The growth of arts and culture in Bendigo led Fitzroy’s Alcaston Gallery director to take part in an exhibition in Bendigo.
Alcaston Gallery director Beverly Knight, who grew up in Tarnagulla and is very familiar with the Bendigo arts scene, will launch an exhibition at Bendigo’s newest art gallery, Gallery 369, this Saturday.
“The Bendigo Art Gallery has done such great job, even back when Tony Elwood was there. They have put themselves on the map,” Ms Knight said. “I was amazed on Monday (while hanging the exhibition) at how many tourists came into the store to see what was happening.”
Gallery 369 is located in Valentine’s Antiques in Hargreaves Street. It was unveiled at the start of the year.
The new exhibition Provenance Does Matter: Living with Contemporary Art features a number of artists who show work at the Alcaston Gallery.
Central Victorian artists Judy Holding and Dean Smith are also featured in the exhibition.
“It was definitely a conscious decision to include those two central Victorian artists,” Ms Knight said.
“Judy Holding was born in Bendigo and now lives in Casltemaine as does Dean Smith. It was an easy choice.
“(Alcaston) Gallery also represents Indigenous artists and artists from the Pacfic region who live in Australia.”
Provenance Does Matter also examines how how classic furniture can match with contemporary art.
“That's how live my life and I think it works like a dream and that they are made for each other,” Ms Knight said.
“It is also an interest for people to support artists at a primary level.”
Ms Knight said Bendigo and Castlemaine were regional areas that had worked hard to develop their arts scenes.
“With the two combined, I don’t think there is anything like it anywhere like in Australia,” she said.
“Some regional galleries, like Shepparton’s SAM have done a great job in the traffic and type of exhibitions they are having.
“Maybe it’s because I have spent my life going through Bendigo but things like the food and coffee, everything like that make the city amazing.”
Exhibition coordinator James Dunn said he was excited to work with the Alcaston Gallery director Beverley Knight.
“I had hoped to partner with her for this exhibition and she was very keen to support the space,” he said.
Provenance Does Matter: Living with Contemporary Art opens on Saturday, July 2, at Gallery 369 in Valentine’s Antiques, Hargreaves Street.
Casltemaine artist Dean Smith and Alcaston Gallery director Beverly Knight will be at the launch.