University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection
The University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection was instituted in the late 1960s when staff and students expressed a desire for artworks to be hung in the new buildings. A committee was formed with the goal of providing educational and cultural stimulation to the campus. A gallery was established with an exhibition program, and the group began to acquire artworks, mainly works on paper. With the move of the Tasmanian School of Art to the University, the fledgling Collection entered a new period of growth. A dedicated acquisitions budget enabled the group to purchase artworks of significance with an emphasis on contemporary Australian art. Bequests and gifts now fund the acquisition program, and the Collection benefits from loans of valuable and significant work. University policy is to have as many artworks as possible on public display for the enjoyment of staff, students, and the general public. Our art is dispersed throughout the University in buildings and outdoors - in effect a changing exhibition with multiple venues. There is no longer a gallery exclusively for the Collection, but on all three campuses of the University exhibitions are now a regular feature of our community outreach program.
Art paintings, art photographs, contemporary art, decorative arts, drawings and prints, glass, pottery and ceramic, sculpture, textiles and weaving. Approximately 1900 objects with an emphasis on Australian artists, and Tasmanian in particular. Artists include Bill Henson, Elizabeth Gower, Geoff Dyer, Philip Wolfhagen, Anne Morrison, Ray Arnold
The Carington Smith Collection is group of about 500 works by Jack Carington Smith, mostly acquired by the University in 1986. It is made up largely of sketches, studies, and watercolours.