Past exhibitions

Exhibitions are held across our three venues at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus; the Deakin University Downtown Gallery at Deakin Downtown, Collins Square; and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please find a selection of previous exhibitions below.

Past exhibitions

Everyday research

When: 24 July–1 September
Where: Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus 
Building FA, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, VIC 3125
Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm

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

Todd Johnson 3 weeks, 2 days, 4 hours (detail) 2018
digital inkjet print
image © and courtesy of the artist

Deakin University Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of current Deakin Higher Degree by Research candidates from the fields of Art and Performance. The exhibition showcased the interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to art making and how practice-based research is informed through the everyday. The exhibition included a special performance at Burwood Open Day on Sunday 25 August. Artists include Todd Johnson, Victoria Holessis, Jan Nelson, Kirsten Lyttle, Rachel Hanlon, Maddie Leach and Lynda Roberts. Curated by James Lynch, Dr David Cross and Dr Jondi Keane.

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2019

When: 29 May–12 July 2019
Tuesday to Friday 10am–4pm, Open only during exhibitions
Where: Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus 
Building FA, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood, VIC 3125

In its tenth anniversary year this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit displaying the work of the 2019 finalists.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2019 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award:

Kate Ellis for ‘Untitled. Poodle Paw 2019’

JUDGING PANEL STATEMENT

In selecting ‘Untitled. Poodle Paw 2019’ by Kate Ellis as the winner the judges felt that the work was beautifully resolved and crafted. The work is a seductive object with a sense of mystery or strangeness, where experimental materials have been refined to articulate the artist’s ideas in a commanding way. The inscribing of the lines on the delicate surface give it a sense of being a ritualistic or sacred object that could have been from hundreds of years ago or could be from the future. It has an inherent sense of melancholy and ambiguity which creates a feeling of magic, inferring a deep understanding of art history combined with an appreciation and exploration of contemporary art. The viewer is challenged to consider the value we place on animals, perhaps one day this may be all we have left to reflect on as we are encouraged to look beyond the surface to the structures that are hidden underneath and consider their meaning.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK

Materials
Beeswax, damar resin, silk thread, acrylic fur, poodle fur

Technique
Initially modelled in a high grade plasticine by hand, the piece is then cast in beeswax to achieve a translucent, 'perfect' wax. Silk thread spirals are then pressed by hand into the surface of the wax. The fur tufts are hand sewn.

Artist statement
The fur of the coiffed poodle has a softness, an immaterial quality, ambiguous boundaries; yet the weightlessness is also suffocating and there is a sense of a heavier gravitational field. Under their coats poodles are dogs, descendants of the wolf. They are wild creatures, manicured for an interior dependent existence.

From Manchester to Melbourne: Colours of the Landscape

When: 27 May–12 July
Where: Deakin University Downtown Gallery
Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3008

WANG Ying, member of China Artists’ Association, Director of Education Calligraphy and Painting Association, China.

Since an early age, WANG Ying has had a passion for painting and calligraphy. He studied Western painting in Beijing Children’s Palace as a teenager and took extra studies in the Fine Arts Department while studying at Capital Normal University; successively studying with famous calligraphers and painters such as Xuetao Wang, Xuguang Zhang and Zhibin Liang.

An accomplished artist, WANG Ying has exhibited his work around the world, including at the UN in New York in 2012 (attended by then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his wife); joint exhibitions with Nobel Prize Laureate Sir Konstantin Novoselov in 2015 at Leeds University and in 2018 at Manchester University and most recently a solo exhibition at Huddersfield University, UK, from which Prince Andrew, Duke of York collected a work. WANG Ying is currently the Education Counsellor of the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in Melbourne.

This exhibition features watercolour and ink scenes of cities and landscapes he has visited from England to his current home in Melbourne. Familiar scenes are captured in lyrical beauty with fascinating contrasts between the sharp Australian light and the flowing hills of England. All elegantly captured in a blend of traditional Chinese and contemporary Western oeuvre.

