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Tourism sector welcomes launch of Bendigo Art Gallery’s Mary Quant Exhibition

Tourism sector welcomes launch of Bendigo Art Gallery’s Mary Quant Exhibition
March 23, 2021

Locals and regional tourism businesses have enthusiastically welcomed Bendigo Art Gallery’s launch of its highly anticipated Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary exhibition.

Exclusive in Australia to the Bendigo Art Gallery, the exhibition which launched to the public on the weekend and runs until 11th July 11, 2021 comes directly from a sell-out season at London’s revered Victoria & Albert Museum

Fashion enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the iconic British fashion designer Dame Mary Quant, retrospectively exploring her influence on fashion between the years 1955 and 1975 – not just at the famed Bendigo Art Gallery – but all around Bendigo and surrounding townships as the region themes up restaurant, cafes, shopping strips and streetscapes in Mary Quant-style.

From large Quant inspired murals installed across the city, through to Mary Quant-themed daisy flower planter boxes, swinging street art and fashion trails, 60s exhibitions, to Quant inspired food such as Mary Quantsants (croissants) and Quantails (cocktails), 60s-inspired dishes at restaurants, high teas and even movies from the sixties era – as Bendigo explodes in Mary Quant style:

  • Mary Quantsants – themed croissants at Blue Bird Patisserie
  • Mary Quantails – themed cocktails at Bendigo’s famous The Dispensary and the Gallery Café
  • Harvest – Mod Mess dessert at the award-winning View Street restaurant
  • Star Cinema - 60s Movies screened at historic venue in Eaglehawk
  • The Woodhouse- the award-winning restaurant has created a 60s inspired dessert
  • Bendigo Pottery - visitors can paint their own Mary Quant daisy-inspired plate
  • Inglewood - the local township’s array of vintage shops has themed up their shop fronts in Mary Quant style
  • Mary Quant Themed Experiences and Accommodation Packages

A special Mary Quant-inspired mural – is now on show in the centre of Bendigo at the Piazza (Rosalind Park) – just down from the Bendigo Art Gallery for visitors to take some colourful Mary Quant themed photos.  Unveiled Friday 19th March for the launch of the Mary Quant exhibition - by Artist Bjarni Wark (aka Happy Decay) it is a massive circular artwork that takes over the entire main area of the Piazza with vivid and bold colours, the large circular artwork on the paving captures patterns associated with the sixties - paying homage to Mary Quant designs, including her iconic daisy, geometric and dot fashion favourites and popular cosmetic range.

On offer for a limited time only, those who book through participating venues can choose from a range of deals when staying with the following venues**: -

  • Quality Lakeside Hotel
  • Mark and Kate’s Place
  • Quest Bendigo
  • Quest Bendigo Central
  • Mercure Bendigo Schaller
  • Barclay on View
  • Hotel Shamrock

**Individual Accommodation T’s and C’s Apply.

For those eager for more, a trip to neighbouring Inglewood is recommended, as being renowned as an antique and vintage precinct, the town will be putting on Mary Quant-themed window displays for vintage and fashion enthusiasts to explore.

For more information go to Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary 

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17th February 2020 - Research shows art experiences can revitalise regional tourism

9th December 2020 - Van Gogh Immersive Art Experience continues to attract large crowds in Sydney

10th November 2020 - Van Gogh multi-sensory art experience attracts over 200,000 visitors 

6th November 2017 - Van Gogh exhibition makes $56 million mark on Melbourne

12th October 2020 - Outdoor dining expanded in Bendigo to support hospitality industry

25th November 2019 - Bendigo NEXT tourism conference to return in 2020

19th July 2019 - City of Bendigo highlights its thriving creative industries

5th July 2019 - ACMI to manage Bendigo Creative Industries Hub

23rd January 2019 - Bendigo to host first tourism conference

13th September 2018 - Bendigo’s Capital Venues and Events named Performing Arts Centre of the Year

15th January 2018 - New tourism figures show visitors are staying longer in the Bendigo region

13th August 2017 - Hollywood costume designer’s work to be exhibited at Bendigo Art Gallery


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