Arts West semester one displays

Arts West opened in July 2016 and is the new home for students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts. As well as providing 24 new teaching spaces, the building is equipped with display cases over 6 floors which exhibit objects from the University’s vast cultural collections. In preparation for first semester, a number of new displays have been installed and are open for viewing by University students, staff and the general public.

On level one, a number of reproductions from the Doris McKellar Collection of photographs held by the University of Melbourne Archives of campus life in 1917 form a poignant display focusing on student life during World War 1. In another case on level four, a distinctive cotton dress belonging to Ella Grainger from the Grainger Museum is combined with lurid Carter Brown novels to draw attention to gender politics in the 1950s. Connections between art, science and philosophy are considered in two displays focusing on the subjects of Particles and Time. These cases include items from the Ed Muirhead Physics Museum and the F.A. Singleton Earth Sciences Collection as well as prints from the Baillieu Library Print Collection. Items from the Baillieu Library Rare Books Collection and Rare Music Collection are featured in exhibits about Salome and Medusa and on level three the exquisite Middle Eastern Manuscripts from Rare Books remain on display.

The subject of early trading relations between China and Europe is explored on level five using 17th and 18th century porcelain from the University of Melbourne Art Collection. While the Object Based Labs on level two feature the wonderful Classics and Archaeology Collection which is currently complemented by a new exhibit of prints and decorative objects from Japan. Arts West continues to showcase the rich holdings of the University of Melbourne Cultural Collections and provides a stimulating environment for object based learning.