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Deakin University Contemporary Sculpture Award 2017. Photo by Simon Peter Fox
Deakin University Art Gallery
Melbourne Burwood Campus, Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125
Hours Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Free entry.
Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
5 September–19 October
In its tenth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. This exhibition of finalists’ works provides a fascinating snap shot of contemporary sculpture.
We are pleased to congratulate Hannah Toohey on winning the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award for her work titled, Archaea No 4. Ms Toohey won the $10,000 prize and her sculpture will become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. The finalists and winners were selected by the judging panel including Lisa Byrne, Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Robyne Latham, practising artist and former Deakin academic and Leanne Willis, Senior Manager of Art Collection and Galleries representing Deakin University.
In selecting Archaea No 4 as the winner the judges felt the work was well executed with a clarity of construction resulting in a fascinating tension between the formal nature of the spheres and the elongated stick like legs. They also felt it was well resolved as a small sculpture in its own right and enjoyed its poise which contrasted with the whimsical nature of the work and its implied sense of movement.
The accompanying Contemporary Small Sculpture Exhibition features the 40 shortlisted works and is open at the Deakin University Art Gallery until October 19.
Photographer Simon Peter Fox
Archaea No 4, Hannah Toohey, fabric, stuffing, porcelain, raccoon claws
Winner of the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
Deakin University Downtown Gallery
Level 12 Tower 2 Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008
Hours Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, Free entry.
Deakin, The Beginning
Celebrating 40 Years of Deakin Alumni
12 September to 19 October
Deakin is immensely proud to celebrate 40 years since our first students walked into the graduation tent at the Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong. From humble beginnings to a global university with over 56,000 students and over 230,000 alumni, our University and alumni have developed and prospered together. This exhibition explores the early years of Deakin and the vibrant Waurn Ponds Campus life. It recognises our alumni as the beating heart of the University’s story, to be treasured and acknowledged as integral to the success of Deakin and its positive impact on the world.
Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus circa 1978
image courtesy of Deakin Archives
Deakin University Art Gallery
John Nixon's Australian Ceramics
31 October–14 December
This exhibition features the private collection of artist John Nixon, who over the last fifteen years has acquired a ceramic collection of over 500 pieces. This exhibition showcases the incredible work of ceramic artists from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s who were working in and around the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The exhibition demonstrates how one person’s passion, knowledge and dedication to an art form has transformed the everyday act of collecting into a cultural treasure. This exhibition is the second in a series of exhibitions especially dedicated to the art of collecting. Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.
A selection of works (from left) by Eric Juckert, Charles Wilton,
Artur (Artek) Halpern and McLaren Pottery. Image of selected
works from the collection of John Nixon courtesy of the owner.
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2018 Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists
We are pleased to present the finalists for the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2018.
Fiona Abicare, VIC
Megan Bottari, NSW
Sandy Caldow, VIC
Eugene Carchesio, VIC
Emma Coulter, VIC
Yuro Cuchor, SA
Ham Darroch, ACT
Rox De Luca, NSW
Mariana Del Castillo, NSW
Julian Di Martino, VIC
Michael Doolan, VIC
Mark Eliott, NSW
Helga Groves, VIC
Lee Harrop, NT
Will Heathcote, VIC
Matt Hinkley, VIC
Taro Iiyama, VIC
David Jensz, NSW
Brett Jones, VIC
Roman Liebach, VIC
Donna Marcus, QLD
Anne-Marie May, VIC
Sean Meilak, VIC
Kendal Murray, NSW
John Nicholson, NSW
Kenny Pittock, VIC
Kate Rohde, VIC
Robbie Rowlands, VIC
Nuha Saad, NSW
Adam Stone, VIC
Susanna Strati, NSW
Chi-Ling Tabart, TAS
Sherna Teperson, NSW
Hannah Toohey, NSW
Naomi Troski, VIC
Jos Van Hulsen, VIC
Peter Vandermark, ACT
Isadora Vaughan, VIC
Dan Wollmering, VIC
Pam Wragg, VIC
Deakin University's Small Sculpture exhibition for 2018 will run from 5 September to 19 October.
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.
- 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.
Email Deakin University Art Gallery to arrange a guided tour or workshop.
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).
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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.
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.