Image: WANG Ying, Impression of Geelong Harbour, 2019, watercolour and ink on paper, 41 x 30 cm © the artist Image courtesy the artist, photography Simon Peter Fox

10th anniversary exhibition – Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award – Winners and Acquisitions

When: 27 May–12 July 2019
Daily 8.30am–8pm, free entry
Where: Deakin University Burwood Library Level 1
Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Displaying the winners and other acquisitions from the last ten years of the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture award, this exhibition provides a fascinating snap shot of contemporary sculpture.

Curated by Leanne Willis and Claire Muir, Deakin University.

Ralph Rogers: Byamee, Brewarrina

8 April–17 May 2019

Baranbinja artist Ralph Rogers explores his cultural and ancestral connections to Brewarrina and the history of aqua culture associated with the area. Stories about the creator Byamee, which are central to the kinship of the Baranbinja and Ngemba people of North West New South Wales, are deeply and vibrantly expressed. The Torch supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria through its Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program. The program provides art, cultural and arts vocational support to Indigenous men and women who are greatly over represented in the criminal justice system. Opportunities to create new pathways through art and culture and reduce recidivism are central to the program.

Curated by Kent Morris, The Torch

RALPH ROGERS - Byamee, Brewarrina 8 APRIL – 17 MAY 2019 Ralph Rogers Tribute to My Grandmother, Evelyn Crawford (detail) 2018 acrylic on canvas 191 x 137 cm © the artist and courtesy of the Torch

Andrew Rogers: Evolution. From Maquettes to Major Sculptures 1996–2019

10 April – 17 May 2019

Whether it be one of the massive stone structures for the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, or a large-scale public sculpture in metal, every work has its genesis in an idea which is brought to life in a maquette. This exhibition explores the journey of an artwork from Maquette to Major Sculpture though an exhibition of the work of Andrew Rogers, titled Evolution. This exhibition of maquettes and sculptures will be framed by installation images of his large-scale public works. Andrew Rogers is a leading contemporary Australian artist whose work is exhibited in major galleries across Australia and internationally. His work can be found in prominent public and private collections around the world. Curated by Leanne Willis, Deakin University.

ANDREW ROGERS: Evolution From Maquettes to Major Sculptures 1996–2019 10 APRIL – 17 MAY 2019 Andrew Rogers I Am (detail) 2014 stainless steel 65 x 30 x 24 cm © the artist and image courtesy the artist.

Echo Chambers: Art and Endless Reflections

13 February - 29 March 2019

This ambitious exhibition brings together contemporary Australian artists working with mirrors, mirrored surfaces and reflections, transforming three separate galleries across the Deakin University campuses into a series of dizzying spatial encounters.

The project engages increasing audience desire to see images of themselves reflected in exhibitions and also considers how contemporary culture often represents itself as a duplicate or double. Key historical examples will frame the exhibition inviting the viewer to speculate on what they see and how our experiences of representation have changed over time.

Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.

Meng-Yu Yan
New moon cleanse I  2018
framed digital print on Ilford gold mono
35 x 45 cm (framed)
© the artist and courtesy of Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

John Nixon's Australian Ceramics

31 October–14 December 2019

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.

Keysborough Secondary College VCE Art Exhibition

31 OCTOBER – 12 DECEMBER

In its second year, the Annual Student Art Show 2018 features works by students from the Keysborough Secondary College. Students are exploring personal and social identities by engaging with ‘Self-Concept’, a term widely used in contemporary psychology to describe how we perceive and evaluate ourselves, as well as, how we think others perceive us. In this body of work the students, as artists, are responding to the challenge of communicating the deeply personal nature of the ‘self’ to the unknown viewer using only the visual and the sensory as tools. Deakin University Art Gallery aims to provide opportunities for students studying VCE Art and Studio Arts to gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the art industry.

Curated by Vanja Radisic

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.

Image:
Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus circa 1978
image courtesy of Deakin Archives

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2018

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.

