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

Bridie Lunney

22 October – 6 November 2014

Public opening Tuesday 21 October 5pm

Bridie Lunney is a contemporary artist of national significance who has been a resident at the prestigious Gertrude Studio Space and was selected for the influential 'Melbourne Now' exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2013. She has also been the recipient of several Australia Council grants. Her cross-disciplinary practice combines performative, craft and sculpture elements which pose questions about the relationship between our body, emotions and the physical world.

Having recently taught sculpture and contemporary practice to female teachers at Princess Nora University in Saudi Arabia, for her installation at Switchback Gallery, Lunney explores censorship and veiling of the body, history and the self. Using sculptural props to trace the idea of the obstacle allowing growth and form, The Disappearing Act suggests the allure of the unseen and unknown.

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Image: Bridie Lunney, installation view,with performer Shelley Lasica, Melbourne Now NGV 2014 image credit: Timothy Herbert

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