Amrita Kharel was a recipient of Swinburne's Welcome Scholarship in 2017

Art collection

Swinburne’s art collection is an important part of the cultural and educational experience of university life. Gifts to the collection help maintain this important piece of Swinburne history.

Swinburne’s founder, George Swinburne, began acquiring art for the institution more than 100 years ago. The collection now contains more than 200 works, valued at around $2 million. Paintings, commissioned portraits, photographs, a specially-commissioned tapestry, furniture and sculptures are included.

Many alumni artists – students and teachers – donate works to the collection. Some of these artists are very well-known in Australia and internationally.

Numerous works by Swinburne staff, students and alumni are on display in prominent areas at our Melbourne campuses.

Swinburne does not currently have a dedicated gallery space. Consideration is being given to furnishing a space for displaying and storing our significant collection.

Ray Crooke, artist, Diploma of Arts (Oil on canvas: Girl at table, Thursday Island, 1968)

My training at Swinburne had a profound impact on my career so I decided to give back

Ray Crooke, artist, Diploma of Arts (Oil on canvas: Girl at table, Thursday Island, 1968)