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



Exhibition dates: 13-28 October

Opening: Thursday 13 October 5-7 pm, guest speaker, Cr Rod Fyffe, Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo

Kay Dannett

Kay Dannat, Attached Bottle form, 2016, unglazed, pigments, stoneware fired 68cm height

In 2010 Emmanuel Hirsh donated over 200 ceramic works to La Trobe University, establishing the Etta Hirsh Ceramic Collection in memory of his late wife Etta. This wonderful gift was part of the generosity extended by the Hirsh family to La Trobe over a decade, which saw them donate and loan many important works of Australian art to the University Art Collection. One of the driving factors in their generosity was the Hirsh's long-held belief in the importance of art in educating and enriching people's lives and in particular that of students. With their gift of the ceramics collection they hoped that it would be displayed for the enjoyment of the University community, which it is at the Melbourne campus library, and that it would also be used for teaching students. This later aspiration has been realised in one way with this exhibition Re-Formed.

Re-Formed brings together the work of ten students who have responded to selected works from the Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection and follows the 2010 exhibition Formed which presented a survey of key works from the Ceramic Collection at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Rather than a didactic interpretation of individually chosen works, the students have engaged on a much greater conceptual and technical level. Through study, assessment and contemplation they have created works that begin a dialogue between their own practice and that of those who have come before. It is an exhibition that celebrates the role of continuity in the visual arts, education based on acknowledging and responding to the cannon and most importantly pays tribute to the late Emmanuel and Etta Hirsh and their family whose foresight, commitment and generosity continues to enrich and stimulate the lives of our students and the University and wider community.


Graduate Exhibition


  • 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
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