ACU Arts and Culture Hub 

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a dynamic, modern Catholic university with a deep and abiding commitment to culture. Drawing on the long and rich heritage of the Catholic Church as a patron of the arts, we support and engage in a wide array of arts and cultural activities. These simultaneously reflect the University’s unique Catholic mission and vision while strengthening our identity as an ambitious and vibrant intellectual community.

Our collections

Matteo di Giovanni c.1428-95 Italy, Madonna and Child with St John the Baptistc.1490 oil and tempera on softwood H57.4 x 39.5 cm Acquired 2017 Australian Catholic University Art Collection

The ACU Art Collection

With over 1,000 diverse and interesting artworks, the ACU Art Collection is a valuable asset to the University and wider community, showcasing a commitment to the arts and to scholarship focused on issues that are central to ACU’s Mission.

The ACU Art Collection is organised into four key areas:

  • ACU Modern and Contemporary Art Collection
  • ACU Chapel Collection
  • ACU Ceremonial Collection
  • ACU Historical Collection

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Initiatives and prizes

ACU Book of the Year

The annual ACU Book of the Year is central to ACU’s arts and culture initiative. This new program recognises the power of fiction to build empathy and improve psychological wellbeing. All ACU first year students receive a copy.

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ACU Prize for Poetry

The annual ACU Prize for Poetry aims to support Australian poets and to continue the rich Catholic Church tradition of patronising the arts.

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Feature opinions

Caroline Field

Encounter with an art collection

Caroline Field - Curator, ACU Art Collection

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Damien Freeman

In search of contemporary religious art

Damien Freeman - a writer, lawyer and philosopher, and is a fellow of the PM Glynn Institute, ACU's public policy think-tank

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ACU exclusive gifts

Exclusive gifts

With an ever-expanding range of specialty ACU Art Collection merchandise, the shop is a great source of gift ideas. Highlights include religious and secular items, as well as boutique cultural keepsakes.

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