Reparative Aesthetics: Rosângela Rennó and Fiona Pardington exhibition installation view, Griffith University Art Museum 2016 Photography: Carl Warner

About Griffith University Art Museum

Griffith University Art Museum is committed to innovative research and experimentation to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society.

The Museum organises exhibitions, educational and public programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, research and experimentation, while building and maintaining the University’s art collection for future generations. Situated in one of Australia’s oldest art schools, the Museum stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, publishing and dialogue among communities of Griffith University students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public.

Our team

Angela Goddard


Michael Barnett

Collection Manager

Naomi Evans


Carrie McCarthy

Curatorial and Collections Officer

Kylie Spear

Curatorial and Collections Officer

Ross Manning

Exhibitions and Public Programs Officer

Carol Ha


Our history


Dr Margriet Bonin was the foundation Director of the Queensland Film and Drama Centre (now Griffith University Art Museum) taking up her appointment in 1978, three years after the Centre's opening, and holding the position until 1998.

Margriet was an astute administrator, while at the same time being suited to the innovative and pioneering approach to teaching and administration being promoted by Griffith University. This included running workshops in the Arts that encouraged community involvement/attendance.

This oral history recounts her experiences as one of the early senior academic administrators employed by the organisation.

Listen: 'Oral History – Dr Margriet Bonnin'


Those who started, those who stayed, those who departed, those who strayed: Art training in Brisbane to 1991

"Throughout the second half of the twentieth century the higher education sector in Australia went through a series of reorganisations culminating in the Dawkins Report 1988 which recommended that the various technical colleges, teachers’ colleges and colleges of advanced education be incorporated into a system of multi-campus universities. Negotiations were put underway so that on 1 July 1991 the Queensland Conservatorium of Music amalgamated with Griffith University. The art, craft and design courses and students of the Queensland College of Art, from Associate Diploma level on, also joined Griffith University and on 1 January 1992 an independent history of 110 years was brought to a close.”

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    Gwendolyn GRANT (1878-1968)
    Tech. College, George street soldiers and truck. 1942
    Watercolour on paper, 24.6 x 31cm
    Griffith University Art Collection. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Gregor Grant 1993