Fifty-six artworks from the Murdoch University Art Collection have been loaned to Parliament House for a six-month exhibition. It really is a small but meaningful snapshot of the Collection, and we are proud that works by four of our artists have been selected to adorn the hallowed halls and walls of Western Australia’s Parliament House until July 2020.
The exhibition is part of an initiative by the Parliament of Western Australia to partner with local institutions to showcase local and Australian artworks.
Murdoch University has added to its Art Collection for more than 40 years, which now numbers more than 2,000 pieces (including works by the majority of our artist members).
The University's Art Collection is known for displaying a vibrancy of Australian contemporary visual art across its campuses in Perth, Rockingham and Mandurah, and at their new Art Gallery which presents regular exhibitions throughout the year. The Parliament House exhibition is a first for the University.
Mark Stewart, the Collection's Curator said, “It’s fantastic for us to provide a ‘sneak peek’ of our collection to a different audience and in a building of such significance to our democracy. We hope politicians, staffers and visitors will be challenged and inspired by the diverse collection that touches on important issues for modern Australia.”
PEEK: A Partial View of the Murdoch University Art Collection includes works by our member artists Eveline Kotai, Toni Wilkinson, Jurek Wybraniec, and Joanna Lamb. It was formally opened on Monday 17 February by Legislative Council President Hon Kate Doust, Legislative Assembly Speaker Hon Peter Watson and Murdoch University Vice-Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen. The selection of artworks can be seen along the walls of Parliament’s southern and northern corridors.
Members of the public can see the exhibition by signing up for a Parliament House art tour, held on the first Friday of each month.