Collection - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Michael Cook stickman

About the collection

In 1995, USC purchased its first artwork establishing the beginnings of what would become the USC Art Collection. This acquisition was Sower asking spirits to bless the seeds 1995 by Zimbabwean artist Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940–2002) and was symbolic of the ambitions of the fledgling institution.

The purchase of art so early in our history also represents how art has been valued and woven into the fabric of USC from the beginning. From the commissioning of major outdoor artworks to the integration of existing holdings into new building projects, the presence of art across our network of campuses—from northern Brisbane to the Fraser Coast—has been a priority.

USC actively acquires for the collection. We have a strong commitment to collecting artworks by Australian artists that have been made within the lifetime of USC (1996 onwards), Queensland artists with a focus on works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and by artists who have a connection to USC and its regions.

At over 850 works, our collection is the largest public collection of art on the Sunshine Coast and has been greatly enriched through the generosity of many individuals. Major donations and bequests have included the John Mainwaring Collection in 2012 and the Arija and Richard Austin Bequest in 2015.

Works are made available for loan to galleries and museums across Australia for exhibitions.

Access to our collection

USC Art Gallery is currently closed for redevelopment and due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are carefully assessing when we will reopen. During this time we will be working towards enhancing online access to our collection for students, staff, researchers, gallery and museum professionals, writers, and our community.

For the moment you can enjoy a sample of works from our collection by following the links below.

Contact

For further information about our collection, loans or image reproduction, please contact us.

Michael Cook
Australia born 1968, Bidjara
Stickman 1 2016
Inkjet print on paper, 40.0 x 100.0cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2018. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Michael Cook.
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally GABORI  c.1924-2015, Kaiadilt people All the fish in the sea 2005

John Mainwaring Collection

In 2012, John Mainwaring generously donated 81 artworks from his private collection to USC via the Cultural Gifts Program.

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori
Australia c.1924-2015, Kaiadilt 
All the fish in the sea 2005
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 420.0 x 195.0cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by John Mainwaring.
© Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda/Copyright Agency, 2020
Photo: Mick Richards

On display
USC Moreton Bay 
Foundation building
Ground floor, outside the Auditorium

Smart Jeffrey - The stadium

Arija and Richard Austin Bequest

In 2015, Arija Austin bequeathed the Austins’ personal art collection of over 200 works to USC.

Jeffrey Smart
The stadium II 1978
Australia, Italy 1921-2013
Oil on canvas, 59.5 x 94.0cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2015. Arija and Richard Austin Bequest.
Photo: Carl Warner

Central and Western Desert Art

Since 2002, USC has acquired a large number of works from the Central and Western Desert regions of Australia.

Naata Nungurrayi
Australia born 1932, Pintupi
Untitled n.d.
Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 150.0 x 180.0cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Christopher Simon.
© Naata Nungurrayi/Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

On display
USC Sunshine Coast
Ngabung Djamga Gallery
Innovation Centre
Ground floor

The now go naked from the waist up - Leondard Brown

Made within our lifetime

We prioritise collecting Australian art made within the lifetime of USC (from 1996 onwards).

Leonard Brown
Australia born 1949
They now go naked from the waist up 2008
Oil on Belgian linen, diptych, 102.0 x 204.0cm (overall)
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Leonard Brown.
© Leonard Brown
Photo: Mick Richards

Rangelandscape - Lawrence Daws

Connected to our regions

USC is committed to acquiring works by recognised artists who have a connection to USC and our regions.

Lawrence Daws
Australia born 1927
Range landscape 1976
Oil on board , 76.0 x 91.5cm
USC Art Collection. Acquired in 2013. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Lawrence Daws.
© Lawrence Daws
Photo: Carl Warner

Feast of bonyi

Art outside

There are many opportunities at USC to engage with art in the natural environment.

Bianca Beetson
Australia born 1973, Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Waradjuri
Feast of Bon-yi (Feast of Bunya) 2014
bronze
USC Art Collection. Commissioned in 2014.
© Bianca Beetson
Photo: Lachie Millard

On display
USC Sunshine Coast 
Building E
Buranga Garden