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A BIG ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Collective vision: 130 years
4 March – 28 May 2017
Next year, Bendigo Art Gallery will celebrates 130 years with a dynamic new
exhibition of historic, contemporary, curious, significant, and much-loved fa-
vorites from the Gallery’s renowned collection.
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, in-
cluding a major new $8.5 million extension in 2014, which more than doubled the
Gallery’s exhibition space.
Today, Bendigo Art Gallery is Australia’s largest regional gallery, known for deliver-
ing 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 commu-
nity change as well as the evolution of the Gallery itself, the curatorial team will take
a fresh approach to presenting the immense variety of items acquired, purchased
and donated throughout the Gallery’s long history.
Gimme Freedom (or gimme death): Jud Wimhurst
5 November 2016 – 12 February 2017
In Jud Wimhurst’s major new sculptural installation Gimme Freedom (or gimme
death), two opposing teams of oversized toy soldiers engage in a fictitious battle.
Each team is outfitted in the corporate colours of an iconic fast food empire and
fight with impotent weapons of mass consumption. The messy scene is ultimate-
ly frivolous, highlighting the excess and wastefulness of our contemporary lives
Like many of his works Jud utilises humor to draw attention to serious matters. In
Gimme Freedom (or gimme death), he probes the darker side of consumerism
and the artifice of freedom and happiness it promises. He questions if we really
do have as much choice as we think we do and if this choice actually brings us
freedom? If so, do we take this freedom for granted and in the Western world are
we so distracted by the daily entourage of small choices (like what we will have for
lunch) that we are missing the bigger picture?
guided gold fossicking tours so you’ll not be digging alone!
You will also discover a rich historical timeline in Bendigo, belonging to the sixteen
Aboriginal clans of the JaaraJaara country and shared with the strong Chinese
influences of the 1800s.
Wine and beer tasting
Sample some of Australia’s best wine at more than 60 cellar doors across the
Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Between February and April, you can expe-
rience the latest vintage being harvested.
If a cold craft beer is more your style, then you are in luck! The craft beer scene
in Bendigo is considered the best in regional Australia so youwill want to get
amongst it at one of the 60 venues in the area serving up the best brews in the
WHERE TO STAY
The Schaller Studio, part of the Art Series Hotel Group, is the place to stay when
visiting Bendigo. Drawing from the art and culture of the area, the hotel is inspired
by Mark Schaller’s working studio.
You can fully immerse yourself in the artsy feel of The Schaller Studio by taking an
art tour or a stroll around the artisan markets nearby. Hire one of the hotel bicycles
or Smart cars to zip around town and take in as many of the local sights as you
can. Once back at your digs you can kick back and enjoy a local brew or two.
Perfection. ( artserieshotels.com.au/schaller/ )
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