Past exhibitions

Exhibitions are held across our three venues at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus; the Deakin University Downtown Gallery at Deakin Downtown, Collins Square; and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please find a selection of previous exhibitions below.

Past exhibitions

Paint, Painting, Painted
25 July–7 Septmber 2018

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

Image courtesy of the artist

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
c1920s

Donated by Frank Chinn, Chinese Museum Collection

Artworks from the Torch

28 May–20 July 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

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).

Robby Wirramanda
Wergaia Wotjobaluk
New Beginnings #2 2017
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 92 cm

Brody Xarhakos: The Shape of Mentoring

29 June–18 July
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space 
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

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

Boneta-Marie Mabo: Immersed

30 May–13 July 
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

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 (detail)
Image courtesy of the artist

Abstraction: Twenty-Eighteen

9 April – 27 June 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Deakin University joins with other Melbourne galleries to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria's inaugural exhibition The Field. The exhibition includes works by George Johnson, Normana Wight, Stephen Bram, John Peart, Graeme Johnson, Robert Rooney, Janet Dawson, Sydney Ball, Wilma Tabacco and Stephen Wickham, along with other non-objective and abstract art from the Collection of Deakin University.

The Centre for Abstract+Non-Objective Art is a new area of specialty for the University Collection.

Logo design: Stephen McLaughlan


9 April – 25 May 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

Artist Gosia Wlodarczak's latest project is a series of 31 performances that took place each day throughout December 2017. While dressed up in designer garments selected from her extensive wardrobe collection, Wlodarczak completed various domestic chores around her home, which were in-turn documented by photographer Longin Sarnecki and uploaded onto social media for interaction.

The entire set of 31 photographs will be exhibited as a series of high-resolution archival prints at Deakin University’s Downtown Gallery. Wlodarczak’s project sets out to establish a dialogue between the two phrases: the artist is always working and women's work is never done.

Gosia Wlodarczak
Artist Not @(at) Work, 31 Domestic Jobs for December, 2017
Digital photograph archival print on paper
Photo by Longin Sarnecki, courtesy of the artist


Lucas Ihlein: Diagrammatic

11 April – 18 May 2018
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Printmaking stimulates visualisation and exchange in the activities of Wollongong based artist Lucas Ihlein. Across his work involving socially engaged art, agriculture and environmental management, he expresses an affinity with print media.

This exhibition surveys his printmaking activities focussing on artist-led contexts including Squatspace, Big Fag Press and Teaching & Learning Cinema. The exhibition presents editioned and intervention/performance related artworks highlighting Ihlein’s promotional flair, appreciation for the economies of print and commitment to grassroots change. This exhibition is supported by the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University.

Works by Lucas Ihlein and collaborators.
Curated by Jasmin Stephens


Deakin Women

13 March – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

The role of women, in both family and public life, has undergone major change and transformation. In the twenty-first century, women are seizing the opportunity to be versatile, motivated and active citizens who inspire and lead change. Deakin women are strong, multi-faceted individuals, who successfully juggle many different roles in their lives. While they are often recognised for their workplace achievements, their other passions and commitments – the other facets to their personalities – are obscured or unknown. This exhibition of photographs by Deakin photographer Donna Squire celebrates the diversity and backgrounds of a cross-section of the University’s female staff, encouraging women to see themselves as accomplished and resourceful individuals who can effect change in their own lives, and the world.

Refer to Deakin Women 2018 photo exhibition celebrates International Women's Day for more information.

Donna Squire
Alecia Bellgrove 2018
Digital photograph
Image courtesy of the artist


Pamela Irving: YOLO Man and his Apocalyptic Alphabet

12 February – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

YOLO is a social media acronym meaning You Only Live Once. Pamela Irving’s ‘YOLO Man’ character started life in her murals at St Kilda’s Luna Park and were most recently shown at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics in Chicago, USA.

