Phyllis Palmer Gallery

Situated in the Visual Arts Building at La Trobe's Bendigo Campus, the Phyllis Palmer Gallery is a space dedicated to showing new work by graduates, current students and associates of La Trobe Art Institute as well as the wider community.

The gallery is committed to showing the most diverse range of art works, from paintings, sculpture and ceramics to photography, graphic art and new media. We aim to present innovative work – particularly that founded in contemporary ideas – to the widest possible audience.

Current exhibition


Dates: 8-24 June 2016, opening Thursday 9 June 5-7 pm, guest speaker Elliot Howard

Flawless by Alanah Brand

Flawless is an exhibition by Masters candidate Alanah Ellen Brand from La Trobe University which shows a body of work that explores society's troubled connection to the image. From ideas of beauty in the age of social media and the connections between the now ubiquitous editing of the digital photograph we see paintings ability to manage and manipulate the image through gesture.

The exhibition has a series of small-scale portraits of women which are sourced from social media.  These faces stare out at the viewer.  The highly stylised images portray the female gaze we often see in advertising and on social media profiles. The tactility of the painted surface highlights the way online images are edited to showcase the apparently flawless images of women.

The painted surface mimics online images whilst intensifying their doll-like qualities. The exhibition aims to question why we bombard society with unrealistic and unachievable standards of beauty, why we desire this beauty and what role the painted image plays in this complex terrain of image, display, desire and looking.

Jane, oil on canvas, 20x20 cm


Dates: 28 June to 19 July 2016, opening Thursday 7 July 5.30 pm, Guest speaker: Elliot Howard

Site, Sight and Citation: Making-do in leftover spaces

Catherine Shields, MVA(research) candidate, La Trobe University

This exhibition of photographic and video works, is the result of walking in spaces alongside railway tracks. Like walking, these works have been subject to convergence, digression and failure, yet through this process areas previously overlooked, or disregarded as sites of uncertain purpose and accessibility, have inadvertently materialised as places of potentiality.

Walking through, and ‘making- do’, in these landscapes of the leftover enabled an opening up of an in-between and liminal corridor, in which the performative nature of place and identity could be explored as an interchange between site, sight and citation.



Gary Vaughan


Helen Bodycomb


  • Lighting: track spots and daylight fluorescent banks
  • Wall space: 47.3 metres total
  • Wall height: 3 metres
  • Display cabinets: 9 wired and lit cabinets 800mm sq x 2m high
  • Access and storage: same level vehicle access and store room
  • Kitchen: refrigeration, dishwasher and sink

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Location and access

Access to the Phyllis Palmer Gallery.We are situated in the Visual Arts Building on La Trobe University's Bendigo Campus (find out how to get to the Bendigo campus). Enter from Sharon St via Gate 8 and Arts Drive. Street parking is available in Sharon or Keck Streets. On-campus parking is only available after obtaining a visitor's parking permit. Disabled parking is available and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Contact us

Tel: +61 3 5444 7917
Fax: +61 3 5444 7953

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Phyllis Palmer Gallery
Visual Arts and Design
La Trobe University Bendigo
PO Box 199 Bendigo
Victoria 3552