Andy Jones is displaying her work. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Around Bendigo and the wider region art teachers toil away in their classrooms, often at the expense of their own art practice.

However, an exhibition curated by La Trobe University art lecturer Andrew Goodman is currently highlighting the work and art of many of these teachers.

When Mr Goodman sent out the invitations to regional teachers he said he was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response.

“We have 25 artists in this exhibition whose work represents a wide range of media, depicting their contribution to the artistic culture of the region.”

Art teacher Andy Jones from Bendigo Senior Secondary College said she was delighted to have an opportunity to display her work which reflects two extended visits she made to Arnhem Land, where she learnt traditional skills from the local women. After pandanas collecting, digging for colour and weaving in the women’s shelter, she created mats which would become part of a complex art work which consists of acrylic paint, pastel, pandanas, natural dye and wood.

Ms Jones interprets the weaving as a symbol of connection of spirit, and in the painting, if you look closely, you can see the same Dark Emu in the night sky which she says we are all under.

Mr Goodman said last time an exhibition of this sort was held was six years ago.

“This is not a criticism of the current galleries, but we could do with more spaces which reflect artists living in our region,” he said.

Beyond the Syllabus, Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, August 28 to September 19, 10am until 5pm