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In 2017, the 50fifty Acquisition Initiative was launched as part of Curtin University’s 50 Years of Innovation celebrations. The initiative aimed to acquire 50 significant new artworks to enhance the University’s existing art collection, which is managed by our John Curtin Gallery.

Curtin’s Art Collection reflects the best of Australian and Western Australian art and is built upon a strong philosophical commitment of 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.

The 50fifty Acquisition Initiative was so successful that more than 130 works were acquired, through donations of artwork and financial contributions to purchase new pieces. The passion and generosity of artists and art lovers has helped to ensure that the Curtin University Art Collection remains one of the best university art collections in Australia.

However, the journey doesn’t end there. We need your support to continue to acquire works of excellence that document important developments in contemporary Australian art. At the John Curtin Gallery, we strive to ensure the Curtin Art Collection reflects the world around us. Our artists are the important commentators and documenters of current events and social issues. Now more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to collect artworks that represent this unprecedented time.

To enquire about making a donation of artwork to the Curtin University Art Collection, please contact


Give to the Acquisition Fund