Australian university art museums are leading and dynamic contributors to the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. There are currently 42 university art museums (UAMs) in Australia, representing 26 per cent of the Australian art museum sector.(1) Their art collections offer a rich cultural history and their exhibition programs attract university staff and students, members of the art community and the general public. They showcase prominent and emerging Australian, Indigenous and international artists through exhibitions, acquisitions, public art commissions, publications and festivals. In contributing to the academic and cultural sectors, they demonstrate best practice in visual arts and museum research, production and community engagement.
The agreed objectives of University Art Museums Australia are:
- _ Research, promote and advocate on behalf of the Australian university art museum sector;
- _ Lead an exchange of ideas, information, exhibitions and staff, and facilitate occasional seminars, conferences and forums that develop and promote the university art museum sector and build strategic links with individuals and organisations;
- _ Develop and demonstrate best practice/professional standards for the sector;
- _ Contribute to the public understanding of the significance of university art museums to the broader Australian museums sector;
- _ Consider the broader political, economic, theoretical and professional contexts in which the group functions and improve and protect those contexts (advocacy and leadership); and
- _ Explore opportunities that may arise that meet the objectives of UAMA and its member.
UAMA appreciates the support provided by the following organistaions and government bodies to the UAMA members.
- _ Australia Council for the Arts
- _ Ministry for the Arts
- _Arts NSW
- _Department Arts WA
- _Creative Victoria
- _Museums Australia
- _ICOM - International Council of Museums – The World Museum Community
- _AAANZ - Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
- _NAVA - National Association for the Visual Arts
- _Public Galleries Association of Victoria
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Museums 2003–04, Cat. no. 8560.0, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra, 2005.