School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Education and Arts

Switchback Gallery

Designed by architect Roberta Rees and set amid tranquil landscaped gardens, the gallery provides an important showcase for the work of young and emerging artists and touring exhibitions. The entrance to the purpose-built structure is flanked by torii, the distinctive wooden gateways that mark the entrance to Shinto shrines in Japan.

The Switchback Gallery hosts about ten exhibitions each year, featuring work from students as well as regional, metropolitan and international artists. The broad-ranging program includes contemporary work from all disciplines and is designed to encourage free-ranging discussion and debate between students, staff and the community.

Current exhibition


6th - 28th August 2014

Public opening Tuesday 5 August 5pm

This exhibition showcases works by second year Visual Arts students at FedUni Gippsland. Featuring works by students at the mid-point of their Bachelors degrees, the exhibition gives a foretaste of the work of Gippsland's next crop of emerging artists.

Artists often talk about the 'Second-Year Slump' they experienced at art school, as they lost their naivet?? and grappled with forming a mature artistic identity. Perhaps it is a reflection of the hero's journey in many mythical narratives, where the protagonist experiences a time in the wilderness, a doubting of their own destiny. It's certainly true that art school is primarily an identity-forming experience and a true investigation of identity often includes a sloughing off of one skin and the donning of another. Some artists never experience this mid-course trauma – for them art school is looked back on as a kind of paradise, where for the first time they came together with like-minded souls and reveled in the constant new discoveries.

There's little sign of a slump with this group, which has put together a spectacular show that addresses key contemporary issues in gutsy and engaging ways, showing that the region continues to produce exciting emerging artists who can move confidently into the metropoiltain and national art scenes or make a name for themselves locally.

Christopher Miller Ghost 2014
Photograph 30 x 20 cm

Media inquiries: Rodney Forbes
Phone: 5122 6261

Location and opening hours

Open Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm
Closed on public holidays

School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Federation University Australia
Building 6S
Northways Road
Churchill VIC 3842
Phone: +61 3 5122 6261