Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries

2014 Exhibition program

Deakin University Art Gallery
Melbourne Burwood Campus

2014 Exhibition program (PDF 472 KB)

All the information in this program is correct at the time of publishing; however exhibition dates can be subject to unexpected change. Please call 03 9244 5344 prior to visiting to avoid disappointment.

Wunderkammer: The cabinet of wonders
13 February to 5 April

In Wunderkammer: The cabinet of wonders, Rod McRae explores conservation, hunting culture, biodiversity, stewardship, colonisation and climate change. McRae’s installations of taxidermied animals, some in unnatural tableaux, confront the viewer and ask us to consider our diminishing relationship with the natural world.

Disclaimer: All the animals in Wunderkammer have been ethically sourced. No animal has been harmed to make this work in the first instance; the skins are the result of death by natural causes, medical euthanasia, hunting, culling and/or food production and have been traded on, sometimes multiple times, before they became part of this body of work.

Artist talk: Monday 24 March, 12.00 pm to 12.30 pm

Reconnoitre: Real and imaginary
17 April to 24 May

This survey of artists’ books is based on the idea of real and imagined journeys. The exhibition includes works from the Deakin University Art Collection, as well as student work produced during the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Art History Study Tour to Paris and Provence in 2012. The works included are intimate and diaristic, and allude to travel and designated sites, actual or invented; and in some instances, reference locations and modes of practice relating to significant artists in the pantheon of art history.
Curator: Honorary Associate Professor Rob Haysom, Deakin University.

Curator talk: Wednesday 16 April, 5.30pm
Exhibition launch: Wednesday 16 April, 6.00pm

Note: The Art Gallery will be closed from Good Friday through until Easter Tuesday (18 April to 22 April) and on Anzac Day (Friday 25 April).

domestic bliss
5 June to 12 July

Featuring the work of Katherine Hattam, Elizabeth Gower, David Ray, Yvonne Kendall, Hannah Bertram, Donna Marcus, Honor Freeman, Lucas Grogan and others, this exhibition explores the way artists have responded to the notion of the domestic space and traditional domestic roles. Through an often playful materiality, these artists have reinterpreted the all-familiar, private spaces we inhabit and the objects that we share them with and ask, what do we garner from noticing, subverting or even celebrating the everyday? Includes works drawn from the Deakin University Art Collection, private collections and newly commissioned works.

Curator: Emma Cox, Deakin University.
Curator talk: Wednesday 4 June, 5.30 pm
Exhibition launch: Wednesday 4 June, 6.00 pm

24 July to 30 August

Trajectories showcases the creative practice of six female artists who differ markedly in media and process, but share commonalities: all have graduated from the PhD program at Deakin University and all are regionally-based, with connections to South West Victoria. Regional artists can experience disadvantage compared to metropolitan practitioners in terms of networking and professional opportunities, but Trajectories confirms that this field may be negotiated, and demonstrates that creative practice can thrive in regional locales. Trajectories will comprise a range of artwork in various media including painting, printmaking, drawing and photography with work by Victoria Dunn, Annette Iggulden, Marion Manifold, Liza McCosh, Noela Stratford and Carmel Wallace.
Curator: Dr Liza McCosh, Deakin University.

Curator and artists' talk: Wednesday 23 July, 5.30 pm
Exhibition launch: Wednesday 23 July, 6.00 pm
Open Sunday 24 August, 10am – 4pm for Melbourne Burwood Campus Open Day

Lloyd Godman: A PHOTO: synthetic pathway

Lloyd Godman: A PHOTO: synthetic pathway traces the evolution of the artist’s practice from traditional photographic techniques through to his innovative suspended rotating living air plant sculptures. Through parallel practices as artist and organic gardener, and making a connection between photosynthesis and the role of light in photographic practice, Lloyd Godman presents living plants as ‘super-sustainable’ sculptures. There is a strong environmental thread that binds his diverse oeuvre then opens a portal to conceive the planet as a 'giant living abstract photograph' with a consequential shift from environmental art as comment to environmental activism.
Curator: Leanne Willis, Deakin University.

Curator and artist talk: Wednesday 10 September, 5.30 pm
Exhibition launch: Wednesday 10 September, 6.00 pm

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

In its sixth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding entry will be awarded $10 000 and will become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. Applications for the award close on 15 August 2014. The winner will be announced at the launch of a six week exhibition of finalists’ works.

Exhibition launch: Wednesday 29 October, 6.00 pm


Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

22nd January 2014