The Hunter Collector: A Cultural Meander through the University of Melbourne Collections

Humanities 21 in partnership with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne presents:

The cultural collections of the University of Melbourne reflect the careers, networks, tastes and interests of some extraordinary collectors. Whether academics like Dr Jessie Webb, Dr Leonhard Adam and Professor Marion Adams, creative artists like Percy Grainger or leaders of industry like Sir Russell Grimwade, these collectors brought together unique groups of eloquent objects, artworks and artefacts that yield deep insights into the cultures in which they were created.

This series comprising four online free events (hosted via Zoom), selects some remarkable treasures from the University of Melbourne to learn a little about the men and women who brought them here.

Event 2: Prints at the University of Melbourne

Wednesday 16th September, 6pm via ZOOM

Covering the entire history of European printing from the mid-1450s and including examples from masters such as Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi and Hogarth, the Baillieu Library Print Collection also brings together important groups of Australian prints such as those by Lionel Lindsay and Absalom West’s early (1812-1814) views of New South Wales.. Many of these works originate from important gifts, such as those of Dr John Orde Poynton in 1959, of print specialist Harold Wright in 1961, and of Sir Russell and Lady Mab Grimwade.


  • “Sir Russell Grimwade, print collector” – Alisa Bunbury
  • “The Baillieu Library Prints Collection” – Kerrianne Stone
  • “Conserving Dürer’s woodcut, “The Knight and the Lansquenet” – Grimwade Centre Graduate, Laura Daenke
  • Moderated Q & A – Guests will be invited to send questions to the moderator during the lecture
  • BYO glass of wine!

About the Speakers:

  • Alisa Bunbury is the Grimwade Collection Curator at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, in addition to being a freelance curator, writer and researcher. From 2002 to 2017, she was Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Victoria, and prior to that was employed as Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Art Gallery of South Australia (1999–2002). Alisa was the Harold Wright Scholar in the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum (1998–99), and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies and a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne (1994, 1998). She has written a wide variety of publications on Australian and international art, and curated numerous exhibitions.
  • Kerrianne Stone is the Curator, Prints, The University of Melbourne Collections. Her role entails working with a team of specialist curators to ensure the housing, preservation and provision of access to the rare and valuable materials that are held in closed collection. During 2015 through to 2016 Kerrianne was the Harold Wright Scholar in the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum.
  • Laura Daenke has a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation from the University of Canberra. Earlier this year Laura completed a 3-month internship in the Paper and Photo Department at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, during which she was exposed to various conservation treatments, as well as assisting in research on materials, techniques, and condition. Laura also worked with the exhibitions conservation team, writing condition reports, preparing works for exhibition, installation and de-installations.

This is an online FREE event and will be hosted on Zoom.


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Image by Christine O’Loughlin, Cultural Rubble, 1993. University of Melbourne Art Collection.