Josh Muir . Photo: Tiffany Garvie

Bendigo Art Gallery will host a major exhibition by Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir later this year.

Muir will present a large-scale multimedia project for the inaugural Going Solo: First Nations 2019 exhibition at the gallery in November.

The Going Solo exhibition series offers artists living and working in regional Victoria the unique opportunity to produce a significant body of work for exhibition at the Gallery. 

The annual event was designed to highlight the rich and diverse practices of contemporary artists from the region and their contribution to the areas cultural landscape.  Artists are selected by a committee following an open call process, and previous Going Solo artists include Jessie Boylan, Louiseann King and Jud Wimhurst.

The 2019 Going Solo exhibition will focus specifically on the work of a First Nations artist living and working in regional Victoria.

Bendigo Art Gallery Acting Director Gaye Harrington said the organisation was thrilled to announce Josh Muir as the inaugural First Nations Going Solo artist, and to continue to focus on the important work of First Nations artists in the area every second year. 

“Josh is an exciting contemporary artist who creates large-scale two-dimension digital projects, so we are excited to see his practice extend into sculpture and installation through the Going Solo series.” 

Muir will work alongside Bendigo Art Gallery’s First Nations Curator Shonae Hobson to create a series of sculptures that reference animated characters.

The 2015 recipient of the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander Youth Art Award and the Hutchinson Scholarship, Muir undertook a two month residency at the Victorian College of the Arts. 

His work is held in important national collections including the Koorie Heritage Trust, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.  Muir was also commissioned as a major project artist by the White Night Festival.