A Continuing Story

Kuring-gai students, staff and alumni welcomed to the city

29 February 2016

UTS announces the opening of a new exhibition celebrating the extensive art collection housed at UTS’s former Kuring-gai campus, with alumni invited to an exclusive viewing on Tuesday evening, 22 March.

‘UTS Art Collection: A Kuring-gai Story’ highlights the rich legacy of the much-loved campus and its history as told through the artworks, images and other materials drawn from the UTS Art Collection and Archives. It features a range of works from well-known Australian artists, including Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston, Clifton Pugh, and photographer Max Dupain, alongside the creative work of staff and students from the Balmain and Kuring-gai Colleges.

"This exhibition showcases the specially-commissioned artworks as well some of the many wonderful and heart-felt stories from our popular 'Goodbye Kuring-gai' events"

Inspired by the bush landscape and built environment of the Kuring-gai campus as well as the special character of its people and programs, the exhibition looks at stories, images and events that shaped the original Teachers’ College in Balmain, Australian School of Pacific Education and other annexes; William Balmain Teachers College; the Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education and its amalgamation with UTS.

“It’s been a real honour working on the story of Kuring-gai as told by its artworks,” says the exhibition’s curator, Janet Ollevou from the UTS Art Collection.

“Like the institution itself, the collection has a rich provenance with many interweaving narratives and histories, all contributing to a very interesting story. We are lucky to have these works in the UTS collection and its people in our community.”

This exhibition is part of the formal welcome of Kuring-gai students, staff and alumni to UTS’s city campus, following the official farewell in November last year.

“Kuring-gai and its community remain an important part of the fabric and history of UTS,” says Rosanne Hunt, Deputy Director of Alumni Relations.

“This exhibition showcases the specially-commissioned artworks as well some of the many wonderful and heart-felt stories from our popular ‘Goodbye Kuring-gai’ events,” Ms Hunt says.

“We had a fantastic response from Kuring-gai graduates of all generations to the campus farewell last year, and we look forward to welcoming all to the exhibition. If you missed the chance to come to the closing of the campus, or would just like the opportunity to network with fellow alumni and staff, we encourage you to attend this special alumni event. It will also be a great opportunity to see some of the new UTS campus.”

Join curator Janet Ollevou and the Provost, Professor Peter Booth from 6-8pm in the main foyer of UTS Tower Building on Tuesday 22 March, and enjoy talks and tour over refreshments and canapés.

Register to attend ‘A Kuring-gai Story’
An Exclusive Alumni Viewing

For those unable to attend, a range of free tours of the exhibition and related works on display in the building are also scheduled. Follow the links below to register.

Alumni Tours

Janet Ollevou, curator of ‘UTS Art Collection – A Kuring-gai Story’ will be running three free tours exclusively for alumni during the run of the exhibition. Click on the tour date below to register:

In the neighbourhood?

The exhibition will also be open daily until 25 May in the main foyer of the UTS Tower Building on Broadway.