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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

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 - Printmaking - [Life Study] by Wes Walters

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Framed etching showing a nude model lying on drapery.

Historical information

Wes WALTERS (06 August 1928 - 19 August 2014) Born Mildura, Victoria From 1940 t0 1945 Wes Walters attended the Ballarat High School. He then studied architecture at the Gordon Institute in Geelong, followed by art at the Ballarat School of Mines (a division of the Ballarat School of Mines). During his time at the Ballarat Technical Art School (later Federation University Australia) Walters studied under Neville Bunning and Taylor Kelloch, and was awarded the Ballarat Ladies Art Association Scholarship in 1948. He next moved to Melbourne to work as a commercial artist with the George Patterson advertising agency. Each evening Walters studied life drawing at the Victoria Artists’ Society and taught himself anatomy. Wes Walters excelled in both abstract and realist art. He won the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s Minnie Crouch Prize for watercolour art in 1953 and 1956. He won the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1879 for his portrait of Phillip Adams. 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

A/P Signed 'Walters,

Bookplate - Ex Libris Moira Court

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Artwork

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Artwork - 'Ghosts in the Himalayas (Shot Up)' by Lisa Anderson

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Two digital prints with acrylic on metal and bullet holes. This work resulted from the research on hidden voice of landscape undertaken by Dr Lisa Anderson while Honorary Professor at Federation University.

Historical information

Dr Lisa ANDERSON (1958- ) Dr Anderson’s research questions environmental issues that impact on the social structures of communities and their mapped or metaphysical borders. She develops projects around ways of understanding the effects of climate change. These include work with folklore, legends and religions that tell stories of coping with weather, forced migration of animals and people and coping with difference. She has undertaken international residency programs and exhibitions in the Arctic, Iceland, Paris, Norway, London and China, and she was the first Artist in Residence at the Australian Museum. These unique opportunities continue an extensive art practice of installation work, video, photography and sculpture. Anderson has an extensive record of exhibitions in Australia and overseas with work included in both private and corporate collections. Her exhibitions include Journeys: Due North, a large installation work that includes work created over a 10-year period of engagement in expedition and science work North of the Arctic Circle. Beneath the Beauty of Architecture, an exhibition at her London Gallery, Bicha, used images created in China, Nunuvut Territory in Canada and the Antarctic while working with the migration stories of survival. Dr Anderson has created many large scale artworks that challenge notions of occupation of the City, including Writing the City, a three-year program of installation works to shift the use of Sydney to being a city of public space in its pre-Olympic development. Singing up Stones celebrated the people who created and use the Opera House and the Quay for performance and ideas. This included the first image projection onto the Sydney Opera House, a projection onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a ballet of cruise liners with the sound simulcast on the local radio station.

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.

Bookplate - Ex Libris Robert Jewell

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Framed bookplate for Robert Jewell

Bookplate - Bookplate for Jack Ayerbe

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Framed bookplate featuring some mythical creatures.

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

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Artwork - [Landscape] by Betty Brown

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Framed watercolour by Betty Brown.

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 lrs Betty Brown'

Artwork - Printmaking - Untitled by Geoffrey Ricardo

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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

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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.

Artwork - Calligraphy

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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.

Sktech Book - Sketchbook in Geometry, 1921

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The Art Students' Drawing Book completed by M. Rash. The drawings relate to Geometry and were undertaken at the Ballarat Junior Technical School

Artwork - Drawing - Technical Drawings by John Rash

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Nineteen examples of Isometric and technical Drawing by John Rash at the Ballarat Junior Technical School (a division of the Ballarat School of Mines).

Historical information

John Rash is the son of Ballarat signwriter Keith Rash.

Artwork - Drawing - Observatory Mt Pleasant, 1969

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Ink sketch with ochre and white chalk highlights of a domed building surrounded by trees, mounted onto cream card. The building is the Ballarat Observatory at Mount Pleasant.

Artwork - Blueprint with Art Nouveau design

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.1) Blueprint with floral Art Nouveau design. .2) same design on graph paper

Historical information

Probably associated with the Ballarat Technical Art School.

Artwork - Drawing - Ballarat Technical Art School Folio by Evelyn Lamb

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Ten drawings by Evelyn Lamb of the Ballarat Technical Art School. .1) triangle and circle .2) vase .3) Jonquils .4) Drawing from Plaster (with technical art school number) .5) Drawing from Plaster .6) Drawing from Plaster .7) Drawing from Plaster .8) Drawing from Urn .10) plant

Historical information

Evelyn Lamb was a student at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat SChool of Mines.

Card - Team Graphic Design, 2004-2006

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Seventeen 'swap cards' showing design work from the graduating students of the advanced graphic design students at the University of Ballarat (later Federation University Australia)

Slides - Slides of Ballarat Technical Art School Diploma Sculpture

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Sixteen slides of sculpture completed at the Ballarat Technical Art School in 1960. Works by Helen Ross and Barbara, and a 1960 Diploma display.

Painting - Dr Paul Hemming, A0

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Academic portrait of Dr Paul Hemming, AO, former Chancellor of Federation University Australia.

Document - Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art and Trade Schools Prospectus, 1908

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A Prospectus for the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines. The prospectus discussed the curriculum, free scholarships, school terms, special technical Art Classes, Special Life Classes, State School Teachers' Classes, and the Classification of subject and fees.

Historical information

In 1908 the Ballarat Technical Art School had three separate Venues:- * Sturt Street Branch opposite Ballarat Town Hall * Barkly Street Branch, public Library Buildings * Lydiard Street North Branch, Irwin's Buildings

Artwork - [Untitled]

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A painted triptych on canvas.

Artwork - Drawing - 'Professor Shirley Randell,' 1989 by Geoffrey Mainwaring

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A framed and triple mounted pastel portrait of Professor Shirley Randell. Shirley Randell is a long-time activist for gender equality and women's empowerment in education, employment, public service and civil society in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. She was the first female dean at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (later Federation University Australia). Her appointment as Dean of Academic Affairs made her the first woman to hold a senior management position at the college. In 2019 Shirley Randell is a Member of the Order of Australia, having received the Officer of the Order (AO) award in 2010 for her services to international relations through education, public sector, institutional reform and economic empowerment of women in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. She is a member of many important boards and committees including the Australian Government Women’s Alliance – Economic Security for Women and the indigo foundation. An Ambassador of Dignity Ltd, the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, Women’s International Cricket League/FairBreak and The International Alliance for Women, Shirley Randell is also a member of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia Council, Graduate Women International Projects Committee, and sits on the several editorial boards including the BioMedical-Central Women’s Health Journal. 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

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. 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

signature bottom right - "G. R. Mainwaring 1989."

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

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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."