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Everything You Need To Know About Bendigo’s Royal Art Exhibition

By Sophie Oddo
8th May 2019

If like us, you’ve got a guilty pleasure for anything related to the Royal Family, you’ll be thrilled to know that until 14 July, Bendigo Art Gallery will be showcasing the exclusive exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

Together with Bendigo Tourism, we've uncovered everything you need to know about the collection that traces the history of the British Monarchy, direct from the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Tudors To Windsors

In an Australian exclusive, the exhibition of royal portraits will highlight major British and world events dating back to the sixteenth century, shedding light on how individual monarchs impacted wider historical change.

Extending over five royal dynasties including the Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and Windsors, the exhibition will show works from world renowned artists including Sir Peter Lely, Sir Godfey Kneller, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol and Annie Leibotvitz and reveal the evolution of British art over this time.

Portraits To Look Out For

With so many portraits to witness, we’re particularly excited to see the iconic Ditchley Portrait of Queen Elizabeth (1592), Princess Margaret by Lord Snowdon, Princess of Wales by Barry Organ and the three dimensional portrat of Queen Elizabeth the Second (2008) by Chris Levine.

But if we had to choose, we have Harry and Meghan’s never-before-seen official Royal Wedding portrait at the top of our list.

Food Fit For Royalty

In addition to the exhibition, there are a heap of themed experiences also running until 14 July. Following our tour of the royal portraits, we’ll be hanging out for the sumptuous High Tea with Wedgwood in the Sculpture Annexe, complete with all the traditional goodies you know and love, along with a glass of sparkling.

Also on our radar is a Taste of the Tudors hosted by Rocks on Rosalind. Inspired by the exhibition, the team have created the perfect balance of traditional and modern British cuisine to create a five-course degustation, fit for a King or Queen. Head here to check out the full list of events to add to your calendars.

Pop-Up Heaven

Along with some delicious feeds, there's also a slew of unmissable Royal pop-ups to get along to during the exhibition.

It's almost impossible to miss the Union Jack themed Royal Pop-Up Tram, right in the centre of Bendigo. With a barista on board and views of Pall Mall and Charing Cross, it's no wonder this has become one of Bendigo's most Instagrammable spots. Plus, they've just announced they will be be hosting Gin Masterclasses in May and June, so make sure to secure your booking before it's too late.

There's also a heap of self-guided tours you can get yourself along to, including discovering hidden laneways with royal-themed street art, royal monuments throughout Rosalind Park and themed cocktails.

Make A Weekend Of It

While you’re in town, there are a whole bunch of events you can catch including the lllumin8 Festival of Light and Peace and Heathcote on Show, which falls over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

Let’s face it—the exhibition is the perfect excuse to turn a road trip into a weekend getaway. There are even royal accommodation packages on offer, from regal hotel escapes to glamping teepee tents.

It’s time to block out your calendars, fill up the tank and strap in for an unforgettable trip to Bendigo for this unmissable art show.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Bendigo Tourism and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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