Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Dixson Library is at the heart of the UNE campus and provides a venue for changing exhibitions of selections from the University’s Collections. It is just a short walk to Booloominbah, the Museum of Anitiquities and the Zoology Museum. UNE Collections displays are also featured at other on- and off-campus venues.
At the New England Regional Art Museum, Kentucky Street Armidale: The School of Education presents the 10th annual UNE School Acquisitive Prize Exhibition featuring art by students across New South Wales. 65 Finalists are exhibited at the Art Museum and the winners of each of four categories become part of the UNE Art Collection. Pictured: On the rocks: glass tumblers by Laura Helmsley, 2012 Senior Secondary Winner.
At Dixson Library: The University of New England was established in 1938 as a college of Sydney University. The first regional university in Australia, it gained autonomy in 1954. This exhibition looks at the early years of the New England University College through photographs and documents, objects and stories. The companion exhibition Portraits at Bool on the Ground Floor of Booloominbah will feature portraits of eight of the Foundation Members of the New England University College Advisory Council. Pictured: First Ceremony of Admission of Matriculants, 1938. UNE & Regional Archives.
At Dixson Library: Since 1979 University of Sydney archaeologists have been excavating an extraordinary site at Pella, Jordan representing almost 10,000 years of human occupation. In recognition of UNE’s early support of the ‘Pella Project’, the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation at the University of Sydney has gifted to the Museum of Antiquities 25 artefacts dating from 2100 BCE. The exhibition will be displayed on the Ground Floor of the University Library from 7–29 March and reopen on the First Floor from 22 April. Pictured: Red painted amphoriskoi, Early Bronze Age IV, c2100–2000 BCE. The Pella Collection, Museum of Antiquities.
At the Museum of Antiquities: The tombs of Palealona in Cyprus were cut into the side of a hill, accessed by passageways with their chamber entrances blocked off with large limestone slabs. However, landslides, flooding, walls collapsing, centuries of tomb re-use and tomb robbers make finding a whole ceramic object a cause for celebration. More often it is pieces and parts that make up the bulk of the finds and the patience, skill and ability of the field archaeologist to literally piece together past is an unremarked and unsung talent. Pictured: Red Polished IV milk bowl, 2000–1650 BCE, re-assembled. James R. Stewart Collection, Museum of Antiquities.
At Dixson Library: The Four Seasons is a limited edition print portfolio pairing the poetry of Julian Croft, Emeritus Professor, UNE School of Arts, with responses to the poems by ten contemporary Australian artists. This selection features the responses of eight of the artists: Kate Briscoe, Fred Cress, Bert Flugelman, Robyn Gordon, Graham Kuo, Michelle Perry, Guy Warren and Salvatore Zofrea. Pictured: Response to Spring Promises by Kate Briscoe, 2002. UNE Art Collection.
A tiny, new human species discovered in 2003 at Liang Bua cave on the island of Flores by UNE researchers, their Indonesian counterparts and local Mangarri people. See the sculpture re-creation depicting what the "Hobbit" might have looked like.
Selections from the UNE Gift Collection
A rotating selection of gifts presented over the years to the University by its many international educational, research and community partners.