Deakin University Art Gallery

Image: Brigit Heller, Poles Apart (detail), 2003, Blue band painted pipe and steel wire, dimensions variable. Deakin University Art Collection.

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.

Current exhibition at Deakin Downtown

Sam Jinks

Deakin University is pleased to be presenting Sam Jinks, a pop-up exhibition at the newly opened premises of Deakin Downtown.

This will be a one-time-only opportunity to have a fascinating, intimate and up-close look into the extraordinary, hyper-real sculptures of this very talented Australian artist.

Deakin University "Pop Up" Gallery
Deakin Downtown
Level 12 - Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street
Melbourne Docklands 

Open Monday to Friday, 11am to 6pm, until Friday 24 February.

Sam Jinks, Still Life (Pieta) 2007 (detail)

Silicon, artificial hair, real hair, textiles, 160.0 x 123.0 cm
Private collection Melbourne, Australia
Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf

Contact us

+61 3 9244 5344

Email Deakin Art Gallery

Visit us

Building FA 

Holland Avenue (off Burwood Hwy)

Burwood, Victoria 



*During exhibitions only and closed public holidays

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Past exhibitions

2017 exhibitions

We are pleased to introduce our 2017 exhibition program.

More information about our 2017 program and the Sam Jinks exhibition is available below:

PDF Deakin University Art Gallery 2017 Exhibition Program -959.8 KB

Public and education programs

Public programs at the Deakin University Art Gallery include floor talks, panels, seminars and breakfasts. We also offer education programs for schools and community groups, including guided tours and behind-the-scenes presentations, on arrangement with our Curator and Public and Academic Programs Officer.

Deakin University Sculpture Walk, Burwood

The Sculpture Walk is a great way to experience art at Deakin. It takes an hour to complete and is available to anyone at any time. Take the walk yourself using our audio guide, available via the izi.TRAVEL app, or pick up a copy of the map from the Art Gallery.

Deakin University Sculpture Walk for schools and community groups

If you are a school or community group planning a whole-day excursion, we recommend an hour tour at the beginning of the day. This will orientate students and give them an idea of the varied artworks on show at the University.

Another option is to select two or three sculptures to investigate with students or spend an hour completing an activity with one sculpture. Sculpture Walk education resources for primary and secondary students are available in PDF format below.

PDF The Burwood Sculpture Walk map and notes -1.4 MB

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 1700 artworks 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.

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.


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