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Going Solo

Applications for the 2018 Going Solo exhibition opportunity are now closed.


Applications open 28 November 2016
Applications to be received at Bendigo Art Gallery by 4pm Friday 17 March 2017
Artists shortlisted by 4 April 2017
Selected artist announced April 2017


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. Kyneton based artist Jud Wimhurst's major new sculptural installation Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) is currently on display in our Hon Howard Nathan Gallery until 12 February 2017.

Bendigo Art Gallery is pleased to announce Louiseann King as the 2017 Going Solo artist. Selected from the 2016 Going Solo applications, Louiseann is currently working on the development of an immersive sculptural installation to be exhibited at the Gallery at the end of 2017.

Clare Needham, Curator
T 03 5434 6179
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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