Deakin University Art Gallery

The Deakin University Art Gallery provides an exciting venue for the university's program of exhibitions and arts events.

These include curated exhibitions drawn from the university's art collection, group and solo exhibitions by significant contemporary Australian artists, travelling exhibitions and selected student, staff and alumni work.


$10,000 acquisitive sculpture prize

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In its eleventh year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 and become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. Applications for the award close on Friday 22 March 2019. The winner will be announced at the opening of a five week exhibition of finalists' works.

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Judging the award this year is Leanne Willis, Senior Manager, Art Collection and Galleries at Deakin, artist Louise Weaver, and arts writer & curator Professor Ted Snell.

Louise Weaver

Louise Weaver’s multidisciplinary practice employs an assortment of media in the creation of both individual works and expansive sculptural installations that centre around the natural world. The paintings, sculptures and environments that Weaver creates interact with a broad range of themes. Weaver addresses subjects ranging from the fantastical and issues of contemporary social concerns, including conventional expectations of femininity and environmentalism, to broader philosophical constructs of artificiality and transformation.
Weaver has held numerous Individual Exhibitions including The Kind That Gives Body To Words, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (2017),
Recent Group Exhibitions include Darren Knight Gallery at Sarah Scout Presents, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne (2018), The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2018), Obsessed – Compelled to Make! Australian Design Centre, Sydney (touring Australian galleries (2018 – 2021), Soft Core, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney (touring nationally 2016 – 2019). Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990’s, NGV (2017).
Louise Weaver has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, residencies and grants. Her work is held in significant collections including; The British Museum, London, United Kingdom, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand.
She is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at RMIT University. She lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.

Louise Weaver is represented by Darren Knight Gallery

Ted Snell

Ted Snell portrait by Matt Galligan

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia. Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts, Chair of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Chair of University Art Museums Australia. He is currently Chair of the Fremantle Biennale and on the board of the UQ Art Museum, ANAT (Australian Network for Art & Technology), and Balcatta Independent Public School.
He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted Snell is a regular commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and writes regularly for The Conversation.

Contact details

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+61 3 9244 5344
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Building FA
Holland Avenue (off Burwood Highway)
Burwood, VIC


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Deakin University Art Gallery behind the sculpture Poles Apart 2003 by Brigit Heller, image by Simon Peter Fox.

2019 exhibition program

Discover what's on at the Deakin University Art Gallery from January to June 2019.

Download the 2019 exhibition program (PDF, 1.3MB)

Upcoming exhibitions

Echo Chambers: Art and Endless Reflections
13 February - 29 March 

This ambitious exhibition brings together contemporary Australian artists working with mirrors, mirrored surfaces and reflections, transforming three separate galleries across the Deakin University campuses into a series of dizzying spatial encounters.

The project engages increasing audience desire to see images of themselves reflected in exhibitions and also considers how contemporary culture often represents itself as a duplicate or double. Key historical examples will frame the exhibition inviting the viewer to speculate on what they see and how our experiences of representation have changed over time.

Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.

Meng-Yu Yan
New moon cleanse I  2018
framed digital print on Ilford gold mono
35 x 45 cm (framed)
© the artist and courtesy of Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Public and education programs

Public programs at the Deakin University Art Gallery include floor talks, panel presentations and seminars. We also offer education programs for tertiary students, high schools and community groups. These include guided exhibition and collection tours, behind-the-scenes industry context presentations and hands-on workshops.

High school programs and teacher professional development

Deakin University Art Gallery offers a range of vibrant and diverse education programs based on current exhibitions and the art collection on display throughout our campuses.

We also partner with local schools and Art Education Victoria to support curriculum delivery and APST certified teacher professional development. All programs are free of charge and can be tailor-made to suit your needs.

