Art Collection and Art Gallery

Introduction

It has been said that the art collections of regional universities are 'a well-kept secret'. The Charles Darwin University Art Collection is no exception, but it is exceptional.

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 close to 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.

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 five major exhibitions held in the CDU Art Gallery since then: Exhibition

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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Gallery opening hours:
Wed-Fri, 10am-4pm
Sat, 10am
-2pm

Dr Joanna Barrkman
Curator

Eileen Lim
Exhibitions & Collection Officer

T: 08 8946 6621
E: artgallery@cdu.edu.au

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