Graduate Art Show in Bendigo

More than 20 students from La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Creative Arts will showcase their work as part of the 2018 Graduate Exhibition at the Bendigo campus’ Phyllis Palmer Gallery and Graphic Design Building.

Vertices features a dynamic array of pieces across visual arts, photography and graphic design.

The exhibition will be opened by La Trobe Bendigo’s Head of Campus, Mr Robert Stephenson, and will include an address by Bendigo Art Gallery curator, Emma Busowsky Cox.

La Trobe’s Lecturer, Visual Arts, Dr Caroline Wallace, said the exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the talents of Bendigo’s emerging creative professionals.

“We are always impressed by the standard of student work presented in the Graduate Exhibition, and this year is no exception,” she said.

“Each student has developed their own body of work, the culmination of years of undergraduate study and independent inquiry,” Dr Wallace said.

“This is a great chance for our students to share their creative work with the broader Bendigo community, and celebrate their accomplishments in an exhibition that they have planned and staged,”
she said.

One of the exhibiting students, Danika Tayte, said that through her art she focuses on articulating her own lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“I aim to inform others of both the frustration and confusion of daily life, and the sensory overload experienced by hypersensitive people,” she said.

In her time preparing for the exhibition, Danika covered her studio space at La Trobe in one long continuous ‘squiggle’, which took more than 30 hours to complete.

“I would do it when I was feeling overwhelmed, and it would help calm me down and make me feel centred,” she said.

“Other students come in and find it a bit intense and overwhelming, which I think is great – because that’s the same way I’m feeling a lot of the time,” she said.

Awards will also be presented for categories including best overall student, and best student in each of the three disciplines – visual arts, graphic design and photography.