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^

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner announcement

This is the 12th year of the award, and we were pleased to receive 306 entries, from which 41 were selected. Congratulations to our finalists, and a big congratulations to Scotty So for his winning entry, Surburbkin in Red, 01.

Scotty So, Surburbkin in Red, 01, nylon, metal. Winner of 2022 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award. © and courtesy of the artist.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition

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

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition here

Artwork captions left wall (images left to right)

Mark Eliott, Cloudy head, borosilicate glass, stone base, Flame sculpted and blown Illustration for the upcoming novel: Essence of Cloud.

Scotty So, Surburbkin in Red, 01, Nylon, Metal, Material repurposing through sewing, courtesy of Mars Gallery.

Vicki West, Kelp Vessels, bull kelp, kelp stalk, twine, hand built vessels from wild harvested bull kelp, bull kelp stalk and twine, courtesy of Vivien Anderson Gallery.

Wendy Teakel, Stockpile, River stone and mild steel, Construction/Assemblage mig welded steel and placed river stone, courtesy of & Gallery Australia.

Jess Taylor, Shelob, 3D printed resin, paint, The work is created using scans of the artists body, which have then been manipulated by the artist in 3D modelling programs. The resulting file is then 3D printed in resin and painted.

Jayanto Tan, Late Night Movies (sorry angel, call me by your name), Ceramic, wooden ice cream stick, Hand build, low fire temperature, courtesy of Art Atrium.

Zoran Bogdanovic, Basalt Quarry Sunset, Colour & Cement, Mixed materials.

Brad Gunn, Flopsy Large, Resin, synthetic fibres, sculpted in clay, moulded in silicone and fibreglass, cast in resin and covered in flocking.

Helen Earl, Triumph of Galatea (After Raphael), Porcelain, terracotta and painted plywood, Rolled and folded porcelain and terracotta, courtesy of Helen Earl.

Fleur Brett, Caught up in this, Data cable, plastic & metal, Woven data cable using a random weave basketmaking technique and recycled metal assemblage.

Sarrita King, Coolamon – Language of the Earth, Patinated Steel, Laser etched metal, courtesy of Artistic Solutions Group.

Catherine Bell, Bouquet #1 (Lily) & Bouquet #2 (Pansy), Florist oasis foam, Hand-carved oasis foam, courtesy of Sutton Gallery.

Nat Thomas, Failed State, Steel, Welded.

Artwork captions end wall (images left to right)

Ayako Saito, Artemis Bow, Steel, painted, Cut , folded , forged, and welded steel, courtesy of Australian Galleries.

Nuha Saad, Sunburst (XOX), Acrylic on wood, Acrylic on wood and glued elements, courtesy of James Makin Gallery Melbourne.

Deb McKay, Twist, Black Midfire Clay, Hand built clay form.

Helen Philipp, Afterburn, paper twine, copper wire, colour-coated copper wire, raffia, woven.

Hiromi Tango, Red Moon 赤い月 Akai Tsuki, Woven Textiles, weaving, courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf.

Artwork captions right wall (images left to right)

Jos Van Hulsen, Emotional Baggage, steel, plastics & enamel paint, Welded construction.

Adrienne Doig, Goddess Complex, Mixed media textiles, Soft sculpture, courtesy of Martin Browne Contemporary

Sue Anderson, Waves of emotion, Raku clay and ceramic glazes, Handbuilding and painting, courtesy of Australian Galleries.

Elizabeth Colbert, In Transition, Organdy, cotton and synthetic thread, metal, wool, glass beads, cardboard and paint, Stitched and hand manipulated fabric weighted with a pad of coins and wool.

Ewen Coates, Accidental Embrace, cast bronze, lost wax casting.

Vittoria Di Stefano, Nocturne, Handmade felt, brass, magnets, silicone, reclaimed teak bowl and dessert glass, Assemblage.

Belinda Piggott, Stilled, for a moment to contemplate, Manganese rich stoneware, glazes, steel, handbuilt ceramics, torn apart and reconstructed, suspended within welded steel frame.

Amalia Lindo, The Cloud is of the Earth (v. 1), 17” liquid-crystal display panel, LCD controller board, stainless steel tube, acrylic perspex, Single channel video mounted onto bent steel tube sculpture, courtesy of Haydens.

Moya Delany, DON'T GO, Mixed media, Assemblage.

