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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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1291 items with images

1291 items with images

Artwork - Painting - 'Introduction to the Figure/ Landscape Puzzle,' by Craig Harrison

Key words

art
artwork
craig harrison
painting
available
ballarat college of advanced education

Mounted behind white conservation board, pale timber frame, glass cover. Gift of Professor Shirley Kaye Randell, AO, PhD, Hon.DLitt, FACE, FAICD, FIML, first woman in the Executive Team of the Ballarat College of Advanced Education as Dean of Academic Affairs, 1989- 1990

Historical information

Craig HARRISON Dr Craig Harrison has held solo exhibitions regularly since the mid-1970s, including curated exhibitions at the La Trobe University, Australian Catholic University, and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. He was a finalists in a number of prestigious awards and prizes, including the Dobell Prize for Drawing (2010, NSW), and the Rick Amor Prize for Drawing (2016, Ballarat). Craig Harrison is also a respected art educator, who had taught fine art at the Deakin Univerity, MLC, and ACU between 1975 and 2004. From 1988 to 1989 Craig Harrison was Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (later Federation University Australia). ​

Inscriptions & Markings

signature bottom right - "Craig Harrison '89."

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Oil on Board - 'Forest Ritual' by Peter Clarke

Key words

art
artwork
peter clarke
clarke
abstract
colour-field

Abstract painting with black, red, yellow, green, blue and white predominating.

Historical information

PETER CLARKE (1935 - ) Born Deloraine, Tasmania Peter Clarke was both artist and teacher. He held 14 exhibitions between 1957 and 1977, as well as participating in a number of group exhibitions, including Contemporary Australian Painting shown in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is best known for large colour-field works. Peter Clarke's abstract painting that has emphasised texture, colour and gesture. His practice has always respected the local variant of global concerns. Early in his career he recognized the worth of continental European painting, in particular that stream of Spanish art that may be linked with matter painting. He studied the facture of Fautrier and Tapies whom he met in the 1960s. (These artists also have connections with Asian ideas). Clarke’s practice was complimented by an interest in contemporary American abstract painting of the time; this was filtered through his experiences in England and importantly Australia. His colours, textures, scale responding to the particularities of its light, landscape and traditions of an Australian practice. 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.

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Artwork- Ceramic - (Untitled) Cubes

Key words

art
artwork
ceramics
slip cast
raku

Slip cast raku fired cube sculptures. Maker unknown.

Historical information

If you know more about this work, please leave a comment. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 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.

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Ceramic mural - 'Enigmatic Card' by John Gilbert, 1973

Key words

gilbert
artwork
john gilbert
art
ballarat school of mines
mural
ballarat institute of advanced education
ballarat pottery
ceramics
old ballarat pottery

A large ceramic mural by John Gilbert commissioned for the wall of the E.J. Barker Library. The mural features brown and green glaze with features of indigo. The work has no particular pictorial representation. It is an arrangement of colour and form, designed for enjoyment rather than to analyse. The theme relates to the development of the Universe through basic symbols such as plant forms, fish, birds and to mans development through symbols of science and engineering. The outer edge is symbolic of earths crust being peeled away to reveal science and nature. The mural was completed at John Gilbert's Slate Gallery studio, Mount Helen, and took eight months to make.

Historical information

John GILBERT (1935- ) Born Albury, New South Wales John Gilbert studied at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines; and Croyden College of Art, London. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education Art Department. In the late 1970s he established Old Ballarat Pottery. This work was commissioned by the Ballarat School of Mines Council as part of the architectural design of the Library at Ballarat College of Advanced Education. The library, now known as the E.J. Barker Library, is on the Mount Helen campus of Federation University. The work was laid out as a complete slab, and then cut up for firing. 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.

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Artwork - 'Nude Figure' by Rupert Bunny

Key words

art
artwork
rupert bunny
life drawing
nude
available (in march 2018)

Life drawing using line depicting a female figure turned away from the onlooker. Gift of William Ritchie, 1965

Historical information

Rupert BUNNY (1864-1947) One of the most successful expatriate artists of his generation Rupert Bunny was superb colourist and fine draughtsman, with a strong interest in rhythmic composition. 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

Signed lower third with artist's initials.

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Artwork - watercolour - 'Sturt Street: The big candleabrum monuments in Ballarat' by Karl H. Hofman

Key words

karl h hofman
ballarat
craig's royal hotel
lamp
burke and wills fountain

Framed watercolour of a Ballarat street scene painted from Lydiard Street North looking towards Craig's Royal Hotel.

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Ink on paper - 'Life Model Sitting' by Neville Bunning

Key words

art
artwork
neville bunning
unframed
life 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Singed lower right "Neville M. Bunning"

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Artwork - Painting

Key words

k.z. alder
gippsland campus
churchill

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

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Artwork - sculpture

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artwork
artist
gippsland campus
churchill
sculpture

Four soapstone sculptures.