2018 Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists

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

Paint, Painting, Painted

25 July–7 September 2018

Paint, Painting, Painted is an exhibition featuring emerging Melbourne artists Matthew Dettmer, Sarah Gosling and Laura Skerlj. Working with divergent approaches to painting and painting processes, these artists have been born into an internet era defined by a proliferation of images, big data and social media. Amidst this state of constant distractions, the artists consider how subjectivity manages to impose itself, even when we are not looking. Curated by James Lynch, Deakin University.

Matthew Dettmer
Hippy Pocket (detail) 2018

Image courtesy of the artist

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

25 July-26 August

In 1818 Mak Sai Ying arrived in Sydney as the first known migrant of Chinese descent – the start of a 200-year journey of the Chinese community in Australia. At this 200 year milestone, the Australian population now comprises over 1.2 million Chinese Australians – a community that has influenced the evolution of contemporary Australian Society and, in the future, will play a pivotal role in the shaping of Australia as a nation, particularly in its engagement with the Asia Pacific region. Deakin University is celebrating this bicentenary by staging an exhibition called Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve, a journey about a personal and collective identity reflected through the garments Chinese Australians have worn over the past 200 years in Australia.

Wedding portrait of Sam Chung Gon
and Queenie Young in Sydney
c1920s

Donated by Frank Chinn, Chinese Museum Collection

Artworks from the Torch

28 May–20 July 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

The Torch supports current and former Indigenous Australian offenders in Victoria through its arts in prison and community program. The program provides art, cultural strengthening and arts vocational support to Indigenous Australian inmates and parolees, who are greatly over-represented in the criminal justice system. Opportunities to create new pathways through art and culture, and reduce recidivism are central to the program. This exhibition builds from successful exhibitions at Deakin in 2017 and is curated by artist and The Torch CEO Kent Morris (Barkindji).

Robby Wirramanda
Wergaia Wotjobaluk
New Beginnings #2 2017
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 92 cm

Brody Xarhakos: The Shape of Mentoring

29 June–18 July
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space 
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Brody Xarhakos started painting as a teenager. With his love of street art, which grew into a stirring passion, he created and explored the realms of painting in the outside world. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 predominately in the medium of painting, and now, more recently, with the moving image, projection and digital soundscapes. This exhibition consists of paintings that were created to be used as activators and discussion points in a peer mentoring workshop with Deakin's Helping Students program coordinators.

Xarhakos questions whether mentoring communities could be the ugly machinery of the new capitalism or whether they are an expression of genuine interplay, reciprocity, exchange and learning? This collection of works explores metaphors created collaboratively and re-imagines them with a gentle energy and openness, gesturing towards further dialogues.

Brody Xarhakos
Diamond, 2017
Acrylic on canvas, 122x92cm 
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy of the artist

Boneta-Marie Mabo: Immersed

30 May–13 July 
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Immersed is a collection of portraits of First Nations women that celebrates resistance against patriarchal colonialism. Each woman presents herself as she wants you to see her. The portraits offer a glimpse of individual resistance, power and beauty.

'First Nations women are over-represented in systems of control. Our lives are treated as an inconvenience to white society. Our existence unsettles white Australia because it is a reminder that First Nations people are still here, that sovereignty was never ceded. Even though we are surrounded by ugliness, we immerse ourselves in the fight for equality and justice. Unashamed and unapologetic, this collection invites you to see First Nations women as we see ourselves.' - Artist statement, from email conversation, January 2018.

Boneta-Marie Mabo
Nayuka Gorrie, 2018 (detail)
Image courtesy of the artist

Abstraction: Twenty-Eighteen

9 April – 27 June 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Deakin University joins with other Melbourne galleries to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria's inaugural exhibition The Field. The exhibition includes works by George Johnson, Normana Wight, Stephen Bram, John Peart, Graeme Johnson, Robert Rooney, Janet Dawson, Sydney Ball, Wilma Tabacco and Stephen Wickham, along with other non-objective and abstract art from the Collection of Deakin University.

The Centre for Abstract+Non-Objective Art is a new area of specialty for the University Collection.

