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Expressions of interest open for First Nations artwork at The Capital

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo is commissioning a new First Nations artwork that will be displayed permanently in The Capital foyer to mark the historic venue’s 150th anniversary.

An expressions of interest (EOI) for the new artwork is open to First Nations practising artists living or working in central Victoria. Submissions are open either to individuals or collaborating artists who may wish to co-create a painting.

City Manager Bendigo Venues and Events Julie Amos said this was a high-profile commission to celebrate The Capital’s anniversary milestone.

“The City is delighted to offer this new commission as part of The Capital’s 150th anniversary, which will have pride of place in the entrance,” Ms Amos said.

“The chosen artwork will be on permanent display in a prominent position as you enter The Capital so this will be a celebrated focal point for all visitors to the building to see, talk about and admire.

“A priority action in the Greater Creative Bendigo Strategy is to support First Nations artists and culture and this commission is one of many City initiatives to support our commitment to reconciliation.

“I would like to encourage First Nations artists to submit an EOI with creative ideas for a proposed work by Friday March 24.

“In mid-May, selected shortlisted artists will receive a $300 fee to develop a more detailed painting concept that will be presented to a selection panel.

“The winning artist or artists will be announced as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations and the artwork should be completed by the end of this year.”

The $8,000 commission covers the artist or artists’ fee, framing and materials. 

The EOI is open until Friday March 24.

For more information about the EOI and the commission, please contact BV&E’s Arts Officer First Nations Janet Bromley on 1300 002 642 or email [email protected]

Greater Bendigo