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Artwork - printmaking - A suite of limited edition prints by Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, 2003

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artist
artwork
paddy fordham wainburranga
paddy fordham
wainburranga
printmaking
aboriginal
indigenous
churchill
dreaming

A suite of seven limited edition prints using the sugar lift aquatint technique. .1) Yalk Yalk Woman Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .2) Walga Walga Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .3) Nammooroddoo Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 Nammooroddoo Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .3) Nammooroddoo Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .4) Mun Gruk Gruk Woman Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .5 Mun Gruk Gruk Man Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .6) Mun Gruk Gruk Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 .7) Lightning Man Sugar Lift Aquatint Plate 75.0cm (H) x 49.0cm (W) Paper 1110cm (H) x 76.0cm (W) 2003 Edition: 73/100 Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Programme by Katherine N. Littlewood, 2014

Historical information

Paddy Fordham Wainburranga (1930s-2006) Area: Arnhem Land Country: Bamdibu (Bumdubu) near Bulman Station As a child, Paddy grew up in Maningrida an Aboriginal community on the top end of the Northern Territory. He started working as a boy around cattle yards, which finally led him to working as a stockman for 20 years. Before this, he spent much of his time hunting and learning culture and customs from his father and uncles. He could remember being taken to a sacred location where he was told many Dreamtime stories of how customs came to be and why Aboriginal people practice them. Paddy was part of the movement for equal rights for all Aborigines, actively involved in claiming Bumdibu as his traditional land for his clan. He resided over this land as Jungai (caretaker, policeman). Paddy was taught to paint by his father but did not begin to paint seriously until the early 1970s. He was also recognized as a story teller, bark painter, sculpture, dancer, singer and musician. He was familiar with Central Arnhem Land rock and bark painting traditions; however he developed an idiosyncratic style which fused the figurative schema of western Arnhem Land with the narrative capacities of the north-east producing dense pictorial paintings divided into sequential segments.

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Artwork - Ceramic - 'Eternity in a Vessel' by Belinda Michael

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art
artwork
ceramics

Paper porcelain with slips and takeshi 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

"BM' on base

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Watercolour - 'Sovereign's Escort' by Allan Bernaldo

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art
artwork
bernaldo
allan bernaldo
royalty
guards
watercolour

Framed watercolour painted from materila gathered while the artist was in London during 1952 showing the queen's guards on horseback. Artist's Statement: I spent time visiting the barracks, museums, libraries, gaining information, making special pencil drawings and colour notes, when and where possible. Preparatory drawings for larger paintings were always on detail paper. The reason for this was I could use both sides, correfting mistakes on either side, until a satisfactory end. I use this procedure so that the surface of the painting paper was not effected by erasion. The final drawing was traced on having rubbed a stick of charcoal on the detail paper. I have used this procedure from my early days as a commercial artist. In drawing each horseman fully and tracing each hrseman fuly in his place in relation to the whole and rubbibg out the parts covered by the nearer objects. Such essential things as legs and shadows are sure to be in the right place. Most of the pencil drawings of the palace gates, and other features I needed had to be made from a standing position. all these were filed for future reference. Everything had to be in the right proportion to the palace gates. The procedure for the Escort is as follows: If the Life Guards mount the escort an officer of the Blues rides at the right of the coach by invitation. The Guards officer rides on the left. Then follows the Standard flanked by a commissioned officer on the right. The trumpeter on the left. The trumpeter rides on a white horse. He has a selection of twelve different uniforms. After that follows the unit. The stirrups used by the officers are squarish. The troopers stirrups are a conventional form. All personnel riding and on no account rise in the stirrups as normally they would at the trot. This modifies the ragged impression of heads bobbing up haphazardly - their behinds become acclimatized in time." Gift of the Artist, 1981.

Historical information

Allan BERNALDO (05 August 1898-1988) Born Creswick, Victoria Allan Bernaldo won a scholarship to the Ballarat School of Mines to study Architecture. He received a certificate of merit in 1917, and the Ballarat School of Mines President's medal for the most meritorious Art student. Allan Bernaldo was editor of the Ballarat School of Mines Magazine in 1918. He became known as a commercial artist, teacher and water-colourist who specialiesd in horses and flowers. 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.

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Printmaking - Etching, aquatint, photo-etching - 'After Euclid's Rule', by Cat Poljski

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art
artwork
cat poljski
poljski
australian print council
available
printmaking
etching
aquatint
photo etching

Australian Print Council Commissioned Print

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.

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Artwork - Printmaking - 'Stony Beach' by Kenneth Jack

Key words

printmaking
kenneth jack
seascape

Framed five colour serigraph. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Inscriptions & Markings

Edition 6/24

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Artwork - Lithograph - 'Seated Nude' by Brian Dunlop

Key words

brian dunlop
available
nude
life drawing
printmaking
artist
artwork
cultural gifts

Framed limited edition of a lithograph of a nude. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Historical information

Brian DUNLOP (1938-11.12.2009) Born Sydney Brian Dunlop was a still life and figurative painter who won the Sulman Prize in 1980. He was a finalist in the 2004 Archibald Prize. Dunlop painted portraits of public figures, including Queen Elizabeth II in 1984 for the 150th anniversary of the founding of Victoria, and held many exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne.

