Located on our Callaghan campus, the University Gallery is renowned for ideas driven contemporary exhibitions from art practitioners and researchers – locally, nationally, internationally and from our own University community.  For over 25 years it has been a site for cross-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge exchange that champions creative thinking and engagement. It is a place for contemporary artists to develop and profile their practice, presenting compelling exhibitions that inspire.

Set in an award winning building designed by internationally renowned Alumnus, Peter Stutchbury, the University Gallery exhibits a wide range of artistic production from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, International exchanges, touring and collective shows, and solo artists. Throughout the year our calendar continues to present a dynamic series of innovative and diverse exhibitions and events, curated in support of our students, our researchers, our staff and our community.

Banner image: Dino Consalvo and Lottie Consalvo, From the Mudbrick House, 2019.

Current exhibition

Plan and Execute

Plan and Execute

Libby Eckersley

03 February - 06 March | Gallery open Monday - Friday

This practice-led PhD research explores the idea of making a cognitive eco-system, and how it might be used to develop an experimental artistic practice over an extended period of time. Through a combination of written and practical components, conceptualising artistic practice as an extended unit of analysis goes beyond studio walls to reintegrate art-making processes with a corresponding web of conceptual elements forging a pathway into the practice of art.

As John Sutton and Evelyn Tribble write, cognitive ecologies are “the multidimensional contexts in which we remember, feel, think, sense, communicate, imagine, and act, often collaboratively, on the fly, and in rich ongoing interaction with our environment.

Image: Libby Eckersley, Plan and Execute 2020. In-situ exhibition.

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