UTS builds its Art Collection by acquiring works through current exhibitions at commercial galleries, through special commissions, and by accepting donations of exceptional artworks from artists and collectors. To complement the permanent Collection, UTS Gallery & Art Collection also arrange inward loans from private collectors and individual artists.
The UTS Art Collection was established when the University of Technology was formed in 1988, with its foundations in the art collections held by the University’s antecedent Colleges and Institutes. When the first University Curator was appointed at UTS in 1993 the collection held approximately 300 artworks, mainly paintings and works on paper. Since that time the Collection has grown to more than three times that size through acquisitions, donations, bequests and loans.
To grow the Collection, the UTS Art Curator regularly selects new artworks to be proposed for acquisition or inward loan, in line with the UTS Art Collection Policy.
The artworks accepted into the UTS Art Collection generally fulfill the criteria of being high quality contemporary art within the key collecting areas of art & technology and public sculpture, or are seen to extend and enhance the existing Art Collection.
From time to time the UTS Art Collection commissions artworks on behalf of the University, these are most commonly official portraits of the Chancellors and Vice Chancellors, or major public art pieces to be incorporated into the buildings and grounds. Larger commissions are usually offered though a tender process where artists submit a proposal for the finished artwork, and selected by a committee led by the Curator.
Donations and loans
Artworks offered as gifts or loans to the University of Technology Sydney are subject to the same considerations as purchased or commissioned works, and must meet the collection’s acquisition criteria and be approved by the Curator before proceeding. Acceptance of gifted artworks into the UTS Art Collection is based on quality, significance, and relevance to the collection as well as practical concerns such as on-going maintenance.
Loans of artworks from artists or private collections are subject to a formal loan agreement and are usually for a maximum of three years.