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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. It 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

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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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2266 items

2266 items

Engraving & Mixed Media on Luanne - 'The Green Pick, Barton Spring 5' by Ewen Ross

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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 - 'The Enchanted Forest' by Lainey Beavis

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Framed digital print featuring imagery of Portland's Enchanted Forest. Artist's statement: The photograph captures a dreamlike landscape where one can lose themselves within. It portrays a figure with significant connection to the landscape that it transcends into a sense of euphoria. The image emphasises the beauty of the landscape and the figures passion for it. The figure in the landscape is Rayhna Puche.

Historical information

Lainey BEAVIS (1994- ) Born Portland Lainey Beavis completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) at the Federation University Arts Academy in 2015. She won the 2015 Art Acquisition Award. The work 'The Enchanted Forest' has been exhibited in the 2015 Federation University End of Year (EYE) Exhibition, and at Brunswick Street Gallery.

Inscriptions & Markings

lower left side '1/5' lower centre 'The Enchanted Forest' lower right side 'L. Beavis

Artwork - Printmaking

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

Watercolour on paper - Portraits / Action scenes

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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.

Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris John and Zelma Gartner’

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A bird with outstretched wings and a crest of feathers on its head is depicted above the title.

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

Audrey Hutchison England 1983 is printed on the back of the bookplate

Bookplate - Ex Libris Karal Anne Marling

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Framed bookplate.

Artwork - 'Seated Figure' by J.S. Jarvis

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Oil on masonite - [Pelicans] by Neville Bunnings

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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 - Mezzotint - The Arches

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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 - Sammas Ex Libris

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Framed bookplate - computer assisted design

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lls 'Sammas-Illegible' lrs '1/3'

Watercolour - Three Angels

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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 - 'Australian Towns No 2 Camooweal, Queensland II' by Kenneth Jack

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Framed four colour lithograph depicting Camooweal in the Australian State of Queensland. Donated through the Australian Gifts Programme by Katherine Littlewood.

Untitled

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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 - 'Melbourne Royal Show' by Nornie Gude

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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.

Ceramic - Raku - [Untitled]

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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 - 'Blackfired Form' by Alan Watt, c1985

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Slab built blackfired stoneware. The sculptural form is inspired by the cuts in open cut coal fields.

Historical information

Alan Watt (1941- ) Born Melbourne, Victoria Alan Watt studied at RMIT from 1961 to 1965, and he completed a Fellowship Diploma in 1973-4. Alan Watt travelled and studied pottery in Europe and Japan, and lectured in three State a Colleges in Victoria since 1964.

Artwork - Ceramics - Salt Fire Platter by Peter Steggles

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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.

Watercolour - 'Towards Avoca' / 'Mount Buninyong in Autumn' by David Alexander

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Unframed double sided landscape artwork by David Alexander. One side is 'Towards Avoca' and the other side is 'Buninyong From Main Road, 24/04/1999'

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

David Alexander wrote on 'Buninyong From Main Road, 24/04/1999' "Wash wouldn't dry. People everywhere"

B&W wood block - Yul 1996

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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.

Etched metal - [Jack Barker's Farewell] by Henry Moritz

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Historical information

Historical Information Henry MORITZ (1931- ) Born Mainz, Germany Arrived Australia c1952 Henry Moritz was an experienced commercial artist when he left Germany for Australia. After working as a railwayman, coal miner, fruit picker and steelworker, he started teaching commercial art at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School in 1963. He moved to the Mount Helen Tertiary Division, and was head of the Art School at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) when he produced this 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.

Watercolour - 'Sulky' by David Alexander

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Watercolour landscape around Sulky near Ballarat. Gift of David Alexander, 2013

Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris Edwin Jewell’

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A kneeling man holds a knelling nude woman in his arms

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

Pencil signature

Monoprint - Frame of Mind

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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.

watercolour on paper - Untitled

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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.

Charcoal on paper - 'Memoriam' by Noella Stratford

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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.

Bookplate - 'This book belongs to Louise Read'

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A patterned leaf is depicted between two flowers.

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

Pencil name on back Read

Artwork - Ceramics - Ceramic Form by Barry Hayes, 1996

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Historical information

Barry HAYES Barry Hayes worked at Lushan Pottery in Proserpine, North Queensland, with Cheryl Vidulich making functional stoneware from 1980-1982. He then spent from 1982-1985 at Victor Greenaway's Broomhill Pottery establishing his own Shard Pottery at Devon Meadows in Victoria where he built a wood-fired salt-glaze kiln there and specialised in wood fire and salt glaze, pit fire, raku and black fire techniques. He is credited as the first Australian ceramist to use pit firing and his work is featured in "Smoke Fired Pottery" written by Jane Perryman and published in 1995.

Artwork - Sculpture - 'Mascot Two and Mascot Three' by Trevor Wren

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Sculpture by Trevor Wren

Historical information

Purchased as part of th Gippsland Campus Art Enhancement Project, 1996

Artwork - Ceramics

Federation University Australia Art Collection ,

Historical information

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.

Printmaking - Etching and ChineColle - "How"

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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.