Logo design: Stephen McLaughlan


Gosia Wlodarczak: Artist Not @(at) Work, 31 Domestic Jobs For December

9 April – 25 May 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

Artist Gosia Wlodarczak's latest project is a series of 31 performances that took place each day throughout December 2017. While dressed up in designer garments selected from her extensive wardrobe collection, Wlodarczak completed various domestic chores around her home, which were in-turn documented by photographer Longin Sarnecki and uploaded onto social media for interaction.

The entire set of 31 photographs will be exhibited as a series of high-resolution archival prints at Deakin University’s Downtown Gallery. Wlodarczak’s project sets out to establish a dialogue between the two phrases: the artist is always working and women's work is never done.

Gosia Wlodarczak
Artist Not @(at) Work, 31 Domestic Jobs for December, 2017
Digital photograph archival print on paper
Photo by Longin Sarnecki, courtesy of the artist

Lucas Ihlein: Diagrammatic

11 April – 18 May 2018
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Printmaking stimulates visualisation and exchange in the activities of Wollongong based artist Lucas Ihlein. Across his work involving socially engaged art, agriculture and environmental management, he expresses an affinity with print media.

This exhibition surveys his printmaking activities focussing on artist-led contexts including Squatspace, Big Fag Press and Teaching & Learning Cinema. The exhibition presents editioned and intervention/performance related artworks highlighting Ihlein’s promotional flair, appreciation for the economies of print and commitment to grassroots change. This exhibition is supported by the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University.

Works by Lucas Ihlein and collaborators.
Curated by Jasmin Stephens


Deakin Women

13 March – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

The role of women, in both family and public life, has undergone major change and transformation. In the twenty-first century, women are seizing the opportunity to be versatile, motivated and active citizens who inspire and lead change. Deakin women are strong, multi-faceted individuals, who successfully juggle many different roles in their lives. While they are often recognised for their workplace achievements, their other passions and commitments – the other facets to their personalities – are obscured or unknown. This exhibition of photographs by Deakin photographer Donna Squire celebrates the diversity and backgrounds of a cross-section of the University’s female staff, encouraging women to see themselves as accomplished and resourceful individuals who can effect change in their own lives, and the world.

Refer to Deakin Women 2018 photo exhibition celebrates International Women's Day for more information.

Donna Squire
Alecia Bellgrove 2018
Digital photograph
Image courtesy of the artist


Pamela Irving: YOLO Man and his Apocalyptic Alphabet

12 February – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

YOLO is a social media acronym meaning You Only Live Once. Pamela Irving’s ‘YOLO Man’ character started life in her murals at St Kilda’s Luna Park and were most recently shown at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics in Chicago, USA.

In this series of original ink drawings and mosaics to be exhibited for the first time in Australia, YOLO Man is depicted carrying a variety of apocalyptic figures on his head, hands and sometimes even his tongue. Often struggling due to the gravitas of those that burden him, YOLO man however manages the task with great optimism.

Irving appropriates imagery from both well-known and obscure
mosaics, drawings and paintings about the apocalypse. YOLO Man is a much loved character of the artist and a great edict to live by.

Pamela Irving
Yolo Man & Bruegel's Barrel Bug (detail) 2015
Ink on paper
Image courtesy of the artist

The Drawing Room

13 February – 29 March 2018
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

View catalogue here

The English tradition of a drawing room was a dedicated space in the house designed to entertain visitors. Historically, a ‘withdrawing’ room was a room to which the owner of the house, family members or distinguished guests could withdraw for privacy to encourage social interaction, play, comedy, story-telling and drama.

The Drawing Room is an exhibition in the form of a series of short
residencies by Australian artists: Anastasia Klose, Euan Heng, Kenny Pittock and Zilverster - Sharon Goodwin and Irena Hanenbergh. The exhibition focuses on the qualities of drawing as a medium of thinking and talking: exploring the intimate, informal, immediate and conversational nature of putting pencil to paper and sharing this with others.

Kenny Pittock
Me drawing Phil Jupitas drawing McCubbin 2017
Digital photograph of felt tipped pen on paper
Image courtesy of the artist

Ilona Jetmar: PUNCTUM

5 February – 9 March 2018
Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Family archives provide a rich source material for artist and current Deakin PhD candidate Ilona Jetmar. Family photographs, stories and cultural objects are the starting point of her creative process becoming re-purposed and recontextualised.

