'Gifts of art contribute to the cultural fabric of our campuses and offer a priceless sense of place and being and wonder, that only art can deliver.'
– Brodie Taylor, University of Southern Queensland Curator (Arts and Exhibitions)
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, a collection of thirty artworks were offered to the University by Brisbane-based collectors Andrew Turkington and Michele Slack.
The collection of paintings and sculptures by various Australian artists – including Charles Blackman, David Bromley and Sir Sidney Nolan – was donated to the University through Mr Turkington and Ms Slack’s desire to see the important works gifted to a regional institution.
University of Southern Queensland Curator (Arts and Exhibitions), Brodie Taylor, said the collection was an incredible addition to the University’s collected works.
“The relationships fostered through the donation process are also incredibly important to the University of Southern Queensland, and we are so grateful to the cultural donors who see our campuses as the ideal location for their works.”
The University also accepted a polychromed resin sculpture, Female Graduate, Artist Proof created by artist Linda Klarfeld. This is a stunning example of contemporary figurative sculpture, which was donated under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
The University also welcomed a donation from David Hinchliffe, with his acrylic painting, Japanese Gardens, depicting the iconic location on the Toowoomba campus.