UNSW Art Collection (University of New South Wales)

The University of New South Wales was founded in 1949. Its art collection was established in 1955 with the installation of Tom Bass's "Falconer" on the first permanent building. Since then the Collection's mission has been to enrich campus life and the UNSW experience, which it has achieved by providing displays throughout the many campus buildings at Kensington, Paddington and in Canberra (ADFA), as well as within the landscaped grounds at Kensington.

Tom Bass: Falconer (1955) detail


The UNSW Art Collection contains over 1000 works acquired since the University's foundation in 1949. Acquisitions focus on Australian art post-1949: paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and selected ceramics. It features works by many prominent artists, including Howard Arkley, Tom Bass, Peter Booth, Ray Crooke, Bert Flugelman, Donald Friend, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Nicholas Harding, Emily Kngwarreye, Janet Laurence, Dorothy Napangardi, Sidney Nolan, Peter Marralwanga, Bronwyn Oliver, Margaret Olley, Gloria Petyarre, Clifton Pugh, Lloyd Rees, Rover Thomas, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Aida Tomescu and William Robinson.