New partnership with Bendigo Art Gallery

La Trobe University is set to become Bendigo Art Gallery’s Higher Education Partner.

A new partnership between La Trobe University and Bendigo Art Gallery means integrated learning programs will be devised specifically for La Trobe University arts students within the gallery environment, using the gallery collection and its renowned international exhibitions program as a reference point and teaching resource.  

University and gallery staff will work together to create educational programs in this innovative new partnership which will also offer students opportunities to participate in mentorship programs with gallery staff, internships and joint research projects.  

The University and gallery will partner to draw on La Trobe University’s own experts and global networks to enhance the gallery’s public education programs.  

As Bendigo Art Gallery’s Higher Education Partner for the next six years, La Trobe University will provide valuable support for Bendigo’s exhibition program, including The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, from the British Museum, and the upcoming Genius & Ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768–1918 which opens on 2 March.  

In recognition, Bendigo Art Gallery will name the central gallery space in its new, $8.5 million extension, the La Trobe University Gallery. Designed by architects Fender Katsalidis, the new contemporary wing will open in March and features one-third more exhibition space for the gallery, new back-of-house facilities, and improvements to entrance and café areas.  

The La Trobe University Gallery will be used extensively by the University as a venue for events and functions.   

‘I am delighted to deepen our relationship with the Bendigo Art Gallery,’ La Trobe Vice-Chancellor and President Professor John Dewar said.

‘It is one of the great cultural resources of Victoria, and Bendigo in particular, drawing visitors and audiences from across the country.  La Trobe University too has a strong local presence, but with an international reputation and network.

‘I look forward to working with Gallery to develop innovative programs and exciting opportunities for our shared communities.’

‘We’re thrilled to be able to offer local tertiary students access to our exhibitions, collections and knowledge through this partnership,’ said Bendigo Art Gallery Director Karen Quinlan.  

‘La Trobe’s Bendigo campus is, like the gallery, an important part of the cultural fabric of Bendigo, and this partnership will also mean new programs for the wider community, and greater delivery outcomes for both of us.’

The first program to be devised as part of this new relationship is a three day conference: Artistic Ambitions: Australian Art and the Royal Academy 28 February to 2 March.  Guest speakers include:

  • Charles Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive and Secretary, Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • MaryAnne Stevens, former Royal Academy Director of Academy Affairs (1983–2013)
  • Associate Professor Rex Butler, Reader in Art History, University of Queensland
  • Professor Catherine Speck, Coordinator Art History Program, University of Adelaide
  • Neil Fettling, Director La Trobe Art Institute

Media contact

Tim Mitchell, Media and Communications: T 03 9479 5246 | M t.mitchell@latrobe.edu.au 

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