Past Exhibitions

Exhibition Gallery, Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library:

'Just Bali'

An exhibition of familiar and rarely seen arts of Bali. It was on display between 2 and 24 July 2015.

'A camera on Gallipoli' 

'A camera on Gallipoli' was presented by the Australian War Memorial and featured First World War photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan. It was on display in the Gallery, Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library from 24 April to 12 June 2015.

'The Presidents - from JFK to Obama'

Photographs by David Burnett - a touring exhibition from the Australian Centre for Photography
David Burnett is a leading photojournalist and one of the few photographers to have photographed all the American Presidents since John F. Kennedy. 'The Presidents' was on display in the Exhibition Gallery, Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, from 16 February until 17 April 2015.

'We Saw the Queen'

'We Saw the Queen' was a touring exhibition from the Public Record Office Victoria. It drew upon the records of Public Record Office Victoria and the recollections of those who saw Queen Elizabeth II during her visit in 1954. It was on display from 3 July to 25 August 2014.

Robyn Lowe

Deakin University art student Robyn Lowe showed a series of her paintings between 14 and 28 May 2014.

Alfred Deakin: from journalist to international diplomat

This exhibition was developed as part of Deakin University's 40th anniversary celebrations. It showcased Alfred Deakin as a traveller, a politician and a journalist, in a series of colourful panels, accompanied by a lively audio visual presentation. It was on display from 8 April to 9 May 2014 and toured to other locations.

''Shadow-lands'' II: Not-I/Thou

An exhibition curated by Gavin Keeney, on display from 7 March to 28 March 2014.

Alison Bennett: Shifting Skin

An exhibition of photographs curated by the Deakin University Art Gallery, on display from 29 November 2013 to 31 January 2014.

Banks' Florilegium: the Australian botanical prints

An exhibition exploring the new world of flora discovered by Joseph Banks during his voyage around the world with Captain Cook in 1770. This exhibition was drawn from Deakin University's own Special Collections and was open from 27 September to 22 November 2013.

Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion

Duty and Devotion returned to coincide with the anniversary of Alfred Deakin's birth (3 August 1856). This exhibition explores the private world of a very public man and had some treasures from the collection of the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library on display. The exhibition was open from 1 August until 13 September, 2013.

Indigenous Art from the Deakin University Art Collection

From 4 to 26 July, 2013, the Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries Unit held an exhibition of works by Australian indigenous artists. These works are from the Deakin University Art Collection.


'Visitors' is a limited edition collaborative artists' book of short fables by Gregory Day with drypoint etchings by Jiri Tibor Novak. It consists of twelve visual and written portraits of animal species introduced to the Australian continent after European colonisation. A copy is held in the Special Collection, Deakin University Library and it was on display from 29 May until 28 June, 2013.

Sunseed, Tanzania

An exhibition of the work of the charity Sunseed in Tanzania presented by Deakin University's School of Architecture and Building. On display from 22 April until 24 May, 2013.


A collaboration between the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Courthouse Arts Geelong, Shaun McLeod, Eiichi Tosaki and Koaru Shindo. Part of the World Congress on Communication and the Arts exhibition schedule, April 4-7, 2013. On display from 4-12 April.

Art Study Tour exhibition

In October - November 2012, Dr Rob Haysom of Deakin's School of Communication and Creative Arts conducted a study tour of Europe, to retrace the footsteps of Monet, Cezanne and Van Gough. Fifteen students from three campuses took part, and this exhibition showcased the artwork generated from their experiences. The works were on display from March 1 - 15, 2013.

Save the Little Blue Planet: from microscopic to macroscopic

A selection of paintings, drawings, assemblage and installation by Patricia Semmler, curated by Robert Drummond. Organised by the Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries Unit and on display from 4 to 27 February 2013.

New Horizons: journeys in the Special Collection

New Horizons was the first exhibition from Deakin University Library to showcase books from the Special Collections. Many rare and colourful works relating to travel and exploration were featured. On display from 15 November 2012 to 24 January 2013.

Face to Face: Deakin University Creative Artists respond to the Deakin University Art Collection

From 3 October to 2 November 2012, Deakin University Art Gallery presented Face to Face, an exhibition of creative responses to the Deakin University Art Collection by arts practitioners from the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion

From 1 August to 21 September 2012, Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion returned, with revised content to celebrate the National Year of Reading. Alfred Deakin was an avid reader, and the exhibition revealed the breadth of his reading as well as showcasing books from his personal library. A public lecture entitled 'The Enigma of Alfred Deakin' was given by Professor Judith Brett, La Trobe University, on 22 August, to accompany the exhibition.

Our Place: Visiting the country we live in

It's easy to take where we live for granted. It's also easy to look the other way from aspects which don't conform to our ideal. As many a traveller will attest, the way we perceive our country is often heightened by a departure and a return. We are recent spectators and have not yet resumed our role as participants. Our senses have been scrambled and we look with eyes accustomed to the unfamiliar, seeing, albeit briefly, with fresh insight. The artist, similarly, can evoke this experience in us, confronting us with alternatives to what we held to be true.

This exhibition – drawn from the Deakin University Art Collection and featuring many recent acquisitions – examines symbols, contexts and narratives that have become part of the identity vernacular with artworks that challenge simple and self-congratulatory identities; sometimes contentious and challenging, sometimes playful and irreverent, but always revealing.

Curated by Victor Griss, Art Collection and Galleries Unit and on display from 4 June to 6 July 2012.


