John Curtin Gallery 50fifty Acquisition Initiative
The 50fifty Acquisition Initiative was launched in 2017 in recognition of Curtin University’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations. The initiative aims to acquire fifty significant new pieces of art to build upon and complement the University’s existing art collection.
Curtin University’s art collection reflects the best of Australian and Western Australian art and is built upon a strong philosophical commitment to integrating art into everyday experiences, whilst fostering and promoting local art practices. Much of its content is culturally significant and includes important holdings of works on paper such as The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork.
To launch this initiative the University attained a major artwork by one of Australia’s leading painters, Brian Blanchflower. Canopy XXII (Time Generator) from 1990 is a signature work from the artist’s magnificent Canopy Series. The University also commissioned well-known artist and Curtin graduate Andrew Nicholls to create Flock, which expresses the growth of our international presence and profile over the past five decades. Elements of the artwork were incorporated into 50 Years of Innovation commemorative plates, gifted to our partners and friends at our anniversary gala dinner in August 2017.