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Letters to the Living

A time capsule is opened after 2070.  Inside are letters that contain stories of hope, banal details of everyday life and perhaps even fearful predictions. They are written by parents in 2017 and are addressed to their children, some of whom will have become parents or even grandparents themselves.

Parents of young children in Bendigo are invited to write a letter for the time capsule, which will be displayed as part of the New Histories exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery in 2018. 

Letters to the Living is a project by artist Gabrielle de Vietri conceived as a response to the historic painting Homeless (1890) by Thomas Kennington. The project is part of New Histories, an exhibition commissioning ten contemporary artists to respond to ten historic works from the Gallery’s collection, launching in April 2018.

Join artist Gabrielle de Vietri for a letter-writing workshop, including group activities, structured discussion, guided futuring, writing and drawing exercises. Participants will gradually create a meaningful and unique historical document for their children to discover many years later.

We encourage parents, carers and guardians from all backgrounds and diverse family arrangements to participate. Participants can choose to audio record their letter in any language instead of, or as well as, writing their letter.

With permission from participants, letters may be exhibited, broadcast on radio, and all will be included in the registered time capsule.


2.30-4pm Thursday 23 November  Booked out!
10.30am-12pm & 2.30-4pm Friday 24 November
10.30am-12pm  & 2.30-4pm Saturday 25 November  Booked out!

Light refreshments provided. Auslan and other language interpreted workshops offered.

FREE – Places limited, registrations essential.


Image: Thomas Kennington, Homeless, 1890, oil on canvas, Collection of Bendigo Art Gallery, Purchased 1906

Event details

Date & Time:
Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street, Bendigo
Space is Limited, registrations essential via the registration link above