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Published January 1st 2019
There is so much to do this January at Bendigo Gallery
Art galleries are often the height of entertainment for me as I love to see both old masters and modern exhibitions. If ever I have nothing to do, I will head straight to an art gallery as I can take my time and wander around at my own pace, be that fast or slow. It is also a cool place to be in the height of our summer and you can have lunch or a snack afterwards or in between!
This is an outing that I prefer to do on my own as my interests and the time I spend looking at one item usually differs from that of my friend's interests.
Bendigo Art Gallery and the La Trobe Art Institute have some very worthwhile exhibitions and workshops to attend this January.
Make sure you make a booking where required and do so as soon as possible as some of these events will definitely sell out!
1. SILENT DISCO COLLECTION TOURS Silent disco will be on Thursday 10th January until Friday 11th January, from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. This will be taken by Vern Hardie and you can join a 20-minute silent disco tour of the Gallery's collection over two days. You will see the artworks on display in a totally different way, with selected music from the 70s right through to modern music.
The silent disco is an ideal outing during the school holidays - all you need do is put on your headphones and dance to your heart's content! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential, the cost is $5 and you can make your booking by phoning 54346088.
2. HOLIDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM This will be held from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 24th January. You can book one of these holiday workshops or simply drop in for Open Range Art, NGV Kids on Tour. These programs are for children from 4 to 14 years of age.
3. HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS 4 - 7 YEARS The cost of these holiday workshops is $7.90 per session. All children participating in these workshops must be accompanied by an adult.
The following is your choice of workshops: Inspired by Frida – Portraits At this workshop, you will be able to see the photos of Frida, her family and friends. Then at the Gallery art space children can look at some of Frida's self-portraits with animals and find out all about the stories behind them. They can then do their own self-portraits with animals.
11.00 am – 12.00 pm on Tuesday 22nd January
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd January
4. MEXICAN FOLK CRAFTS
In this workshop, children will hear a bit about Frida's home in Mexico. They will then go on to make some traditional Mexican crafts. One of these crafts will be a folk art mirror in the shape of a sun. For the second craft, the children will create Mexican paper flags out of tissue paper. These flags are traditionally made for festivals.
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm on Tuesday 22nd January
11.00 am – 12.00 noon on Wednesday 23rd January
Holiday Workshops 8 – 14 years
The cost of this holiday workshop is $11.20 per session.
5. STORIES OF THE SUN - PRINTMAKING
Frida Kahlo and Australian printmaker Christian Waller use the sun in many of their artworks as they consider this an important symbol in their artwork. Before embarking on this workshop, the children will first go and see the exhibitions about these women and hear about some of the stories they told using the sun and other celestial symbols.
They will then go on to create a sun of their own design. When they have made their designs, children will then be taught how to transfer these designs onto lino and cut the block. They will then be able to fix the ink so that they can print their own original works!
11.00 am – 12.30 pm on Thursday 24th January
1.30 pm – 3.00 pm on Thursday 24th January
You MUST make your bookings for these workshops and you can do so by phoning 5434 6088.
6. OPEN RANGE ART - FEATURING NGV KIDS ON TOUR
This will be on Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th January, from 11 am to 1 pm. No bookings are necessary for this event, just drop into the Gallery and explore the tables where you do art. Here there will be stocks of papers, tapes, pencils and art tools. The program was invented so that children would learn to be creative and inventive. During these holidays, this program will also incorporate NGV Kids on Tour.
NGV Kids on Tour
Children's activities inspired by exhibitions from the NGV. The activities include:
Build Your Own Town
Dogs' Life with William Wegman
7. FREE SCREENINGS: FRIDA KAHLO: BETWEEN PAIN AND PLEASURE
This will be on Saturday 19th January at La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo. This features great personalities from Mexican Art and it is all about Frida's magical artistry. You will get an insight into her spirit and get to understand the painful reality of her difficult life. There are also old footage and interviews with those who knew the artist well.
9. SELF GUIDED TOURS FOR FAMILIES
This is, as the name implies, a tour that you can do with your family and it is not organised. Here you can go on an activity trail starting at the reception area and go on to view key works that are in the Gallery's own collection.
10. JESSIE BOYLAN: RUPTURE
This free exhibition has already started and will go on until 10th February. This work is a collaboration between Jessie Boylan who is a "trauma-informed psychotherapist", Jenna Tuke, a digital media artist, Linda Dement and writer and performer Virginia Barratt.
Jessie has produced an enterprising new lot of work, entitled Rupture, and you can read more about this artist here.