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.

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Contact us
+61 3 9244 5344
Email Deakin Art Gallery

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Building FA
Holland Avenue (off Burwood Highway)
Burwood, VIC


*During exhibitions only, closed public holidays.

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Details of Opera Gown, c. 1930s - 1940s in Embroidered Silk. Donated by Eunice Leong, Chinese Museum Collection, 2012.14.01. From the exhibition “Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve” Image courtesy Museum of Chinese Australian History

Current exhibitions

Deakin University Art Gallery

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve
25 July-26 August

In 1818 Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney as the first known migrant of Chinese descent – the start of a 200-year journey of the Chinese community in Australia. At this 200 year milestone, the Australian population now comprises over 1.2 million Chinese Australians – a community that has influenced the evolution of contemporary Australian Society and, in the future, will play a pivotal role in the shaping of Australia as a nation, particularly in its engagement with the Asia Pacific region. Deakin University is celebrating this bicentenary by staging an exhibition called Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve, a journey about a personal and collective identity reflected through the garments Chinese Australians have worn over the past 200 years in Australia.

Wedding portrait of Sam Chung Gon
and Queenie Young in Sydney

Donated by Frank Chinn, Chinese Museum Collection

Deakin University Downtown Gallery

Paint, Painting, Painted
25 July-31 August 2018

AUGUST Paint, Painting, Painted is an exhibition featuring emerging Melbourne artists Matthew Dettmer, Sarah Gosling and Laura Skerlj. Working with divergent approaches to painting and painting processes, these artists have been born into an internet era defined by a proliferation of images, big data and social media. Amidst this state of constant distractions, the artists consider how subjectivity manages to impose itself, even when we are not looking. Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.

Matthew Dettmer
Hippy Pocket (detail) 2018

mage courtesy of the artist

PDF 2018 Exhibition Program960.7KB

Upcoming exhibitions

Deakin University Art Gallery

Deakin University
Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

5 September-19 October

In its tenth 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 13 July 2018. The winner will be announced at the opening of a five week exhibition of finalists' works.

Deakin University
Contemporary Sculpture Award 2017
Photo by Simon Peter Fox

John Nixon's Australian Ceramics
31 October-14 December

This exhibition features the private collection of artist John Nixon, who over the last fifteen years has acquired a ceramic collection of over 500 pieces. This exhibition showcases the incredible work of ceramic artists from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s who were working in and around the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The exhibition demonstrates how one person’s passion, knowledge and dedication to an art form has transformed the everyday act of collecting into a cultural treasure. This exhibition is the second in a series of exhibitions especially dedicated to the art of collecting. Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.

A selection of works (from left) by Eric Juckert, Charles Wilton,
Artur (Artek) Halpern and McLaren Pottery. Image of selected
works from the collection of John Nixon courtesy of the owner.

2018 Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists

We are pleased to present the finalists for the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2018.

Fiona Abicare, VIC

Megan Bottari, NSW

Sandy Caldow, VIC

Eugene Carchesio, VIC

Emma Coulter, VIC

Yuro Cuchor, SA

Ham Darroch, ACT

Rox De Luca, NSW

Mariana Del Castillo, NSW

Julian Di Martino, VIC

Michael Doolan, VIC

Mark Eliott, NSW

Helga Groves, VIC

Lee Harrop, NT

Will Heathcote, VIC

Matt Hinkley, VIC

Taro Iiyama, VIC

David Jensz, NSW

Brett Jones, VIC

Roman Liebach, VIC

Donna Marcus, QLD

Anne-Marie May, VIC

Sean Meilak, VIC

Kendal Murray, NSW

John Nicholson, NSW

Kenny Pittock, VIC

Kate Rohde, VIC

Robbie Rowlands, VIC

Nuha Saad, NSW

Adam Stone, VIC

Susanna Strati, NSW

Chi-Ling Tabart, TAS

Sherna Teperson, NSW

Hannah Toohey, NSW

Naomi Troski, VIC

Jos Van Hulsen, VIC

Peter Vandermark, ACT

Isadora Vaughan, VIC

Dan Wollmering, VIC

Pam Wragg, VIC

Deakin University's Small Sculpture exhibition for 2018 will run from 5 September to 19 October.

About our judges

We are pleased to announce that the judges for the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award are:

  • Lisa Byrne, Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
  • Robyne Latham, practising artist and former Deakin academic
  • Leanne Willis, Senior Manager of Art Collection and Galleries representing Deakin University

Lisa Byrne has an impressive and varied career in the arts sector as a director/ curator in Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT across local, state and national arts organisations. She has held significant curatorial roles in both research and practice at Monash and RMIT Universities and leadership roles in several contemporary arts organisations in Australia, such as the Australian Centre for Photography and Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Lisa was closely involved in the development of the arts and culture programme for Realm, a library learning and cultural centre in the newly redeveloped Ringwood Town Square. As Curator for the Maroondah City Council she was responsible for its art collection where she successfully negotiated several major cultural gift donations by leading Australian artists.

Robyne Latham is a Yamatji woman originally from Western Australia. An academic and fine artist, Robyne has lived and worked in Melbourne for some 30 years. Over this period Robyne Latham's work has traversed media and form, with a strong emphasis on the object in space, where space itself resides in a metaphysical realm. In the last decade Latham's art practice has explored the principles of social sculpture, employing action, thought and object. Robyne sits on the Committee of Management and is Co-Vice Chair of Woor-Dungin. Woor-Dungin is a coalition of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, philanthropic foundations and donors, and pro bono service providers working in partnership to enable Aboriginal organisations to access the resources and support they require, and to achieve self-determination.

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.


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