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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)
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+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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2321 items

2321 items

Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris Edwin Jewell’

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Four nude women are depicted lying amongst scattered paintings/prints

Historical information

After a quiet period, interest in bookplates in Australia began to increase in the early 1970s, Entrepreneurial art and book collectors such as Edwin Jewell and others commissioned multiple Bookplate designs from a range of well known fine artists. At a 1997 meeting in Melbourne of the Ephemera Society of Australia Edwin Jewell and others announced the formation of the Australian Bookplate Society. The society was instrumental in promoting the art of the bookplate through establishment of the Australian Bookplate Design competition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature Wim Zweirs, C2, 1990, 200/70

Artwork - 'Two Hats' but Tim Jones

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Acrylic on canvas

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

If you are able to assist with identifying this work or the artist who created it please leave a message via the 'comment' link below.

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 - Bookplate - Ex Libris Keith Jewell

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed Bookplate

Photography - 'Sun Gilded Shed' by Katherine Birkin

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed colour photograph of a bush shed illuminated by the sun. The photograph was taken at Vectis near Horsham, Victoria.

Historical information

This work won the Open section, as well as the acquisition prize, in the Buninyong Gold King Festival 1998. 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

On backing board 'Katherine Birkin Sun Gilded Shed $280'

Artwork - [Bathers] by Zivco Micich

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Oil painting on a group of bathers by the sea shore.

Historical information

Zivco MICICH Arrived Australia c1960 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 - bookplate - Ex Libris Alan Wambeek

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Blue bookplate featuring the bust of a scholar a lyre and a book

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ex Libris ALAN WAMBEEK"

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris PRO HART

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Bookplate featuring a giant Pro Hart with palette dwarfing poppet heads in Broken Hill

Inscriptions & Markings

"Ex Libris PRO HART"

Artwork - Painting - [Untitled] by Mary Glennane

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

A large abstract painting on a stretcher.

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 - 'Those Trees' by Bruno Leti

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed etching on paper

Historical information

Bruno LETI (1941- ) Born Rome, Italy Arrived Australia 1950 Bruno Leti was nine years old when he came from post World War Two Italy. He studied at RMIT, studying Printnaking under Tate Adams, and Melbourne Teachers' College. He taught art in Italy, Canada, USA, and Melbourne, Australia. This work was exhibited as part of "Parallel Prints", a limited edition print project which presents the same exhibition simultaneously in New Zealand, at Art at Wharepuke and at a gallery in another part of the world. Eleven Australian artists were invited to join New Zealand-based printmaker Mark Graver to contribute to a portfolio that will be shown simultaneously at Art at Wharepuke, New Zealand and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria. Using the uniqueness of the reproducible print allows for the same works to be viewed at the same time on opposite sides of the world. This highlights the democratic nature of printmaking and questions the aura of the unique. Which venue is showing the 'real' work? Which the reproduction? The Australian artists showing alongside Mark Graver are James Pasakos, Bruno Leti, Martin King, David Frazer, John Neeson, Antonietta Covino-Beehre, Deborah Klein, Deborah Williams, Melissa Smith, Jodi Heffernan and Susanna Castleden. The original concept, Parallel Prints NZ-UK in 2013, included invited artists from the UK and New Zealand. It featured the work of twelve diverse artists presented in a portfolio set. Each artist contributed one work on 300 x 300 mm paper in an edition of thirty-six. Part of the concept behind the project was to donate twelve of the portfolio sets to international collections. Institutions that have accepted a portfolio include the Victoria & Albert Museum and The Ashmolean Museum in the UK, the Jinling Museum of Art in Nanjing, China, and the Whangarei Art Museum, in New Zealand. In 2015 a portfolio set was donated to the Federation University Art Collection. 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 - Sculpture - 'Vehicle of Transience' by Anderson Hunt

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

This work was purchased by the Gippsland Campus Enhancement Project, 1996.

Bookplate - 'Ex Libris'

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

The print shows a black and white platypus

Historical information

After a quiet period, interest in bookplates in Australia began to increase in the early 1970s, Entrepreneurial art and book collectors such as Edwin Jewell and others commissioned multiple Bookplate designs from a range of well known fine artists. At a 1997 meeting in Melbourne of the Ephemera Society of Australia Edwin Jewell and others announced the formation of the Australian Bookplate Society. The society was instrumental in promoting the art of the bookplate through establishment of the Australian Bookplate Design competition. The competition includes a design award for secondary schools students.

Inscriptions & Markings

Amy B at bottom right

Watercolour - [Horsemen]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

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.

acrylic on canvas - 'Port Phillip Colonial GMC, Clunes' by John Collier

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Colourful acrylic on canvas painting depicting the Port Phillip Gold Mining Company, Clunes.

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.

Pencil on paper - 'Woman Carrying a vase' by Posonby Carew-Smyth

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

Ponsonby May Carew Smyth was born at Cork, Ireland, Carew-Smyth studied at the Belfast School of Art and Design. Carew SMyth taught at the national Art Training School, London and Rugby School. He arrived in Australia in January 1891 , and was appointed Principal of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery School (Ballarat West Technical Art School) from 1891 to 1899. In 1907 Carew Smyth was Chief Inspector of Art for the Victorian Education department. He designed commemorative wall plaques for state schools after World War One. In 1936 Carew Smyth was Acting Director of the National Gallery of Victoria. 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.

