Bendigo Art Gallery - Art Collector

Bendigo Art Gallery. Photograph: John Gollings

Established in 1887, Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia. The gallery’s collection is extensive, with an emphasis on 19th century European art and Australian art from the 1800s onwards, alongside a strong collection of contemporary Australian art. The collection is complimented by dynamic temporary exhibitions from national and international artists. There is also a diverse range of public programs and events - guest speaker programs, floor talks, artist talks, guided tours, workshops, talks by arts professionals, family and children’s programs, education programs, film screenings and more.

The collection

Bendigo Art Gallery has some remarkable paintings, sculptures and decorative arts reflecting European salon trends of the mid to late 19th century. The gallery also hold many works by 19th century Australian artists, including those who documented the history of Bendigo. Today the gallery is focused on building a strong collection of contemporary Australian art.

Art awards

The gallery offers three major prizes. The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is held every second year and is an acquisitive award worth $50,000. The Paul Guest Prize is also held every second year and is a non-acquisitive award worth $12,000. Recently, the Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award has been added to the program - it offers various prizes for both professional and student entrants.


Becoming a member of the gallery provides a number of benefits including invitations to exhibition openings, public programs and artists’ talks. Members also receive a quarterly newsletter, discounts in the gallery shop and cafe, and special offers for exhibitions and events. For more information click here.

Visitor information

Bendigo Art Gallery has a gallery shop with an array of beautiful gift ideas and a gallery cafe, which is open Wednesday to Sunday and overlooks the historic Rosalind Park - for bookings phone 03 5441 8896.

Bendigo Art Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop
  • Cafe
  • Gallery shop

Bendigo Art Gallery
42 View Street
Bendigo VIC 3550

Phone: 03 5434 6088
Fax: 03 5443 6586
Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm. Closed Christmas day.