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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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1352 items with images

1352 items with images

Artwork - 'The Rite of Spring' by Neville Bunning

Key words

art
artwork
neville bunning
horses
animals

Framed painting featuring horses.

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.

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Painting - 'Vice Chancellor David Battersby' by David McMaster

Key words

art
artwork
david battesby
david mcmaster
vice chancellor
portrait
mcmaster
federation university

Painting of Federation University Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Battersby, on custom made shaped stretchers.

Historical information

David McMASTER David was a student at University of Ballarat (now Federation University) Arts Academy when this work was undertaken. In 2007 David McMaster completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) Honours at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, after undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) at the University of Ballarat Arts Academy from 2004 to 2006, with major studies in Painting, and minor studies in Ceramics and Papermaking. 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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Pencil and Watercolour - 'Cadaver 2' by Duncan Lannan

Key words

art
artwork
duncan lannan
lannan
pencil
drawing
watercolour
alumni

Framed artwork

Historical information

Duncan LANNAN (1972- ) Duncan Lannan undertook a Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) at RMIT between 1995 and 1996. A further two years study at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia) saw Duncan Lannan awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 2000. Ge completed a Graduate Diploma od Education at the University of Melbourne in 2001. 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 MARGARET LYALL

Key words

bookplate
margaret lyall
lyre
pan flute

Bookplate featuring a Lyre a Pan Flute and a Scroll

Inscriptions & Markings

"Margaret Lyall"

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Watercolour on paper - [Camp site with washing] by Neville Bunning

Key words

art
artwork
neville bunning
campsite
camping
washing
available

Wate rcolour and pencil on paper

Historical information

Neville Mirvane BUNNING (1902-1990) During World War Two he served with the RAAF. He was an Art Teacher at the Ballarat School of Mines from 05 February 1946 to 22 September 1964. Neville Bunning formed the Ballarat Artist's Society (later the Ballarat Society of Artists), a group that sponsored art and which invited modernist artists to speak to students and to the public of Ballarat. He also wrote a weekly column in the Ballarat Courier. Bunning produced a bust of Australian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable J.A. Lyons from Tasmania, who died in office. Bunning died in Subiaco, Western Australia on 29 April 1990. 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

LR Neville M Bunning signature in pencil

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Oil on board - 'Ant' by Pro Hart

Key words

art
artwork
ant
pro hart
australian outback painting
oil on board
available

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.

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Conte on paper - Portrait of David Alexander, 1947 by Geoffrey Mainwaring

Key words

art
artwork
david alexander
available
ballarat technical art school
portrait
geoff mainwaring
mainwaring
australian war artist

Framed portrait of Dr David Alexander by Geoffrey Mainwaring. Gift of David Alexander, 2014

Historical information

Geoffrey MAINWARING (29 October 1912-13 April 2000) Born Adelaide, South Australia Geoffrey Mainwaring studied at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts before becoming an art teacher at Thebarton Technical School (1928-36). Mainwaring was adept at depicting a variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraits, and was very competent using a variety of media, including pencil, oils, and watercolour. He was a confident draftsperson, and completed many sensitively rendered portraits that give an insight into the character of the sitter. In June 1941 Geoffrey Mainwaring (SX13471) joined the 2nd Australian Imperial Force, and after five months was transferred to the Engineers and employed as a Sergeant-Instructor, specialising in demolitions. In late 1942, he was sent to New Guinea as an Australian army artist on probation. On 27 May 1947, Mainwaring was discharged from the Army, having served for five and a half years. He was appointed as an artist on a civilian basis until his paintings were completed in March 1948. In 1949 he was appointed Head of the Art School at the Ballarat School of Mines (now Federation University Australia). He continued to paint commissioned portraits for the Australian War Memorial until the late 1950s. Geoffrey Mainwaring died at Ballarat in April 2000. David Alexander was a medical doctor in Ballarat for many years. Alongside his medical work he was a committed artist, producing a large body of work over his lifetime. He was an instigator of the Federation University Art Collection and was a great supporter of local artists. Geoff Mainwaring taught painiting at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. 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 - "The Old Kiosk, St. Kilda" by Tony Fraser

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artist
artwork
st kilda
fraser
tony fraser
churchill
printmaking
st kilda kiosk

An blue etching and aquatint with the St Kilda Kiosk at the subject matter. The St Kilda Kiosk was destroyed by fire in 2003. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Programme by Katherine N. Littlewood, 2014

Historical information

Tony Irvings work is a snapshot of urban life. In the 1970s, he won the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria's John McCaughey Acquisitive Prize. The St Kilda Kiosk before it was destroyed by fire in 2003, and has since been restored by the state government because of its heritage significance.

