University galleries step up in a shifting gallery landscape

The role of University Art Museums has changed dramatically in recent years. ArtsHub talks with three venues across three states to get a clearer picture of how they are punching above their weight
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Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs, installation view: Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2016. Photo: Christian Capurro

There is a network of galleries attached to our university and art schools across Australia. In the past, they have tended to accommodate largely graduate shows, exhibitions drawn from the institution’s collection, and shows curated by academic staff. They were well-oiled microcosms that existed largely in and of themselves.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina