Charles Darwin University's Art Collection preserves and documents the visual arts of the Northern Territory and Australia’s Top End through the acquisition of artworks, created by First Nations and non-Indigenous artists based in the Northern Territory or with connections to our region. The collection includes artworks from Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Comprising more than 3,500 artworks, the CDU Art Collection is presented in public exhibitions and on-campus displays. Artworks from a range of mediums – printmaking, painting, ceramic, fibre, textile, and sculpture – are represented in the CDU Art Collection, which grows annually through acquisition, donation and cultural gifts.
The principles and objectives of the CDU Art Collection are outlined in the Art Collection Policy. We continuously add to this significant collection; the second-largest collection in the Northern Territory and the largest university art collection north of the Tropic of Capricorn.
The CDU Art Collection is regularly exhibited at the CDU Art Gallery and as part of the CDU Art Collection on-campus display program. It is accessible as a teaching, study and learning resource via Digital Collections – the University’s digital collections platform. Currently, approximately 20% of the CDU Art Collection is presented on Digital Collections.
The CDU digital collections platform provides access to and engagement with the University’s art, heritage and special library collections. It is a place to discover and explore content from contemporary art, rare books, historical photographs, recent reports and much more. Currently, approximately 20% of the CDU Art Collection is presented on Digital Collections.Explore