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.

Upcoming exhibitions

Exhibitions are primarily held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and at Deakin University gallery spaces across our campuses. Please click on the below link to see our upcoming exhibitions.

Past exhibitions

Please click on the below link to find a selection of past exhibitions, including immersive virtual tours.

Conversations in space

When: 12 February – 5 April 2024

Laura Skerlj, Cloud (I) 2023, oil on linen

Image: Laura Skerlj, Cloud (I) 2023, oil on linen, image © and courtesy of the artist.

Deakin University Art Gallery presents Conversations in space: a group exhibition in the form of an inter-generational dialogue between artists and objects in virtual and real spaces. Curated by Deakin’s James Lynch the exhibition presents new works by senior Australian artist Helen Maudsley alongside works by Alex Hobba, Noriko Nakamura and Laura Skerlj. Conversations in space is an interplay between painting, animation and sculptural practices focusing on object relations and their proxies and stand-ins, in a flat time world: where our world view appears constantly moving but much remains the same.

Download the exhibition catalogue

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition

Virtual tour artwork labels

From left clockwise around gallery:

Alex Hobba
Piss Trough  2020
digital video consisting of 3D render animation
1:24 mins, looped
courtesy of the artist

Laura Skerlj
Untitled (orb)  2023
Untitled (sparkler)  2023
Untitled (fizzy)  2023
Untitled (trance)  2023
Untitled (bouquet)  2023
Untitled (limbo)  2023
Untitled (moth)  2023
Untitled (cloud)  2023
all works are oil on linen
courtesy of the artist

Helen Maudsley
Know Thine Own Self  2022
The Power of the Written Word; Without the Written Word, Art Doesn’t Exist.  2020
The Coil, the Circle & the Rectangle. Into the Trees & the Landscape. Into the Distance.
Unless Art is Written About, it Doesn’t Exist.  2020
Linkages of Different Kinds. The basic 4 shapes; the square, the circle, and the triangle.
And the Golden Ratio.  2022
The Coil, the Screws, the Rectangle, and the Chain that Hangs
Colours and Tones, not mixed, but Calling to Each Other.   2022
all works are oil on canvas
courtesy of the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

rear wall:
Helen Maudsley
Nudes  1986
watercolour and gouache on paper and artist frame
Gift of the artist, 2007
Deakin University Art Collection
courtesy of the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Noriko Nakamura
Milking my heart  2019
Rib Bone  2017
Untitled  2016
Secret  2017
all works are carved Mount Gambier limestone
courtesy of the artist

Alex Hobba
Cockfighter’s Ghost  2023
digital video consisting of 3D render animation with AI voice acting and human voice,
sound design by Christopher Maruca
6:36 mins
courtesy of the artist

Exhibition catalogues

Interactive catalogues for our 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, 10am – 4pm, during scheduled exhibition dates (closed public holidays).

Cost: Free entry

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.

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