Artist announced for Capital work

June 30, 2023 BY

Lasting: Daikota Nelson has received a commission from the City of Greater Bendigo to create an artwork to mark 150 years of The Capital theatre. Photo: FILE

THE First Nations artist commissioned to create a work that’ll become a permanent fixture in the foyer of The Capital has been revealed.

Announced last Saturday at an event marking the venue’s 150th anniversary, Daikota Nelson was revealed to be the awardee of the $8000 commission.

“I have always had an interest in art,” she said. “Growing up my passion has only grown.

“I am inspired by natural landscape and storytelling traditions, native flora and fauna, and the land we stand upon.

“My artwork tells a unique story for the old and young generations.”

A Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Nelson’s work has previously been on show in spaces like the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

After first being announced in March, the search for an Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander creative to undertake the commission for The Capital’s foyer first went through an expressions of interest process before shortlisted candidates were assessed by a judging panel.

Bendigo Venues & Events manager Julie Amos said Nelson’s submission stood out from a high-quality list of possibilities.

“Huge congratulations to Daikota for her concept, which blew the judges away,” Ms Amos said.

“The concept encapsulates First Nations storytelling, culture and country, the history of the area and knowledge of The Capital’s history.

“The main theme for the proposed artwork depicts growth, acknowledging years of knowledge and sharing stories.

“It will be a striking contemporary artwork with a depiction of the rings of a tree to illustrate the passing of time.”

Nelson’s work is expected to be installed at The Capital by the end of the year.