Media  Release for Co.lab project.

                                                            James WF Roberts


It always astounds me that Bendigo and the surrounding areas, are full of so many wonderfully talented individuals, in the creative and performing arts. With such diversity as the local pub music scene which has always had a very visual and known presence, the now world famous Bendigo Youth Choir, the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra, the Bendigo Youth Orchestra, the Bendigo Art Gallery, Liquid Architecture (experimental music collective), the now sadly missed Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space to  Lead On Australia/ the Loop and Freezer.

                                    And now there is a new player on the scene, View Point Handmade Gallery, which recently celebrated it’s first full year in operation, proudly presents the Co.lab project.


                             It’s not often that Writers get to their hang their work in a gallery, next to a painting, or a photograph. It’s not very often that the individual act of reading and appreciating the printed word, is done communally. And it is not often these days that Artists and Writers come together to create work based on each other’s own vision.  But this is what’s going on in Bendigo at the moment. The Co.lab project, brought together by Bendarts and View Point Handmade Gallery,

spearheaded by Hugh Waller and Jessica  Cole, this project is one of the most remarkable exhibitions going around. The Artists and Writers either responded to each other’s work, worked together on a new project or used existing pieces to create something new.


Jessica Cole, from the exciting new venture, View Point Hand Made Gallery, states on the official site, about the exhibition, “This exhibition has been an exercise in collaboration from the very beginning. Hugh Waller, founder of Bend Arts and one of the participating artists, approached us here at View Point with the idea of running a show to coincide with the inaugural Bendigo Writers Festival. Many coffees and brainstorming sessions later, we had thrashed out the idea of a collaborative exhibition, bringing writers and visual artists together to create a dialogue between words and art. The collaborative process has taken on a life of it’s own within the individual pairings – with some groups choosing to create entirely new pieces, revamp past works or team up for the entire creative process, both written and visual.


The book launch and exhibition coincides with inaugural Bendigo Writer’s Festival in August this year. The key dates for Co.lab are:  Saturday, August 4th to Friday, August 31st., Tues. – Thurs. 11am – 4pm, Fri. 11am – 5pm,  Sat. & Sun. 11am – 3pm.


As a participating Writer in this project, I can tell you that level of professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm coming from Hugh and Jessica, and pouring down to the rest of us, is like nothing I have ever seen before. The magnificent anthology that has been put together for this collection is glossy and it’s content is unrivaled in local publication. It is a fairly large book in size,
Book size: 25 x 20cm it has 58 pages. The works are also for sale individually at the gallery.  

 The book is being sold at the exhibition for around $50.00 dollars with all the proceeds going back to the Writers and the Artists themselves.

So do yourself a favour if you are anywhere near View Point Gallery in August, drop in and have a look and see the level of artistry that Bendigo has at present.

For further information contact:

Hugh Waller,






About jameswfrobertsdapoet

Emerging Poet and Writer. From Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. I present a show called Crazy Talk/Word Berserk, on I believe in what Phoenix has to offer. No where else will you get the diversity of Gospel, Country music shows, Koori themed shows and Poetry and Experimental music? My father, Bryan did a show on 3CCC in the 1980’s called the Keyboard Hour for a bout 8 years, until he died. That is partly why I joined Phoenix but mainly it’s because of the diversity we offer people and also I really do feel that we are an important vehicle, an important voice for the Community at Large. My interests are Poetry, Literature, Music, Movies, Cultural Awareness and Philosophical pursuits. My show is basically a Late Night Radio Show for Artists, Poets, Musicians and Creative Thinkers of all types to come and inform, enjoy, entertain and inspire each other. So join me and my guests from the local Artistic Community to be inspired, to be entertained and informed
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  1. Baz Daly says:

    Re: Co.Lab launch….Will there be grog? Can I stay at your place? Could you send me an MP3 promo that I can play on 98.9?
    Yesssss iisssss the answer…..

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