'Halfway up the Stairs' by Matilda Rooney

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Ceramic sculptural form.

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.

Book Plate - ‘Ex Libris Linda and Heather Jewell’

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Refer to A01539

Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris Edwin Jewell’

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

A cartoon character is depicted in what appear to be a pile of banknotes.

Historical information

After a quiet period, interest in bookplates in Australia began to increase in the early 1970s, Entrepreneurial art and book collectors such as Edwin Jewell and others commissioned multiple Bookplate designs from a range of well known fine artists. At a 1997 meeting in Melbourne of the Ephemera Society of Australia Edwin Jewell and others announced the formation of the Australian Bookplate Society. The society was instrumental in promoting the art of the bookplate through establishment of the Australian Bookplate Design competition.

Artwork - 'Thursday at 10' by Millicent Reed

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Woven tapestry in eight panels, each with seven images. Artist's Statement: "Every Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the morning, from the beginning of Winter, 2011 to the end of Autumn, 2012, I photographed the same scene in my Ballarat garden. While the main subject is the weather of the moment, it includes a walnut tree killed in the recent drought, and a deciduous ornamental plum. There are 52 Wednesdays recorded in the tapestry; and 4 franes showing the seasonal changes in the plum tree. The colours bordering each panel are those of deciduous leaves on trees in my garden that week. It is said we only know eternity in the pulse of the moment; and permanence in the cycle of the seasons."

Historical information

Millicent REED Initally training in tapestry from Sara Lindsay at an ATW community class Millicent Reed received a Diploma of Art (Tapestry) from South West TAFE in 2009. Her strength and direction comes from being part of the unbroken continuum of tapestry art from the beginning of recorded time. Similarly, the sameness and difference of time itself has become the focus of all her work. (https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/down-south-tapestry-in-australia/down-south-exhibitors-biographies/, accesed 03 April 2020)

Watercolour - 'Otway Coast' by David Alexander

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed coastal seascape

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 - 'Platter' by Geoff Phillips

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Ceramic earthenware platter by Ballarat School of Mines Associate Diploma of Arts (Ceramics) student Geoff Phillips. His artwork commemorates different phases of the moon and times for planting vegetables.

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 - Etching - Good & Evil

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

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.

'Your Life as A Spinning Plate' by Peter Georgakis

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Peter Georgakis focuses on exploring the concept of cognitive distortions and their relationship towards the physical and figurative. By utilising and relating a variety of figurative and physical imagery, he depicts the fragmentation and explosion of an interior visual landscape within distorted thought processes. This work portrays a wide array of distorted cognitive responses in a very visceral and disordering application. His works convey and visualise this response by using a variety of different software, including medical imaging, sound to image and experimental visualisation techniques. With such software applications, he has been able to digitally manipulate figurative and physical imagery in an unorthodox manner. Through this lens of a variety of software applications, he has been able to experiment and explore a vast range of cognitive distortions and their relationship towards the physical image.

Historical information

Peter GEORGAKIS Peter Georgakis completed his secondary education in Colac. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Ballarat (now Federation University). The following year he successfully completed an Honours, Creative Fine Arts. He was the recipient of the 2012 Martha Pinkerton Award. This artwork was purchased at the University of Ballarat End of Year Exhibition for the collection by Vice Chancellor David Battersby. 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 - '1969' by Mark Graver

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed print

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 - Banksia caleyi (Caley's Banksia) by Celia Rosser, 1986

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed photolithograph of a banksia.

Acrylic on canvas - 'Wattle' by Reinhardt Gromm

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

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 - 'Spiritual Head' by Yasmin Williams

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Artist's Statement: Through-out life we have our own different realities of the world we exist in. From childhood to adulthood our perception of the world is reshaped constantly in every way. These pieces of ‘found object’ and earthen artworks are surreal and re-purposed reflections of the reality I have a grasp of, and each found item creates its own narrative, balance and connection with its surroundings. When viewing these works I hope that the viewer is grounded by the earth and stone and helps to create a personal link or relationship with the abandoned objects that once belonged to another person, therefore creating their own narratives and perception of the world.

Historical information

Yasmin WILLIAMS (1991 - ) B. Ballarat, Victoria This works was completed while Yasmin Williams was a student at Federation University Arts Academy in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts).

Artwork-Ceramic - Untitled [Cup]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Wheel thrown cup with handle, no saucer. Glazed and decorated with abstract design.

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 - Painting - 'Caramel Sludge' by Jenny Nolan

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

If you can assist with information on this artist or artwork please use the comment link below.

Historical information

Jeny NOLAN 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.

Ceramic - Artwork - (Untitled) Tea cup

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Tea cup wheel thrown with handle, no saucer. Abstract glaze decoration. If you can assist with information on this artist or artwork please use the comment link below.

Inscriptions & Markings

S2 + Engo written in glaze on bottom of cup