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.
Melbourne Burwood Campus
On the Sheep's Back by Francis Reiss
A Whitehorse Artspace Travelling Exhibition
7 June to 14 July 2017
Deakin University Library
Building V, Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood 3125
Open every day 8am to 12pm
In the 1950s, the wool trade epitomised the Australian way of life. Australia’s export economy rode high ‘on the sheep’s back’.
In this captivating exhibition, photojournalist Francis Reiss documents the life and times of a rural enterprise at Burren Burren, near Collarenebri, New South Wales.
Enduring images of Rex White and his family, taken in 1951, offer a glimpse of the 30,000 acres and 5000 sheep that symbolise a successful farm at the height of the wool boom in Australia.
Francis Reiss, Rex White, the iconic farmer 1951, re-printed 2013
No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch
29 May to 14 July 2017
Deakin University "Pop Up" Gallery
Deakin Downtown, Level 12 – Tower 2
Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne Docklands
Open to the public 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
The Torch supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria through its indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program.
The program provides art, cultural strengthening and arts vocational support to Indigenous inmates and parolees who are greatly over represented in the criminal justice system.
Opportunities to create new pathways through art and culture and reduce recidivism are central to the program.
Namib Mata Mata, Yorta Yorta/Muthi Muthi, Magpie Goose Hunting, Acrylic on canvas 2016, 131 x 100 cm
Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, with the Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner, Richard Stringer.
7 June – 14 July 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery
Building FA, Melbourne Burwood Campus,
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria
Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 4pm
In its ninth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University.
Applications for the award closed on 13 April 2017 and the winner, Melbourne-based artist Richard Stringer, was announced at the launch of the five-week exhibition of finalists' works on Tuesday 6 June.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, presented Mr Stringer with the $10,000 acquisitive prize for his work titled, House on Fire. The piece will now become part of the Deakin University Art Collection.
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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're 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.
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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