Running until 18 May 2012 was Shadow-lands, an exhibition curated by Gavin Keeney, a PhD student in the School of Architecture and Building.

The exhibition was in support of Gavin's PhD by exegesis. The overall study regards the existential-metaphysical, in-between world we all inhabit, between ideality and so-called reality. As part of a larger study of visuality in Art and Architecture, the exhibition was an experimental tableau for the testing of various media in relation to the common understanding of art as visual knowledge. The exhibition was intimately tied to Gavin's written work, Dossier Chris Marker: The Suffering Image, and served as an indirect homage to Chris Marker, the nonagenarian French filmmaker and artist.

Shadow-lands featured the works of over a dozen artists, and included photogravure and photographic prints, short films and videos, with short interpretive texts related to the event presented in both vitrines and as wall text, inclusive of working documents written over the course of the exhibition. 'Perpetually curated', the contents of the exhibition changed and were reconfigured in accord with the experimental nature of the project. Impromptu and scheduled events accompanied the exhibition.

Gavin began his PhD studies at Deakin in November 2011. He previously resided in New York, New York, and was director of Agence 'X,' an editorial and artists' and architects' re-representation bureau. His most recent books are Art as 'Night': An Art-Theological Treatise (2010), and 'Else-where': Essays in Art, Architecture, and Cultural Production 2002-2011 (2011).

Crime Scene (387 KB)

An exhibition from the Victoria Police Museum, on display from 27 February to 13 April 2012.

This captivating exhibition contained black and white crime scene photographs taken by Victoria Police photographers.  Reproduced from the Victoria Police Museum's glass plate negative collection, the images provided incredible documentation of life in Melbourne during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

Snow as Ash: From Stefan to Georg Weisz (178 KB)

An exhibition of photography by Stephen Wickham on display from 5 December 2011 to 27 January 2012.  This exhibition was organised by the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Geelong re-imagined and Observed: Works from the West Coast

by Jan Senbergs

28 October - 26 November 2011

This exhibition celebrated the acquisition of a major work by renowned artist Jan Senbergs, for the Deakin University Art Collection – Geelong Capriccio (If Geelong were settled instead of Melbourne) 2010.

Geelong re-imagined was an exhibition by Deakin University Art Gallery of Senbergs' landscape works that revealed a longstanding preoccupation with Victoria's West Coast, including Airey's Inlet, the Great Ocean Road, the Otways and beyond.  Like an inventor and navigator, Senbergs combines imaginary conceptions of landscape with the world as it rolls out before his eyes. The result is a curious blend of cartography and observation – a world in which we reside, and which simultaneously resides in us.

As above, so below

An exhibition (673 KB) of prints and paintings by Nellie Maertzdorf Ellis that explored the ancient belief that what is above is replicated in what is below.  On display from 19 September - 21 October 2011.  This exhibition was organised by the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Alfred Deakin: duty and devotion

This new exhibition was specially commissioned by Deakin University Library and the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library.  Alfred Deakin: duty and devotion was on display from 1 August to 4 September 2011, and explored the private world of a very public man.

The Art of the Possible: creating an independent Australian foreign policy

The Art of the Possible was a touring exhibition from the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library which explored Australia's growing independence in foreign policy from 1935 to 1950.

Ambush: Ned Kelly and the Stringybark Creek murders

Ambush was a Victoria Police Museum touring exhibition which explored the story behind the Kelly Gang's infamous encounter with the police at Stringybark Creek.  A number of rare objects were displayed, including Ned Kelly's own cartridge bag, stained with his blood.

Identity and Community versus Non-Place

This exhibition of sculptural and digital photographic works by Darren McGinn (195 KB) explored the significance of Australian coastal regions and our changing relationship with these locations.  An exhibition organised by the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Gathering Places

Gathering Places (176 KB), an exhibition of recent works by Gillian Turner inspired by a residency in Ireland, was on display from Monday 27 September until Friday 19 November 2010. This exhibition was presented by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit, Deakin University.

There's A War On! World War II at home

There's a War On! World War II at home (a Museums and Galleries NSW travelling exhibition) included memorabilia, photographs and video footage that reflected the stories of everyday Australians living through the extraordinary time that was World War II. This exhibition was on display from 25 June until 20 August 2010.

Mrs Prime Minister - public image, private lives

Mrs Prime Minister: Public Image, Private Lives (a Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House travelling exhibition) shone the spotlight on the remarkable women who have filled the role of prime minister's wife from 1901 to 2007. This exhibition was on display from 29 March until 20 June 2010.

Highlights from the Deakin University Art Gallery Collection

A selection of key works from Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries were on display from 17 September to 2 December, 2009. These works, including a fine oil by Peter Booth, were in a wide variety of styles which reflect the strengths of Deakin University's contemporary art collection.

Visions of Utopia

The inaugural exhibition in the Dennys Lascelles Gallery was Visions of Utopia, an exhibition of digital photography by Lisa Scharoun and Frances Tatarovic. The works were inspired by propaganda posters and the prevalence of Western-style advertising in China. This exhibition was presented by the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University and Deakin Creative and was on display from 12 June until 11 September 2009.

Geelong Waterfront Campus Library:

The Frozen North: the search for the North Pole

The Disciples' edition of Cuvier's ''Règne Animal''

Crime and Punishment in 18th and 19th Century England

Alfred Deakin and the visit of the Great White Fleet, 1908
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