Deakin University Art Gallery

An exciting venue for the University's program of exhibitions and arts events, including exhibitions drawn from the University's art collection, group and solo exhibitions by Australian artists and selected student, staff and alumni work.

Image: Adrian Mauriks, ‘Strange Fruit 2010’, painted epoxy resin^

Current exhibition

Holding in the hand

When: 19 July–26 August 2022
Deakin University Art Gallery, Building FA, Melbourne Burwood Campus

The Deakin University Art Gallery is pleased to present Holding in the hand, an exhibition featuring newly commissioned and rarely seen artworks by artists Scott Duncan, Marta Oktaba, Rachel Schenberg, Michael Staniak and Evan Whittington. In an era in which direct touch and proximity to others are avoided; holding onto something precious, being held and sensations of tactility have extra meaning. Holding in the hand explores the ways a new generation of emerging artists consider the hand and the haptic as symbolic sites of interface and communication. It investigates the integration of artistic processes, media and materials creating new forms, meta-languages and hyper-surfaces, to better understand our digital and mediated worlds.

Stuck on the internet 2020
ink on found paper
© and courtesy of the artist

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award finalists announcement

This is the 12th year of the award, and we were pleased to receive 306 entries, from which 41 finalists have been selected. Congratulations to our finalists, listed below.

2022 finalists

  • Adrienne Doig
  • Amalia Lindo
  • Ayako Saito
  • Barry Jackson
  • Belinda Piggott
  • Brad Gunn
  • Catherine Bell
  • Chloe Tizzard
  • Deb McKay
  • Elizabeth Colbert
  • Emily McGuire
  • Ewen Coates
  • Fleur Brett
  • Helen Earl
  • Helen Philipp
  • Hiromi Tango
  • Jayanto Tan
  • Jess Taylor
  • Jodi Stewart
  • Jos Van Hulsen
  • Kenny Pittock
  • Mark Booth
  • Mark Eliott
  • Miho Watanabe
  • Moya Delany
  • Nat Thomas
  • Nuha Saad
  • Peter Vandermark
  • Petr Zly
  • Ron Roberston-Swann
  • Samara Adamson-Pinczewski
  • Sarrita King
  • Scotty So
  • Sherrie Knipe
  • Sue Anderson
  • Susan Reddrop
  • Tracey Lamb
  • Vicki West
  • Vittoria Di Stefano
  • Wendy Teakel
  • Zoran Bogdanovic

The exhibition of the finalists' work will be on display at Deakin University Art Gallery from Thursday 8 September 2022–Friday 21 October 2022.

The external judges were Lyndel Wischer and Robert Hague, with Leanne Willis representing Deakin.

Michael Le Grand, Transit, 2020, painted steel. Deakin University Art Collection.  Winner of 2021 Deakin University Con¬temporary Small Sculpture Award. © and courtesy of the artist.

Lyndel Wischer

Lyndel is a curator and arts manager with over twenty-five years’ experience in the Australian arts and cultural sector, managing programs, special projects, and arts organisations. She has held key roles and governance positions at Shepparton Art Museum, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Duldig Studio Museum & Sculpture Garden, Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest, and has worked with multiple public collections featuring visual art, craft, and sculpture.

Lyndel is currently General Manager at Montsalvat, where she oversees strategic direction, infrastructure and cultural programs including a nationally significant art collection. She has a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management and studied Australian and European art history at the University of Melbourne as well as Museum Studies at Deakin University. Her passion is working with living artists, producing socially relevant cultural programs, and fostering professionalism in the arts.

Robert Hague

Robert Hague is an artist who brings an impeccable skill set to the contemporary scene. He works across numerous media including, printmaking, video, painting, and installation but with a concentration on sculpture, in both metal and stone.

From his studio in Newport, Melbourne, he has exhibited widely and is represented in major public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2019, his work was the subject of a retrospective at the Casula Powerhouse (Sydney). Recent exhibitions include ‘Common Ground’ at NGV International, ‘New Prints’ at IPC New York, ‘The Megalo International Print Prize’ (Canberra), ‘Porcelaine’ at Turner Galleries (Perth), the Blake Prize (awarded the Blake Residency), 'CRUSH' at Fehily Contemporary, the ‘Wynne Prize’ at AGNSW, and 'Inaugural' at Nicholas Projects.

Robert migrated to Australia 30 years ago from small town NZ. He has two young children.

Leanne Willis

Leanne Willis is the Senior Manager Art Collection and Galleries at Deakin University and represents the University on the Award selection panel. She has had responsibility for the Deakin University Art Gallery and the University Art Collection since 2007 and established the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award in 2009.

Prior to her appointment at Deakin, she was Director of the Shepparton Art Gallery for ten years (now known as SAM) and Director of Grafton Regional Gallery.

