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Going Solo

Information on the 2019 Going Solo program will be available in September 2018.

2018 Going Solo artist

Bendigo Art Gallery will be working with local artist Jessie Boylan as the 2018 Going Solo artist. Working closely with gallery curators Jessie will produce an ambitious new body of work to be presented in a solo exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2018. 

Jessie is a photomedia artist based in Castlemaine. Through her thought-provoking work, she explores issues relating to human impacts on the land and communities in relation to environmental and social devastation. Considering human persistence, resilience and resistance in the face of adversity, Jessie applies a documentary approach to her subject matter. In the development and production of her work, Jessie engages directly with communities affected by disasters and emergencies - both natural and man-made - including climate change, biodiversity loss, earthquakes, floods, fires, droughts and nuclear testing programs.

Jessie is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group who aim to render visible all aspects of the nuclear age and is a key artist in Nuclear Futures, an Australia Council-funded community arts project, which is exploring the legacy of the nuclear age through creative arts.


2017 Going Solo artist Louiseann King is currently working on the development of an immersive sculptural installation to be exhibited at the gallery at the end of this year in the exhibition Arbor temporis momentum.


Bendigo Art Gallery has played a key role in the development of the cultural landscape of central Victoria and has a long history of supporting the diverse creative practices of artists living and working in this region. In 2014 the Gallery reinforced its commitment to showcasing the best of local contemporary art through the special initiative Going Solo. As part of this initiative, a dedicated timeframe is set aside each year to showcase the work of an exemplary contemporary artist at the Gallery.

Going Solo provides the unique opportunity for an individual artist living and working in central Victoria to produce a significant work or body of works to be exhibited at Bendigo Art Gallery. Going Solo is an open call via application with one artist chosen for each year. Chosen artists work closely with curatorial staff at the Gallery to develop their proposed exhibition toward its final outcome. Reflecting on the process to date, this year the Gallery has made the decision to extend the lead time for the development of Going Solo exhibitions. Chosen artists will now have more than 18 months to develop their work toward its final exhibition. This extended timeframe allows artists to confidently propose ambitious work, engage deeply with conceptual concerns and if desired, experiment with new materials and processes to extend their practice.

The Going Solo series formalises Bendigo Art Gallery’s commitment to fostering and promoting the careers of regionally based artists and encouraging the local art scene to flourish. The inaugural recipient of this exhibition opportunity was photographer Carolyn Dew, whose solo exhibition The Artificial Kingdom was shown at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2014. In 2015, the Gallery was pleased to present the work of contemporary painter Karen Annett-Thomas in her solo exhibition Out of Winter. In 2016, Kyneton based artist Jud Wimhurst's major sculptural installation Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) was on display in our Hon Howard Nathan Gallery.



Images (top to bottom):

Jud Wimhurst, Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) (detail), 2016
Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ian Hill

Karen Annett-Thomas, November 2035 (detail), 2015
Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ian Hill

Carolyn Dew, Spheres of sleep (detail), 2014
Image courtesy of the artist