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.

Contact details

Contact us
+61 3 9244 5344
Email Deakin Art Gallery

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


*During exhibitions only, closed public holidays.

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Our congratulations is extended to Mark Eliott for being the 2018 Winner of the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture People's Choice award of $1000

Mark Eliott
Down by the Water Table (detail)
Cedar, Glass and Distilled Water
Image: Simon Peter Fox

Current Exhibitions

Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

Hours Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Free entry.

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.

PDF 2018 Exhibition Program960.7KB

Level 12, Tower 2
Collins Square
727 Collins Street
Melbourne Docklands

Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm free entry



Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries has joined with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre to bring you artworks by young people seeking asylum in Australia.

The exhibition has been developed through a series of hands-on photography workshops and continuous support to members in developing their artistic practices.

Stories told in this exhibition are heartfelt and personal; they demonstrate the creativity, courage, resourcefulness and resilience of these young artists.

Curated by Vanja Radisic, Deakin University

Ana, Building a boat 2018
digital print
image courtesy of the artists

Foyer Building V
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
HOURS daily 8.30am – 8pm, Free entry


In its second year, the Annual Student Art Show 2018 features works by students from the Keysborough Secondary College. Students are exploring personal and social identities by engaging with ‘Self-Concept’, a term widely used in contemporary psychology to describe how we perceive and evaluate ourselves, as well as, how we think others perceive us. In this body of work the students, as artists, are responding to the challenge of communicating the deeply personal nature of the ‘self’ to the unknown viewer using only the visual and the sensory as tools. Deakin University Art Gallery aims to provide opportunities for students studying VCE Art and Studio Arts to gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the art industry.

Curated by Vanja Radisic

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.

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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