Programs include:

  • VCE Studio Arts Unit 4: Art industry contexts presentations delivered by our Public and Academic Programs Officer. Resources provided include exhibitions in focus, conservation and preservation, art gallery and museum careers.
  • VCE Studio Arts Units 1 & 2 with a focus on production and exhibition of artworks (ideas, styles and use of materials and techniques; copyright and moral rights).
  • VCE Art Unit 4: Discussing Art & Unit 2: Contemporary artworks and culture programs address the role of art in society and the ways in which it reflects and communicates the values, beliefs and traditions of societies for and in which it was created.
  • VCE Art Units 1 and 3: Interpreting artworks using Analytical Frameworks.
  • tailor-made programs for The Arts (Victorian Curriculum 7-10) to address your students’ needs and interests
  • guided exhibition, art collection and Sculpture Walk tours
  • practical workshops in drawing and mobile photography (also available in combination with guided tours)
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) – we are currently looking for schools to partner with. Please contact Vanja Radisic if your school is interested.

Download more information about our School Programs for 2018 (PDF, 698KB)

Email Deakin University Art Gallery to arrange a guided tour or workshop.

Community groups

We offer a range of different options for community groups. Please email Deakin University Art Gallery to arrange a guided tour with our Curator or a workshop with our Public and Academic Programs Officer.

For self-guided tours, download one of our free art collection (Deakin Downtown and Warrnambool Campus) or Sculpture Walk guides (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront campuses).

Download the Deakin Downtown art collection guide

Download the Warrnambool Campus art collection guide

Download the Melbourne Burwood Campus Sculpture Walk guide

Download the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus Sculpture Walk guide

Download the Geelong Waterfront Campus Sculpture Walk guide


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Our collection

Stephen Bush, When I was here I wanted to be there, 1994, oil on canvas, 198 x 239 cm. Deakin University Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne.

The Deakin University Art Collection is made up of more than 2,000 artworks majority of which are displayed across all campuses.

The extensive collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, artist’s books, photographs and sculpture. Most works are contemporary in nature and represent art of excellence by leading Australian artists, current Deakin students and alumni.

A selection of important works in the Deakin University Art Collection are those by artists Gordon Bennett, George Baldessin, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Vicki Couzens, Mikala Dwyer, Emily Floyd, Sam Fullbrook, Sally Gabori, Minna Gilligan, Simyrn Gill, Elizabeth Gower, Inge King, Robert Klippel, Sidney Nolan, Lin Onus, John Olsen, Robert Rooney, Mike Parr, Kerrie Poliness, Mick Tjapaltjarri, Jenny Watson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams among many others.

Download the full list of artists in the Deakin University Art Collection (PDF, 99.2KB)

Maintaining and developing the collection demonstrates the University’s interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia. The collection reflects the cultural aspirations of Deakin University and its strategic goals of Learning, Ideas, Value and Experience.

We're always happy to talk to you about how to donate artwork. We consider donations from artists and collectors as direct donations or through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.

Please contact the Art Collection and Galleries Unit, for more information.

Handling of personal information of artists

This statement outlines how Deakin University handles the personal information of artists whose works are held by the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Purpose of Collection

Deakin University collects an artist's personal information for the primary purposes of acquisition of an art work, management and maintenance of the University's art collection and for the purposes of exhibiting, interpreting and promoting the art work, the artist and the Art Collection.

Means of Collection

Deakin may collect personal information from the artist directly during interactions with Deakin staff, most often staff of the Art Collection and Galleries Unit. Deakin may also collect personal information from third parties (e.g. artists' agents, owners of art work, other gallery owners) or publicly available print or online resources.

Use and Disclosure

An artist's personal information may be used by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit in the preparation of interpretive materials, and catalogues and promotional materials, all of which may be in print or online format. For these purposes, an artist's personal information may also be used by other operational units of Deakin (e.g. its Marketing Division)

Management of Personal Information

Deakin University manages personal information it holds, including requests by individuals for access to their personal information, in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). Individuals have a right to gain access to their personal information held by the University. Information about Deakin's privacy practices is available at Further information about privacy at Deakin may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Officer at (03) 5227 8524 or at


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