posted on 09 Apr 21 | by Explore Bendigo

If you are an art admirer, Bendigo is the place for you. Earning the title of regional Victoria’s premier arts and cultural destination, Bendigo is bursting with galleries and art studios for you to explore. There are dozens of studios and galleries across the Bendigo region showcasing artists who work in mediums including glass, paint, metal, printmaking and pottery.

Here are our must-see studios and galleries to add to your Bendigo Art Tour!

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Yvonne George Sculpture Studio

Sculpture lovers unite! Yvonne George's studio located at Bendigo Pottery is an opportunity to see sculptures in the making, as well as finding that special piece for your house or garden.  Yvonne’s is a dog lover, so you can expect to find dog sculptures at her gallery, alongside other works inspired largely by nature. Her sculptures have earned Yvonne global renown, with public commissions to be found from Bendigo’s Chancery Lane, to housing estates in Wodonga and even a winery in Italy! 

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Valentine’s Antique Gallery

Located in the heart of Bendigo's Arts Precinct, in one of Central Victoria's grandest heritage listed buildings, lies the beautiful Valentines Antique Gallery. Not only is Valentines Antique Gallery home to high-end antiques sourced from all over the world, it also incorporates a contemporary Gallery and Residential Artist Space, exhibiting affordable and collectible art, that is aimed to be enjoyed in your home now as well as a great investment long term. This beautiful business is a one stop shop!

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Gail Tavener Studio

One of Bendigo's treasures, the award winning Artist Gail Tavener's home studio is an Australian art lovers dream come true. Gail specialises in a diverse selection of traditional, realist, illustrational and contemporary style of paintings inspired by all things Australia. Some of her inspiration comes from Australian landscapes, seascapes, flowers, native florals, city streetscapes and typical Aussie farms and buildings. 

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Bendigo Pottery

Immerse yourself in arts, crafts and antiques at the famous Bendigo Pottery. Wander around the extensive sales gallery featuring a huge range of traditional and contemporary ceramics, or
explore the new Antiques & Collectables Centre with over 40 individual sites under the one roof. Visit one of the smaller studio galleries including artists in textiles, metal sculptures, glass beads, printmaking, photography, painting & jewellery.

There really is so much to do and see! 

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LLanvair H.R

Another beautiful gallery located in Bendigo's Arts Precinct is LLanvair H.R, a must-see store for our fashion and art lovers. Experience first hand the unique creations of internationally recognised artist Helena Richardson-Collins. 

Some of Helena's stunning work includes framed silk landscapes, handmade felt garments, as well as wearable silk 'Australian landscape inspired' fashion garments which incorporate the most stunning Italian fabrics. You can also browse through a wide range of textured oil and acrylic paintings.

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The Forest Gallery

Nestled in the Wellsford Forest, fifteen minutes from the Bendigo CBD, lies the Forest Gallery. Owned and operated by Internationally recognised Artist Terry Jarvis, and his talented partner Michelle Kent, the gallery features watercolour landscapes and handmade crafts. Stay and enjoy the beautiful homestead the gallery is located on, which is surrounded by a large bush cottage garden. They even have a lovely little menagerie of animals to meet and large lawn areas to sit, or play outdoor games on.

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The Mill Castlemaine

A creative wonderland for foodies, art admirers and seekers of the collectable and curious. Browse through the vintage precinct— home of Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar and Platform No. 5—where a multitude of stallholders sell vintage, upcycled, handmade and second-hand goods. Meander around the artisan precinct and observe artists at work in quirky art spaces. This destination truly is Castlemaine creativity at its finest! 

 

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