LA TROBE University and Bendigo Art gallery have struck up an exciting new partnership.
The two organisations have come together to develop integrated learning programs that will allow the university to use the gallery collection and international exhibitions as a reference point and teaching resource.
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in mentorship programs with gallery staff, internships and joint research projects.
In return the gallery will be able to draw on the university’s experts and global networks to enhance the public education programs.
The organisations are working together
In recognition of the new ties the Bendigo Art Gallery has named the central space in its new $8.5 million extension the La Trobe University Gallery.
La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar, who visited Bendigo this week to look at the new wing, said it was "very exciting".
“I think this is the first time Bendigo Art Gallery has partnered with an educational institution and I am delighted it is us," he said.
“It is one of the great cultural resources of Victoria, and Bendigo in particular, drawing visitors and audiences from across the country.
“La Trobe University too has a strong local presence, but with an international reputation and network.
“Supporting the arts and culture is part of how we see our role in this community.
“We will be able to offer our students work experience that is unparalleled.”
Gallery director Karen Quinlan said she was “thrilled” to offer local students access to the exhibition, collections and knowledge.
“It allows for greater engagement with the university which is important to us.
“It makes perfect sense for us to work together.
“On our doorstep we have students that we would like to see in the gallery.
“La Trobe’s Bendigo campus is, like the gallery, an important part of the cultural fabric of Bendigo, and this partnership will also mean new programs for the wider community and greater delivery outcomes for both of us.”