Through her painting practice Jetmar attempts to reconcile and connect with lost heritage whilst revealing the dislocated cultural practices of the Hungarian diaspora. These works look for the hidden element in images that causes us to react – the punctum.

Ilona Jetmar, #616 Eszter R 2017
Oil on linen
Image courtesy of the artist


AFTERIMAGE

4 December 2017 – 2 February 2018
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

New photomedia from the Deakin University Art Collection 
Kent Morris, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patrick Pound, Zan Wimberley and Anne Zahalka

One reason afterimages occur is from an over exposure to images. When the eye is over stimulated, images are said to be moved to a new area of our cerebral cortex, redoubling the image. Long after the first representation appears, afterimages occur prolonging the effect of the image in our brain. Knowledge of how images function has evolved over time to include social, political, cultural and neurological developments. From theories of the copy and appropriation from the 1970s and 1980s to new discourses around images as digital meta-data, the way images are used, transferred and the ways they transform our experience is a rich subject for contemporary artists.

This exhibition surveys a selection of recent acquisitions to the Deakin University Art Collection. The artists: Kent Morris, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patrick Pound, Zan Wimberley and Anne Zahalka have worked with traditions of photography for some time. Whilst Wimberley and Morris are considered emerging artists, Papapetrou, Pound and Zahalka have been working consistently for over four decades. Imagery taken by a camera, existing pictures and representations are starting points and the raw materials for their various investigations and artistic research. They use methods of remembering and memorializing, appropriation, the archive, collecting, aggregation and the built environment in their approaches to understanding the after effects of images.  Images no longer just depict the world around us but actively now shape and produce the various realities in which we live our lives.

James Lynch
Curator - Art Collection and Galleries
Advancement


The Void. Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective art

1 November – 15 December 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

'In art there is a need for truth, not sincerity.' - Malevich

Instigated by artist Stephen L Wickham, The Void Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective Art is an exhibition with fellow artists and close colleagues Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Christofides and Wilma Tabacco. Featuring important works from this genre the artists will investigate the various legacies and continuities within the practice of Abstraction & Non-Objective Art in the context of contemporary Australian Art.

Wilma Tabacco, Night Flight 2008-09
Oil on linen, 152x183cm
Image courtesy of the artist
Photography: Simon Peter Fox


Hannah Quinlivan: Travelling Light

14 September – 20 October 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

Drawing moves between materials like steel, the body and voice in the work of artist Hannah Quinlivan. Working in collaboration with artists, classically-trained vocalists and dancers, Travelling Light explores the notion of adaptation in a time of constant motion. The question of movement seems to haunt our times. Some move freely while others are forced to stand still – creating new types of tension. This exhibition based on a series of dance, movement, sound and sculptural urban interventions developed in Berlin, culminates at the Deakin University Art Gallery at Burwood Campus.

Images and footage from the official opening night on Wednesday 13 September, including a special performance of Transition with vocalists Louise Keast and Shikara Ringdahl, can be found on our Facebook page.

Visit our YouTube page to watch the Deakin Alumni Webinar from 6 September, Travelling Light with Exhibition Artist Hannah Quinlivan.

Art and Performance by Research

26 July – 8 September 2017

This exhibition at the Deakin University Art Gallery brings together thirteen artists and current Higher Degree by Research candidates in the fields of Art and Performance within the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin. Co-curated by Professor David Cross, Dr Patrick Pound and James Lynch. This large scale exhibition expands across four locations at Deakin University including the Art Gallery and the main library gallery space at Melbourne's Burwood Campus, the Pop Up gallery at Deakin Downtown and The Project Space at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

  • Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
    Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

    Artists featured: Anindita Banerjee, Jane Bartier, Bindi Cole Chocka, Shane McGrath and Monique Redmond.
  • Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
    727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

    Artist featured: Jem Noble.
  • Deakin University The Project Space, Geelong Waterfront Campus 
    Corner Cunningham St and Western Beach Rd, Geelong, VIC 3220

