Graduates at cutting edge of art

Phyllis Palmer Gallery

This Friday sees the culmination of three years of hard work for the graduating students in La Trobe University’s Visual Arts and Graphic Design. Their graduating exhibition, Holding the Line, will open this Friday November 23rd at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery on La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus.

Phyllis-Palmer-Gallery-250The students have produced works that are sometimes powerful, other times quietly contemplative but always intensely personal. There is a deep overriding connection with the self in the art and design work that shows through within the individual works, giving the exhibition as a whole an almost symphonic resonance as the individual narratives gradually enter the viewers’ cognitive understanding.

Obvious connections to place, time, division and personal history morph into something larger, with the occasional risqué reference to conquests and reflective inquiries abstracting the viewer from their quiet contemplation.

Tony Conway, Lecturer and Acting Program Convenor of Visual Arts and Design at La Trobe Bendigo, is immensely proud of the work his students have created and the diligence they have shown in their respective arts practices.

“The work on display this year is indicative of high-end contemporary art and design outcomes from around Australia and the world. A key part of our curriculum is to develop the students’ individual voice as an artist or designer, this work has paid off with a very diverse showing of works highlighting the talents of each student. It has been a pleasure to see them develop over the years and to see them finish with work of this calibre is truly rewarding,” Mr Conway said.

“All facets of artistic practice are on display ranging between photography, sculpture, painting, installation, printmaking, graphic design and hybrid forms,” he added.

Councillor Rod Fyffe will open the exhibition this Friday 23 November at 7pm in the Phyllis Palmer Gallery and Graphic Design building on the Edwards Road campus and run until November 30. The exhibition is available for viewing between 9.00am and 5.00pm weekdays.

For further details or to RSVP for the opening event, contact the School of Communication & Critical Enquiry, 
La Trobe University on 03 5444 7217 or email
What: Holding the Line
When: Opens Friday 23 November at 7pm. Runs until 30 November 2012
Where: Phyllis Palmer Gallery and Graphic Design building, Edwards Road campus, La Trobe University, Bendigo
Details: Gallery open 9am – 5pm weekdays. Free admission
Contact: 03 5444 7217 or

Media enquiries:

Penny Underwood or John Myers
T 03 9818 8540 | M 0409 215 120

Tony Conway, Acting Program Convenor, Visual Art & Design
T 03 5444 7217