Barbara Hanrahan Flying mother  1976 UNSW PR 1996/0709 (Detail)

Opening of Library exhibitions and events space - Tip of the Iceberg: Works from the UNSW Art Collection

01/12/2017 - 4:37pm

The UNSW Library is pleased to announce the new exhibitions and events space on Level 5 in the UNSW Library opening on 15 December.

The Library exhibitions and events space has been designed to be both a flexible exhibitions and events space as well as a learning, teaching and research space for students and staff of the University and to facilitate opportunities for student, staff and community engagement. It is a space to promote the Library’s collections of print and online resources and celebrates the Library as a place of discovery and creation. The adjacent seminar room is available for student and staff presentations, workshops and gatherings.

Bringing together more than thirty paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by leading Australian artists, Tip of the Iceberg will include paintings by Indigenous artists Jarinyanu David Downs and George Liwukang Bukurlatjpi, as well as by leading non-Indigenous artists Howard Arkley, Aida Tomescu, Peter Booth, Barbara Hanrahan and John Olsen. The exhibition reflects the strengths of the University’s holdings of Australian art from the 1980s and 1990s and juxtaposes works in a variety of styles, from the exuberant gestural abstraction of Kevin Connor’s Morning sky, Pyrmont to the elegant stylized figuration of Guan Wei’s Test tube babies series.  

The UNSW Art Collection began in 1955 in recognition of the important place of the arts in providing a university experience that would be both personally enriching as well as academically rewarding. Today the UNSW collection numbers over 1100 pieces, many of which can be seen in various locations on UNSW campuses.

The Library will work with students, staff and community groups to host three exhibitions per year in the Exhibitions and Events space. The space will be converted into student study space for each semester examination period. The Library hopes you enjoy the exhibition and this new space. Please contact Library Administration on this floor if you have any questions or suggestions.

Martin Borchert  University Librarian

Elena Taylor  Senior Curator, UNSW art collection


Howard Arkley Suburban interior  1996 UNSW D 1996/0706

Howard Arkley

Suburban interior  1996

UNSW D 1996/0706


Dick Watkins Pan & Syrinx   1991 UNSW P 1992/0616

Dick Watkins

Pan & Syrinx   1991

UNSW P 1992/0616


Kevin Connor Morning sky, Pyrmont   1984 UNSW P 1985/0320

Kevin Connor

Morning sky, Pyrmont   1984

UNSW P 1985/0320


Barbara Hanrahan Flying mother  1976 UNSW PR 1996/0709

Barbara Hanrahan

Flying mother 

1976 UNSW PR 1996/0709

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