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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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2327 items

2327 items

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Ceramics - Saggar fired - A Piece of Nature

Key words

art
artwork

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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.

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Bookplate - 'This book belongs to Lisa Hannagan'

Key words

bookplate
printmaking
australian bookplate design award
keith wingrove memorial trust

A spotted black and white reptile is shown sitting in what appears to be foliage

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.

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Artwork - Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris Edwin Jewell’

Key words

bookplate
australian bookplate design award
printmaking
keith wingrove memorial trust
life drawing

A nude woman with red hair and a pony tail reads a book while standing beneath the moon.

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.

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Bookplate - 'Ex Libris John Gartner'

Key words

bookplates
printmaking
australian bookplate design awards
keith wingrove memorial trust

A noble woman gazes serenely with her hands clasped

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

Indistinguishable pencil signature

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Pencil drawing - 'Ostrich Cleaning' by Mary McQueen

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art
artwork
mary mcqueen
ostrich
bird
pencil
pencil drawing
drawing

Four drawings of an ostrich.

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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[Aboriginal Bird Sculpture]

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art
artwork
birds
aboriginal

Two carved Aboriginal birds

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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Collograph - Them Trees

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art
artwork

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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Watercolour on paper - [Man on Horse]

Key words

art
artwork

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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Mixed Media - Pensamiento Del Mar

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art
artwork

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 Robert Littlewood by Pro Hart

Etched bookplate featuring ants.

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Bookplate - ‘Johannes Gutenberg Ex Libris John Gartner’

Key words

bookplate
printmaking
australian bookplate design award
keith wingrove memorial trust

A line drawing/portrait of presumably Johannes Gutenberg sits within an oval shape formed by 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)

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Sculpture - 'Desire' by Trefor Prest

Key words

art
artwork
trefor prest
sculpture

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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Artwork - [Untitled]

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artwork
artist
gippsland campus
churchill

If you have information on this artist or artwork please use the comment box below.

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Artwork - Printmaking

Key words

walters
wes walters
printmaking
etching
nude
life study

Limited edition print

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.

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Artowrk

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art
artwork
school of business collection

If you can assist with information on this artist or artwork please use the comment box 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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Watercolour - Untitled

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art
artwork

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 - Drawing - Observatory Mt Pleasant, 1969

Key words

ballarat observatory
mt pleasant
mount pleasant
wilson
alumni

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.

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Numismatics - Ballarat University College Medalion

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numismativs
ballarat university college
ballarat university college medallion

Medalion on a chain.

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Printmaking - Linocut - I Couldn't Open My Eyes

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art
artwork

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 Edwin Jewell’

Key words

bookplate
printmaking
australian bookplate design award
keith wingrove memorial trust

.1 An adult emu with chick is depicted standing in grass under the suns rays .2 As above but with green and pink shading

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 Irena Sibley

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Photograph - 'Wimmera Winter' by Anne Taylor

Key words

art
artwork
anna taylor
photography
foto
lake
water
fog
pier
reeds
landscape
wimmera

Framed black and white photograph showing a pier over a foggy lake, with reeds in the foreground. If you can assist with information on this artist or artwork please use the comment link below.

Historical information

Anne TAYLOR

Inscriptions & Markings

Frame stamp - Jem Frames, 26 Firebrace St, Horsham Frame sticker - Alphmat Artcare System, Ref 5055, Date 1996

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Bookplate - ‘Ex Libris'

Key words

bookplate
printmaking
australian bookplate design award
keith wingrove memorial trust

A brown and white tie with shirt and waist coat are depicted below the letter G in concentric circles. Two bottles are drawn on either side of the waist coat.

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

CD 87, 657

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Artwork - Banksia plagiocarpa by Celia Rosser

Key words

celia rosser
banksia
botanical
gippsland campus

Un-numbered limited edition offset photolithograph of Banksia plagiocarpa (Blue Banksia)

Historical information

Celia Rosser (1930- ) Born Melbourne, Victoria Celia Elizabeth Rosser is a renowned Australian botanical artist, best known for having published The Banksias, a three-volume series of monographs containing watercolour paintings of every Banksia species. She trained in Art at the Melbourne Institute of Technology In 1970, Celia was appointed Science Faculty Artist at Monash University. Four years later she was appointed University Botanical Artist, and began the project of painting every Banksia species. The project took over 25 years to complete, and resulted in the publication of a three volume monograph entitled The Banksias, with accompanying text by Alex George. Publication of the final volume in 2000 represented the first time that such a large genus has been entirely painted. In 1977 Celia Rosser was awarded the Linnaean Society of London's Jill Smythies Award for botanical illustration, and in 1995 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. Monash University awarded her an honorary Master of Science degree in 1981, and an honorary PhD in 1999. Banksia Rosserae is the last banksia species discovered and was named after the artist. Since 2002, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne have awarded the "Celia Rosser Medal for Botanical Art" to outstanding exhibitors at their "The Art of Botanical Illustration" exhibition. 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 - 'The House Wife No. 1' by Neville Bunning

Key words

art
artwork
neville bunning
housewife
abstract

Small framed artwork.

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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Gouache - 'Ballarat's First Ideal Homes Exhibition' by J. Hopwood

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art
artwork
j. hopwood
colpin avenue
posters
ballarat technical art school

We are seeking information on this artist who attended the Ballarat Technical School in the 1930s. If you are able to assist please make contact via 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 for Rony Irving (Nylex Plastics) by David Frazer

Key words

bookplate
tony irving
david frazer
nylex clock
yarra river
silos
richmond

Bookplate for Tony Irvinng featuring the Yarra River and silos at Richmond, Victoria.

Historical information

David Frazer (1966- ) David Frazer is an Australian artist who works in painting, wood engraving, etching, lithography and bronze. Born in Victoria, David Frazer graduated from the Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne with a Fine Art degree specialising in painting. In 1996 he achieved an Honours degree from Monash University specialising in Printmaking and in 2000, gained his Master of Arts. In 2002, David was awarded the Keith Wingrove Bookplate Design Award and in 2007, he was a major prizewinner at the International Print Biennial in Guanlan, China and a featured Australian artist on the ABC’s documentary series ‘Artist at Work’. (http://www.goldfieldsprintmakers.com/david-frazer.html) Art historian Robert C. Littlewood is a Private Press publisher who utilises his skills as a fine art photographer, a video producer, researcher and writer to document the lives and achievements of Australian artists who create (or created) original graphic prints. Littlewood is President of the Australian Bookplate Society and a Trustee of the Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust which administers the world's richest and Australia’s only Bookplate design award.

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Drawing - pencil on paper - 'Outline Drawing from Cast' by Albert E. Williams

Key words

art
artwork
albert e. williams
drawing

Mounted 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.

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Watercolour on paper - Portrait of Woman

Key words

art
artwork

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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Ceramics - [Untitled]

Key words

art
artwork

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 - 'Ring of the Nibellings' by David Noonan

Key words

art
artwork
david noonan
oil on canvas
alumni

Six stretched canvases making up the work 'Ring of the Nibellings'.

Historical information

David NOONAN (1969 - ) Born Ballarat, Victoria David Noonan completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) in 1987 at Ballarat University College (now Federation University), and Post Graduate Studies (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. He currently lives and works in London. 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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