    Artists featured: Sandy Gibbs, Merinda Kelly, Raffaele Rufo, Amber Smith, Dario Vacirca and Sorcha Wilcox.
  • Deakin University Burwood Library Gallery Space
    Foyer Building V, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

    Artist featured: Shelley Jardine

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2017

7 June – 14 July 2017
Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Building FA, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125

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

Applications for the award closed on 13 April 2017 and the winner, Melbourne-based artist Richard Stringer, was announced at the launch of the five-week exhibition of finalists' works on Tuesday 6 June.

Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, presented Mr Stringer with the $10,000 acquisitive prize for his work titled, House on Fire. The piece will now become part of the Deakin University Art Collection.

Download the media release about the Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner (PDF, 120.2 KB)

Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, with the Contemporary Small Sculpture Award winner, Richard Stringer.


No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch

29 May – 14 July 2017
Deakin University Downtown Gallery, Level 12, Tower 2 Collins Square
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

The Torch supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria through its indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program.

The program provides art, cultural strengthening and arts vocational support to Indigenous inmates and parolees who are greatly over represented in the criminal justice system.

Opportunities to create new pathways through art and culture and reduce recidivism are central to the program.

Namib Mata Mata, Yorta Yorta/Muthi Muthi, Magpie Goose Hunting,
Acrylic on canvas 2016, 131x100 cm


ON THE SHEEP'S BACK by Francis Reiss

30 March – 12 May 2017 and 7 June – 14 July 2017

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.

Francis Reiss, Rex White
The iconic farmer 1951
Re-printed 2013


Unproductive Thinking

26 April – 26 May 2017

Jessie Bullivant, Lauren Burrow, Eugene Carchesio, Laresa Kosloff, Rob Mchaffie, Ian Milliss, Elyse De Valle and Simon Zoric.

Increasingly we are asked to be improving ourselves seemingly 24/7. The pressure to be transforming into something better is constant but for what purpose and what reward? Unproductive Thinking mediates on these ideologies. How do artists engage their time and how does the production of art differ from the incessant push to be always efficient, diligent and productive members of society. Unproductive Thinking features the humorous, poetic and mundane means artists employ to seek out imaginative alternatives.

The exhibition features work by Australia's leading emerging and established artists displayed throughout Deakin University's Burwood campus.

Laresa Kosloff I can't do anything (detail) 2015 HD video with sound 1:56 mins. Image courtesy of the artist


Sam Jinks

Until Friday 24 February 2017

This was a one-time-only opportunity to have a fascinating, intimate and up-close look into the extraordinary, hyper-real sculptures of this very talented Australian artist.

What does this one do?

27 July – 2 September 2016


What does this one do? interrogates the relationship between engagement and entertainment. With increased recognition of the visitor and the rise of an audience voiced by social media, what does it actually mean to engage?

Guest curated by Carly Grace and Michelle Mountain through the Deakin University Museum Studies Alumni Program.

Anna Varendorff with Haima Marriott Bouba (detail), 2016
Brass, light and sound, dimensions variable
Photo: Haima Marriott

Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award 2016

8 June – 15 July 2016

In its eighth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding entry is awarded $10,000 and becomes part of the Deakin University Art Collection.

Melbourne artist Geoffrey Bartlett was selected from an exceptional field of 305 entries from around the world to receive the 2016 award for his striking work titled Fusion Revisited. 

Previous winners include artists: Kendal Murray 2015, Mikala Dwyer 2014, Michael Sibel 2013, Lisa Roet 2012, Stephen Bird 2011, Robert Hague 2010 and Stephen Benwell 2009.

Deakin University Small Sculpture Award (installation view) 2016

Still in progress...

13 April – 27 May 2016

Still in progress... is an exhibition of work by current Deakin University PhD Students enrolled in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. It includes works by artists Sandra Minchin-Delohery, Todd Johnson, Kirsten Lyttle, Danielle McCarthy, Greg Penn, Ron Gallagher, Rachel Hanlon, Louise Morris, Ilona Jetmar, Alison Bennett, Keith MacDonald and Daniela Bertol.