In this series of original ink drawings and mosaics to be exhibited for the first time in Australia, YOLO Man is depicted carrying a variety of apocalyptic figures on his head, hands and sometimes even his tongue. Often struggling due to the gravitas of those that burden him, YOLO man however manages the task with great optimism.

Irving appropriates imagery from both well-known and obscure
mosaics, drawings and paintings about the apocalypse. YOLO Man is a much loved character of the artist and a great edict to live by.

Pamela Irving
Yolo Man & Bruegel's Barrel Bug (detail) 2015
Ink on paper
Image courtesy of the artist


The Drawing Room

13 February – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

View catalogue here

The English tradition of a drawing room was a dedicated space in the house designed to entertain visitors. Historically, a ‘withdrawing’ room was a room to which the owner of the house, family members or distinguished guests could withdraw for privacy to encourage social interaction, play, comedy, story-telling and drama.

The Drawing Room is an exhibition in the form of a series of short
residencies by Australian artists: Anastasia Klose, Euan Heng, Kenny Pittock and Zilverster - Sharon Goodwin and Irena Hanenbergh. The exhibition focuses on the qualities of drawing as a medium of thinking and talking: exploring the intimate, informal, immediate and conversational nature of putting pencil to paper and sharing this with others.

Kenny Pittock
Me drawing Phil Jupitas drawing McCubbin 2017
Digital photograph of felt tipped pen on paper
Image courtesy of the artist


Ilona Jetmar: PUNCTUM

5 February – 9 March 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Family archives provide a rich source material for artist and current Deakin PhD candidate Ilona Jetmar. Family photographs, stories and cultural objects are the starting point of her creative process becoming re-purposed and recontextualised.

Through her painting practice Jetmar attempts to reconcile and connect with lost heritage whilst revealing the dislocated cultural practices of the Hungarian diaspora. These works look for the hidden element in images that causes us to react – the punctum.

Ilona Jetmar, #616 Eszter R 2017
Oil on linen
Image courtesy of the artist


AFTERIMAGE

4 December 2017 – 2 February 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

New photomedia from the Deakin University Art Collection 
Kent Morris, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patrick Pound, Zan Wimberley and Anne Zahalka

One reason afterimages occur is from an over exposure to images. When the eye is over stimulated, images are said to be moved to a new area of our cerebral cortex, redoubling the image. Long after the first representation appears, afterimages occur prolonging the effect of the image in our brain. Knowledge of how images function has evolved over time to include social, political, cultural and neurological developments. From theories of the copy and appropriation from the 1970s and 1980s to new discourses around images as digital meta-data, the way images are used, transferred and the ways they transform our experience is a rich subject for contemporary artists.

This exhibition surveys a selection of recent acquisitions to the Deakin University Art Collection. The artists: Kent Morris, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patrick Pound, Zan Wimberley and Anne Zahalka have worked with traditions of photography for some time. Whilst Wimberley and Morris are considered emerging artists, Papapetrou, Pound and Zahalka have been working consistently for over four decades. Imagery taken by a camera, existing pictures and representations are starting points and the raw materials for their various investigations and artistic research. They use methods of remembering and memorializing, appropriation, the archive, collecting, aggregation and the built environment in their approaches to understanding the after effects of images.  Images no longer just depict the world around us but actively now shape and produce the various realities in which we live our lives.

James Lynch
Curator - Art Collection and Galleries
Advancement


The Void. Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective art

1 November – 15 December 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

'In art there is a need for truth, not sincerity.' - Malevich

Instigated by artist Stephen L Wickham, The Void Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective Art is an exhibition with fellow artists and close colleagues Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Christofides and Wilma Tabacco. Featuring important works from this genre the artists will investigate the various legacies and continuities within the practice of Abstraction & Non-Objective Art in the context of contemporary Australian Art.

Wilma Tabacco, Night Flight 2008-09
Oil on linen, 152x183cm
Image courtesy of the artist
Photography: Simon Peter Fox


Hannah Quinlivan: Travelling Light

14 September – 20 October 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

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.


