UAMA members are Australian university art museums which conduct a public program of changing exhibitions in a professional art museum and which are also responsible for and/or exhibit a university art collection.
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NAS Gallery, National Art School
University Galleries, University of Newcastle
University of Wollongong Art Collection, University of Wollongong
Art Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne
La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University
ECU Galleries and Art Collection, Edith Cowan University
Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University
Situated on the Australian National University campus, the gallery is housed in an historic drill hall built in the 1940s to train soldiers for the Second World War. Today the Drill Hall Gallery is the venue of choice for many of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, curators and collectors, continuing a proud tradition of impeccably presented landmark exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications. The ANU Art Collection, established in 1949, comprises over 2900 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and ceramic and glass objects by significant artists. Displayed throughout the campus, the collection encourages creative, cultural and intellectual engagement, promoting visual literacy and enriching student life. The ANU is custodian to one of the finest and most wide-ranging collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art held by any Australian university, and these exemplary works serve to advance the status, recognition and lives of Australia’s First Nations Peoples.
Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney
Located in the heart of the University of Sydney, the Chau Chak Wing Museum was designed to share the University of Sydney’s vast collections with the broader community.
The collections began with the Nicholson Collection of antiquities in 1860 and continued to grow to include the Macleay Collections of natural history, ethnography, science and historic photography, and the University Art Collection. The Chau Chak Wing Museum was designed by Johnson Pilton Walker to unite these diverse collections in one multidisciplinary institution.
From ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, to the art of First Nations people, and the works of leading contemporary artists, the Chau Chak Wing Museum is open to all as a centre of cultural and artistic excellence.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
The Macquarie University Art Gallery offers regular, changing exhibition programs to engage audiences from all walks of life. It aims to inspire, stir and induce visitors to the wonders of art and encourage their own thinking about ideas that bring us to a closer understanding of our identity, our society, our culture and our world view.
An interdisciplinary framework in the structure of the exhibitions explores the intersections between art, science, history, philosophy, media, music and culture. MUAG produces exhibitions that contribute to our broader understanding of Australian art in relation to contemporary society and the socio-political and cultural histories that emerge as part of this conversation.
NAS Galleries, National Art School
The dynamic NAS Galleries program enhances the School’s role as a leading centre for visual art education in the Asia-Pacific, with ambitious group and solo exhibitions by Australian and Art, Artists and Community international artists that foster critical appreciation of art and innovative art practice. The NAS Gallery is one of Sydney’s most well-appointed and distinctive exhibition spaces, housed in a former cell block of the historic Darlinghurst Gaol, located in the heart of the campus. The NAS Galleries offerings expanded in 2021 with the launch of a dedicated Drawing Gallery, developed with the School’s National Centre for Drawing to focus on innovations in contemporary drawing practice. Special projects are also exhibited in the Rayner Hoff Project Space. NAS Galleries exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly publications and a dynamic range of public programs that provide a rich context for the interpretation and understanding of art.
University Galleries, University of Newcastle
Located on our Callaghan campus, the University Gallery is renowned for ideas driven contemporary exhibitions from art practitioners and researchers – locally, nationally, internationally and from our own University community. For over 25 years it has been a site for cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange that champions creative thinking and engagement. It is a place for contemporary artists to develop and profile their practice, presenting compelling exhibitions that inspire.
Set in an award-winning building designed by internationally renowned Alumnus, Peter Stutchbury, the University Gallery exhibits a wide range of artistic production from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, International exchanges, touring and collective shows, and solo artists. Throughout the year our calendar continues to present a dynamic series of innovative and diverse exhibitions and events, curated in support of our students, our researchers, our staff and our community.
UOW Gallery and Art Collection, University of Wollongong
The University of Wollongong’s art museum is comprised of the UOW Gallery and Art Collection. It is responsible for the acquisition, care and display of the university artworks in Australia and is dedicated to delivering a program of engaging art exhibitions and events that are relevant to the university’s communities and audiences.
