Gregory Burgess: From the Coalface

Archives and Special Collections

Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne

Exhibition dates: 31 July 2022 – 22 January 2023

Gregory Burgess: From the Coalface celebrates the donation of the archive of Gregory Burgess Architects to the University of Melbourne’s Archives and Special Collections. This acquisition of more than four decades of drawings, plans, models and concept sketches from the practice of one of Australia’s premier architects will be the first of our architectural collections to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Greg Burgess collections forms part of the extensive holdings of architectural collections in the University of Melbourne Archives. The UMA records include architectural plans from tens of thousands of Victoria’s buildings and built structures, as well as residents’ associations and campaigns, housing and social surveys and policy discussions, photographs and much more.

The Gregory Burgess Archive of architectural models and drawings is one of Australia’s most valuable architectural assets and represents a unique insight into our country’s cultural and social history from the 1970s onwards. The recipient of the 2004 RAIA Gold Medal, the AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award and the Victorian Architecture Medal, in 1997 Burgess also was awarded the internationally prestigious Robert Mathew Award for outstanding contributions to the development of architecture in the British Commonwealth. Gregory Burgess Architects most remarkable projects are related to Indigenous Australians, and engagement with Indigenous language groups through a series of significant projects is one of the most important aspects of the Archive. These projects raise questions about the intersection of nature, materials, public space, and human interaction.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Archives and Special Collections and the Faculty of Architecture, Business and Planning, along with exhibition partners theRobin Boyd Foundation and Avington Merino. The exhibition team would like to acknowledge the work of Faculty of Architecture, Business and Planning students in the archiving project.

The exhibition opens on Sunday 31 July in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library and will be supported by a series of public programs further exploring exhibition themes and content. Archives and Special Collections are proud to partner with Open House Melbourne as part of our series of programs.

Media enquiries should be directed to Chelsea Harris, Coordinator, Communications and Engagement for Archives and Special Collections, Student and Scholarly Services, chelseah@unimelb.edu.au, (03) 9035 4657.