Deakin University's Art Collection, consisting of around 1700 diverse pieces, has been in existence since the University's inception. The works include a fine collection of paintings, ceramics and sculpture and most of the collection is contemporary in nature. The older works in the collection have either been donated to the University or came to the University via its antecedent institutions.
This structured and well balanced collection represents works of art of excellence and significance by principally Australian contemporary artists, in a wide range of media. Maintaining this significant art collection demonstrates the University's interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia.
Contemporary sculpture is a key feature of Deakin's Art Collection. The Art Collection also contains works by current and past Deakin staff members and Alumni.
The vast majority of the Art Collection is on public display throughout Deakin's four Campuses.
The Art Collection is administered by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit. With the aim of expanding and enriching the collection, potential acquisitions of contemporary importance are examined and appraised for their cultural merit, in accordance with acquisition guidelines designed to preserve and enhance the character of this unique repository of works.
The Unit will consider donations from artists and collectors to the Deakin University Art Collection as a direct donation or through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program. Please contact the Manager, Art Collection and Galleries for more information.
Defining the Art Collection
The Art Collection can be categorised in the following ways:
and includes specialty areas: