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Published July 17th 2021
Check out this hidden South Australian gallery gem
Flinders University Museum of Art, known as FUMA, has a vast collection of public art. As such it is a very valuable public resource that is open to the public to enjoy. Previously FUMA utilised a public art space in the State Library in Adelaide, and when their State Library lease expired FUMA elected to return their public gallery space to their home base of Flinders University. This public art space is now more able to be visited by local school groups and Flinders university students in addition to the general public.
Focusing on Established and Emerging Artists FUMA has a changing program of exhibitions featuring established and emerging artists that focus on showcasing their vast contemporary and historical collection. FUMA also regularly feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and curators.
Public Programs FUMA presents diverse and inclusive public programs ranging from short talks, lectures and seminars to film screenings, hands-on workshops and special events. A guided talk on an exhibition can bring the inspiration behind the art exhibition alive and more fully realised, so it is worth checking out their website for further info here.
More Student Engagement Students are able to access the historical and art collections via FUMA, which promotes museum-based teaching and learning. Engagement with students is welcomed between University students and staff. This includes structured class-based activities, internships and volunteering.
The Collection FUMA has a long history of collecting, the Flinders art collections were first established in1966 for education and research. Now comprising a massive 8,000 works from the 15th century right through to the present day. This represents one of the largest university art collections in Australia, and includes paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and videos, textiles, ceramics and jewellery.
Location Flinders University Museum of Art is situated at the main Flinders University campus at Bedford Park, 12km south of Adelaide. They are located on the Ground floor, Social Sciences North building, off Humanities Rd. Adjacent to Carpark 5.
FUMA is wheelchair accessible but please contact FUMA in advance if you have special access requirements. FUMA is open Monday to Friday - 10am - 5pm or by appointment. Open Thursdays Until 7pm. Closed weekends and public holidays. FREE ENTRY.