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Etching - 'The Flower Vendors' by Terry Blizzard

Key words

art
artwork
terry blizzard
printmaking
etching
available

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

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Artwork - bookplate - Ex Libris Rachael Rovay

Key words

bookplate
rachael rovay
dancer
veil
paintbrush

Bookplate featuring a dancer with a veil and a paintbrush

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Gouache - 'Annual Royal Show' by Nornie Gude

Key words

art
artwork
gude
royal melbourne show
poster
available
horses
animals
alumni
nornie gude

Framed painting showing two horses jumping over a fence.

Historical information

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 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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Artwork - Calligraphy

Key words

lu bing qun
jack barker
calligraphy
china
chinese
nanjing institute of education
jiangsu
available

Framed calligraphic work by Lu Bing Qun of China.

Historical information

on 04 August 1987 Lu Bing Qun, Head of English at Nanjing Institute of Education, was farewelled at a dinner at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, where the calligraphy was presented to Jack Barker. Lu had been working in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences since since the beginning of Semester 1.He participated in and contributed to a unit on Chani in the Bachelor of Arts and a unit in the B.Ed. With Linda Brumley he has translated and recorded all the Chinese gravestones in the Ballaarat New Cemetery. Lu was attached to the Ministry of Education in Melbourne where he spent considerable time preparing Chinese language material for use in Victorian Schools. As an International Teaching Fellow he was in Victoria for 12 months under the exchange programme established between the governments of Jiangsu and Victoria.

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Texta on paper - [Flower Study] by Sybil Craig

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art
artwork
sybil craig
craig
flora
available
leaves
texta
texta colour
correa

Framed texta sketch of a correa.

Historical information

Sybil CRAIG (18/11/1901-09/09/1989) Born London, England Arrived Melbourne 1902 Died Melbourne, Victoria Sybil Frances Craig was a student of John Shirlow in 1920 who introduced her to French avant-garde artists such as Matisse and Gauguin. In 1924 she studied at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. She also underook private classes with George Bellfor several months where individual expression was encouraged, and she became associated with a group of Modernist artists including Sam Atyeo. In 1945 Sybil Craig became the third woman to be appointed as an official war artist. Based in Melbourne she worked for fourth months at the Commonwealth Ordinance Factory at Maribyrnong, becoming the first female artist to paint women working in the munitions factories. In her work Craig was attracted to many changing ideas and continued to explore line, rhythm, colour, simplicity and design. 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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Wool sewing on hessian - 'Fairies in the Fog' by Paula Hyland

Key words

art
artwork
paula hyland
hyland
textiles

Framed portrait in wool sewn on hessian.

Historical information

Paula HYLAND Paula Hyland graduated with a Diploma of Embroidery at RMIT in 1981. 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 Edwin Jewell

Key words

nude girl

Bookplate featuring a nude girl with arms crossed

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Artwork

Key words

drawing
artwork
horsham art collection

Framed drawing

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Artwork - Printmaking - 'Table Blue' by Mike Green

Key words

printmaking
silkscreen
mike green

Framed silkscreen. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

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Artwork - Mural - [Collaborative Student Work]

Key words

art
artwork
mural
founders hall

3 panel mural

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 - '1888-1893' by Ali Afzali

Key words

ali afzali
hazara
refugee
asylum seeker

Winner of the 2018 Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Award

Historical information

Ali Dad AFZALI Born Hazarajat, Afghanistan In 2017 and 2018 the Federation University Australia Foundation awarded the Foundation Asylum Seeker scholarship for 2018 to Ali Dad Afzali. Ben Quilty wrote of Ali Dad Afzali on his blog:- "New paintings, sculpture and video of my young friend Ali Dad Afzali who braved the Timor Sea, smugglers and a wild storm, against his mother's wishes to come to Australia. Ali was 16. Ali is now studying art at Federation University in Ballarat after being generously awarded a full scholarship by the university. He is waiting patiently for his refugee status. I am very proud of this body of work. The exhibition is for Ali and for his Hazara people." (https://www.pictame.com/user/benquilty/885785586/1325284963800834113_885785586, accessed 31/05/2019)

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Artwork - 'Antique Land' by William Peascod

Key words

art
artwork
william peascod
landscape
oils

Painting in mixed media.

