L-R Lola Jok, Hyra Usman, bu Gay Pathei, Dabara Dout, Timbul Silatonga and Fatima Qurbani Lola Jok at the Pop Up Gallery in Bath Lane Bendigo Photo: BRENDAN MCCARTHY

There’s a fabulous pop-up shop in Bath Lane where several people from Bendigo’s culturally diverse and indigenous backgrounds have hand crafted clothes and artwork for sale.

Filled with colour, the shop has paintings, jewellery, gift cards, CDs, sculpture, fashion and weaving that is a pleasure to browse through.

The proud artists who live in Bendigo represent countries as diverse as Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, South Sudan and Sri Lanka. 

There’s just one catch.

The shop, located in Bath Lane, will only be open until the Wednesday after Easter.

While the Bendigo Bank has generously given the artists free tenancy, the shop will have to be vacated when the current lease expires. 

“Having the gallery is fantastic for artists, they are bringing new works in regularly and connecting with each other when they look after the space,” Emerge Cultural Hub creative producer Forest Keegel said.

“The shop has become a fertile ground for collaboration and friendships to develop, as well as a great outlet for selling work.

“Everyone is welcome to come and view the vibrant art on display.”

Ms Keegel would also like to give a shout out to any shop owners who have vacant premises.

“We would love to fill your shop will vibrant art while you’re waiting to find a tenant,” she said.

The present location of the pop-up gallery is 31 Bath Lane, Bendigo (next to Mad Hatters Tea Party).

You can also look for the artists in Rosalind Park over Easter – just look for the music and dancing.

Ms Keegel can be contacted on forest.keegel@multiculturalarts.com.au – Dianne Dempsey