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La Trobe Art Institute (LAI) stands on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

LAI can be imagined as La Trobe University’s public-facing hub of arts practices, engagement and cultural collections.

With art and artists at the centre of everything we do, our vision is to support La Trobe’s presence in our regions by linking university research, student experience, industry, geographical area and community. As both a physical site and a growing network, La Trobe, industry and community partnerships are key. LAI supports the university’s partnership goals through alliances with major cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Bendigo Art Gallery and the Islamic Museum of Australia.

LAI is a civic gathering place that fosters artistic and intellectual exchange through collaboration. Situated in the Bendigo CBD arts precinct, opposite Bendigo Art Gallery in View Street, our premises include two galleries, an auditorium, meeting room, artist’s studio, apartment and outdoor courtyards.

Open Tuesday to Sunday with free admission, LAI offers social spaces, arts experiences (exhibitions, films), education (professional development, internships) and cultural events that support community advocacy and debate (talks, symposiums, reading groups). We will grow our future programs with the aim of increasing La Trobe University’s regional reputation and profile, enhancing student life and developing community engagement with contemporary art.


Accommodating up to 90 people, our fully equipped auditorium provides an intimate space for conversations, film screenings, lectures and symposia. We develop and deliver programs related to our exhibitions, collections and broader cultural discourse; we present programs in collaboration with our industry partners; we host public events and subjects offered by La Trobe researchers and lecturers; and we provide space for like-organisations and community groups to gather, converse and engage with arts and culture.

Meeting space

Discretely situated at the rear of our building and opening onto our leafy outdoor courtyard, our meeting space offers a comfortable and inspiring space for planning meetings, small reading groups, writing retreats, event break-out and team building.

Gathering Spaces

Supplementing our gallery spaces, auditorium, studio and meeting space are a series of light-filled courtyards. These spaces, along with our large central foyer act as common areas where exhibitions occasionally spill out, events take place and people informally gather.

Our apartment

This unique facility enables us to host artists, researchers and cultural practitioners as they visit, explore and undertake focussed research in our region. Guests stay with us, meet new people, think, create and converse – there is no obligation to exhibit or publish final output, instead we encourage the development of relationships and seeding of new ideas. Our resident artists are welcomed into discussions with our curatorial team, La Trobe staff and students, local industry and community.

LAI supports two six-week artist residencies per year in addition to partnering with other arts and cultural organisations to bring creative people to our region.


For further information, to discuss your event requirements or make a booking, contact us at lai@latrobe.edu.au or telephone the Events Co-ordinator on (03) 5444 7272.