About the VAC

Since its inception in 2013, the La Trobe Art Institute (LAI) has held responsibility for the operations of the Museum of Art (LUMA) at Glenn College Bundoora, and the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) in Bendigo. With the LAI moving into a new and exciting period of change and growth, the VAC will also be reinvented and fully absorbed into the LAI's structure.

Over the coming weeks and months you will see a rebranding take place, with collateral related to the activities of the VAC (and LUMA) reflecting the name change; this will ultimately also include a renaming of the premises at 121 View Street to the LAI.

While the LAI will be primarily based at 121 View Street in Bendigo, it will also maintain a strong presence on all of the University's campuses through a range of projects and collaborations.

Click here for more information on the La Trobe Art Institute and recent changes, and for any enquiries regarding the LAI (and LUMA and the VAC) contact lai@latrobe.edu.au

The La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (VAC) has been the focus for the University's cultural mission in Bendigo, showcasing contemporary art practice and providing a focus for discussion relevant to current ideas and art practice. In addition to an exhibition program that seeks to present cutting edge contemporary visual art, the VAC has engaged with the community through a public lecture program, artist floor talks and residencies featuring local, national and international artists. The VAC also offers a unique space to host conferences, public seminars and social events.

Located directly opposite Bendigo Art Gallery and the Capital Theatre, the VAC is a multipurpose visual arts facility. The award winning building, designed by architect Peter Elliott, features two galleries, two sculpture courtyards, a tiered auditorium, meeting room and an artist-in-residence apartment and studio. There is a strong indoor outdoor relationship between spaces which provides a dynamic setting for staff, students, visiting artists and the public.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, weekends 12 noon to 5 pm.

The galleries

In 2017 the LAI will continue to deliver an exciting and dynamic exhibition program.

2017 VAC exhibition program

The VAC will not be calling for exhibition proposals for next year. To commemorate La Trobe University's 50th anniversary the 2017 program will include an ambitious exhibition highlighting the University's Collections. With other commitments, including a reunion exhibition featuring 10 artists who have participated in the Ateneo de Manila University Artist in Residence Program since 2005, the VAC has no capacity to accept applications.
News regarding opportunities to be involved in 2018 exhibition and events programming will be released later in 2017.

Proposals are considered from local, national, and international artists, curators and arts organisations based on the quality of submissions, originality and innovation, and relevance to contemporary ideas and art practice.

Download floor plans for Gallery One [PDF 71KB] and Gallery Two [PDF 293KB] and the External Sculpture Courtyard [PDF 833KB].

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