Looking at Art: Charles Darwin University Art Collection

Anita Angel

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Abstract

    It is appropriate that a book dedicated Lo the Charles Darwin University Art Collection be published during the year that the University's Printmaking Studio, Northern Editions, celebrates its 2Qth anniversary. Works on paper, particularly limited edition prints, are the Collection's "pocket of strength" as the third largest public art collection in the Northern Territory. This is due, in no small part, Lo an agreement struck in 1993, when the printmaking studio's first purpose-built facility was opened, to gift Workshop Proofs of prints to the University Art Collection on an on-going basis. It is a gift that gives twice: recognised as emanating from both the artists who have worked with University printers, and the printmaking studio itself. As the prime repository for preserving a living and invaluable record or the University's engagement with, and support for, artistic production in Northern Australia and the adjoining Southeast Asian region - in particular remote area Aboriginal communities - the Collection today is rightfully acknowledged as one of national and international significance.

    In addition to gifted Workshop Proofs, the Collection has also benefited from the generosity of individual donors - many of them artists - from the time of ils establishment in 1980. Since August 2008, the Charles Darwin University Foundation has extended invaluable support for acquisitions by purchase that complement, strengthen and extend our existing holdings of prints and works on paper. I thank both the Foundation and our donors for their belief in the value of art as both an educational tool and an aesthetic necessity in our daily lives, without which we would be impoverished, culturally and intellectually, as human beings.

    In late 2009, the opening of the Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, which houses the Collection and is dedicated to its display and the mounting of exhibitions which reflect the Collection's profile, has been a significant development for the University, one that has allowed highlights of the Collection to be incorporated in educational and public programs, and seen and appreciated more widely by new audiences. This book is another step in the same direction. Looking al Art makes a valuable, scholarly contribution to an understanding, and importantly, a better appreciation of art in our region and the many individuals and communities the University serves - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. I acknowledge the contributors and UniprintNT at Charles Darwin University for compiling and designing the book: a thing of beauty in itself, which I commend Lo you. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our wonderful and gifted Curator, Anita Angel, for her tireless dedication to the advancement of the University Collection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDarwin, Australia
    PublisherCharles Darwin University
    Number of pages76
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)987-1-921576-85-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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