Tuesday 24 March 2020

In light of the emerging COVID-19 situation and continuing policy statements from the State and Federal Government, the University is adopting a series of changes to reduce rates of infection in the community. The health and wellbeing of our community is of paramount importance. Therefore, all University events have been postponed or cancelled from midnight, Tuesday 17 March. This includes Diversity Week which will be postponed. We will continue to follow expert and health advice and look forward to rescheduling this important event. We will be in touch once a new date has been confirmed. Thank you for your understanding as we endeavour to keep our community members safe during this uncertain time.

Curatorial floor talk


Regarded as one of the most important anthropological collections in the world, The Donald Thomson Collection was donated to the University of Melbourne in 1973. Consisting of over 7500 artefacts and 2000 biological specimen, the collection is significant for its detailed documentation linking objects, images, language and customary practices.

On display until October 2020, Awaken showcases a significant selection of objects from the Donald Thomson. Go behind the scenes of the exhibition with one of the curators Rosemary Wrench who has worked closely with the collection for several years.

Light refreshments will also be provided.

Arts West Gallery website

Awaken' exhibition installation view

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression


In the far Eastern corner of Arnhem Land sits Yirrkala Print Space, where, for over twenty years, the art of printmaking has prospered.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates this space with works from 50 artists, providing a privileged insight into the nuanced world of Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land.

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression