Contemporary art provides a creative platform for audiences to interpret and debate the diversity of life and culture.
Murdoch University's Art Gallery showcases the most exciting developments in Australian contemporary art to our community through its exhibition program. Spanning 190 square metres, it presents regular exhibitions highlighting various themes and features of the collection.
The Art Gallery is currently closed for the installation of a new exhibition.
Purnaya Ninganni Pangarri
yesterday - today - tomorrow
November 2019 – October 2021
Purnaya Ninganni Pangarri: yesterday - today - tomorrow is an exhibition of Tiwi art featured in the Murdoch University Art Collection. This exhibition brings together a cross-generation of Tiwi artists, showcasing the evolution of Tiwi art from traditional to contemporary works over several decades.
Tiwi art and culture is unique to Bathurst and Melville Islands. Tiwi Islanders have practiced Jilimara (the art of body painting), Pukumani (funeral) and Kulama (initiation/yam) ceremonies for thousands of years with traditional forms of mark-making originally derived from creation stories.
A selection of exhibited artists includes: Kitty Kantilla, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Declan Apuatimi, Linus Warlapinni, Conrad Tipungwuti, Freda Warlapinni, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Marie Josette Orsto, Mary Magdalkene Tipungwuti and Timothy Cook.
Left to right: Declan Apuatimi, Old Tiwi Woman, c. 1984. Purchased 2019. Artist Unknown, Pukumani Pole, c.1980. Donated by John Roberts 1998.
Both sculptures: natural earth pigments on carved wood.
PEEK: A Partial View of Murdoch University Art Collection
Parliament House, Harvest Terrace, West Perth
February 2020 – February 2021
Presented in partnership between Murdoch University and the Parliament of Western Australia.
The 56 works on display reveal the very essence of the Murdoch collection which serves as a reflection of contemporary Australian culture. One that celebrates multi-cultural, modern day Australia, while acknowledging our history, our first peoples, our colonial past and the ongoing journey to define who we are, what we stand for, our spirit and national values. Many of the pieces challenge conventional thinking and invite conversation and discussion of our place as a nation. A narrative that mirrors the Murdoch mindset, with its rich history and tradition of encouraging the young to think differently, to challenge convention and established ways of thinking.
Book a guided tour on the Parliament House Art Tours website.
Image Credit: Danie Mellor, An Encounter With Establishment, 2009. Mixed media on paper.
November 2018 – October 2019
This exhibition features selected contemporary artworks from Murdoch University's Art Collection by artists: Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jurek Wybraniec, Brian Robinson, Caspar Fairhall, Gemma Smith, Brook Andrew, Bob Brighton, Mathew Allen, Dan McCabe, Coen Young, Hoda Afshar, Brent Harris and Karl Wiebke.
Dan McCabe, -28.184361, 114.255634 & -21.885728, 114.129905. 2 of 6 works from the Joiner Series 2018, Acrylic sheets on Alubond, 87 x 62cm each. Purchased 2018.
Contemporary Australian Photo Media
April – October 2018
A selection of compelling images, reflecting the diverse practices of some of Australia’s most notable emerging and established photo media artists. Contemporary photo media art is a significant theme within the collection. This exhibition provides a small glimpse of a substantial body of work acquired since 2006.
The exhibition features works by artists: Marian Drew, Brook Andrew, Petrina Hicks, Pat Brassington, Thea Costantino, Michael Riley, Jane Burton, David Rosetzky, Toni Wilkinson, Abdul Abdullah, Nathan Beard, Coen Young, Christian Thompson, Polixeni Papapetrou, Rosemary Lang.
Christian Thompson, Black Gum, 2007. Lambda photographic print, triptych, 109.8 x 109.8 cm. Purchased 2017.
A Place for Art
November 2017 – March 2018
This exhibition marked the official launch of the new Murdoch University's Art Gallery. Showcasing significant recent acquisitions to the Collection, it heralds the beginning of an exciting new era for the Art Collection.
Featuring purchased and donated works by artists: Andrew Browne, Lena Nyadbi, Nathan Beard, Andrew Nicholls, Susanna Castleden, Brian Blanchflower, Coen Young, Christian Thompson
Andrew Browne, A Riverbank (culvert, detritus and apparitions) 2012. Oil on linen, 130 x 900 cm (triptych). Purchased 2017.
July – October 2017
Bullargar Katitjin (learning together) celebrates the rich diversity of contemporary Australian Indigenous culture through a selection of artworks from Murdoch University's Art Collection. The exhibition encourages discussion and promotes cross-cultural awareness by showcasing indigenous urban-based and remote community based artists of National significance.
Featuring work by artists: Maryanne Purlta Downs, Freddie Timms, Mabel Juli, Lena Nyadbi, Rammey Ramsey, Julie Dowling, Darren Siwes, Roma Nyutjangka Butler, Ryan Presley, Sandra Hill, Meeyakba Shane Pickett, Laurel Nannup, Christopher Pease, Ben Pushman, Lydia Balbal
Left to right: Freddie Timms, Bedford Downs Country Natural ochres and synthetic binder on Belgian linen, 150 x 360 cm (diptych). Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Dr Ian Constable AO and Dr Elizabeth Constable 2015. Mabel JULI, Garnkiny Ngarrangkarni 2010. Natural ochre and synthetic binder on canvas, 100 x 140 cm, Purchased 2011
Photography Bo Wong