Deakin University Art Gallery

Kenny Pittock, Keep your chin up 2017, acrylic on paper, courtesy of the artist

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.

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+61 3 9244 5344

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Building FA 

Holland Avenue (off Burwood Hwy)

Burwood, Victoria 



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Small Sculpture exhibition 2018

Deakin University's Small Sculpture exhibition for 2018 will run from 4 September to 19 October.

Entries for the award will open from mid-April and close 13 July, 2018.

For more information please contact or 03 9244 5344.

Current exhibitions

Deakin Women

13 March – 29 March
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space

The role of women, in both family and public life, has undergone major change and transformation. In the twenty-first century, women are seizing the opportunity to be versatile, motivated and active citizens who inspire and lead change. Deakin women are strong, multi-faceted individuals, who successfully juggle many different roles in their lives. While they are often recognised for their workplace achievements, their other passions and commitments – the other facets to their personalities – are obscured or unknown. This exhibition of photographs by Deakin photographer Donna Squire celebrates the diversity and backgrounds of a cross-section of the University’s female staff, encouraging women to see themselves as accomplished and resourceful individuals who can effect change in their own lives, and the world.

Refer to 'Deakin Women 2018 photo exhibition celebrates International Women's Day' for more information.

Donna Squire
Alecia Bellgrove 2018
digital photograph
image courtesy of the artist

Pamela Irving: YOLO Man and his Apocalyptic Alphabet

12 February – 29 March
Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Free entry.

YOLO is a social media acronym meaning You Only Live Once. Pamela Irving’s ‘YOLO Man’ character started life in her murals at St Kilda’s Luna Park and were most recently shown at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics in Chicago, USA.

In this series of original ink drawings and mosaics to be exhibited for the first time in Australia, YOLO Man is depicted carrying a variety of apocalyptic figures on his head, hands and sometimes even his tongue. Often struggling due to the gravitas of those that burden him, YOLO man however manages the task with great optimism.

Irving appropriates imagery from both well-known and obscure
mosaics, drawings and paintings about the apocalypse. YOLO Man is a much loved character of the artist and a great edict to live by.

Pamela Irving
Yolo Man & Bruegel's Barrel Bug (detail) 2015
Ink on paper
image courtesy of the artist

The Drawing Room

13 February - 29 March
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Free entry.

The English tradition of a drawing room was a dedicated space in the house designed to entertain visitors. Historically, a ‘withdrawing’ room was a room to which the owner of the house, family members or distinguished guests could withdraw for privacy to encourage social interaction, play, comedy, story-telling and drama.

The Drawing Room is an exhibition in the form of a series of short
residencies by Australian artists: Anastasia Klose, Euan Heng, Kenny Pittock and Zilverster - Sharon Goodwin and Irena Hanenbergh. The exhibition focuses on the qualities of drawing as a medium of thinking and talking: exploring the intimate, informal, immediate and conversational nature of putting pencil to paper and sharing this with others.

Kenny Pittock
Me drawing Phil Jupitas drawing McCubbin 2017
digital photograph of felt tipped pen on paper
image courtesy of the artist

PDF 2018 Exhibition Program -1.3MB

Upcoming exhibitions

Deakin University Art Gallery

Deakin University Downtown Gallery

Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space

Past exhibitions

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 developments

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. Deakin University Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne
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.

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.


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