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

Sanne Mestrom

3 - 19 September 2014

Sanne Mestrom's Black Paintings (paradoxically made from steel and wool) are commentaries on the broad nature of current painting and reference Frank Stella's iconic 1960s Black Paintings, which made important breakthroughs in the way painters thought about surface and the 'object quality' in their work.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed exhibition at Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, these works combine complex conceptual gambits with a gutsy materiality.

Sanne Mestrom,
Black Painting, 2014,
unspun, undyed woollen tapestry, steel
Courtesy the artist

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