STUDENTS from across the state visited the Bendigo Art Gallery recently to hear celebrated photographic artist Bill Henson speak about his work.
The internationally acclaimed artist has had a large suite of works on display at the gallery that has attracted visits from many school groups.
Bendigo Art Gallery director Karen Quinlan said Henson’s presentation was a great opportunity for students to find out more about his work.
“It’s an opportunity for students to ask all those questions they’ve always wanted to ask Bill Henson.
“Questions about his work, how he does it, why he does it, technical questions, the meaning of his work,” she said.
“I think Bill likes to be able to explain to that particular age group because obviously his subject matter focuses very much on that age group.
“So it’s an opportunity to get dialogue happening.”
Ms Quinlan said it was always fantastic to hear an artist speak about their work.
“The artist can speak to the work in a better way than we can,” she said.
“I think people are intrigued by his work and it’s a great way to find out more about what’s behind it.
“He’s a world-class, internationally renowned artist and he’s Australian.
“The country should be very proud of him because he’s a great ambassador for Australia too.”