Kay Abude Facade

La Trobe Art Institute is La Trobe University’s centre of contemporary art, curatorial practices, engagement and cultural collections. Through arts and culture, we give expression to links between research, student experience, industry, community and geography. As both physical site and growing network, partnerships with creative, academic and local communities are key to our work.

Our mission is to foster artistic and intellectual exchange. Our Peter Elliott-designed premises in the Bendigo CBD include two galleries, a tiered auditorium, apartment, studio, common area, meeting room and outdoor courtyards. Our program includes exhibitions, film series, residencies, lectures and forums, professional development, cultural exchange and social events that support community advocacy and debate. Admission is always free.

La Trobe Art Institute was established in 2013. Our work continues the dynamic legacy of the university’s commitment to visual arts including through teaching, collections (established in 1966) and dedicated art galleries (since 1982).

La Trobe Art Institute is a member of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) and University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).

Our programs

La Trobe Art Institute presents an annual curated program of four exhibitions as well as stand-alone curated and artist-led projects in the building’s indoor and outdoor spaces including our street-facing fa├žade. Through experimental art projects, research and hospitality, we foster public appreciation, debate and creative thinking about contemporary art.

Our projects are realised in close collaboration with artists. They reflect Victoria’s cultural diversity, and connect with new directions in international art. Open to all from Tuesday to Sunday with free admission, we offer social spaces, arts experiences (exhibitions, films), education (professional development, internships and work experience) and cultural events that support community advocacy and debate (talks, forums, reading groups).

Our work extends beyond Bendigo to La Trobe’s Melbourne and four Victorian regional campuses. We manage the university’s eight art collections and provide curatorial expertise and resources in exhibition development, display and mediation, publishing and interpretation. La Trobe Art Institute also supports the university’s major partnerships through alliances with cultural institutions including Bendigo Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and the Islamic Museum of Australia.

Plan your visit

La Trobe Art Institute is situated in the Bendigo CBD arts precinct at 121 View Street, opposite Bendigo Art Gallery. We’re open to visitors Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 to 5pm. Monday by appointment. Admission is always free.

Contact us: +61 03 5444 7272 or email lai@latrobe.edu.au

Image: Kay Abude, WORK WORTH DOING, 2019, performance documentation, digital photograph on adhesive vinyl 740x430 cm. Photo: Ian Hill