Artwork captions centre of gallery (images front to back)

Kenny Pittock, The News, Acrylic on ceramic, Hand sculpted, kiln fired, hand painted, courtesy of MARS Gallery.

Emily McGuire, Demarcations II, Found padded bra inserts, eucalyptus yarn, Hand-sewing.

Chloe Tizzard, Delphi, Shag, velvet, Soft Sculpture.

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski, Around the Corner 9, Acrylic, iridescent acrylic and fluorescent acrylic with UV gloss on ABS resin (SLA), Hand painted 3D printed sculpture, courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery.

Susan Reddrop, Hedonism, Lead Crystal, Lost wax cast.

Barry Jackson, ground zero, clay, carbon, Black fired, cast and manipulated form.

Sherrie Knipe, Off Guard, Pine veneer, Wood bending.

Miho Watanabe, Awareness of Between-ness: Memory and Time "Street trees at England", Silk, resin, photo and acrylic paint, Photo transfer on silk, acrylic paint and resin treatment.

Jodi Stewart, History vs Reality, Stoneware, Handbuilding.

Petr Zly, On The Occasion of The Endless Sea, Polyurethane, Polylactic acid, Acrylic, Pigment, Combined Techniques.

Peter Vandermark, Seating Arrangement #6, Timber, plastic chair section, acrylic & enamel paint, split rings, swivel, Construction / Assemblage, courtesy of Olsen Gallery Sydney, Beaver Galleries Canberra.

Tracey Lamb, Essential Elements, Steel, powder coating with enamel paint, Welded, hand bent steel, courtesy of Curatorial & Co, Sydney.

Ron Robertson-Swann, Krak des Chevaliers, Steel, painted, cut and welded, courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery / Australian Galleries.

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

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.

Current exhibition

From the Heart of Bangladesh

When: 26 August–30 September 2022
Deakin University Library, 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

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition

Artwork included in the virtual tour of the exhibition, From the Heart of Bangladesh, on display at the Deakin University Burwood Library, Melbourne Burwood Campus from 26 August to 30 September 2022.

All artwork from the Atiq and Nira Rahman Collection.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition here

Virtual tour artwork labels

Left wall
Shahabuddin Ahmed, Stretching, 2019, Oil on Canvas
Shahabuddin Ahmed, Cosmos, 1990, Oil on Canvas
Monirul Islam, Black Angel, 2015, Collage and Oil on Paper
Monirul Islam, Maya's Dream, 1986, Etching and Aquatint

Middle wall
Qayyum Chowdhury, Untitled, 2008, Water Colour
Qayyum Chowdhury, Symphony 4, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas
Samarjit Roy Choudhury, Flying Birds, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas
Ranjit Das, Images and Reflections 3, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas
Sheikh Afzal, Untitled, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas
Farida Zaman, Sufia and Fishing Net, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas
Ferdousy Priobhashini, Nightly Shrine, 2017, Metal
Mohammad Iqbal, Distant Skies 22, 2021, Oil on Canvas
Karu Titas, Jol Jochnai (In Luminescence), 2012, Acrylic on Canvas
Kanak Chanpa Chakma, Festival, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas
Jamal Ahmed, Gypsy Woman, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas
Biren Shome, Bangabandhu-11 (The Friend of Bengal), 2016, Acrylic on Board
Rafiqun Nabi, Janak (The father of the nation), 2011, Water Colour
Rafiqun Nabi, At Noon in the Field, 2014, Acrylic on Canvas
Biren Shome, Motherland-2, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas
Samar Majumder, Inspiration of Liberation War, 2022, Acrylic on Paper
Kanak Chanpa Chakma, A Golden Day, 2018, Acrylic on Canvas

Right wall
Monsur Ul Karim, Janani 1 (The mother I never knew), 2017, Acrylic on Canvas
Rokeya Sultana, Stardust, 2020, Tempara on canvas
Abdul Mannan, Portrait of Tagore, 2010, Pencil on Paper
Farida Zaman, Memorable, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas
Shahabuddin Ahmed, Tigre du Bengal (Bengal Tiger), 2011, Oil on Canvas
Shahabuddin Ahmed, Bull, 2020, Oil on Canvas
Abdus Shakoor Shah, Story 1, 2017, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas
Sahid Kazi, Crow, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas

Also visible outside the exhibition space
Judy Holding, Kadjimulk's Tree, 2004, powder coated aluminium and steel, 250 x 130 x 51 cm, Deakin University Art Collection. Purchase 2008.

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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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).

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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)

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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.