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Federation University Australia Art Collection Victoria

The Federation University Australia Art Collection aims to develop and maintain an important public art collection of high quality works of visual art which contributes to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of its student body, staff and wider community. The collection enhances the physical environment by adding colour and liveliness to the University and is displayed throughout our Ballarat, Gippsland (Churchill), Stawell and Horsham campuses. The Art Collection provides a valuable educational and research experience, as well as a providing potential to mentor.

The earliest works in the collection are associated with the Ballarat Technical Art School, although a coordinated approach to collecting was initiated by the Ballarat Teachers' College. Collection has continued over the decades, and has benefitted by generous gifts under the Cultural Gifts Program.

The collection covers most periods of Australian Art, and while most media is found it in the collection, it is predominantly Australian painting, printmaking and sculpture. Works by renowned Australian artists feature, as well as staff and students associated with Federation University Australia or its predecessor institutions.

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PO Box 663 Ballarat Victoria 3353 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5327 9168

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Opening Hours

By appointment.

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

Artworks are displayed at Federation University Australia campuses at Ballarat, Gippsland (Churchill), Stawell and Horsham. Victoria

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Clare K. Gervasoni 8 July 2014 1:15 PM

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monica 4 April 2017 4:31 PM

what do the colours mean in the painting phillip adams

Clare K. Gervasoni 4 April 2017 4:41 PM

Good afternoon Monica. We were no provided with information on the colours used, and alas, the artist is dead. Kind regards Clare Gervasoni Curator: Arts and Historical Collections

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2283 items

2283 items

Artwork - Printmaking - 'Inbetween' by Melissa Smith

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Framed limited edition print

Artwork - Printmaking - 'Supreme Court, Brisbane', by Kenneth Jack

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Framed six colour serigraph depicting a building known as the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Inscriptions & Markings

Edition 24/30

Artwork - Ceramics - 'Ceramic Sculpture' by Pattie Beerens

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Artists' Statement: Red. Broken structure on its side supported with an unrecognisable form. It is cast from an electronics packaging carton. Triangular arrows piece the structure with a spider on either side. I created fertility spiders to protect the Minoan women from predators. I collected spiders as a child to ward off the bullies and, like the octopus, spiders have eight legs and a head and body. The stylised spiders reference links between the Minoan octopus and other symbols of fertility. The natural light elongates the form in a shadow reflection on the floor. The form is surrounded by black space. This piece took on an anger I felt on the day that [Malcolm] Turnbull was overthrown and materialises the bully-boy behaviour we were witnessing. What is most interesting about this piece is that I created it as a Minoan reflection. It dawned on me , when I had it ready for the kiln - on the day that Dutton challenged the Turnbull leadership, that my anger was both reflective and contemporary because nothing seemed to have changed. We were witnessing first hand how the power struggles continue and goodwill suffers." Winner of the 2018 Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Award

Historical information

Pattie BEERENS (1962- ) Born Sunshine, Victoria Pattie Beerens was enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Ceramics at Federation University in 2018 after completing a Graduate Certificate Visual Art at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne in 2017.

Acrylic on Canvas - Rock Etching

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Collograph - Paranoia

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Printmaking - Collograph - Solitary Partners

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Artwork - photograph - [Landscape]

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Framed photograph of a rocky stream. If you can provide information on this artist or artwork please use the comments link below.

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Irena Sibley

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framed bookplate

Bronze repousse - Maurice Copland Plaque attributed to H.H. Smith

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Copper repousse plaque dedicated to former Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines Maurice Copland

Historical information

Maurice Copland was the Principal of the Ballarat School of Mines when he died aged 40. It is believed that H.H. Smith, Principal of the Ballarat Technical Art School, was responsible for this plaque. This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Artwork - Painting - Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education, Mt Helen Campus, c1970

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Painting of the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education (now Federation University) Mt Helen Campus.

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Ceramic - [Lidded Container]

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We are currently looking for information on the artist who created this work. If you are able to assist please leave details in the comments link below.

