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, Gift of the artist 2020, Deakin University Art Collection. Image © and courtesy of the artist. Photo by Simon Peter Fox.

Current exhibition

Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

The 2023 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

When: 23 August - 13 October 2023

The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award is an annual competition showcasing outstanding sculptures from artists across Australia. An exhibition of finalists' work is held each year in August to October at the Deakin University Art Gallery.

Image: Installation image of the 2023 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Art Gallery, August 2023, photography Simon Peter Fox.

2023 Finalists

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski
Ourania Amvrazis
Anindita Banerjee
Gillian Bencke
Annette Bukovinsky
Melanie Cobham
Amy Cohen
Emma Coulter
Augustine Dall'Ava
Julian Di Martino
Naomi Eller
Carly Fischer
Gail Hastings
Patrick Heath

David Jensz
Linda Judge
Tala Kaalim
Sam Kariotis
Alicia King
Jo Lane
Jenna Lee
Shirley Macnamara
Carolyn Menzies
Dónal Molloy-Drum
Kendal Murray
Lori Pensini
Kirsteen Pieterse
Kenny Pittock

Daniel Press
Nina Sanadze
Louise Skacej
Vipoo Srivilasa
Hiromi Tango
Natalie Quan Yau Tso
Carmel Wallace
Bettina Willner-Browne
Alana Wilson
Ching-Yee Wong
Petr Zly
Simon Zoric

Virtual tour artwork labels

Artworks left to right on gallery walls, then middle to end.

Linda Judge, Reconstituted Orange, wooden log, plastic lids

Natalie Tso, your spit is my nest, my saliva and guar gum on isomalt crystals (sugar) coated with nail polish varnish

Melanie Cobham, Melodies for Migrants, music box, expired passport

Jenna Lee, Dilly Can, pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, book binding thread, book cover board, Courtesy of MARS Gallery

Nina Sanadze, Gramophone: Rethinking, reworking, reshaping… monuments… what are the possibilities… (series), clay, resin, hydrostone, acrylics, glue. Sculpture incorporates a replica of a studio plaster model of a revolutionary by Soviet monumental sculptor Valentin Topuridze (1907-1980), Courtesy of Daine Singer

Sam Kariotis, Preservation, cardstock, tin

Kenny Pittock, Koala Teddy, acrylic on ceramic, Courtesy of MARS Gallery

Lori Pensini, Farm yard, oil on xanthorrhoea heart wood (grass tree heart wood), Courtesy of Gallerysmith, North Melbourne

Carolyn Menzies, Rewilding, acrylic, sponge, gouache, tapestry fragments, glass-head pins and glue

Carmel Wallace, Lone Pine Colony, pine needles, hair, thread

Bettina Willner, Wave Motion, stoneware glazed ceramic, Courtesy of Saint Cloche Gallery, NSW  & Lennox St Gallery (formerly Metro Gallery), Victoria

Kirsteen Pieterse, Subsidence, acrylic and stainless steel, Courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney

Alana Wilson, Map of Fragility, stoneware with magnesium markings and shell salt flashing, Courtesy of ReadingRoom

Carly Fischer, Slip II 2023, concrete & basalt aggregate, ceramic, acrylic paint

Dónal Molloy-Drum, The Leaning, stainless steel, wood veneer, Courtesy of Flinders Lane Gallery

Anindita Banerjee, Sand Time, blown soda lime glass, wood charcoal, recycled glass jewellery, old dupatta, Mahaprasad

Julian Di Martino, Deceased estate (dressing table), wood, acrylic paint

Augustine Dall'Ava, Paradox no 10  2022-23, painted wood, painted stone, travertine

Naomi Eller, Navigation home 2022-23, ceramic, pigment, wax, gold leaf, steel plinth

Gillian Bencke, Amphora, felt, velvet, sequins, glass beads, thread, buttons, found items, lead