Art and Performance by Research

26 July – 8 September 2017

This exhibition at the Deakin University Art Gallery brings together thirteen artists and current Higher Degree by Research candidates in the fields of Art and Performance within the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin. Co-curated by Professor David Cross, Dr Patrick Pound and James Lynch. This large scale exhibition expands across four locations at Deakin University including the Art Gallery and the main library gallery space at Melbourne's Burwood Campus, the Pop Up gallery at Deakin Downtown and The Project Space at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

  • Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
    Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

    Artists featured: Anindita Banerjee, Jane Bartier, Bindi Cole Chocka, Shane McGrath and Monique Redmond.
  • Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
    727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

    Artist featured: Jem Noble.
  • Deakin University The Project Space, Geelong Waterfront Campus 
    Corner Cunningham St and Western Beach Rd, Geelong, VIC 3220

    Artists featured: Sandy Gibbs, Merinda Kelly, Raffaele Rufo, Amber Smith, Dario Vacirca and Sorcha Wilcox.
  • Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
    Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

    Artist featured: Shelley Jardine

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

7 June – 14 July 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

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.

Download the media release about the Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner (PDF, 120.2 KB)

Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, with the Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner, Richard Stringer.


No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch

29 May – 14 July 2017
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

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, 131x100 cm


ON THE SHEEP'S BACK by Francis Reiss

30 March – 12 May 2017 and 7 June – 14 July 2017

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


Unproductive Thinking

26 April – 26 May 2017

Jessie Bullivant, Lauren Burrow, Eugene Carchesio, Laresa Kosloff, Rob Mchaffie, Ian Milliss, Elyse De Valle and Simon Zoric.

Increasingly we are asked to be improving ourselves seemingly 24/7. The pressure to be transforming into something better is constant but for what purpose and what reward? Unproductive Thinking mediates on these ideologies. How do artists engage their time and how does the production of art differ from the incessant push to be always efficient, diligent and productive members of society. Unproductive Thinking features the humorous, poetic and mundane means artists employ to seek out imaginative alternatives.

The exhibition features work by Australia's leading emerging and established artists displayed throughout Deakin University's Burwood campus.

Laresa Kosloff I can't do anything (detail) 2015 HD video with sound 1:56 mins. Image courtesy of the artist


Sam Jinks

Until Friday 24 February 2017

This was a one-time-only opportunity to have a fascinating, intimate and up-close look into the extraordinary, hyper-real sculptures of this very talented Australian artist.


What does this one do?

27 July – 2 September 2016


What does this one do? interrogates the relationship between engagement and entertainment. With increased recognition of the visitor and the rise of an audience voiced by social media, what does it actually mean to engage?

Guest curated by Carly Grace and Michelle Mountain through the Deakin University Museum Studies Alumni Program.

Anna Varendorff with Haima Marriott Bouba (detail), 2016
Brass, light and sound, dimensions variable
Photo: Haima Marriott


Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

8 June – 15 July 2016

In its eighth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding entry is awarded $10,000 and becomes part of the Deakin University Art Collection.

Melbourne artist Geoffrey Bartlett was selected from an exceptional field of 305 entries from around the world to receive the 2016 award for his striking work titled Fusion Revisited. 

Previous winners include artists: Kendal Murray 2015, Mikala Dwyer 2014, Michael Sibel 2013, Lisa Roet 2012, Stephen Bird 2011, Robert Hague 2010 and Stephen Benwell 2009.

Deakin University Small Sculpture Award (installation view) 2016


Still in progress...

13 April – 27 May 2016

Still in progress... is an exhibition of work by current Deakin University PhD Students enrolled in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. It includes works by artists Sandra Minchin-Delohery, Todd Johnson, Kirsten Lyttle, Danielle McCarthy, Greg Penn, Ron Gallagher, Rachel Hanlon, Louise Morris, Ilona Jetmar, Alison Bennett, Keith MacDonald and Daniela Bertol.

