Students viewing art in the Burke Gallery

Burke Gallery

The Burke Gallery at Trinity College is a permanent gallery space in our Gateway Building, which features the College's own rich art collections plus a rotation of curated exhibitions.

The visual arts have long been an important element of the collegiate experience at Trinity, from public sculptural works in the grounds to the Dining Hall's remarkable collection of Australian portraiture.

Located on the first floor of the Gateway Building, the addition of The Professor Sir Joseph Burke Gallery - often referred to simply as the Burke Gallery - emphasises the importance the College places on providing a rich and stimulating cultural environment in which students live and study.

Face MeFace Me portrait

2 May - 14 Nov 2023
Face Me - Portraits of a Collegiate Community brings together a selection of works from Trinity College's highly regarded collection of Australian portraiture.

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20 Feb - 14 May 2020
Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Legacy celebrates more than 20 years of work by Yolngu artists from the Yirrkala Print Space in Northeast Arnhem Land.

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Be Brutal

3 Oct - 19 Dec 2019
Be Brutal: Nicholas Harding presents a selection of portraits works by 17-time finalist in the Archibald Prize, and winner of the prestigious award in 2001.

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4 Jun - 5 Sep 2019
A unique and rarely seen private collection of Indigenous bark paintings from Milingimbi and Yirrkala, Northern Territory.

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26 Feb - 9 April 2019
A series of works by Melbourne artist Vicky Watts exploring the rugged bushland of Mt Buangor State Park in the aftermath of a controlled burn.

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12 Jun - 30 Nov 2018
In collaboration with the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), Barring-bul draws together a collection of works from Indigenous artists of the Northern Territory and Victoria.

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Woop Woop

Patrons at a gallery

22 Jun - 30 Nov 2017
A unique suite of works produced by renowned Australian-Irish artist John Kelly, during his residency in Antarctica. 

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Visiting the Burke Gallery

Named after Professor Sir Joseph Burke, the University of Melbourne's inaugural Herald Chair of Fine Arts and resident art tutor at Trinity, the gallery is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1-4pm, from 20 June through to 18 July. Admission is free.

The gallery is located on the first level of the Gateway Building, on Trinity College’s main campus at 100 Royal Parade, Parkville.

Access is via Tin Alley or through the College's main gate (Gates B) or Chapel gate (Gate C), from Royal Parade. The Route 19 tram-stop is immediately opposite the college on Royal Parade.

Read more about Professor Sir Joseph Burke, after whom the gallery is named.