Colour on the Concrete is an exhibition in several parts, in the UTS Gallery, a self-guided art walk through UTS public spaces on the City campus, and displays at UTS Library and Kuringgai campus.

Browse the artworks on this website, or discover them in places on the campus map. Each artwork’s location on this catalogue uses the UTS building code and level. For more information about the UTS building codes, visit the main UTS website.

About the exhibition

Colour on the Concrete brings together major works from the UTS Art Collection with a rare first edition copy of Josef Alber’s Interaction of Color in an exhibition and self-guided Art Walk on campus. The exhibition explores different approaches and uses of colour and abstraction linking art, design and architecture from the late 1960s to contemporary art practice, a recognised strength of the UTS Art Collection. It features artworks by such artists as Marion Borgelt, Tony McGillick, Michael Nicholson, Col Jordan, Ken Unsworth, Michael Johnson and Victor Vasarely alongside recent acquisitions and loans to the Collection.

Many of the earlier works from the Collection date from the same period of the original ‘flagship’ buildings of the university – the UTS Tower on Broadway and the Kuringgai campus – both award-winning examples of Brutalist architecture from the early 1970s. In recognition of the importance of colour within the design of these buildings, Colour on the Concrete presents prints, paintings and textiles from the UTS Art Collection and UTS Library Special Collection placed ‘in conversation’ with recent works by contemporary artists Cherine Fahd, Kate Mackay, and Liz Shreeve.

Important additions to the exhibition are a rare 1963 edition of Josef Albers Interaction of Colour from the UTS Library’s Special Collections, and the 2013 interactive version of the book for iPad, both published by Yale University Press. A digitised version of Michael Nicholson’s experimental video works is courtesy of the artist and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, the New Zealand national Archive of Film, Television and Sound.

What’s your story?

Students, staff, and visitors to UTS are invited to add your own comments and stories about the artworks featured on the exhibition website, or use the #utscolour tag on social media to give your own take on ‘Colour on the Concrete’, and art on campus.

Further commentary accompanies this exhibition on the exhibition blog that expands on the story of the UTS Art Collection and the places where it can be found, as well as news and events for the exhibition.


The UTS Art Collection

UTS ART integrates creative practice into daily life at the University of Technology Sydney through exhibitions and events at the UTS Gallery and the campus-wide display of the UTS Art Collection. Showcasing new art practices and the diverse cultural perspectives of our community, we are committed to presenting work that highlights innovative uses of technology and supports a creative learning environment.

The UTS Art Collection is a small but growing ‘working’ collection that is in continuous circulation through the public spaces and workplaces within the University of Technology Sydney. The permanent Collection of approximately 700 artworks is complemented by short- and long-term loans from artists and private collectors. In particular, Colour on the Concrete features loans and donations to the Collection from Patrick Corrigan, Frank Watters, and Craig Edwards, with the support of the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.