Australiana: Designing a Nation, Bendigo Art Gallery 18 March to 25 June 2023, Emma Busowsky
Bendigo Art Gallery has drawn on its collections, the Australiana Fund, other collections and especially the National Gallery of Victoria to mount a new survey of Australiana from British settlement to today. Obviously it cannot cover every aspect of Australiana, nor every way artists and craftspeople have used Australian raw materials or adapted Australian motifs into the European art and design tradition, but the show will start a new conversation. We congratulate the National Gallery of Victoria for sharing its collection with Bendigo Art Gallery and the curator, Emma Busowsky, on undertaking the daunting task, as well as bringing a new perspective to the subject. Cleverly displaying recent material adds a fun, nostalgic element to the show for many visitors.