The university has a longstanding commitment to the visual arts and holds over 5000 individual artworks in its permanent collection. It provides an active program of artwork loans to public national, state and regional galleries and is a member of the University Art Museums of Australia (UAMA) network. The new UOW Gallery was opened in 2020 as a dedicated and professionally run art space. It is committed to delivering engaging art exhibitions with strategic impact for the university.
UNSW Galleries, University of New South Wales
UNSW Galleries brings together the work of leading Australian and international practitioners, curators and writers working in the fields of contemporary art and design. It is a space for the presentation and interpretation of contemporary visual and material culture, and a site for gathering, conversation and learning. The program stresses the importance of learning through exhibition-making, using integrated projects and events across the year to engage audiences in conversation with commentators from a range of disciplines.
UTS Gallery and Art Collection, University of Technology Sydney
UTS Gallery is a space where creativity and technology meet, focused on diverse, innovative and cross-disciplinary practices in contemporary art, design and social enquiry. The UTS art collection enhances the public and working spaces across the university. Strengths of the permanent holdings include post-1960s contemporary Australian painting, printmaking and sculptures, complemented by loans from private collections. Welcoming and accessible workshops and talks, aligned with classroom learning, connect people of all backgrounds with contemporary art, design and university life. This outreach is recognised as A Widening Participation Strategy program with Australian Government HEPP funding.
Western Sydney Creative, Western Sydney University
Launched in 2019, Western Sydney Creative is a comprehensive strategy that details Western Sydney University's long-term commitment to the arts and cultural sector in the region and beyond. The strategy sets out the University’s role and capacity as a leading learning, research and advocacy organisation as well as its role in celebrating and investing in the local to assist in the growth and maturation of the region’s artistic and cultural landscape.
Western Sydney Creative curates exhibitions for the Margaret Whitlam Galleries. The Margaret Whitlam Galleries are located on Dharug land, in the west wing of the Female Orphan School, home to the Whitlam Institute, on Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus. These galleries provide an inspiring public space for temporary exhibitions.
CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery, Charles Darwin University
The CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery is a community engagement initiative of Charles Darwin University. Through our exhibitions, public programs and permanent art collection, we celebrate, embrace and share with Australia the extraordinary art and culture of the Northern Territory, which is home to the world’s oldest living culture, and connected to the rich and diverse cultures of our Asia Pacific neighbours.
With the support of CDU, and with our home and heart in the Northern Territory, we will fearlessly explore and question, and imaginatively present and document, identity and placemaking initiatives that support learning and appreciation of how the world is experienced and imagined through the art and eyes of artists who live in or have a connection with our unique place in Australia and the world.
Griffith University Art Museum, Griffith University
Griffith University Art Museum are the custodian of Griffith University Art Collection, the second largest public art collection in Queensland. Located within one of Australia’s oldest art schools, Griffith University Art Museum strives to achieve the highest level of research and experimentation in exhibitions, programs, collections and publications, and is dedicated to fostering the work of emerging and contemporary artists from Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Situated at the southern end of Brisbane’s vibrant Cultural Precinct, the free public gallery at South Bank is a vital force in the presentation and promotion of visual arts in Australia. Exhibitions combine historic and contemporary narratives to provide unique perspectives and cultivate critical insights into art and its role in society, champion pioneering artists and emergent media to international acclaim, and support innovative collaborations between regional and global partners.
QUT Art Museum, Queensland University of Technology
QUT Art Museum and our sister gallery, William Robinson Gallery, are two of Queensland's premier visual art institutions, situated in one of the CBD's premium locations on the Brisbane River.
QUT Art Museum offers a diverse suite of in-house curated exhibitions drawn from the university's extensive art collection, as well as commissioned art projects, and touring exhibitions. The William Robinson Gallery, nestled in the beautiful setting of Old Government House, is proudly dedicated to the display of works by Australia's pre-eminent landscape artist, William Robinson. The exhibitions are free and open to the public, and complemented by a range of public events and education programs.
