Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

Gallery hours  Mon – Fri, 11am – 5pm, and every Sunday, 1 – 5pm

Free Admission

T 9266 4155


18 May – 9 July 2017


In Curtin University’s 50th anniversary year, the John Curtin Gallery is celebrating 50 years of Innovation with 50 artworks from the Curtin University Art Collection. The exhibition features local, national and international artists and Curtin University alumni who have contributed to the cultural life of the campus and the wider community since the Collection was established in 1968.

Curtin University’s Art Collection is one of the largest public collections in Western Australia with over 2,800 objects and a focus on Indigenous, Australian modernist and contemporary art. Many works from the Collection are featured in a dynamic Campus Display program throughout University buildings, across Curtin’s Bentley campus and CBD premises.

Artists featured in 50:50 include: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah; Brian Blanchflower; Marion Borgelt; Arthur Boyd; Revel Cooper, Brenda L Croft; Julie Dowling; Pippin Drysdale; Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont; John Firth-Smith; Guy Grey-Smith; Sandra Hill; Robert Juniper; Pantjiti Mary McLean and Nalda Searles; Akio Makigawa; Tracey Moffatt; Lloyd Rees; Deborah Paauwe; Christopher Pease; Ben Pushman; Miriam Stannage; Howard Taylor; Rover Thomas; Aida Tomescu and Anne Zahalka.

A public program featuring artist’s talks and other guest speakers will be held throughout the exhibition period. Visit the Gallery’s website or the Facebook page for details.


Ngamaru Bidu, Wikiri, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 152 x 106.5 cm. Curtin University Art Collection.

Image courtesy of the artist and Martumili Artists

Higher Degrees 17

27 July – 3 September 2017


The John Curtin Gallery will present work by established and emerging artists Leonie Mansbridge, Elizabeth Pedler, Kevin Robertson, Jacqueline Ball and Alex Spremberg.

The artists, who are completing their doctoral studies, will present a range works including paintings, photographs and performance-based art.


Emergent Creativity

2 – 20 August 2017


The Gallery will showcase a series of project-based art works produced by children in the Creative Arts Program at the Curtin University Early Childhood Centre.


The artworks, made from a range of recyclable and found materials as part of the Centre’s focus on sustainability, include sculptural works, collage, silk screening and fibre textiles.


The Creative Arts Program provides opportunities for children to explore art techniques and processes as they plan designs either as individuals or together in small groups with the aim of enriching their artistic experience.


Brian Blanchflower, Canopy XXII (Time Generator), 1990

acrylic with pumice powder on laminated hessian (two sections), 220 x 390 cm. Acquired 2017,

Curtin University Art Collection. Photographed by John Barrett-Lennard.

Alex Spremberg,

Transit, 2017,

Enamel on Shopping Trolley,

105 x 120 x 75cm,

Image courtesy of the artist







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