New arts space opens

SHOWCASE: Bendigo artist Julie Andrews is showing her artwork at new arts space Exhibit B. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

SHOWCASE: Bendigo artist Julie Andrews is showing her artwork at new arts space Exhibit B. Picture: CHRIS PEDLER

AN ARTS concept developed in 2016 will come to completion next week.

Exhibit B is a permanent arts space developed in Bendigo Bank Central (formerly known as Fountain Court).

City of Greater Bendigo arts and culture coordinator Maree Tonkin said Exhibit B will support local artists by providing new and much needed exhibition space in the heart of Bendigo.

“The original concept has now evolved even further to become a permanent display space with Bendigo Bank Central on an ongoing basis which is fantastic news for local artists,” she said.

“Exhibit B has been transformed into a window display space located at Bendigo Bank Central.”

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank national leasing manager Cindy Lazenby said the plan to re-invigorate the arcade had taken about six months.

“This was a static space and we decided it need reinvigorating,” she said.

“The walls are getting painted in a softer colour, the lighting will be adjusted and the whole space will be used more than it has been.”

The bank has previously used vacant shops as temporary, pop-up stores.

“One of the shops in High Street has been vacant but had a temporary hairdresser in there and is now being used as an art space,” Ms Lazenby said.

“We want to keep the area vibrant. It will be good having different artists rather than something static. We want people moving around the area.”

Bendigo artist Julie Andrews said it was terrific to see a new arts space being developed.

Andrews’ exhibition – I Wonder If the Beach Misses Me – will be on display in Exhibit B until July 3.

“It’s a unique space and it's incredible that it is such a showcased area where the public can stop and look,” she said.

“Wherever I go people talk about Bendigo being about the arts. They know about the art galleries but this is another way of connecting with local artists. 

“In city known for art, a space like this makes art more accessible.”

Andrews will launch her exhibition on June 16.