USC Gallery, University of the Sunshine Coast
USC Art Gallery delivers exhibitions, programs and educational activities that are shaped by the University’s commitment to freedom of enquiry and expression. Located at the Sunshine Coast campus, the Gallery has presented public exhibitions since 1999. A purpose-built gallery was opened in 2004 and redeveloped in 2020. The Gallery develops and cares for the University art collection. At over 850 works it is the largest public collection of art in the region. USC has a strong commitment to collecting artworks by Australian artists that have been made within the lifetime of USC (1996 onwards), Queensland artists with a focus on works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and by artists who have a connection to USC and its regions.
UQ Art Museum, University of Queensland
The University of Queensland Art Collection is one of Queensland’s most significant public art collections. Developed over 70 years, it features more than 4,400 works of art, comprised predominantly of Australian artists from the colonial period to the present.
The Art Collection and the Art Museum’s creative program support and inform each other. The Art Collection speaks to the Art Museum’s distinct place within the University context and engages with practices and ideas central to research and learning in their many forms. Collection artworks are displayed in exhibitions, in the dedicated Collection Study Room, and in buildings across the University's campuses.
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia
Samstag Museum of Art is one of the University of South Australia’s leading creative centres; its establishment, in 2007, reflects the University’s determination to make a dynamic contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of South Australia and to the Australian tertiary education sector.
Samstag presents a changing exhibitions program of contemporary visual art, and art of the past that has relevance for us today. The program is intended to be of broad interest and educational value to a wide public community. The museum additionally manages the University of South Australia Art Collection and administers the prestigious Samstag Scholarships on behalf of the American-based Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag.
Flinders University Museum of Art, Flinders University
Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA) is located south of Adelaide’s city centre at the University’s main campus at Bedford Park. FUMA is custodian of some 8000 Australian and international works spanning the 15th to 21st centuries, making it one of the largest public collections of art in South Australia. FUMA serves the University and wider community as an academic resource and dynamic site of cultural and intellectual exchange through its cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects, exhibitions, education and public programs.
Cultural Collections, University of Tasmania
The University Fine Art Collection comprises contemporary works with an emphasis on Australian artists, particularly Tasmanian, and demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to the patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia.
The collection was founded in the late 1960s after staff and students asked to have artworks for the new School of Humanities building on the Hobart campus. A collections committee was formed and set about identifying and acquiring works to be displayed across the campuses offering educational and cultural stimulation for students and faculty. The fledgling collection grew significantly after the Tasmanian School of Art joined the University in 1981, and a dedicated acquisitions budget was established. Today, the diverse collection comprises more than 3,000 objects including paintings, works on paper, ceramics, photography, glass, and sculpture. Many objects are unique to Tasmania. Some collections are used for teaching and others have been built over many years by University of Tasmania researchers. A number of collections were donated by alumni or private collectors committed to ensuring public access to works and objects of learning, rarity and beauty.
Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries, Deakin University
The Deakin University Art Collection comprises more than 1600 diverse artworks, principally by Australian contemporary artists, which are circulated and displayed on the University's four campuses. The Deakin University Art Gallery is located at the Melbourne Burwood Campus and provides an exciting venue for the University's program of exhibitions and arts events. These include curated exhibitions drawn from the University's art collection, group and solo exhibitions by significant contemporary Australian artists, travelling exhibitions and selected student, staff and Alumni work.
Art Museums and Collections, the University of Melbourne
Our venues offer a diverse range of programs, events and exhibitions and provide welcoming spaces for both the University and broader community to explore, interact, experience and be inspired by our collections and creators.
The Ian Potter Museum of Art is the custodian of the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The Collection is rich and varied, with major holdings of Australian art in all media from the early 19th century to the present day, as well as Indigenous art, International art and classics and archaeology. Numbering over 18,000 pieces, these diverse holdings form the largest university art collection in Australia.
La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University
Through La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University makes a dynamic contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of the communities it serves.
We steward La Trobe’s seven art collections, including public art, across our Victorian campuses. We work with La Trobe and external partners to deliver innovative contemporary art exhibitions, commissions, public programs and residencies that engage diverse audiences in our neighbourhoods.
