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 3000 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; 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 2014, 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 housed in a dedicated exhibition and storage space located within the Chancellery, Building Orange 12, at Casuarina campus. 

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.  

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In 2013, the CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery became a member of University Art Museums Australia (UAMA).

The CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery is an Organisational Member of Australian Museums and Galleries Association.

Copyright: images of art work on this site are reproduced for the purposes of research and study only. Whilst every effort has been made to trace Copyright holders, we would be grateful for any information concerning Copyright of the images and will withdraw them immediately upon the Copyright holder’s request.

CDU Art Collection and Art Gallery

Building Orange 12.1.02
Casuarina campus
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Wed-Fri, 10am-4pm
Sat, 10am

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Eileen Lim
Exhibitions & Collection Officer

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