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 each year. This artist works closely with curatorial staff at the Gallery to develop their proposed exhibition toward its final outcome.
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. This year, we are looking forward to the major sculptural installation Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) by Kyneton based artist Jud Wimhurst.