We build and diversify our networks through partnerships and hospitality. Our Bendigo contemporary art centre, located in historic View Street, is a vibrant place of exchange where broad audiences can be inspired and challenged by the work and ideas of living artists.
Monash University Museum of Art, Monash University
Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is committed to innovative, experimental and research-based contemporary art and curatorial practice. With a focus upon contemporary art since the 1960s, MUMA seeks to establish the museum as a dynamic site for cultural production, pedagogy and participation – through exhibitions, collection development, curatorial research, publishing, and academic and community engagement. With a vision to become an international centre of excellence in the research and collection, promotion and presentation of contemporary visual art, MUMA is adventurous and forward-looking in its support of new art and ideas.
RMIT Gallery, RMIT University
RMIT Gallery is a public art gallery presenting an engaging and thought-provoking program of contemporary exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists and curators. It is committed to showcasing RMIT research outcomes and cultural stories, presenting exhibitions and events that are relevant to the student population and experience.
RMIT Gallery is located in historic Storey Hall, which was built in 1887. RMIT Gallery was officially opened on 16 March 1977. An extensive refurbishment was completed in 1996 and the building is now a celebrated example of architectural innovation, in the heart of Melbourne’s cultural tourism precinct. Throughout its long colourful history, the building has been a part of the life of Melbourne – from social and political protest to its current role as a significant contributor to the city’s arts and exhibiting calendar.
ECU Galleries and Art Collection, Edith Cowan University
The School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University proactively fosters excellence and innovation in the arts. A significant recent addition to the School is Gallery 25, on the Mt Lawley campus, which has become pivotal as an entry statement to the central arts hub. With holdings of around 3000 works, the ECU Art Collection is one of Western Australia’s foremost public art collections. Noteworthy for its diverse representation of iconic Australian historic and contemporary art, the collection also encompasses compelling new media and international works. Gallery 25 hosts a dynamic and consequential exhibition program that fosters critical and community engagement whilst creating a strong platform for research.
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
John Curtin Gallery is situated a short drive from the centre of Perth at the main entrance to Curtin University’s Bentley campus. Established in 1998 to reflect the University’s commitment to nurturing the arts and contributing to local and national contemporary cultural discourse, the John Curtin Gallery presents a diverse international program of changing exhibitions specialising in new and emerging technologies and with a recurring focus on Aboriginal arts practice. The Gallery also manages and develops the Curtin University Art Collection and maintains strong partnerships with key organisations including the Perth International Arts Festival.
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, the University of Western Australia
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (LWAG) was the first purpose-built university art museum in Australia, opened on 18 July 1990. Since then, it has been committed to critically engaging with different ideas. LWAG presents a dynamic, creative and intellectually rigorous program of exhibitions, featuring the University's extensive art collection and including an extensive series of solo exhibitions, survey and themed curatorial projects and associated cultural activities that amplify current concern, flag future issues and provide a perspective from which to view the past. All exhibitions are supported by an extensive public program that includes talks, seminars, tours and opportunities to meet the artists and each is sponsored by a teaching or research unit on campus.
Murdoch University Art Collection, Murdoch University
Since its foundation in 1974, Murdoch University's Art Collection has grown to become a collection of national significance, as well as shaping the cultural identity and academic experience of our students.
At Murdoch University, we believe art inspires and is a catalyst for change. Through art, we see new perspectives, feel differently and find creative solutions. The priority given to making contemporary art accessible in a variety of our campus settings ensures Murdoch University is truly rich in cultural wealth and this is integral to the teaching and learning experience of our students, staff and broader community. This is realised by curated displays of the University’s Art Collection throughout various campus locations including Murdoch University Art Gallery, Geoffrey Bolton Library, lecture theatres, foyers, tutorial rooms, offices and boardrooms. Physically woven throughout these settings, the Collection is accessible for all and interacted with by students, staff and visitors on a day-to-day basis.