Celebrating Australian contemporary art
Integrating contemporary Australian art into the everyday experience of campus life is a proud tradition at Murdoch University. Art has the potential to bridge our worlds, harness the wisdom of our different views, engage our imagination to explore new ways of thinking, and create experiences that can be shared by all people in our community.
About the collection
Murdoch University's Art Collection is a vibrant cultural asset which reflects and celebrates the creativity and diversity of Australian contemporary visual arts practice. The collection is displayed across our campuses in Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah, including our new Art Gallery which hosts regular exhibitions throughout the year.
Murdoch University's Art Gallery is a new dedicated space designed to showcase the university’s rich and diverse art collection. Located at our Perth campus, the Art Gallery was officially opened in November 2017. Spanning 190 square metres, it presents regular exhibitions highlighting various themes and features of the collection.
For over forty years, Murdoch University's Art Collection has been enriched through generous artwork gifts, financial donations & bequests. This pivotal support, has assisted in building a collection of national significance and ensuring that it remains an integral part of our students, staff and visitor’s campus experience. Find out more about how you can make a lasting contribution with an artwork donation, bequest, or financial donation.
Top to bottom: Brian Blanchflower, Navigations I – IV, 1988. Pastel on paper (suite of four), 86 X 122cm each. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Brian Blanchflower in memory of Bob Brighton 2017.
Andrew Browne, A Riverbank (culvert, detritus and apparitions), 2012. Oil on linen, 130 x 900 cm (triptych). Purchased 2017.
Timothy Cook, Kulama 2011. Natural ochres on linen, 120 x 200cm. Purchased through Murdoch University Art Collection’s Acquisition Appeal 2012. Lead Gift Donor: Jenny Mills. Supporting Gift Donors: The Way Family, Alan R Dodge AM & Neil Archibald, Penelope & Rodney Thompson, Nathan Giles, Kate O’Brien, Dario & Susan Amara, Robyn Glindermann, Dr Fredrick Nagle & Georgina Nagle. Geoff & Yvonne Ellies Hancy. Fred Chaney AO & Angela Chaney, Wesfarmers Arts. Gift Donors: Amy Barrett-Lennard & Michael Levine, Colin & Holly Story, Vicky Dodds, Terry S Noble, Chris & Mary Hill, Dr Geoffrey Gallop, Dr Alison Gaines, Galliano Fardin, Evi Ferrier, Jude Van Der Merwe, Maxine Murray & Michael Wiggin, Anonymous Donor.