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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.

Contact Information

location
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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1291 items with images

1291 items with images

Artwork - watercolour - [Boats] by Wes Walters

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed watercolour behind glass depicting moored sailing boats.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower right 'W.R. Walters June 48' Sticker verso "Jaman the Picture Framer 84-88 Lt Collins Street Melbourne Phone Cent 4802"

Bookplate - 'John Zelma'

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

A nude woman lies on her side reading a book with a two story house surrounded by trees and shrubs in the 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)

Inscriptions & Markings

Z 363 (0), signature 200/65 bottom centre

Mixed Media - 'Tile I & Tile III' by Caitlin Lowe

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Two framed mixed media artworks consisting of 5 x 5 cm LGH tiles, glazed using Speckled Blue Stoneware and Celadon Stoneware glazes. Presented on handmade paper using cotton hand stitching.

Historical information

Caitlin LOWE (1990- ) Born Townsville, Queensland Caitlin Lowe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) degree at the University of Ballarat (later Federation University) 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 - Returning Ducks

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

An artist's 'chop' is evident on the lower right corner

Historical information

Yang Deliang was from the Jinshan Peasant Painting Academy where Chinese folk art of southeastern Yangtze River area of Shanghai is undertaken. The paintings integrate the folk arts of printing and dyeing, embroidery, paper cutting, wood carving, and cook stove painting, and depict the peasant's colorful customs and daily life. This style of folk art was born in 1972, under the guidance of a professional painter Wu Tongzhang. Jinshan Peasant Painting made its international debut in the Expo 1980 in Brussels, Belgium. 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.

Oil - 'Migratory Birds' by David Newbury

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed painting.

Historical information

David NEWBERRY (1925-2003) Born Eltham, Victoria David Newbury's painting career started with late 1950s abstraction. He worked for four decades, until 1997, when his final works were created on his last trip to Venice. Newberry was the son artist A.E. Newbury, and painting after World War 2 at RMIT, teaching there from 1955 - 1959,. He then taught at Bendigo Teachers College 1959 - 61 and Melbourne Teachers' College/Melbourne College of Advanced Education 1962 - 83. Among his students were Robert Jacks, Peter Smales and Gareth Sansom. ‘You must capture change. One day the landscape is violet, another it’s bluer or it has pinkness, its darker or lighter. Things change in front of you.’ (David Newbury c.1985) 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.

Photocopied leaves and shellac - Untitled [Gumleaves]

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 - Printmaking - 'Knaive' by Geoffrey Riccardo

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed limited edition print. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Drawing - pencil on paper - [Scroll Design] by Charles Lamb

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Pencil drawing

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 - Ceramic Form 1985

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 - 'Luigi' by George Lambert

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 - printmaking - 'Gnarled Gum' by Kenneth Jack

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed limited edition print of gnarled trees. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Artwork - photographic print - 'Ripple' by Michael Shiell

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed Digital Limited Edition Print by Michael Shiell. "The woven form was made at 'Blue Waters' near Creswick. I remember that I went out hoping to make something and I had a few mediocre starts but nothing really inspired was popping for me. Eventually I sat on the bank and started tossing little pebbles into the water. Finally the immediacy and ephemerality of the dissipating ripples struck me. I made the work by twisting and weaving the reeds which lined the banks of 'Blue Waters'. I then floated the rings together and managed to get a couple of quick photos before the work floated away and dissipated." (Michael Shiell)

Historical information

This work undertaken in 2001 when the artist was undertaking an Honours year at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy. This item is part of the Federation University School of Business Art Collection. The Federation University Art Collection features over 1000 works and was listed as a 'Ballarat Treasure' in 2007.

Inscriptions & Markings

Edition: 1/10

Painting - [Floral Landscape]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Two Framed artworks with a floral theme.

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 - 'Nestle's Malted Milk' by Gilda Gude

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed gouache poster showing a woman holding a glass of milk behind a tin of Nestle's Malted Milk powder.

