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Art in the Library


The Library is a meeting place for all members of the University. Staff, students and community members make use of the wide range of services and resources. Spaces within the Library have been designed to not only cater for different learning styles and preferences but to be attractive and inspirational places. This is enhanced through the display of over 180 paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and other art forms.

Art plays a central role in building creative spaces for those wishing to learn, study, research or relax - feeding the mind and stimulating the senses.

The artwork in the University of Wollongong Library features substantial groupings of works by Guy Warren, Ian Gentle and Bert Flugelman. These three major Australian artists have long, close and warm associations with the University and the Illawarra region.

Other works represent a range of established and emerging Australian artists and incorporate painting, printmaking, photographs, textiles and sculptures. The large number of lithographs, linocuts, etchings, woodcuts and screenprints reflect one of the specializations of the UOW Art Collection.

Many of the works have been donated to the University by the artists or major Australian art collectors.

Featured Artists

Depictions of the Illawarra

Many of the artworks in the Library reflect the landscape and human activities of the Illawarra region.

Coastal landscapes and plants dominate the hand-coloured linocuts of David Preston.

The industrial activities associated with coalmining, steel making and the shipping port of Port Kembla are brought to life in the etchings of Julian Twigg.

Photographs by the legendary Max Dupain, local artist Tom Dion, and Peter Kemp include visions of local man made structures as well as the nightlife of nearby Sydney.

Ned Kelly

Two series of paintings, based on the history of bushranger Ned Kelly, hang in two of the Library’s main stairwells.

Red Hand Prints

Posters from the Red Hand Print Studio can be found in the Group Study rooms on the Ground Level. The posters’ topics range from the social to the political and were commissioned and produced in conjunction with many government and public organisations.

Prints and Etchings

The large number of lithographs, linocuts, etchings, woodcuts and screenprints demonstrate the depth of creativity to be found in this media.

Artists of note include:

  • G.W. Bot – Highly regarded Australian artist and Artist in Residence at UOW in 2003.
  • Belinda Fox – Prize winning emerging artist who bases her prints around ‘positive/negative’ forces
  • John Hoyland – Leading British abstract artist with a love of colour. Hoyland is sometimes referred to as ‘Europe’s answer to Mark Rothko’.
  • David Preston – Contemporary printmaker of landscapes, figure studies, still life and flowers.
  • Julian Twigg – Emphasizes maritime subjects of ships and oceans.
  • Guy Warren

The UOW Art Collection

Established in 1985, the University of Wollongong Art Collection comprises over 3,000 individual works located throughout the campus. Many of the works are on display in the Library.

The collection includes paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and sculptures by eminent Australian artists such as Lloyd Rees, Noel McKenna, Arthur Boyd, John Wolseley, Judy Watson, Jacky Redgate, Rosella Namok, and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

The collection also incorporates a number of sculptures located in the University grounds or within buildings such as the Library.

The collection offers students, staff and visitors the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate artwork placed in their social and working environments.

For more information on the UOWAC please email: artcollection@uow.edu.au or go to http://www.uow.edu.au/crearts/uowac/

Last reviewed: 13 January, 2017

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