Educating Artists: Ballarat Technical Art School 1907 – 1940

Exhibition and Shows

18 May 2022 to 17 Jun 2022 Once Only Event

Illustrating the rigorous program of drawing, design and art-trade training early last century, Federation University’s Post Office Gallery presents an exhibition showcasing the history and unique work created by students and teachers from one of the University’s key predecessor institutions – the former Ballarat Technical Art School (BTAS).

Featuring works of art and historical artefacts created between the years 1907 to 1940, drawn from Federation University’s permanent art and historical collections as well as private and public contributions, the exhibition includes original paintings, drawings, woodcarvings, leatherwork, metalwork, fashion and plant illustrations, as well as textile and architectural designs, exams and student memorabilia.

Established in 1870 and governed by the School of Mines Ballarat (SMB) from 1907, the Art School was a leading Australian art education institution, well equipped with the assets, skills, and historic recognition necessary to surpass its provincial and metropolitan rivals.

During the 33-year principalship of artist-educator, Herbert Henry Smith, the school had a national reputation for the training of designers, craftspeople, artists and teachers.

Staffed with ambitious and skilled people, the Art School was celebrated for its originality and experimentation, and recognised for launching diverse art-based careers.

The exhibition is drawn from the doctoral research of Dr Elise Whetter and jointly curated by Dr Whetter, Federation University Cultural Collections Curator, Clare Gervasoni and Post Office Gallery Curator, Shelley Hinton.


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Event Dates

Once Only Event

18 May 2022 to 17 Jun 2022

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