The art collection of 8,000 pieces is a rich tapestry of artistic and cultural history, with the book featuring a selection of styles including contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Australian, European, early Japanese and indigenous works from Papua New Guinea, North America and Africa.
Fiona Salmon, director of the Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery, says the selection of pieces showcased in the book includes commentary by academics, professional staff and higher degree students.
“Members of the Flinders community were invited to provide their thoughts on selected artwork; these insights can be found within the pages of the book.”
Speak to me: conversations with the Flinders University Art Collections highlights the strengths and diversity of Flinders University’s visual art holdings that have been curated over the past half century.
The first works were acquired by the former Department of Fine Arts and are now housed and managed by Flinders University Art Museum.
The book was launched as a Flinders University 50th Anniversary event last week hosted by Professor Helen Chatterjee from University College London.
Professor Chatterjee MBE, Head of Research and Teaching, University College London, is an award winning academic and advocate of collections-based learning in higher education.
The Flinders art collection is used extensively for object-based learning at Flinders University, as well as to enhance second-language education.
Ms Salmon says the Flinders City Gallery located at the State Library of SA has also helped to take the artworks into an accessible space for community engagement.
Speak to me: conversations with the Flinders University Art Collections is available to purchase from the Flinders University City Gallery, State Library of South Australia, or go to www.flinders.edu.au/artmuseum/shop
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