Deakin University Art Gallery

Image: Godwin Bradbeer, The Episode Version I 2013 chinagraph, graphite, pastel and silver oxide on paper, 112 x 95 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and James Makin Gallery. Private Collection, Melbourne.

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.

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+61 3 9244 5344

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Building FA 

Holland Avenue (off Burwood Hwy)

Burwood, Victoria 



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2017 exhibitions

Information about our 2017 exhibition program is provided below.

PDF Deakin University Art Gallery 2017 Exhibition Program -526.4 KB

Current exhibitions

Now showing at Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Godwin Bradbeer: Stigma and Enigma
8 March – 13 April 2017 

This exhibition features the work of Melbourne based artist,Godwin Bradbeer, one of Australia's most distinguished and celebrated draftsman. 

Comprising over twenty large and rarely seen works, the exhibition will include monumental drawings on paper, unique artist books, wall drawings and chalk on blackboard artworks.

The exhibition spans across four decades with works sourced from unique private collections with a focus on the fragile nature of Bradbeer's drawing practice and his ongoing subject of the body as a ruin.

Godwin Bradbeer, The Episode Version I 2013

Now showing at Deakin University Pop Up Gallery, Deakin Downtown

ON THE SHEEP'S BACK by Francis Reiss
30 March – 12 May 2017 
A Whitehorse Artspace Travelling Exhibition

In the 1950s, the wool trade epitomised the Australian way of life. Australia's export economy rode high 'on the sheep's back'. In this captivating exhibition, photojournalist Francis Reiss documents the life and times of a rural enterprise at Burren Burren, near Collarenebri, New South Wales. Enduring images of Rex White and his family, taken in 1951, offer a glimpse of the 30,000 acres and 5000 sheep that symbolise a successful farm at the height of the wool boom in Australia. 

Deakin University 'Pop Up' Gallery
Deakin Downtown
Level 12 – Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3008

Open to the public 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Francis Reiss, Rex White, the iconic farmer 1951, re-printed 2013

Upcoming exhibition

Unproductive Thinking

26 April - 26 May
Deakin University Art Gallery
Building FA
Melbourne Burwood Campus

Official opening: Wednesday 26 April 6pm to 8pm 

Whether through health and exercise or via positive thinking and mindfulness, the pressure to be transforming into something better is constant but for what purpose and what reward? Unproductive thinking mediates on these ideas asking questions of how artists engage their time and how does the production of art create alternatives? The exhibition features work by Australia’s leading emerging and established artists including Lauren Burrow, Jessie Bullivant, Eugene Carchesio, Laresa Kosloff, Rob McHaffie, Ian Milliss, Elyse de Valle and Simon Zoric displayed throughout Deakin University’s Burwood campus.

Laresa Kosloff, Lets do something in Italian 2015. HD video still image, image courtesy of the artist.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

7 June – 14 July 2017 

In its ninth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. 

One outstanding work will be awarded $10,000 and will become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. 

Applications for the award close on 13 April 2017. The winner will be announced
at the launch of the five-week exhibition of finalists' works on Tuesday 6 June, 6pm to 8pm.

Download the entry form (PDF, 102.1KB)

The Deakin University Small Sculpture Award 2016
Image courtesy of Simon Peter Fox

Past exhibitions

Public and education programs

Public programs at the Deakin University Art Gallery include floor talks, panels, seminars and breakfasts. We also offer education programs for schools and community groups, including guided tours and behind-the-scenes presentations, on arrangement with our Curator and Public and Academic Programs Officer.

Deakin University Sculpture Walk, Burwood

The Sculpture Walk is a great way to experience art at Deakin. It takes an hour to complete and is available to anyone at any time. Take the walk yourself using our audio guide, available via the izi.TRAVEL app, or pick up a copy of the map from the Art Gallery.

Deakin University Sculpture Walk for schools and community groups

If you are a school or community group planning a whole-day excursion, we recommend an hour tour at the beginning of the day. This will orientate students and give them an idea of the varied artworks on show at the University.

Another option is to select two or three sculptures to investigate with students or spend an hour completing an activity with one sculpture. Sculpture Walk education resources for primary and secondary students are available in PDF format below.

PDF The Burwood Sculpture Walk map and notes -1.4 MB

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 1700 artworks 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.

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.


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