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

February/March 2017

Highlights of the FM Courtis Collection

Exhibition dates:  6 February - 30 March

The FM Courtis collection was started by Fred Courtis, then Head of Art Education at the Bendigo Teachers' College in 1958. The La Trobe Art Institute will be highlighting works from the collection for this exhibition.

April 2017

Pamela Isaacs and Joanne Osborne, Macro/Micro

Opening 5 April 5-7 pm, Exhibition dates: 5-27 April

Pam Isaacs and Joanne Osborne are both students in the Department of Creative Arts & English.  This is their first joint exhibition.  They are examining ways of seeing through the use of geo-mapping technology and the microscopic view. Joanne Osborne’s abstract paintings draw on the subconscious impact that her investigation of the microscopic have had on her art, while Pamela Isaacs explores the distanced view of Google Earth, with her overlaid and sculpted linocut images.   This is a collaborative venture with both artists borrowing from and intervening in each other’s work.

From AboveJ Osborne

Joanne Osborne, The fine art of separation, oil on linen, 2017; Pamela Isaacs, From Above, 2016, Stonehenge paper, print, ink and watercolour

May 2017

Hayley Millar-Baker, I'm The Captain Now

Opening Wednesday 3 May 5-7 pm, Exhibition dates: 3-26 May

Growing up in an urban culture means Hayley's work has naturally become highly political and engages with both personal and historical issues regarding Indigenous life in intellectual and satirically humorous ways to subtly confront and challenge the general misconceptions of Australian history, and the stigma the follows Australia’s First Nation people.

Utilising photography and collage as her medium of  choice, Hayley uses personal imagery and digital technologies to open a gateway to create new narratives concerning themes of displacement, alienation, suppression and oppression, connection to culture and land, identity, racism and social confinement. Through new narratives Hayley can argue accepted ideas about Australian Aboriginals and Australia’s White history.


Hayley Millar-Baker, Untitled 10 (I'm the Captain now), Digital collage, 20x20 cm, 2016


  • 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

Exhibition proposals form

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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

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