The George Paton Gallery (GPG) is a contemporary art gallery run by the UMSU Arts Programs department. The GPG presents projects by the University of Melbourne students throughout the year. The GPG is free to attend, and we invite proposals from students from all departments to participate in our program. We encourage experimental, collaborative, and education-focused approaches to contemporary art and related projects and provide a supportive platform for student artists, writers and curators.
Established in the mid-1970s, the George Paton Gallery 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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Image: George Paton Gallery: Artist's Bookworks #4, installation detail. 2023
Image dredit, Astrid Mulder
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