Established in 1980 as an Art School teaching collection, the CDU Art Collection today has a University-wide and NT regional mandate with a focus on community engagement in northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Its permanent holdings comprise more than 2000 works of art.
The Collection features paintings and drawings (mainly works on paper) and works of mixed media, by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists; some sculpture and ceramics; bark paintings; a collection of Indigenous material culture items; and a number of works (paintings, prints and textiles) by artists from Southeast Asia.
It also comprises more than 1000 limited edition prints (workshop proofs) of national and international significance. These include prints produced by Northern Editions' printmaking studio and its predecessor printmaking workshop/studios from 1993 to the present, as well as prints created or editioned by University printmaking staff from the School of Creative Arts and Humanities.
The Collection also includes a selection of the Red Hand Print Studio Archive, featuring 69 poster prints produced between 1997-2002, under the management of Darwin-based artist Franck Gohier and ex-Red Planet (Melbourne) printmaker Shaun Poustie.
The CDU Art Collection is currently displayed on two University campuses, Casuarina and Palmerston, and is also housed in its first permanent and dedicated exhibition and storage space located within the Chancellery, Building Orange 12, at Casuarina campus. About 20 percent of the Art Collection's holdings are currently on display throughout CDU's Casuarina and Palmerston campuses.
The CDU Art Collection has held annual exhibitions in The Nan Giese Gallery, Building Orange 10, since its opening in 1989. The Nan Giese Gallery is managed by the School of Creative Arts and Humanities. The staging of the Art Collection's exhibitions in this venue acknowledges its historical and contemporary associations with the Art School. In 1996, the CDU Art Collection's first major touring exhibition, entitled Printabout, was organised by ArtbackNETS NT (now ArtbackNT Arts Touring). It displayed 34 lithographs, etchings and linocut prints by Indigenous artists who had worked with the Art School's printmaking staff at the NTU Print Workshop between 1993 and 1996. Printabout toured regionally and nationally to 76 venues.
Curated by Ian McLean, a retrospective exhibition of the University Art Collection - Art and Place - was held in 1999.
On 9 November 2009, the Art Collection’s exhibition entitled Prelude, held in the new CDU Art Gallery, Orange 12.1.02, marked the official opening of the Chancellery Building at Casuarina campus. There have been eleven (11) major exhibitions held in the CDU Art Gallery since then: Exhibitions
In 2013, the CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery became a member of University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).
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