Monday, April 20, 2015 - 15:00

A new custom-built study room at The University of Queensland Art Museum will allow detailed examination of UQ’s extensive art collection.

Construction of the dedicated room at the UQ Art Museum was fully funded by donors. It will provide supervised access to view and study works from one of Queensland’s most significant public art collections.

UQ Art Museum Director Dr Campbell Gray said the Alumni Friends of UQ Collection Study Room – named after the project’s major donor – would have a transformative impact on student learning.  

“Looking and listening are important aspects of learning, but learning from experience can be incredibly exciting and provide even deeper engagement,” he said.

“This space gives students, academics and the community access to the extraordinary artwork housed within the UQ Art Collection and will inspire enquiry and critical thought among scholars of any discipline.”

The workroom accommodates up to 22 people, and a range of customised storage and presentation facilities enable artworks to be viewed and studied.

Glass doors to the room allow Art Museum visitors to observe the activity within the space.

UQ Arts/Law student and UQ Art Museum volunteer Olivia Back said studying a projection of an artwork could never compete with seeing an artwork in the flesh.

“Seeing the beauty and details of artworks with our own eyes will be inspiring and will make the learning process even more meaningful,” she said.

“Having a dedicated learning space within UQ Art Museum to study works from the Collection will change everything – I can’t imagine a better way to learn.”

Information about the Alumni Friends of UQ Collection Study Room, including booking requirements, is available through artcollectionstudyroom@uq.edu.au.

Search the UQ Art Collection here.  

To find out how you can support student learning at the UQ Art Museum, contact Advancement Manager Fiona Sutton on 0423 637 699, f.sutton@uq.edu.au.

Media: Sonia Uranishi, +61 409 387 623, sonia@soniauranishicommunication.com or Sebastian Moody, +61 7 3346 8761, s.moody@uq.edu.au.