Past exhibitions

Image: Brad Rusbridge and Emma Busowsky Cox installing Gosia Wlodarczak FOUND IN TRANSLATION, Interpretation Drawing: SIGNS, 2015, Deakin University Art Gallery. Photo: Longin Sarnecki.

Melbourne is famous for its art but you don’t need to go into the city to enjoy a visual feast. The Deakin University Art Gallery showcases works by Australian artists in six exhibitions a year.

Past exhibitions

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.

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.

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.

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Sam Jinks 

Until Friday, 24 February 2017

This was be 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.

Silicon, artificial hair, real hair, textiles, 160.0 x 123.0 cm. Private collection Melbourne. Australia Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf