We, at Arts Programs, acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our events take place, the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri people. We acknowledge that this is stolen land and that sovereignty has never been ceded. It always was and always will be, Aboriginal land.
GEORGE PATON GALLERY
Level 2 Union House, University of Melbourne
Opening hours: 11am - 5pm Monday to Friday
The George Paton Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that presents projects by student practitioners throughout the year. The GPG is free to attend, and we invite proposals from University of Melbourne students to participate in our program. We encourage experimental, collaborative and pedagogical approaches to contemporary art and provide a supportive platform for student artists, writers and curators. The GPG is run by the Arts Programs department.
Alongside our exhibitions in the GPG in Union House, and in response to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the GPG continues to support student practitioners by programing online exhibitions and other content through the GPG Virtual platform. In addition to the GPG and GPG Virtual, Arts Programs also hosts a program of free Creative Workshops throughout the academic year. For more information on the workshops please visit the Creative Workshops page.
Our History: Established in the mid 1970s, the GPG was the first institutionally supported experimental art space in Australia, and provided a model for Australia’s subsequent centres of contemporary art. The Gallery’s exhibition programs have forecast emerging trends in Australian arts practice, including feminist practices, the use of new media, the phenomenon of the Curator, and the return of painting. Since 1994, the Gallery’s program has focused primarily on student practitioners, with many past and recent exhibitors achieving notoriety both in Australia and overseas.
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