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski, Conical 2, acrylic and iridescent acrylic with UV gloss on ABS resin (SLA), Courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery

WONG Ching Yee (Jenny), Mask (III) – Forward, porcelain, acrylic board

Shirley Macnamara, The Gathering Laga Bag, spinifex, ochre, kangaroo bone, galah feathers, porcupine (echidna) quills, bullock bone, silver wire, gold leaf, spinifex resin, polymer fixative, Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery

Daniel Press, Revenants of Queen's Square, wax

Kendal Murray, Freelance Chance, Expanse Enhance, mixed media of metal, fabric, paper, polyurethane, wire, paint, Courtesy of Flinders Lane Gallery

Patrick Heath, Death Mask, plaster, milk varnish

Annette Bukovinsky, Recompense, fired clay, cardboard and plastic, Courtesy of Stanley Street Gallery

Louise Skacej, Lake Spomin, bronze

David Jensz, "Spin", river stone, lead, Courtesy of Australian Galleries

Simon Zoric, Untitled (Blue), aluminium, automotive paint, quartz, apatite, Courtesy of Lon Gallery

Jo Lane, mid-air, marble, rope and wax, Courtesy of Oigall Projects

Amy Cohen, Finding Space, raffia and Manila hemp paper raffia

Alicia King, Aeolian Dust , iron, resin, mineral pigments

Hiromi Tango, Ou Ka 桜花 | 謳歌 (Flower Song), textile and mirrored Perspex, Courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf

Emma Coulter, Double tuck, enamel on steel, Courtesy of James Makin Gallery

Tala Kaalim, Avoir le Beurre et l'argent du Beurre, glass

Gail Hastings, Space holder lost when one day relocating its half-cylinder space, half-cylinder of space, acrylic on wood

Petr Zly, Finding the Floor, polylactide, polyurethane, steel, acrylic, pigments

Ourania Amvrazis, Speculative Futures: a simulation of future cities constructed through sound, PLA

Vipoo Srivilasa, Kiln God Altar, porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, air dry clay, mixed media, gold luster, gold leaf glaze, acrylic paint and glaze, Courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

Upcoming exhibitions

Exhibitions are held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please click on the below link to see what exhibitions we have coming up this year.

Past exhibitions

Exhibitions are held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please click on the below link to find a selection of previous exhibitions, including immersive virtual tours. Interactive catalogues for our past exhibitions are available via Issuu.

Education and public programs

Public programs at Deakin University Art Gallery include floor talks, panel presentations and seminars. We also offer education programs for schools and community groups that feature guided exhibition and collection tours, behind-the-scenes presentations and hands-on workshops.

School programs

The Deakin University Art Gallery offers a range of vibrant and diverse education programs based on current exhibitions and the art collection. All programs are free of charge and can be tailored to suit your schools' needs and/or interests.

Learn more about our school programs

Community group programs and guided tours

We offer a range of different options for community groups, including outreach programs based around the Deakin University Art Collection. Contact us with your requirements and we can tailor a session for your group or arrange a guided tour.

Self-guided tours

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).

Deakin Downtown art collection guide

Warrnambool Campus art collection guide

Melbourne Burwood Campus Sculpture Walk guide

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus Sculpture Walk guide

Geelong Waterfront Campus Sculpture Walk guide

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Deakin University Art Collection

Marlene Gilson, Possession Captain Cook First Fleet 2017, synthetic polymer paint on linen, Purchase 2017, Deakin University Art Collection. Image © and courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.

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 2400 artworks by over 900 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.

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. Further information about privacy at Deakin may be obtained by contacting the Privacy Officer at (03) 5227 8524 or at

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 artwork, management and maintenance of the University's art collection and for the purposes of exhibiting, interpreting and promoting the artwork, 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 artwork, 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 preparation of interpretive materials, 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)

Contact details


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Visit us

The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm*

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.
*During exhibitions only, closed public holidays

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