Over the last decade, Bendigo Art Gallery has cemented its reputation for presenting innovative international exhibitions alongside a dynamic and varied suite of public programs and events. Bendigo Art Gallery attracts a diverse audience from metropolitan Melbourne, and from across Victoria and Australia.
Bendigo Art Gallery has an extensive and varied collection of art which includes painting, sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, photography and works on paper. The collection has a strong emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800s onwards and over the past decade has been building a significant collection of contemporary Australian art.
19th Century International Art
Bendigo Art Gallery has some remarkable paintings, sculptures and decorative arts reflecting European salon trends of the mid-to-late 19th century. British works in the collection include sentimental works such as Homelessby Thomas Kennington, Too Late by Herbert Schmalz, and the stunning photo-realism of the The Arab Blacksmithby Thomas Sheard. These and other works in the collection reflect an era when English and European landscapes, allegories and portraits were seen as an essential part of any Australian art collection.
19th Century Australian Art
Bendigo Art Gallery is fortunate to hold many works by important 19th century Australian artists. The collection includes those who documented the history of Bendigo. For example, Thomas Wright's Sandhurst in 1862, George Rowe's Kangaroo Flat, c 1857, and S.T. Gill'sEaglehawk Gully, Bendigo (c1852) capture and reflect the initial goldrush on the Bendigo goldfields, through to the city's formation as a burgeoning regional centre.
The Gallery also has a strong collection or eary 20th century Australian art including works by proponents of the Heidelberg School such as Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Walter Withers. The collection has a special focus on expatriate Australian artists from the turn of the century to the 1940s, artists who for many decades were forgotten by the Australian public, including Agnes Goodsir, Bessie Davidson and Mary Cecil Allen.
Modern and Contemporary Collection
Bendigo Art Gallery's collection of 20th century paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings showcase the development of Australian fascinating modern art.
Artists such as Walter Withers, Rupert Bunny, Grace Cossington-Smith, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, John Olsen and Margaret Preston are amongst the many 20th Century Australian painters and sculptors represented in the collection.
Bendigo Art Gallery is committed to collecting and presenting contemporary Australian art. Included in the collection are works by leading artists such as Tim Maguire, Emily Kame (Kwementway) Kngwarreye, Mike Parr, John Nixon, Jenny Watson, Louise Forthun, Matthew Jones, Peter Tyndall, Robert Jacks, Christopher Langton, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Picinnini, Stieg Persson, John Young, Kate Beynon, Emily Floyd and Stephen Bush.
Café & Shop
Gallery Cafe prides itself on local produce. With delicious breakfast and lunch menus, great coffee and divine cakes we recommend you take some time to relax in the Cafe after your viewing. The Gallery Cafe has been recently been refurbished, with a new look and feel. Gallery Members receive a 10% discount on presentation of their Membership card. Bookings are recommended on (03) 5441 8896.
The Gallery Shop stocks a constantly changing variety of merchandise including jewellery, books, cards, ceramics and other unique gift items. The Gallery Shop is open every day including public holidays from 10am - 5pm (except Christmas Day). With prices starting at just $10, it's a great place to shop for something special. Gallery Members receive a 10% discount on presentation of their Membership card, as well as invitations to special Members shopping events through the year.
Getting to the Gallery
Bendigo Art Gallery is located approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne.
Estimated travelling time from Melbourne to Bendigo is 90 minutes. In and adjacent to the CBD of Bendigo there are more than 5000 public car parking spaces. The City offers a range of parking options both on and off street. The best off street ticket machine car park located within a short walk of Bendigo Art Gallery is the Rosalind Park carpark (just behind The Capital Theatre and Bendigo Art Gallery - enter at the junction of View St and Rowan St). The two ticketed multi storey car parks located within a short walk of Bendigo Art Gallery are the Edward street multi storey car park and the Hargreaves street multi storey car park. There are several short-term on street carparks on View St, Rowan St and Mackenzie St, however, these fill up quickly, espcially on busy days.
For carpark opening hours and more information about parking in Bendigo visit the City of Greater Bendigo car parking options website.
estimated travelling time from Melbourne to Bendigo is 90 minutes.
Bendigo Art Gallery is approximately a 15 minute walk from Bendigo train station. Alternatively, from Bendigo train station you can catch a number 3 or number 5 bus to Bendigo Art Gallery. For Bendigo train time tables, fares, maps and travel information visit www.vline.com.au or phone V/Line on 1800 800 007. For Bendigo bus timetables, visit www.christiansbus.com.au or www.viclink.com.au