Historical information

Gilda Gude was a student at the Ballarat Technical Art School during the 1930s. She is the sister of Nornie Gude. 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 - 'Winston' by Marcus Wills

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

Marcus WILLS (1972 - ) Born Kaniva, Victoria Marcus Wills is a figurative realist painter who completed an Advanced Certificate of Art and Design between 1989 and 1991 at the Wimmera Community College of TAFE (now Federation University Australia's Horsham Campus). He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995. he won the second Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 1999. In 2006 Marcus Wills won the Archibald Prize for his painting of 'The Paul Juraszek Monolith', based on an engraving by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder. In 2015 and 2016 Marcus Wills has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

Artwork - 'Untitled' by John Saultry

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Gift of Loris Button, 2011

Historical information

This work was gifted to the collection in memory of her former pupil John Saultry, by Dr Loris Button. 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 - Artists book - Amidst the Darkness, 1995

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed 'Amidst the Darkness' by Marisa Corral

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 - Painting - [Pink Flowers]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Painting

Oil on masonite - 'The Fantastic Ship' by Neville Bunning

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Painting of a sailing ship framed in a aluminium frame.

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.

Pencil on paper - [Fruit] by H.N. Nye

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Drawing from cast

Historical information

This item was probably undertaken at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines . It 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 - 'Ex Libris John Gartner'

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Book plate shows a hand holding a magnifying glass which magnifies a John Gartner book plate. An open book with the words Zelna John on the two pages is shown in the bottom left hand corner.

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)

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Artwork - Ceramics - Salt Fire Platter by Peter Steggles

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

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Historical information

Peter STEGGLES This work is part of the Jan Feder Memorial Ceramics Collection. Jan Feder was an alumna of the Gippsland Campus who studied ceramics on the campus. She passed away in the mid 1980s. Her student peers raised funds to buy ceramic works in her memory. They bought works from visiting lecturers who became leading ceramic artists around the world, as well as from many of the staff who taught there.

Oil on board - [Musical Interlude] by Neville Bunning

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed oil painting of a woman playing a clarinet.

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 - 'Albion - too steep, too high' by John Neeson

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed limted edition 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.

Marble sculpture - 'Professor Alfred Mica Smith' by Paul Montford

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Marble bust of Ballarat School of Mines Professor Alfred Mica Smith by Paul Montford. It is signed 'Paul R. Montford, Sc, 1924' at the back.

Historical information

Paul Raphael Montford (b. 1868 London d. 1938) moved to Australia to carve four buttress groups in granite for the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. In 1924 he was teaching at Geelong Technical College. Professor Alfred Mica Smith was a long term lecturer at the Ballarat School of Mines. The sculpture was commissioned by former Students of the Ballarat School of Mines working in Western Australia in 1923, the year of Prof. Smith's retirement after 42 years service to the School. Alfred Mica Smith was the well-loved Professor of Chemistry and Metallurgy at the Ballarat School of Mines between 1881 and 1922. Upon reaching the age of 78 Mica Smith retired. The SMB Students’ Magazine reported: In the annals of the School, the year 1922 will be noted chiefly as the last year in which Professor Mica Smith taught here. With his retirement, a memorable epoch closed. The Professor has served the School for 42 years with a service, the length and thoroughness of which are unique. … It is not quite realised in this city how famous the School became throughout the world, nor to what extent the Professor was responsible for its high position in the mining and metallurgical world. … 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 - [Bowl] by Janet DeBoos

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

White bowl with grey cracked decoration

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 - Modes of Division' by Geoffrey Ricardo

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Unframed limited edition photo etching. Promised gift under the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower right "Ricardo 09"

Ceramic - 'Lidded Pot' by Coralee Asker

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Lidded ceramic pot with blue crystalline glaze.

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 -Drypoint print - 'Rowing Boat 1' by Richard Spare

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Framed limited edition print of a boat. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Inscriptions & Markings

AP 6/15

Oil on board - [Untitled]

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Collaborative student work

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.