Last chance to view Bendigo Art Gallery's Collective Vision

LAST CHANCE: This weekend is the last opportunity to view the outstanding exhibition Collective Vision: 130 years at Bendigo Art Gallery.
LAST CHANCE: This weekend is the last opportunity to view the outstanding exhibition Collective Vision: 130 years at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Sunday is the last opportunity to view the outstanding exhibition Collective Vision: 130 years at Bendigo Art Gallery.

This exhibition marks the 130th anniversary of the gallery and to celebrate the occasion this extensive exhibition draws exclusively from our renowned collection.

The exhibition features a thematic display of historic, contemporary, curious, significant, and much-loved favourites. 

Founded in 1887, the gallery was officially launched in refurbished Volunteer Rifles orderly rooms in 1890. 

Two new courts were added eight years later, designed in the grand European tradition with polished wood floors and ornate plaster arches and cornices. 

Since then, two contemporary wings have also been added, including a major extension in 2014, which more than doubled the gallery’s exhibition space. 

Today, Bendigo Art Gallery is Australia’s largest regional gallery, known for delivering an ambitious exhibition program, as well as significant cultural and economic benefits for the city.

Considering 130 years of collecting in the context of social, artistic and community change, as well as the evolution of the gallery itself, Collective Vision: 130 Years showcases the immense variety of items acquired, purchased and donated throughout the gallery’s long history.

Visitors can see new acquisitions alongside some of the first ever works acquired by the founders of the gallery in 1887 demonstrating the gallery’s ongoing commitment to acquiring works of national and international significance by Australia’s leading artists.

The exhibition is spread across all spaces within the gallery and includes more than 800 objects drawn exclusively from the collection.

Visitors to the exhibition will encounter a number of interactive spaces throughout the gallery.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in the sketchbook project and meander through the gallery and sketch an artwork, a self-portrait, draw an eighteenth century marble, try their hand at arranging a still life in the Pop-up Studio under the shimmering optical backdrop of our Kerrie Poliness Blue Wall Drawing or compose some magnetic poetry using the titles of artworks from the collection.

Want to know more about the works on display?

Each day our team of volunteer guides offer free highlights of the collection at 11am and 2pm.

Collective Vision concludes this Sunday, May 28.

The Bendigo Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm. Entry by donation.

Tours of the permanent collection daily at 2pm.