Gallery director Chris Malcolm and artist Anne Neil at the official unveiling of Murmur which the State Government gifted to Curtin to mark the University’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations.

50fifty initiative is gaining momentum

With major donations from several generous benefactors during 2018, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of acquiring 50 significant works for the Curtin University Art Collection by 2020 for our 50fiftyinitiative.

This was launched in 2017 to mark Curtin’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations. We hope all those who share our belief in the essential importance of art in the life of individuals and the community will help contribute to this project.

Since the launch of this program, 50fifty has secured a number of major donations of significant works to the Collection including:

  • Shane Pickett, The Six Seasons Suite, 2005
  • Jimmy Nerimah, Kumpujarti, 2004
  • George Ward Tjungurrayi, Soakage water at Kirrimalunya, 2004
  • Aida Tomescu, UltraViolet, 2009

Financial donations have also allowed a number of key works to be purchased including:

  • Lisa Reihana, Banks Transit of Venus, Mourning, Stars, Sex Trade, 2017
  • Helen Smith, Blue Highway #29, 2018.

50fifity concludes in 2020 with an exhibition of the final 50 artworks. As we still have some way to go, we are seeking partners to be part of this important initiative through donations or commissions of artworks, or by contributing financially to the purchase of pieces.  Approaches from artists, individuals and organisations are most welcome.

Please join us in helping to build upon our already unique and significant Collection.

More information is available by contacting:

Chris Malcolm

Director, John Curtin Gallery

Mobile: 0406 233 308


Natasha Allchurch

Director, Development: Office of Advancement

Mobile: 0477 440 889


(Please note: donations to the Collection need to be considered and approved in accordance with the Gallery’s acquisitions procedures.)