Commissioned by Bendigo Art Gallery in partnership with the Melbourne Art Foundation and supported by Artwork Transport, the Melbourne Art Foundation 2018 Commission has been awarded to prominent Melbourne-based artist Ronnie van Hout. Commissioned for the first time in partnership with a regional Victorian institution, the ambitious large-scale work will be unveiled at Melbourne Art Fair before moving to its permanent home at Bendigo Art Gallery. Ronnie van Hout is represented by exhibiting galleries, STATION (Melbourne) and Darren Knight Gallery (Sydney).

Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery, said:  “We are thrilled to work with the Melbourne Art Foundation on the 2018 Commission, and delighted that the selected artist is Ronnie van Hout. Given his sculptural works are known for their social narrative and drama, this commission will undoubtedly set the tone for the anticipated 2018 Melbourne Art Fair.  It will also be a most welcome addition to the Bendigo Art Gallery collection after Melbourne Art Week.  We look forward to working closely with Ronnie to realise his ideas for this new work.”