Culture of Place: Bendigo and the Big Build

What's On

Join us at the La Trobe Arts Institute for a ‘mini-marathon’ of inspiring and informative presentations exploring the development of the architecturally significant ‘Big Build’ projects that are shaping the future of Bendigo’s city centre.

Significantly, these large-scale civic, educational and government projects have been created in close consultation and with leadership of DJAARA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) including creative collaborations with Indigenous artists, designers and practitioners from the Bendigo region.

The event will reveal the process behind this vital Indigenous leadership with a presentation from Rebecca (Bec) Phillips, a Dja Dja Wurrung artist developing works for Galkangu Bendigo GovHub and Bendigo Law Courts Development, who has been involved in the cultural consultative process from early on. Following her presentation, Bec will be joined by Anne-Marie Pisani, ASPECT Studios to further illustrate this working relationship on the landscape architecture elements at the Law Courts.

It will also include keynote architect-led presentations on the Galkangu Bendigo GovHub designed by Lyons, Bendigo Law Courts Development designed by John Wardle Architects (JWA) and the Bendigo TAFE Revitalisation Project, recently completed by Architectus in partnership with Six Degrees.

Victorian State Government Architect, Jill Garner (OVGA), will open the event, followed by the presentations and a panel discussion moderated by Stuart Harrison – Open House Board President – providing an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the presenters.

A self-guided walking map will be provided online and to all talk attendees so that they can walk the circuit and view each site from the street (where projects are in construction).


Opening address from Jill Garner, OVGA, Victorian State Government Architect

Designing with Culture & Country presented by Rebecca Phillips, Dja Dja Wurrung artist with Anne-Marie Pisani, ASPECT Studios

Galkangu GovHub presented by Adam Pustola, Lyons

Bendigo Law Courts presented by Meaghan Dwyer and Kah-Fai Lee, John Wardle Architects

Bendigo TAFE presented by Jayden Peacock, Architectus

Panel moderated by Stuart Harrison, Open House Board President

Images: (1-5) Bendigo Law Courts Development renders. Courtesy of John Wardle Architects. (6-7) Bendigo TAFE. Photos: Trevor Mein.

Important Details

Time & Date

Presentations + panel discussion
Saturday 22 October

Bookings required
$5 commitment fee, general admin
Free for students and concession


Fully wheelchair accessible
Accessible bathroom
Accessible parking nearby


La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View St, Bendigo VIC 3550


Presented with the generous support of DJAARA and La Trobe Art Institute.

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