Deakin University Art Gallery

The Deakin University Art Gallery provides an exciting venue for the university's program of exhibitions and arts events.

These include curated exhibitions drawn from the university's art collection, group and solo exhibitions by significant contemporary Australian artists, travelling exhibitions and selected student, staff and alumni work.

Current exhibitions

In her words

When: 11 September–18 October
Tuesday to Friday 10am–4pm
Where: Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus, Building FA
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

In Her Words is a photographic exhibition focusing on women behind and in front of the camera. Recognizing the significance of feminist photography held by the Horsham Regional Art Gallery, guest curator Olivia Poloni was invited to draw works from the collection alongside key figures in contemporary Australian photographic practice. Artists Hoda Afshar, Polly Borland, Pat Brassington, Zoe Croggon, Karla Dickens, Cherine Fahd, Fiona Foley, Janina Green, Eliza Hutchinson, Carol Jerrems, Kirsten Lyttle, Tracey Moffat, Jill Orr, Deborah Paauwe, Polixeni Papapetrou, Julie Rrap, Simone Slee, Kawita Vatanajyankur and others.

A NETS Victoria and Horsham Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition.

Cherine Fahd, Visible Mother 1 Artwork from the series Visible Mothers

Cherine Fahd, Visible Mother 1 (from the series Visible Mothers) 2010-19, archival pigment print
image © and courtesy of the artist

Paul Laspagis, Kathryn Ryan and Stephen Wickham

When: 9 September–18 October
Monday to Friday 9am–5pm
Where: Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Level 12, Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

Presenting the work of three Victorian based artists whose practices depict the changing landscapes of the environments surrounding Deakin. From the farming pastures of Warrnambool and Waurn Ponds to the coastal ecology of the Bellarine Peninsula and the urban sprawl of Burwood to the Dandenong Ranges; artists Kathryn Ryan, Paul Laspagis and Stephen Wickham give a special insight into the areas in which we live, work and study

Artwork by Kathryn Ryan, Road to Home 2019, oil on linen

Kathryn Ryan, Road to Home 2019, oil on linen, courtesy of the artist and Nanda\Hobbs gallery Sydney

Over, Under, Around and Through

When: To 18 October
Daily 8.30am–8pm, free entry
Where: Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

This exhibition draws upon treasures from the Deakin University Art Collection and features artworks using embroidery, weaving and fibre based materials. The exhibition presents a diverse group of artists working in various geographical and cultural contexts.
The exhibition is built around an important work by world renowned Colombian artist Olga de Amaral who was one of the key abstract artists working in New York in the 1960s.
The exhibition also features traditional pandanus weavings by Julie Djulibing from Ramingining in Arnhem Land, a new acquisition by Katoomba based artist Adrienne Doig and the work of Peter Collingwood, described by Roger Hardwick in The Guardian as ‘the pre-eminent British artist weaver of the past 50 years’.

Curated by James Lynch and Claire Muir, Deakin University.

Adrienne Doig ORLY 2018
embroidery on tapestry 41.5 x 104 cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary Gallery Sydney
Deakin University Art Collection

2019 exhibition program

Discover what's on at the Deakin University Art Gallery from July to December 2019.

Download the 2019 exhibition program (PDF, 736KB)

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

High school programs and teacher professional development

Deakin University Art Gallery offers a range of vibrant and diverse education programs based on current exhibitions and the art collection on display throughout our campuses.

We also partner with local schools and Art Education Victoria to support curriculum delivery and APST certified teacher professional development. All programs are free of charge and can be tailor-made to suit your needs.

Programs include:

  • VCE Studio Arts Unit 4: Art industry contexts presentations delivered by our Public and Academic Programs Officer. Resources provided include exhibitions in focus, conservation and preservation, art gallery and museum careers.
  • VCE Studio Arts Units 1 & 2 with a focus on production and exhibition of artworks (ideas, styles and use of materials and techniques; copyright and moral rights).
  • VCE Art Unit 4: Discussing Art & Unit 2: Contemporary artworks and culture programs address the role of art in society and the ways in which it reflects and communicates the values, beliefs and traditions of societies for and in which it was created.
  • VCE Art Units 1 and 3: Interpreting artworks using Analytical Frameworks.
  • tailor-made programs for The Arts (Victorian Curriculum 7-10) to address your students’ needs and interests
  • guided exhibition, art collection and Sculpture Walk tours
  • practical workshops in drawing and mobile photography (also available in combination with guided tours)
  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) – we are currently looking for schools to partner with. Please contact Vanja Radisic if your school is interested.

Download more information about our School Programs for 2018 (PDF, 698KB)

Email Deakin University Art Gallery to arrange a guided tour or workshop.

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 or a workshop with our Public and Academic Programs Officer.

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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Our collection

Stephen Bush, When I was here I wanted to be there, 1994, oil on canvas, 198 x 239 cm. Deakin University Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery Melbourne.

The Deakin University Art Collection is made up of more than 2,000 artworks majority of which are displayed across all campuses.

The extensive collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, artist’s books, photographs and sculpture. Most works are contemporary in nature and represent art of excellence by leading Australian artists, current Deakin students and alumni.

A selection of important works in the Deakin University Art Collection are those by artists Gordon Bennett, George Baldessin, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Vicki Couzens, Mikala Dwyer, Emily Floyd, Sam Fullbrook, Sally Gabori, Minna Gilligan, Simyrn Gill, Elizabeth Gower, Inge King, Robert Klippel, Sidney Nolan, Lin Onus, John Olsen, Robert Rooney, Mike Parr, Kerrie Poliness, Mick Tjapaltjarri, Jenny Watson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams among many others.

Download the full list of artists in the Deakin University Art Collection (PDF, 99.2KB)

Maintaining and developing the collection demonstrates the University’s interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia. The collection reflects the cultural aspirations of Deakin University and its strategic goals of Learning, Ideas, Value and Experience.

We're always happy to talk to you about how to donate artwork. We consider donations from artists and collectors as direct donations or through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.

Please contact the Art Collection and Galleries Unit, for more information.

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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Contact details

Contact us
+61 3 9244 5344
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Building FA
Holland Avenue (off Burwood Highway)
Burwood, VIC


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