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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

Contact

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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1292 items with images

1292 items with images

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Rachael Rovay

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Bookplate featuring a dancer with a veil and a paintbrush

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Julian Burnside

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Bookplate featuring a bird in front of a globe of the world

Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Wendy Stavrianos

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Bookplate featuring a sheaf of wheat in front of a mountain

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for John Olsen

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Bookplate featuring two owls with a paintbrush

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Rodney Hall

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Bookplate featuring a brown eagle

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Irena Sibley

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Bookplate featuring two roosters holding a paintbrush and standing on a palette

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Douglas Stewart

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Bookplate featuring a couple dressed in red embracing

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Penny Ziakas

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Bookplate featuring a woman in a blue dress with a cat

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Robert Littlewood

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Bookplate featuring a girl in orange holding a wine glass

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Edwin Jewell

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Bookplate featuring a blue mermaid

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Gary Shearston

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Bookplate featuring a guitar in front of Ayers Rock

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Godwin Bradbeer

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Bookplate featuring a Botticelli angel between 2 torches/paintbrushes

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Andrew Sibley

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Bookplate featuring a red rooster holding a paintbrush

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for John Thwaites

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Bookplate featuring a medieval boy in blue carrying an urn

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Patrick Hutchings

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Bookplate featuring a gorilla on a log with a snake

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Robert Juniper

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Bookplate featuring paintbrushes and flowers

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Geoffrey Ricardo

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Bookplate featuring a kangaroo and joey under moon and stars

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Robert C. Littlewood

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Bookplate featuring a couple wearing crowns

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Edwin Jewell

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Bookplate featuring a nude girl with arms crossed

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Fr. Bob McGuire

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Bookplate featuring a girl holding a bunch of flowers under a spotlight in front of a church

Artwork - Path to the Beach Merimbula by David Alexander

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Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Patrick Corrigan

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Bookplate featuring Patrick Corrigan playing a trumpet in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed: Andrew Sibley 2014

Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Jack Ayerbe

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Bookplate featuring mythical creatures.

Artwork - Painting - Lord Krishna marrying Radha (Madhubani Art)

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Framed traditional Hindu story painted onto textile.

Historical information

Madhubani art or Mithila painting was traditionally created by the women of various communities in Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. It originated from Madhubani district of Mithila region of Bihar, and, it is popularly called Mithila painting or Madhubani art. Madhubani is also a major export centre of these paintings. This painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region; the more recent development of painting on paper and canvas mainly originated among the villages around Madhubani, and it is these latter developments led to the name Madhubani art being used alongside the name "Mithila Painting." The painting was traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on cloth, handmade paper and canvas.[3] Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice. Madhubani painting has remained confined to a compact geographical area and the skills have been passed on through centuries, the content and the style have largely remained the same. Madhubani paintings also use two-dimensional imagery, and the colors used are derived from plants. Ochre and lampblack are also used for reddish brown and black respectively. Generally, no space is left empty; the gaps are filled by paintings of flowers, animals, birds, and even geometric designs.(wikipedia)

Artwork - Painting - Portrait of Margaret Bennett: Drum Major of the Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band

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Framed portrait of Margaret Bennett as the Drum Major of the Ballarat Ladies' School of Mines. She wears tartan, blazer and a bearskin hat, and holds a mace.

Historical information

Drum Major Margaret Bennett (formerly Reynolds) attended Ballarat Teachers' College in 1949. She was Drum Major for the Ballarat Ladies Pipe Band from 1950-1975. At times Margaret Bennett was a life model for Geoff Mainwaring.

Book - Decorative Art: The Studio Year Book 1956-7

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Sketchbook - Sketchbook by David Alexander

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Photograph - [Landscape] by Vanessa Brady

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Mounted photograph of a landscape

Artwork - Printmaking - Untitled 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"

Artwork - Ceramics - Ballarat School of Mines Sherry Glasses, c1951

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Two hand thrown ceramics 'sherry glasses' with the Ballarat School of Mines shield in oxide. The glasses are houses in a small blue and white lidded box. Gift of Bill Garner, 2019

Historical information

Marjorie Evelyn GARNER Although not a fully enrolled student, Majorie Garner attended Pottery classes at the Ballarat School of Mines run by Neville Bunning. She also took advantage of other classes offer to 'non-students' such as oil painting classes for women run by Geoff Mainwaring. These popular extension programmes promoted the Ballarat School of Mines and their Technical Art School, especially among middle-class women who would otherwise have had little connection with the institution. Majorie was married to Leslie Garner, the Principal of the Ballarat Junior Technical School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.