Former director of the Bendigo Art Gallery Karen Quinlan AM in Bendigo tomorrow for the beginning of the conference, presenting to the art gallery delegates at Ulumbarra theatre

More than 250 volunteer art gallery guides from across Australia are in Bendigo this week for
the 22nd Biennial Association of Australian Gallery Guiding Organisations conference.

This is the first time the event has been held in Bendigo with guides travelling from as far as Western Australia for the event.

The AAGGO brings together volunteer art gallery guides every two years for a four day conference focused on art.

Former director of the Bendigo Art Gallery and current director of The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Karen Quinlan AM provided an opening day welcome for delegates.

Philanthropist, Carrillo Gantner AM, an icon of the Australian theatre scene and leading proponent of Performing and Visual Arts in this country also provided a keynote address.

The busy four-day program includes presentations from artists, curators and art experts as well as a trip to Castlemaine to experience the state festival.

The conference coincides with the exhibition, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

The AAGGO conference highlights the importance of art galleries throughout Australia and in particular, the men and women who volunteer their time to help make art accessible, sharing their knowledge and passion for art with gallery visitors everywhere.

Bendigo will be firmly on show during the conference utilising some of the cities magnificent facilities including the Capital Theatre, Bendigo Town Hall and Ulumbarra Theatre, as well as showcasing key tourist attractions and local produce.