Historical information

William PEASCOD (1920-1985) Born Maryland, Cumberland, United Kingdom. Arrived Australia 1952 The son of a coal miner, William Peascod was born in England in 1920. He worked in Dapto and Wollongong from 1953-1980. Working as a lecturer in Mining at Wollongong Technical College and Sydney University, he was also an artist, writer and accomplished mountaineer. He published his autobiography ‘Journey after Dawn’ in England in 1985. During various periods between 1953-1959 William Peascod studied painting, drawing and pottery at the National Art School, Wollongong. In 1980 William Peascod returned to England. He died in 1985, while mountain climbing in Wales. 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 - [Unknown Title] by Veronica O'Hehir

Key words

art
artwork

Framed painting

Historical information

Veronica O'HEHIR After graduating with a degree in fine art and a diploma in education, Veronica established herself as a practicing and exhibiting artist in Melbourne during the ‘90s-2000s. Veronica co-founded and directed RIPE gallery then later founded and directed KRAM gallery, she was also part of the Maribyrnong River Edge Arts Movement (MREAM); the studio where she met and worked alongside Faye. 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.

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Oil on Canvas - Landscape with Farmhouse by David Alexander

Key words

art
artwork
david alexander
available
landscape

Framed oil painting depicting a landscape with mountains.

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

Signed and dated lower left corner "D. Alexander, 53"

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Printmaking - Lithograph - 'Commissioner's Tent & Officers' Quarters, Forest Creek' by Thomas Ham

Key words

art
artwork
ham
thomas ham
david tulloch
forest creek
government camp
goldfield commissioner
tents
gold mining

Lithograph showing the Commissioner's tent at Forest Creek

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

lower centre "Commissioner's Tent & Officers' Quarters, Forest Creek" lower left side "Drawn By D. Tulloch" lower right side "Engraved by Thomas Ham"

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Ceramic & Mixed media - 'Death Takes a Break' by David Bradshaw

Key words

art
artwork
david bradshaw
ceramics
death
selkirk award
skeleton
mixed media

Ceramic glazed figurine of a dressed skeleton, sitting in a coastal scene.

Historical information

This item won the 1998 Selkirk Award. 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.

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Artwork - Printmaking - "The Gross Anatomist' by Geoffrey Ricardo

Key words

geoffrey ricardo
framing required
promised cultural gift
printmaking

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower right "Ricardo 09"

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Ceramics - Blackware - 'Burned Fields' by Petrus Spronk

Key words

petrus spronk
ceramics
bowl
blackware
burnished earthenware

Blackware bowl which has been burnished and broken/restored.

Historical information

Petrus SPRONK (1939- ) Born Netherlands, arrived Australia 1957.

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Oil on Canvas - [Seascape] by Sydney Pern

Key words

art
artwork
pern
sydney pern
landscape
available

Framed oil on sketching paper seascape by Dr Sydney Pern Gift of David Alexander, 2013

Historical information

Sydney PERN (c1876-1967) Dr Sydney Pern began practicing medicine in Yarram before setting up practice in Ballarat. He was a competent artist, and as an amateur anthropologist collection Aboriginal artefacts during travels in Central and Northern Australia. Dr Sydney Pern died aged 91 on 23 October 1967, and is buried in the Ballaarat New Cemetery. The collection was housed at his home, 10 Raglan Street North, before being donated to the Ballarat School of Mines Museum. When the museum was closed in the 1960s Dr Pern requested that the collection pass to the City Council, and from there it was housed at the Gold Museum. An artwork by Sydney Pern was exhibited in the 1958 Crouch Prize at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. Dr Sydney Pern died aged 91 on 23 October 1967 and is buried in the Ballaarat New Cemetery. 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 right corner "S. Pern"

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Artwork - 'Repulsion' by Rochelle Decker

Key words

art
artwork
rochelle decker
school of human movement
alumni

Black background with an abstract image of a crying face and hands in a blend of red, orange and yellow.

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 - 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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Artwork - 'The Time Has Come' by Martin King

Key words

artist
artwork
printmaking
parallel prints
martin king

Framed limited edition print

Historical information

This work was exhibited as part of "Parallel Prints", a Prints 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Editioned lls '2/36' Signed lrs 'King'

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