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Bookplate - 'Ex Libris John Gartner'

Key words

bookplate
keith wingrove memorial trust
australian bookplate design award
printmaking
available
available framed bookplate
framed bookplate

Framed black and white line drawing of a monkey dressed as a clown riding a crawling man with crown.

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)

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Chinese weaving

Key words

art
artwork
chinese
weaving

Framed weaving

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.

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Artwork - Painting - 'Nude Study' by Justin McGuinescan

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art
artwork
justin mcguinescan
painting
nude
available (horsham)
horsham campus
wimmera 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.

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Artwork - bookplate - Bookplate for Penny Ziakas

Key words

bookplate
penny ziakas
woman
cat

Bookplate featuring a woman in a blue dress with a cat

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artwork - 'Nutone Ball' by Tim Jones

Key words

tim jones
printmaking
artist
artwork
gippsland campus

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Gouache - 'Melbourne Royal Show' by Nornie Gude

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art
artwork
nornie gude
gude
royal melbourne show
balllarat technical art school
poster
horse
available

Framed original poster advertising the Show, and featuring a horse and rider.

Historical information

Nornie GUDE From 1931 to 1936 Nornie Gude attended the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. She was accepted into the School at the age of 15 Nornie Gude because she was so advanced in painting. She studied at Ballarat for five years before progressing to Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria School. Nornie Gude won many art competitions, including first prize at the 1936 Melbourne Royal Agricultural Show for still life drawing, and in 1941 became the first woman to win the National Gallery Students Travelling Scholarship. As an artist Nornie Gude held no theories and was once heard to say, “You spend your first 20 years learning technique and the next 20 years losing it”. 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.

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Oil on Canvas - 'Apple' by Maryanne Coutts, 2003

Key words

art
artwork
maryanne coutts
coutts
apple

An apple depicted in oil by Maryanne Coutts. This work was created specifically for the 'Imaging the Apple' Touring Exhibition curated by John R. Neeson. It was also exhibited in 'Telling Tales: Maryanne Coutts' at the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery in 2008. Donated by the Australian Cultural Gifts Program, 2008

Historical information

Maryanne COUTTS Maryanne Coutts studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), The University of Melbourne, 1979 -1981, the University of NSW (UNSW),1984 and achieved a PhD at Federation University Australia in 1999. She has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally including UK, Spain and Thailand and is currently Head of Drawing at the National Art School, Sydney. 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.

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Artwork - Chainsaw Sculpture - Howling at the Moon (The Struggle for Survival)

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artist
artwork
sculpture
chainsaw sculpture
gippsland campus

Chainsaw sculpture made from fresh green pine wood. Artworks Self I initiative Program. C/O F&S Enterprises in association with Switchback.

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Artwork - Collage - 'The' by Elwyn Lynn

Key words

art
artwork
available
elwyn lynn
abstract

Historical information

Elwyn (Jack) LYNN (6 November 1917 – 22 January 1997) Born Canowindra, New South Wales Sydney based artist Elwyn Lynn often used unconventional painting media and expressive surfaces to create abstract work 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.

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Artwork - Bookplate - Ex Libris John Olsen

Key words

framed bookplate
bookplate
john olsen

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

Key words

marjorie garner
leslie garner
geoff mainwaring
neville bunning
alumni
ceramics
ballarat school of mines
ballarat junior technical school

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.

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Ceramic - blackware Ceramic - 'From one seed a forest grows, water the seeds of joy first' by Petrus Spronk

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art
artwork
petrus spronk
spronk
blackware
ceramics
burnished

Blackware pot

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.

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Bookplate - Ex Libris Bookplate for Katelyn Reid

Key words

bookplate
framed bookplate
available
availalble bookplate
ex libris
keith wingrove memorial trust
reid
katelyn reid
artist
artwork

A framed original ex libris bookplate for Katelyn Reid featuring green swirls.

Historical information

The Keith Wingrove Trust conducts a competition among Australian artists, graphic designers and students for the production of Ex Libris Bookplates. The competition is called The Australian Bookplate Design Award. The purpose of the competition is to increase interest in and to attract publicity to the artistic value of bookplates. Although the competition is referred to as 'Australian' there is a category of award open to International artists. This bookplate was part of the 2013 Australian Bookplate Award. Gift of the Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust, 2015

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Oil on board - 'Hand of Friendship' by Neville Bunning

Key words

art
artwork
neville bunning
horse
oil painting
oil on board
bunning
available

Framed painting

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.

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Artwork - Marquette - 'Edward Gough Whitlam' by Victor Greenhalgh

Key words

art
artwork
prime minister
gough whitlam
prime ministers avenue
victor greenhalgh
sculpture
bust
ballarat botanical garden
ballarat school of mines
ballarat technical art school
alumni

Marquette of a bust of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. It was used for the bronze bust in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Historical information

Edward Gough Whitlam was born in Kew. In 1972 he became the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister in 23 years, and served as Prime Minister until 1975 when the Governor-General dismissed the government. Victor Greenhalgh was born and educated in Ballarat. He was a student, then a staff member of the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School. Greenhalgh was appointed head of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Att School in 1955. He died in 1983. 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.

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