INVITATION Griffith University Art Gallery

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Griffith University Art Collection: A Survey of Artist Gifts, Artwork Donations and Acquisitions 2011-2013

28 February – 29 March 2014

Griffith University Art Collection has been fortunate to acquire an inspiring, challenging and culturally valuable mix of artworks through the generosity of numerous individuals and groups. This exhibition gave us an opportunity to showcase some of the highlights and acknowledge the gifts, donations, and support we have received.

Griffith University Art Gallery ( GUAG ) and Griffith University Art Collection ( GUAC ) work in tandem under the management of Griffith Artworks (est.1971) developing and delivering programs focused on the cultural enrichment and education of students, our community and the wider public.

Griffith University takes great pride in its Art Collection. An exhibition program is active across each of the five University campuses, from the Gold Coast to Logan, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank. Displays are specifically curated in relation to the University’s diverse schools and departments, from the Humanities, to Health and Law, across 140 sites.

Artists and Artist Estates have been major supporters of the Art Collection throughout our four decades of operation. Recent gifts of important artworks enormously enrich the ideas and subjects that can be meaningfully broached in exhibitions or displays, whether at Griffith University, or on loan to public institutions, regional galleries and touring exhibitions.

Griffith University Art Collection ( GUAG ) is well known for its works on paper holdings. Other collection strengths include painting, contemporary photography, video and electronic arts. This exhibition reveals even more of the media forms we acquire, including sculpture, ceramics and printmaking.

Private donors have played a crucial role in developing the Collection, and the public’s access to it, by entrusting much-loved artworks from their homes and other spaces to our care. The Australian Taxation Office’s support of the Cultural Gifts Program ( CGP ) has also made it easier for individuals and businesses to benefit from their passions. Griffith University provides advice and support to donors in the context of a long-term appreciation of custodianship responsibilities.  The aim is to encourage culturally significant artworks becoming more accessible to the public and future generations.

We enjoy camaraderie with a wide group of people who are interested, enthusiastic and dedicated to the enrichment of life through valuing creativity. We share in that serious pursuit, and believe the essence of our profession must be to treasure the uniqueness of artists and artforms and their extraordinary ability to communicate and include.

We thank all Artists, Galleries and Private Donors for their support of this exhibition.