Welcome to RECOLLECT
The University Art Collection comprises of over 1,500 art works that have been acquired, mainly by donation, since the University of Newcastle was founded in the 1960's. The collection reflects the best of both regional and national work and features artists such as Charles Blackman, John Coburn, Margaret Preston, Judy Cassab, and John Olsen and Margaret Olley - both recipents of an Honorary Doctorate from the University in recognition of their contribution to Australian art and our region.
The collection continues to grow with a focus on acquiring works that reflect artistic production from our region and its people, our staff and our students. The collection also continues to focus on national contemporary artists from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, which are often collected through donations and featured exhibitions held in collaboration with our Wollotuka Institute.
The Senta Taft-Hendry Museum opened in 2011 in a dedicated space underneath The University Gallery. The museum houses an extensive and diverse collection of artefacts such as carved wooden masks used in ancestral pageants, weapons featuring carved bone, cassowary feathers and shells, cooking pots, ancient drums and body adornments dating back to the 1950s when Senta Taft-Hendry began her travels to Papua New Guinea, West Papua (Iraian Jaya), Micronesia, Polynesia and remote Australian communities. Since then, further artefacts from these regions have entered the colleciton through donation.