Art and Heritage Collections
The Art and Heritage Collections comprise over 1,000 works of art and over 6,000 heritage objects.
The collections enhance the University environment, support its teaching and research programs, and provide a resource for students, staff, and the community. The University aspires to promote public and digital access to the collections and encourages community outreach and interaction.
Visual Art Collection
The University’s Visual Art (VA) Collection has its origins in the generous gifts and donations of University officials and benefactors. From the 1960s to 1980s a Works of Art Fund was established by University staff who contributed money for the purchase of artworks. A wide range of Modern Australian art was acquired, and this forms the core of the Collection. Today the Collection extends to encompass high quality Contemporary Australian art that resonates with the University values and its place in the visual world.
The Adelaide University Union Visual Art Collection is also cared for as part of the VA Collection.
Original works of art from the VA Collection are available for loan in approved University spaces at North Terrace, Waite and Roseworthy Campus.
The University of Adelaide has featured significantly in the political, social and cultural life of South Australia. Since the University’s establishment in 1874, being the third oldest University in Australia, many items pertaining to that history have been collected and preserved across each profession and discipline.
A considerable range of educational tools dating back to the early days of the University have also been preserved including charts, models and identification kits. This collection is of interest as a reflection of the changing nature of teaching, as well as for the variety of artefacts and the unique qualities of their production.
Advancements in science rapidly render many scientific research and teaching tools redundant. Over the years, samples of scientific apparatus, such as kymographs, telescopes, precision microscopes, and ophthalmoscopes, have been accessioned into this collection.
Accessing and using the collections
The University Library’s Art and Heritage collections are open to all researchers, including staff and students of the University of Adelaide, as well as institutions for loan or other exhibition. Professional historians, researchers and members of the public are also welcome to access these collections, as well as consider donating to the collections.
For all enquiries relating to the Art and Heritage collections, please contact email@example.com.