Art in the Library is a public art program of the University of Melbourne Library run within the Baillieu Library. It is designed to expose the works of contemporary and emerging artists, while supporting the University's teaching, research and knowledge transfer programs. Artists are also invited to engage with the rich and diverse Cultural Collections held by the University of Melbourne as a source of inspiration for their work. Art in the Library aims to enrich the community by making these collections more accessible and creating challenging, dynamic and stimulating study environments through its exhibition program.
The program provides alternative exhibition spaces for students of the University of Melbourne to exhibit within.
Over a million visitors come to the Baillieu Library annually: local, regional and overseas students and academics as well as members of the community. Exhibitors gain a varied and appreciative audience while the Library's customers experience art they may not normally encounter in mainstream galleries.
From the program's first exhibition in May 1997, the number of exhibiting artists has grown and interest in the program is increasing yearly. Exhibitions have included paintings, photographs, sculptures, montages and collages by individual artists as well as groups.
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