Gregg Penn, Free of Internal Dialogue, 2016
Video still
Image courtesy of the artist


MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage Works by Glen Skien

24 February – 31 March 2016

An exhibition of artist books, assemblages, collages and installations that bring to life social histories and questions of identity. The exhibition offers viewers an immersive experience rich in imagery that navigates residues of the past and creates new propositions for Australian identity and historical awareness.

MYTHO POETIC is organised by the Gympie Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been assisted by the Gordon Darling Foundation and the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts' Visions of Australia program.

Glen Skien, Constellations, 2013
Collage, photo transfer and encaustic on paper, variable size.
Image courtesy of the artist and Museums & Galleries Queensland.


Where are the Originals? Once were photographs… Peter Lyssiotis

28 October – 11 December 2015

Where are the Originals? slows down the frantic pace of photography in the modern era, pausing for a breath in our rush to capture every moment by taking an over-the-shoulder look at photography and interrogating it. Amongst other things this exhibition posits the view that once an idea has been stretched, almost to breaking point, it will return inevitably to the original.

Lyssiotis' process of scratching, erasing, sanding and over drawing an existing image is a way of drawing those photographs, which have been made and already reproduced back to their essence… light. So that the immediacy of photography goes arm-in-arm with the meditative nature of drawing.

Based on two series of works, 'Men of Flowers' and '… & Now?' these works look at the challenge of making visible that which the initial photographer has not foreseen, revealing, in the process, what was hidden in the original, with a view, always, to reach for those unexpected levels of poetry (and perhaps humour).

Curated by Leanne Willis

Peter Lyssiotis, … & now? III (detail), 2009
Giclee print
Deakin University Art Collection
Photo: Simon Peter Fox

Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery

28 April – 29 May 2015

Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery is part of Gosia Wlodarczak's ongoing Instruction Drawing project. Taking a drawing produced during a residency at the Western Washington University Art Gallery in 2012 as her starting point, Wlodarczak has developed two pictorial alphabets, each letter of the English alphabet represented by a small detail of this drawing.

Using these pictorial alphabets, Wlodarczak has created a series of three site-specific wall drawings, each containing encoded texts. The first has been completed by the artist; the second, by Deakin University Art Gallery staff using a manual provided by the artist, 'Instruction for the Maker'; and the third will be a collaboration with visitors to the exhibition.

Texts selected by the artist and University staff, which relate to project and to the specific context of the University setting, are encoded within two of the drawings, which may be decoded using a set of instructions provided by the artist 'Instruction for the viewer'. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to contribute a word to the project, which the artist will translate into a third wall drawing during a four-day residency from 28 April to 1 May, culminating in a collaborative concrete poem.

Gosia Wlodarczak extends the practice of drawing in performative, interactive and conceptual projects that respond to her direct environment and explore the idea of drawing and language being coded modes of communication.

Gosia Wlodarczak, Dust cover Eero Saarinen womb sofa, 2012
Performance with pigment marker, acrylic, stains and marks on canvas.
Deakin University Art Collection
Photo: Longin Sarneci


George Gittoes: I Witness

18 February – 5 April 2015

George Gittoes: I Witness is the first major survey in Australia of the work of leading Australian artist and filmmaker George Gittoes. Gittoes is a nationally significant and internationally recognised Australian artist best known for creating works in regions of conflict and upheaval around the world including Rwanda, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Known for working in areas of international conflict, here Gittoes sharpens his eye around the moral, ethical and spiritual dimensions of being human.

Curated for Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre by Rod Pattenden, George Gittoes: I Witness presents the major themes explored throughout Gittoes' 40 year career, with a diverse body of work that includes paintings, drawings, printmaking, artist diaries from the fields of war, installation and film.

It is drawn from the artist's and other private collections with many works never having been seen publicly in Australia.

A Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre touring exhibition.

George Gitttoes, Night Vision (detail), 1993–1994
Oil on canvas
Photo: Simon Peter Fox