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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Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2018

Online entry to the small sculpture award is now open:

Entries close Friday 13 July 2018.

If a hard-copy entry form is preferred, or if you require further information, feel free to contact us via or by calling 03 9244 5344.

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

Lucas Ihlein and Ian Milliss, The Yeomans Project: Nevallan 2011, offset lithographic print on paper, courtesy of the artists.

Current exhibitions

Please check back for details of our current exhibitions.

PDF 2018 Exhibition Program1.3MB

Upcoming exhibitions

Deakin University Art Gallery

Boneta-Marie Mabo: Immersed
30 May – 13 July 

Immersed is a collection of portraits of First Nations women that celebrates resistance against patriarchal colonialism. Each woman presents herself as she wants you to see her. The portraits offer a glimpse of individual resistance, power and beauty.

'First Nations women are over-represented in systems of control. Our lives are treated as an inconvenience to white society. Our existence unsettles white Australia because it is a reminder that First Nations people are still here, that sovereignty was never ceded. Even though we are surrounded by ugliness, we immerse ourselves in the fight for equality and justice. Unashamed and unapologetic, this collection invites you to see First Nations women as we see ourselves.' Artist statement, from email conversation, January 2018.

Boneta-Marie Mabo
Nayuka Gorrie, 2018
Image courtesy of the artist

Deakin University Downtown Gallery

Artworks from the Torch
30 May - 13 July

The Torch supports current and former Indigenous Australian offenders in Victoria through its arts in prison and community program. The program provides art, cultural strengthening and arts vocational support to Indigenous Australian 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. This exhibition builds from successful exhibitions at Deakin in 2017 and is curated by artist and The Torch CEO Kent Morris (Barkindji).

Catching the Cod, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
Deakin University Art Collection
Image courtesy of the artist and The Torch

Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space

The Shape of Mentoring
Brody Xarhakos
3 - 19 July

Brody Xarhakos started painting as a teenager. With his love of street art, which grew into a stirring passion, he created and explored the realms of painting in the outside world. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 predominately in the medium of painting, and now, more recently, with the moving image, projection and digital soundscapes. This exhibition consists of paintings that were created to be used as activators and discussion points in a peer mentoring workshop with Deakin's Helping Students program coordinators. 
Xarhakos questions whether mentoring communities could be the ugly machinery of the new capitalism or whether they are an expression of genuine interplay, reciprocity, exchange and learning? This collection of works explores metaphors created collaboratively and re-imagines them with a gentle energy and openness, gesturing towards further dialogues.

Brody Xarhakos
Diamond, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 122x92cm 
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

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, 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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