Classics and Archaeology Classics and Archaeology Collection

The Collection

The Classics and Archaeology Collection forms part of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne and is one of the University’s 31 cultural collections.

Objects are on display in the Classics and Archaeology Gallery located on Level 1 of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston Street, Carlton.

For further information about the Classics and Archaeology Collection contact the Lecturer-Curator in Classics and Archaeology, Andrew Jamieson, on telephone (03) 8344 3403 or email asj@

Current Exhibition - Angela Brennan: Forms of Life

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 September 2017 to 25 February 2018

Forms of life is a response by Melbourne-based artist Angela Brennan to the University of Melbourne’s collection of Greek and Cypriot artefacts. Featuring a newly-commissioned body of work, Brennan’s ceramics, drawings and fabric works will be presented alongside objects from the University’s antiquities collection. Informed by stylistic properties such as shape, decorative marks, and material textures, embedded in the artefacts, Brennan’s new work considers the question of how pre-modern artefacts may contribute to contemporary practice.

Brennan has been an important figure in Australian contemporary art since the 1990s when she emerged as part of an influential group of artists re-engaging with colour abstraction. In recent years, Brennan has turned her attention to ceramics, which she employs with the same exuberant approach to colour and form evident in her paintings.

Angela Brennan is represented by Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.