Griffith University Art Collection
The Griffith University Art Collection was established with the founding of the University in 1973 and acquires works by contemporary Australian artists. The collection focuses on works which are inter-disciplinary and which address debates from both within the art form and within the wider contexts of Australian society. The collection is exhibited throughout University buildings in thematic exhibitions that challenge and enhance the academic pursuits of the University's communities.
Since 2005 efforts have been concentrated on honing the development of significant philanthropic support from the local community, and communities of interest. Three very significant gifts have been made to the Griffith University Art Collection, featuring some of Australia's great recent practitioners.
The Paul Eliadis gift (2008) featured over 70 works by Australian artists, including a rare set of 1960s linocuts by Ian Burn, a set of 1970s studies by Howard Arkley, and works by significant local artists Scott Redford, Luke Roberts and Eugene Carchesio. A large 1998 painting titled 'Possum' a key work from the first generation of 'New Expression' works by revered Warlpiri artist Michael Nelson Jagamara was also gifted by Dr Eliadis.
In late 2008 the Gordon and Leanne Bennett gift of 120 works entered the Griffith University Art Collection. Consisting of his entire graphic oeuvre since 1984, this is the most significant holding of works on paper by Bennett in Australia.
A growing collection currently comprising 400 posters. The poster collection was conceived in 1979 when the Queensland Film and Drama Centre (now Griffith Artworks) established an archive of posters, any of which were produced in the centre.
This smaller collection comprises mostly international works of art and official portraits.
A historical collection acquired by the Queensland College of Art for its relevance to the functions of the College.
Art collection onlineGriffith Artworks has produced an online catalogue for the Griffith University Art Collection, as a resource for researchers on the Internet. The online catalogue provides public access to information on this significant collection of Australian art since 1975. Where permission from artists has been granted, researchers can access scanned images and written commentaries of works held in the Collection.
Griffith Artworks would like to acknowledge the support of the Gordon Darling Foundation (GDF) in funding the Special Project Officer position.
In September 2010 Griffith Artworks (GAW) applied for support from the Gordon Darling foundation to fund a special Project Officer position during 2011. It was proposed that the Special Project Officer would be chosen from amongst the GAW Short Internship Program participants, and that the position would facilitate the transfer of hard copy catalogue information (both text and image) to digital form. This initiative will enable the Griffith University Art Collection to become more accessible to the public via an expanded online catalogue, and will preserve fragile and vulnerable records that would otherwise be at risk.
In December of 2010 funds were successfully acquired from the Gordon Darling Foundation. Lisa Bryan-Brown, who completed the Short Internship Program in 2010, has now joined the GAW team as the new Special Project Officer. In her short time with GAW, Lisa has already digitised hundreds of slides and has just begun work on a copyright project to make these images available on the online catalogue.