About us

About us

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We provide a dynamic, changing program of about six exhibitions each year that will stimulate and inspire different ways of thinking.

The Macquarie University Art Gallery (MUAG) offers regular, changing exhibition programs to engage audiences from all walks of life. We want to inspire you, stir you, induce you to the wonders of art and encourage your own critical thinking in articulating those ideas that bring us to a closer understanding of our identity, our society, our culture and our world view.

Our team of curators utilise an interdisciplinary framework to explore the intersections between art, science, history, philosophy, media, music and culture. MUAG produces exhibitions that contribute to our broader understanding of Australian art in relation to our contemporary society and our sociopolitical and cultural histories on an international scale.

Curators

Rhonda Davis

Senior Curator
rhonda.davis@mq.edu.au 
(02) 9850 7437

Leonard Janiszewski

Curator
leonard.janiszewski@mq.edu.au
(02) 9850 7437

Collections 

The University Art Collection forms an important part of Australia’s national cultural heritage. Macquarie University is dedicated to the preservation, management, display and interpretation of the collection for the benefit of present and future generations.

Founded in 1967, the establishment of the Macquarie University Art Collection was a significant part of the early development of the University, aligning with its aspirations to be fresh, modern and vibrant. The Art Collection has since grown in strength, quality and depth through acquisitions and the generous donation of works from various benefactors. It continues to be a unique feature of the University, and visitors can experience firsthand some of Australia’s cultural treasures.

The Macquarie University Art Collection encompasses modernist works (Australian and international) and contemporary Australian art practice by artists that include Bronwyn Bancroft, Marion Borgelt, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Lawrence Daws, Paula Dawson, Ian Fairweather, Rah Fizelle, Sidney Nolan, Robert Rooney, Billy Thomas, Tony Tuckson, Rosemary Valadon, Roland Wakelin, Jeremy Welsh, Fred Williams and many more. The collection comprises a range of media – painting, photography, prints, drawings, glassware, ceramics, textiles and video works.

The artwork loan system

Initially, the collection was displayed within the University’s hub, the Library. Now it is displayed throughout the University, where visitors, students and staff can discover works of art set in extraordinary places. We want art to be part of our everyday working environments, where creative thinking can be inspired. Imagine a university without art. Art opens opportunities for enjoyment and inspiration, which, at its best, illuminates life.

The University's faculty, department, office or centre:

Works from the University Art Collection are also regularly loaned to external institutions such as national, state and regional galleries throughout Australia. This is one way that the Gallery team fulfils its main role of managing the collection, and providing greater access to the works for the wider public. The Macquarie University Art Collection is part of Australia’s cultural heritage; an Act of Parliament ensures we take responsibility for the care and preservation of the collection for future generations.

External institutions and businesses:

Loan process

For the duty of care of the University’s Art Collection to be successfully carried out, we frequently engage the services of professional art installers. The works are handled according to best museum practice under the International Council of Museums.

The professional installation team assesses the proposed location and what conditions are required for a safe and adequate installation, in terms of the artwork and the usability of the space. This assessment is essential to minimise the likelihood of damage occurring to the artworks. A brief risk assessment is done to factor any potential risks – furniture, equipment, and people movement, as well as temperature, dust, insect pests, moisture and light levels.

Make a donation

Philanthropic support is vital to the continued development and enhancement of the Macquarie University Art Collection and Sculpture Park. Works from the collection are actively sought and utilised for learning and research, enriching the cultural lives of our students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

The University Art Gallery welcomes donations of culturally significant items and/or bequests that fall within the acquisition policy. The University Art Gallery is registered as a deductible gift recipient under the Australian Taxation Office. Donations and bequests processed under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program are tax deductible.

Contact the Senior Curator for further details and discussion.

FAQ's

How can I borrow artworks?
The University’s faculty, department, office or centre:

External institutions and businesses:

How can I hire the Art Gallery space?
Complete the Hire the Art Gallery form.

What is on at the Art Gallery?
Visit What’s on page. 

How can I make a donation?
Philanthropic support is vital to the continued development and enhancement of the Macquarie University Art Collection and Sculpture Park. Works from the collection are actively sought and utilised for learning and research, enriching the cultural lives of our students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

The University Art Gallery welcomes donations of culturally significant items and/or bequests that fall within the acquisition policy. The University Art Gallery is registered as a deductible gift recipient under the Australian Taxation Office. Donations and bequests processed under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program are tax deductible.

Contact the Senior Curator for further details and discussion.

Contact us

Location

Building E11A
Macquarie University
NSW 2109 Australia
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Phone

(02) 9850 7437

Hours

Tuesday – Friday
10am – 5pm

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