The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University Art Collection

The University Collection comprises over 1,500 artworks that have been acquired, mainly by donation, since the University of Newcastle was founded in the 1960s. The collection reflects the best of both regional and national work and features artists such as Charles Blackman, John Coburn, Margaret Preston, Judy Cassab, as well as John Olsen and Margaret Olley − both recipients of an Honorary Doctorate from the University in recognition of their contribution to Australian art and our region. The collection continues to grow with a focus on acquiring works that reflect artistic production from our region and its people, our staff and our students. The collection also continues to focus on national contemporary artists who intersect with our community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, reflecting the recognised leadership of UON's Wollotuka Institute in tertiary Indigenous education.


If you would like to know more about donating an artwork to the University Art and Museum Collection, or to find out more about the collection, please contact the University Art Curator, Gillean Shaw
+61 2 4921 5255

To enquire about the installation of artwork in offices and public areas within the University, see more information here.

Above image: Mazie Turner, Out of Darkness - Violet Cloud 2009, oil on linen, 152.5 x 183 cm. Donated to the University Art Collection through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program