Artist finds Babylon in Bendigo

Do not let the black clothing fool you. Fiona Smith is all colour. That mural she’s standing in front of? That’s her inner world, broken free. That’s the King of Babylon, riding a giraffe. It’s Bendigo’s latest Instagram-worthy work of art, on an historic brick wall of the city's newest bar. “It was all I’d... Continue Reading →

Portrait of an exhibiting artist

We drop into the Phyllis Palmer Gallery this week to witness the final commitment for our third-year creative arts students, but for Bethany Mansfield, it's far from the last hurrah. On Friday the bachelor and honours students will launch their graduate exhibition and publicly present themselves to the community as artists, designers and photographers. “I... Continue Reading →

Taking tea with Julie Andrews

How does a person go from pottering with paint at home to landing some of the city’s biggest art commissions? We’ve met Julie Andrews in Chancery Lane to find out. El Gordo Café serves proper pot tea for the occasion, but that’s not the only draw card in meeting here. Just outside the café door... Continue Reading →

Creative life change brings big rewards

Creative arts student Ceardai Demelza’s experiences over the past 18 months are a lesson in how to change your life, starting with a name change. “Another artist who’d changed their name inspired me to do the same,” she said. “Ceardai is an Irish Gaelic word that means artist or artisan.” It makes sense, given creativity... Continue Reading →

Cheerio studio

It’s often said the rural Victorian landscape is a patchwork quilt. Keely Letson sits and stitches it in the corridor between the campus art studios. Fat squares of canola yellow, reminiscent of her favourite view back home. The artwork will soon hang alongside the work of 21 of Keely's peers for their final year exhibition. Keely... Continue Reading →

Material girls

We’re at Morley’s Emporium, central Bendigo, and the soundtrack to Monday is on high rotation. “We don’t usually play Beyoncé, but we’re closed today,” says Jodie Wiegard. “Our music is usually a little more edgy, but on Mondays I like a bit of cheeky Beyoncé. A bit of Kylie. We’ve been singing all morning.” Jodie... Continue Reading →

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