Deakin University Art Gallery

Hannah Quinlivan Immobilised 2017. Image courtesy of the artist and Flinders Lane Gallery. Photographer Alexandra Hobba.

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 



*During exhibitions only and closed public holidays

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To all museum studies alumni and current students

Alumni and current students of the Deakin Museum Studies course are invited to submit a proposal to curate an exhibition for the Deakin University Art Gallery in July/August 2018.

A budget of $6000 has been allocated for the total cost of this exhibition including curatorial and artist fees. We seek proposals from experienced and aspiring curators for group or solo exhibitions in a variety of media.

PDF Art Gallery Guest Curator Expression of Interest -418.9KB

Current exhibitions

Hannah Quinlivan: Travelling Light

14 September to 20 October 2017

Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Campus at Burwood, building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Victoria

Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Drawing moves between materials like steel, the body and voice in the work of artist Hannah Quinlivan. Working in collaboration with artists, classically-trained vocalists and dancers, Travelling Light explores the notion of adaptation in a time of constant motion. The question of movement seems to haunt our times. Some move freely while others are forced to stand still – creating new types of tension. This exhibition based on a series of dance, movement, sound and sculptural urban interventions developed in Berlin, culminates at the Deakin University Art Gallery at Burwood Campus.

Images and footage from the official opening night on Wednesday 13 September, including a special performance of Transition with vocalists Louise Keast and Shikara Ringdahl, can be found on our Facebook page.

Visit our YouTube page to watch the Deakin Alumni Webinar from 6 September, Travelling Light with Exhibition Artist Hannah Quinlivan.

PDF Deakin University Art Gallery 2017 Exhibition Program -526.4KB

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 and VCE Art – industry context presentations delivered by our Curator and Public and Academic Programs Officer
  • guided exhibition, art collection and Sculpture Walk tours with our Public and Academic Programs Officer
  • practical workshops in drawing and mobile photography (also available in combination with guided tours)
  • outreach programs – we’ll come to your school to deliver tailor-made programs
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) – we are currently looking for schools to partner with. Please contact Vanja Radisic if your school is interested.

Email Deakin University Art Gallery to arrange a guided tour or workshop.

To book a teacher professional development program, visit Art Education Victoria or email Deakin University Art Gallery direct.

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


If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email the Deakin University Art Gallery with your contact details and specify your preference for electronic or hard-copy notifications.

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.

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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