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Ceramic - Raku - [Untitled]

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Artwork - Printmaking - 'Nebula' by David Nixon

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Framed limited edition print

Historical information

The Gippsland Art School collects examples of limited edition prints to use as a teaching collection. The collection is largely unframed and comprises works from the Print Council of Australia, staff members and former students.

Inscriptions & Markings

25/40

Linocut - 'Nebula' by David Nixon

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Artwork - Ceramics - Woodfired Stoneware Jar by Ben Richardson

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Woodfired stoneware jar purchased from Woodfire 86.

Historical information

Ben RICHARDSON (1951- ) Born Hobart, Tasmania In 1972 Ben Richadson was awarded a B.Commerce degree in 1972 at the University of Tasmania. From 1978-81 he studied ceramics at the School of Art in Hobart and completed a Master of Art, Design and Environment degree in 2004. Starting out with raku, he was converted to working with local materials and firing with wood by Col Levy, Les Blakebrough and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, who conducted a woodfiring workshop he attended in 1980. In 1982, he set up the Ridgeline Pottery at Sandford, where he still lives and works, teaching two days a week at TAFE. He was a part-time lecturer in ceramics at the School of Art from 1985-95, and a researcher in the development of Southern Ice porcelain from 1995-97. In 2004, he completed a Master of Art, Design and Environment degree and, in the same year, participated in an international woodfiring workshop and conference in the United States. His work is marked with an impressed 'BR'.

Bookplate

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The letters J G appear on a blue hexagonal background.

Historical information

John Gartner was a fine printer and publisher, an author, a noted philatelist, and also collector of Australian banknotes and coins. He was born on 16 July 1914 and was largely self-educated, leaving school at fourteen for work following the death of his father. Gartner developed a strong interest in the history of typography and printing and was apprenticed at the Advocate where his father had been a linotype operator. Aged 17, Gartner bought a hand press and some fonts of type, and in 1937 acquired a platen press from which he set and printed his private press books, published under the imprint of The Hawthorn Press. Gartner had a strong collection of Australian bookplates. He also looked at the work of artists overseas and commissioned personal plates. He subsequently built an international collection with preference for artists who printed from wood. His initial searches were in Belgium and Holland.(http://www3.slv.vic.gov.au/latrobejournal/issue/latrobe-84/t1-g-t7.html)

Artwork - Ceramic - 'Sheltering From Winter Skies' by Christine Perks, c1985

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Two handbuilt majolica cats with on-glaze painted and woodfired earthernware.

Printmaking - Linocut - The Ubiquitous Balance

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Watercolour on paper - [Relaxing in the Garden

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Bookplate

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Gouache - 'Ideal Homes Exhibition' by Don Refshauge

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We are seeking information on this artist who studied at the Ballarat Technical Art School in the 1930s. If you can assist please make contact via the comments link below.

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Gouache - 'Gold Seal Mixed Fruits' by Betty Brown

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A framed original gouache poster depicting a box of mixed fruits with whole fruits such as pineapple, oranges, cherries, lemons, apples and grapes at the top of the box, and dried fruits and a fruit cake at the bottom

Historical information

Betty Brown was a student of the Ballarat Technical Art School when she completed this work, most probably for the Wiltshire Poster Competition. This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the lower edge of the work are the words "John Macleod & Co Pty Ltd. 122 Lydiard Street Ballarat" A sticker on the lower right hand side reads "Exhibit No 8547 Class No 1736"

Artwork - Painting - 'Strive & Grow, Thrive & Flow'

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Artwork - Printmaking - 'P.S. Canberra' by Kenneth Jack

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Framed 3 plate lithograph of the paddle steamer Canberra. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Artwork - Sculpture - (Untitled) Downer Jug

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Functional jug shaped as a bear with Robert Downers face. Maker unknown.

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Ink on paper - 'The Deluge' by David Green

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 2000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Artwork - Print - [Untitled]

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Watercolour - Abstract image with woman

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Printmaking - Woodcut - The Eleventh

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Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Printmaking - Lithograph - Theatre Royal, Ballarat West, by Francois Cogne

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Black and white lithograph mounted in a conservation 'window'.

Historical information

This item is part of the Federation University Art Collection. The Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.