Gregg Penn, Free of Internal Dialogue, 2016
Video still
Image courtesy of the artist


MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage Works by Glen Skien

24 February – 31 March 2016

An exhibition of artist books, assemblages, collages and installations that bring to life social histories and questions of identity. The exhibition offers viewers an immersive experience rich in imagery that navigates residues of the past and creates new propositions for Australian identity and historical awareness.

MYTHO POETIC is organised by the Gympie Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been assisted by the Gordon Darling Foundation and the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts' Visions of Australia program.

Glen Skien, Constellations, 2013
Collage, photo transfer and encaustic on paper, variable size.
Image courtesy of the artist and Museums & Galleries Queensland.


Where are the Originals? Once were photographs… Peter Lyssiotis

28 October – 11 December 2015

Where are the Originals? slows down the frantic pace of photography in the modern era, pausing for a breath in our rush to capture every moment by taking an over-the-shoulder look at photography and interrogating it. Amongst other things this exhibition posits the view that once an idea has been stretched, almost to breaking point, it will return inevitably to the original.

Lyssiotis' process of scratching, erasing, sanding and over drawing an existing image is a way of drawing those photographs, which have been made and already reproduced back to their essence… light. So that the immediacy of photography goes arm-in-arm with the meditative nature of drawing.

Based on two series of works, 'Men of Flowers' and '… & Now?' these works look at the challenge of making visible that which the initial photographer has not foreseen, revealing, in the process, what was hidden in the original, with a view, always, to reach for those unexpected levels of poetry (and perhaps humour).

Curated by Leanne Willis

Peter Lyssiotis, … & now? III (detail), 2009
Giclee print
Deakin University Art Collection
Photo: Simon Peter Fox


Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery

28 April – 29 May 2015

Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery is part of Gosia Wlodarczak's ongoing Instruction Drawing project. Taking a drawing produced during a residency at the Western Washington University Art Gallery in 2012 as her starting point, Wlodarczak has developed two pictorial alphabets, each letter of the English alphabet represented by a small detail of this drawing.

Using these pictorial alphabets, Wlodarczak has created a series of three site-specific wall drawings, each containing encoded texts. The first has been completed by the artist; the second, by Deakin University Art Gallery staff using a manual provided by the artist, 'Instruction for the Maker'; and the third will be a collaboration with visitors to the exhibition.

Texts selected by the artist and University staff, which relate to project and to the specific context of the University setting, are encoded within two of the drawings, which may be decoded using a set of instructions provided by the artist 'Instruction for the viewer'. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to contribute a word to the project, which the artist will translate into a third wall drawing during a four-day residency from 28 April to 1 May, culminating in a collaborative concrete poem.

Gosia Wlodarczak extends the practice of drawing in performative, interactive and conceptual projects that respond to her direct environment and explore the idea of drawing and language being coded modes of communication.

Gosia Wlodarczak, Dust cover Eero Saarinen womb sofa, 2012
Performance with pigment marker, acrylic, stains and marks on canvas.
Deakin University Art Collection
Photo: Longin Sarneci


George Gittoes: I Witness

18 February – 5 April 2015

George Gittoes: I Witness is the first major survey in Australia of the work of leading Australian artist and filmmaker George Gittoes. Gittoes is a nationally significant and internationally recognised Australian artist best known for creating works in regions of conflict and upheaval around the world including Rwanda, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Known for working in areas of international conflict, here Gittoes sharpens his eye around the moral, ethical and spiritual dimensions of being human.

Curated for Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre by Rod Pattenden, George Gittoes: I Witness presents the major themes explored throughout Gittoes' 40 year career, with a diverse body of work that includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, artist diaries from the fields of war, installation and film.

It is drawn from the artist's and other private collections with many works never having been seen publicly in Australia.

A Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre touring exhibition.

George Gitttoes, Night Vision (detail), 1993–1994
Oil on canvas
Photo: Simon Peter Fox