Maryann Coutts, Corridor, video still


The story of Federation University Australia goes back to 1869 to a meeting of the Ballarat Mining Board and the establishment of the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat in 1870.

In 1880, the School started offering classes in engineering and mechanical drawing, and in 1907 the School’s art department was further enhanced by amalgamation with the Art Gallery’s art school and the art school in Ballarat East to form the Ballarat Technical Art School.

Since then, the art school has continued to grow as the institution evolved into today’s Federation University, to become one of the state’s visual arts education institution, offering both vocational and expressive art subjects, as well as equipping generations of art teachers.

Today the University’s Arts Academy is a dynamic collective of erudite and creative minds who collaborate across multiple campuses. Through their own artistic practice, academic research and engaged teaching, FedUni staff instruct and inspire the next generation of artists to innovate and interact within the global creative network.

Over the years, the Arts Academy has enjoyed a close relationship with the Art Gallery as two leading visual art institutions within the city. The Gallery holds in its collection works by artists who have worked as teachers at the school and who have trained there.

Follow the Federation University 150th Anniversary Trail through the Gallery to see a selection of work by some of the artists associated with the Arts Academy.

Image: Maryanne Coutts, Corridor, 2006 (video still). 6 minute continuous loop on DVD from scanned original drawings. Gift of the artist, 2006. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat.


14 November 2020–21 February 2021

Under the Victorian Government’s rules regarding the safe opening of museums and galleries, the Gallery will be open to visitors from 14 November, in two ticketed sessions, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm daily.

Once visitors have reserved their free tickets, they will be able to enter the Gallery at any time during that session.

Tickets should be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment and visitors who arrive without a ticket risk missing out. Sessions not fully booked will be made available for walk-up visitors.

Book your ticket here.


Due to safety concerns the Art Gallery of Ballarat will not be presenting any public programs relating to this exhibition.

Selected works

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