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.

We offer interesting and diverse items, including our recent publication ACU Art Collection: A new perspective featuring highlights from the university’s art collection with accompanying essays by scholars, arts writers and commentators. We also have in stock useful notepads highlighting the magnificent oil and tempera on softwood Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, c.1490, by Matteo di Giovanni (c.1428-95, Italy), gorgeous greeting card gift sets featuring highlights from the university’s art collection, and fine wine. Take a browse:

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ACU Art Collection: A New Perspective

A richly illustrated publication featuring highlights from the ACU Art Collection with accompanying essays by scholars, arts writers and commentators.

Published by Australian Catholic University, (ACU) 2020, PP 120.
Managing editor; Caroline Field, Curator, ACU Art Collection



I hope that this substantial volume – showcasing some of the compelling works held in the ACU Art Collection – gives its readers pleasure and inspiration, in that great tradition of university art.

Collecting, commissioning and displaying art is a central cultural function of all universities. But it is of particular importance to a Catholic university, for at least three reasons. First, as intrinsic parts of the Catholic Church, Catholic universities share in the greatest artistic tradition in Western (and other) culture. Second, art is one of the chief means by which we see the reflected glory of God, through the genius and sensitivities of his creatures in his creation. Third, specifically Catholic and Christian art is a means through which a Catholic university may express its identity, explicitly, empathetically and in beauty.

This is a path that has been pursued determinedly by Australian Catholic University. Of course, not all art in a Catholic university will be on a specifically religious theme, and such is the case with our own university collection. But any art that inspires and excites can only draw us further into the mystery of what it is to be an intrinsically valuable creation of that greatest artist of all.

Professor Greg Craven AO, GCSG
Vice Chancellor and President,
Australian Catholic University

What people are saying about our recent publication: 

I would like to warmly thank you for asking me to contribute to the splendid monograph highlighting the ACU collection, “A New Perspective”, and for all the hard work you undertook over a long time putting it together. The result is magnificent and I am so happy to be in such good company! It is great to see just what a significant collection of art, both traditional and contemporary, that we have across our campuses. I eagerly anticipate volume two down the track!

Alasdair Macintyre
Associate lecturer, visual arts, National School of Arts (QLD) 

Very elegantly put together and such a great document of the artistic riches of ACU. 

William Nuttall
Director, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 

This very attractive book demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the collection and the essays give thorough insights into the works. A great celebration of the collection and the achievements of the curatorial team, looking forward to future directions!

Dr Benjamin Thomas 
Rusden Curator, Cultural Collections, Trinity College, University of Melbourne 

I would like to convey how delighted I am with the publication A New Perspective. It's beautifully produced and accessible to a general audience as well as maintaining the highest scholarly standards. It is a wonderful representation of the treasures held in the Australian Catholic University Art Collection and I commend your enterprise and insight in putting it all together. I was very pleased and grateful to have contributed entries on two superb medieval artworks. 

Dr Hilary Maddocks
Associate, Art History, University of Melbourne

Price: $49.95, case-bound | $45.00, without case

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ACU Matteo notepads


Size: A5 (21 x 14.8cm) – 50 Leaves

Image:Matteo di Giovanni (c.1428-95, Italy) Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, c.1490, oil and tempera on softwood, H 57.4 x W 39.5 cm, Acquired 2017, Australian Catholic University Art Collection

Price: $12.50
Price gift wrapped : $14.00

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Greeting cards


‘Madonna and Child’ series

Size: A6 (10.5cm x 14.8cm)

Image: ‘Madonna and Child’ series. 12 blank cards with envelopes.

Price: $24.50

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ACU gifts contemporary cards

Contemporary Art series

Size: A6 (10.5cm x 14.8cm)

Image: Contemporary collection. 12 blank cards with envelopes.

Price: $24.50

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ACU Wine

ACU and Clonakilla have partnered to present a 2017 O’Riada shiraz wine featuring a series of artworks from the ACU Art Collection.

The selected wine is a quintessential Canberra shiraz, fully charged with aromas of fragrant spices and ripe red fruits, and an elegant, medium-bodied palate.

The six artworks that form the series were personally selected by ACU’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven.

  1. 'Madonna and child', glazed ceramic, 18th century.
  2. Peter Mazell, Male superb warbler, copper engraving with hand colouring, 1789.
  3. Medieval limestone gargoyle, 5th – 15th centuries.
  4. Matteo di Giovanni di Bartolo, 'Madonna with child and St.John the Baptist', c.1490.
  5. Robert Moore, Rose robin, oil and enamel on board, 2016.
  6. Stained glass panel depicting the Virgin and Christ child, late 15th century – early 16th century.

Price: $45 per bottle

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