About La Trobe Art Institute

La Trobe Art Institute is La Trobe University’s centre for contemporary art and curatorial practice. We are the custodians of the University’s art collections. Based at 121 View Street, Bendigo, we work across the University’s Victorian campuses.

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 façade. 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.

Image: Kay Abude, WORK WORTH DOING (performance documentation), 2019, digital photograph on adhesive vinyl, 740 x 430 cm. Photo: Ian Hill