Wanted: Culture and Beauty for the New Law School

2 October 2008

With construction of the new Law School building on main campus entering the fit-out phase, thoughts are turning to the visual and aesthetic qualities that the exciting array of rooms and spaces will feature.

Architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp's design is already receiving rave reviews from alumni for the way in which its bold, modern vision for the building blends with the historic sandstone surrounds. The extensive use of glass and the opening up of the campus perimeter alongside Victoria Park will provide a wonderful opportunity for the academic and legal communities to portray how much they appreciate and value the cultural and aesthetic realm.

One suggestion - which has received in principle support both from the Faculty and from University Museums, which manages the University Art Collection- is that an Indigenous work of art depicting customary law be purchased and displayed in the new building.

Imulun, painted by Bill Yidumduma Harney, is a pictorial representation of the law of the Wardaman people whose country lies between the Victoria and Daly Rivers south west of Katherine in the Northern Territory. The astronomical knowledge of the Wardaman people has particular significance for their law and customs.

Other major works of Bill Yidumduma Harney - who regularly paints and exhibits at the ArtMob Gallery in Hobart and in Sydney and Melbourne - grace the walls of Parliament House in Darwin and the Court House in Katherine.

It will cost around $50,000 to purchase this important and relevant work. To find out more about this exciting project and how you can be associated with the gift - or to help the Law School develop additional resources to beautify its new home - please contact Philanthropy and Development Officer Guy Houghton on (02) 9351 0391 or at

Contact: Guy Houghton

Phone: +61 2 9351 0391

Email: 31652501115f0e100b0c702605531839112e0f19534b14741117