Federation University Australia Art Collection
Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) seeks to develop and maintain a permanent collection of high quality works of visual art for the cultural enrichment of its student body, staff and wider community.
The art collection consists largely of works by Australian artists, the earliest of which dates from 1909 with the donation the Waterloo Claim. This work depicts the Ballarat goldfield at the location on which the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) was built.
Works from the 1920s and 1930s showcase students from the SMB Art School, but the greatest period of art collection occurred at the Ballarat Teachers' College during the 1950s and 1960s. During that time smart collecting, and student contributions used for art purchases, resulted in works by artists including Leonard French, James Gleeson, Alun Leach-Jones and Inge King.
Following the merger with the tertiary division of the School of Mines to form the Ballarat Institute of Tertiary Education, then the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, Ballarat University College and finally Federation University Australia, these works have been augmented with various contemporary prints, ceramics, graphics, paintings and sculptures chiefly by graduates, postgraduates and staff of the University.