Upcoming exhibition

From the Heart of Bangladesh

When: 26 August–30 September 2022
Deakin University Art Gallery, Building V, Melbourne Burwood Campus

From the Heart of Bangladesh showcases the works of Bangladeshi master artists. These artworks have carefully and uniquely captured the heart and soul of Bangladesh, its people and its rich culture that has spanned centuries. While these beautiful works display the landscape, people and emotion of the land, this exhibition is more than a showcase of art from Bangladesh. It is a celebration of the cultural connection, communication and collaboration between the peoples of Bangladesh and Australia since their bilateral diplomatic relationship was formed fifty years ago.

With this hope, Atiq and Nira Rahman, a Bangladeshi-Australian couple are sharing their personal art collection with the wider community to foster a deeper conversation on how we can enhance our cultural understanding and empathy to connect better with others.

Image: Rafiqun Nabi, At Noon in the Field, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 89 cm x 89 cm, From the Atiq and Nira Rahman Collection © and courtesy of the artist

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.

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Exhibition catalogues

Interactive catalogues for our past exhibitions are available via Issuu.

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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 community groups. These include guided exhibition and collection tours, behind-the-scenes industry context presentations and hands-on workshops.

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.

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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Deakin University Art Collection

Aunty Marlene GILSON, Possession, Captain Cook First Fleet 2017, 2017.64. Purchase 2017, Deakin University Art Collection.

The Deakin University Art Collection is a unique and treasured collection of contemporary artworks by some of Australia’s leading artists. The collection reflects the cultural aspirations of Deakin and plays a significant role in creating a welcoming environment on campus, enriching the experience of university life and contributing to philosophical inquiry and creative research.

The collection first came together with artworks from Deakin University’s antecedent institutional collections including the Victoria State Teachers College, Prahran College of Advanced Education, the Douglas McDonnell and others. It now consists of approximately 2,400 artworks by over nine hundred artists.

The collection is comprised of examples of innovative creative practices including achievements in painting, sculpture, print, drawing, ceramic, photography, textiles and includes one of Australia’s largest holdings of artist books. Importantly, it is home to cherished artworks by First Peoples, including many artists that are based in South-Eastern Australia. It also houses artworks by our past and present students and staff, telling a special story of the Deakin University origins and its community.

A selection of important works in the collection are by artists such as: Hoda Afshar, George Baldessin, Gordon Bennett, Uncle Jim Berg, Ronald Bull, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Maree Clarke, John Cato, Vicki Couzens, Mikala Dwyer, Fayen d’Evie, Robert Fielding, Emily Floyd, Sally Gabori, Simyrn Gill, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Elizabeth Gower, Inge King, Robert Klippel, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sidney Nolan, Lin Onus, John Olsen, Robert Rooney, Mike Parr, Kerrie Poliness, The Ken Sisters, Jenny Watson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams among many others.

Maintaining and developing this collection demonstrates the University’s ongoing interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia. Acquisition highlights can often be found through our social media.

We are always happy to consider donations from artists and collectors as direct donations or through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program, please email us for more information. If you have a research or collection enquiry, please contact the Art Gallery team.

Handling of personal information of artists

This statement outlines how Deakin University handles the personal information of artists whose works are held by the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Purpose of Collection

Deakin University collects an artist's personal information for the primary purposes of acquisition of an art work, management and maintenance of the University's art collection and for the purposes of exhibiting, interpreting and promoting the art work, the artist and the Art Collection.

Means of Collection

Deakin may collect personal information from the artist directly during interactions with Deakin staff, most often staff of the Art Collection and Galleries Unit. Deakin may also collect personal information from third parties (e.g. artists' agents, owners of art work, other gallery owners) or publicly available print or online resources.

Use and Disclosure

An artist's personal information may be used by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit in the preparation of interpretive materials, and catalogues and promotional materials, all of which may be in print or online format. For these purposes, an artist's personal information may also be used by other operational units of Deakin (e.g. its Marketing Division)

Management of Personal Information

Deakin University manages personal information it holds, including requests by individuals for access to their personal information, in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic). Individuals have a right to gain access to their personal information held by the University. Information about Deakin's privacy practices is available at Further information about privacy at Deakin may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Officer at (03) 5227 8524 or at


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Deakin University Art Gallery
Building FA

Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, VIC 3125

To find the gallery on campus, enter Deakin University via Entrance 1, (Holland Avenue), off Burwood Highway. Continue straight for 500 metres. As you pass the overhead foot bridge, the gallery is on your right. If arriving by car, you can park in any of the bays on the left of Holland Avenue. Alternatively, follow Holland Avenue all the way around to the second parking entrance.

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^Banner image: Adrian Mauriks, ‘Strange Fruit 2010’, painted epoxy resin, 235 x 700 x 200cm. Deakin University Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 2020. Photography Simon Peter Fox. Image courtesy the artist estate. Pictured in situ at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood.