
  • Kain White
  • Klare Lanson
  • Leanne Grylls
  • Lorraine Brigdale
  • Mari B-Li Donni
  • Me Ri
  • Mr Dimples
  • Natalie Hannaford
  • Noela Stratford
  • Pamela Jackson
  • Paul Chapman and Bendigo Turntables
  • Paul Fletcher
  • Peter Reading and Signarama
  • Richard Atkins
  • Rod and Sally Thompson
  • Sandra Hosking
  • Sarah Hoy Designs
  • Sharon Greenaway
  • Sparrow Daley
  • Susan McMinn and Arnold Street Gallery
  • Teaghan Perryman
  • The Art of Kar
  • Tru Dowling
  • Yvonne George

The discussion panel also added to the broader conversation around creativity in our region, across Australia and the world.

Thank you to our host Fiona Parker (ABC radio), and panellists Clare Bowditch (musician and singer/songwriter), Esther Anatolitis (National Association for the Visual Arts director), Ros Abercrombie (Creative Producer of Artlands and Moomba Festival 2018), David Eedle (entrepreneur and programmer), Professor Matthew Allen (Deakin University Head of Communication and Creative Arts) and Dr Kelly Donati (Lecturer, Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy at William Angliss Institute).


Following the success of the previous Arts and Culture Strategy 2008-2011, the City is developing a new Arts and Creative Industry Strategy. The new strategy embraces a new approach to thinking about creativity in our region.

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations are an important part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s engagement during the preparation of this Strategy. We want to challenge the way people think about the creative industries and what the future might look like.


The City of Greater Bendigo will be holding a series of Creative Conversations over the development of the strategy, each with a different panel of industry speakers who will question and discuss what they think will make Greater Bendigo an even more imaginative and inspiring city and region.

Contact us

If you have any questions on this project or any of our projects please contact the Regional Sustainable Development Unit on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]

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