La Trobe Art Institute (LAI) is a multi-purpose contemporary visual arts facility. Located in the heart of Bendigo's arts precinct, its exhibition spaces showcase cutting edge contemporary art by local, national and international artists, with approximately 6 exhibitions annually.

Located directly opposite Bendigo Art Gallery and the Capital Theatre, LAI is a multipurpose visual arts facility run by La Trobe University. The award winning building, designed by architect Peter Elliott, features two galleries, two sculpture courtyards, a tiered auditorium, meeting room and an artist-in-residence apartment and studio.

In addition to an exhibition program that presents cutting edge contemporary visual art, LAI engages with the community through a public lectures, artist floortalks, artist residencies and education programs. LAI also offers a unique space to host conferences, staff training, meetings, public seminars - even film screenings. The facilities are available 7 days a week, including after-hours.

The 90 seat auditorium has excellent audio-visual facilities. Quality catering to suit your requirements can be served in the reception area, adjacent to the auditorium. Guests will enjoy the modern setting and the opportunity to view the current exhibitions.

Our collection

La Trobe University Art Collection (1966)

The La Trobe University Art Collection was established in 1966, before construction of the first buildings commenced at the site of the University?s major campus at Bundoora. Recognising the importance of an art collection within an educational environment, the University?s Master Architect, Dr Roy Simpson, AO, incorporated the installation and display of art works into his overall vision for La Trobe. Today the Collection is considered a major public art collection, comprising of approximately 3,000 post war and contemporary Australian art works. The collection covers most media and periods of Australian art. It includes the largest holding of works by the Australian Surrealist Bernard Boles, expatriate artist Allen David and the Etta Hirsh Ceramics Collection which consists of over 300 pieces. The University's Museum (LUMA) which manages the Collection also manages a collection of Ethnographic objects and the one of the largest collections of political posters from China outside of China.

Themes: Building community life, Shaping cultural and creative life