About the Collection
Since its foundation in 1974 Murdoch University Art Collection has grown to become a collection of national significance, as well as shaping the cultural identity and academic experience of our students.
The Collection consists of over 2000 artworks that reflect the creative vitality and diversity of Australian contemporary visual arts practice.
At Murdoch University, we believe art inspires and is a catalyst for change. Through art, we see new perspectives, feel differently and find creative solutions. The priority given to making contemporary art accessible in a variety of our campus settings ensures Murdoch University is truly rich in cultural wealth and this is integral to the teaching and learning experience of our students, staff and broader community.
This is realised by curated displays of the University’s Art Collection throughout various campus locations including Murdoch University Art Gallery, Geoffrey Bolton Library, lecture theatres, foyers, tutorial rooms, offices and boardrooms. Physically woven throughout these settings, the Collection is accessible for all and interacted with student, staff and visitors on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to presenting the Collection throughout our buildings, Murdoch University also commissions site-specific artworks within a variety of campus precincts. Public art projects are supported by the University’s public art policy in which a percentage of all capital and refurbishment project budgets are committed to commissioning or purchasing artworks.
Site specific art commissions play an important role in enhancing the University’s built environment and its public spaces, giving each space a distinct identity and providing visually stimulating and inspiring surrounds to further enhance student life. Public artworks on campus also assist in strengthening community pride and ownership, whilst contributing to the development and promotion of Murdoch University’s cultural capital.
To find out more about our collection, download a copy of our latest publication.