Brian Figg and Des Samson.


MORE than 840 works of art have been installed in the Bendigo Town Hall as part of the 50th anniversary Bendigo Rotary Easter Art Show.One of the traditional highlights of the city’s Easter festivities, the annual event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1968 when 244 paintings were featured in the first exhibition at the Queen Victoria Gardens on Pall Mall.

Since then, the art show has raised more than $750,000 for local charities and causes, under the stewardship of the Rotary Club of Bendigo.

This year, well-known local artist Nicholas Truscott will be the celebrated artist in residence as part of the Easter extravaganza overseen by Rotarian Brian Figg, with entries submitted by artists from the local region, southern New South Wales, Melbourne and Geelong.

Once again, there will be four major prizes on offer worth $1500 each, thanks to the support of William Farmer, The Bendigo Club, CR Martin Real Estate and the Bendigo Weekly, as well as a Best in Show prize of $2500. This year’s judge is artist Geoff Paynter.

The 50th anniversary Easter art exhibition and sales kicks off tonight, Thursday, March 29 with the gala opening from 7.30pm, and tickets are still available online and at the Visitor Information Centre.

The exhibition continues from Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1, 9am – 5pm, and on Easter Monday from 9am – 3pm, and all exhibits are for sale.