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First Nations artist announced to create artwork for The Capital's 150th anniversary.

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo is delighted to announce that artist Daikota Nelson has been selected to create a First Nations artwork that will be displayed permanently in The Capital foyer.

The high-profile commission is part of celebrations to mark the historic venue’s 150th anniversary.

Ms Nelson’s concept was chosen following an expression of interest process last March. First Nations artists practising or living in central Victoria were invited to apply. Shortlisted submissions were considered by a panel of judges.

Bendigo Venues & Events Manager Julie Amos said the EOI attracted a very high standard of submissions and Ms Nelson’s concept made a strong impression on the panel. 

“Huge congratulations to Daikota for her concept, which blew the judges away as a landmark piece to celebrate The Capital’s 150th anniversary milestone,” Ms Amos said.

“The concept encapsulates First Nations storytelling, culture and Country, the history of the area and knowledge of The Capital’s history.

“The main theme for the proposed artwork depicts growth, acknowledging years of knowledge and sharing stories.

“It will be a striking contemporary artwork with a depiction of the rings of a tree to illustrate the passing of time.

“Ms Nelson’s work will have pride of place in the entrance in a permanent 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 high-profile commission is one of many City initiatives to support our commitment to reconciliation.”

Ms Nelson said her passion for art started young.

“I have always had an interest in art; growing up my passion has only grown. I am inspired by natural landscape and storytelling traditions, native flora and fauna, and the land we stand upon. My artwork tells a unique story for the old and young generations,” she said.

Ms Nelson’s selection for the high-profile commission was officially announced at The Capital 150 gala dinner last night.

The artist will begin work in developing the commissioned piece over the coming months with installation expected at The Capital at the end of the year. The $8,000 commission covers the artist’s fee, framing and materials.

Greater Bendigo