Casula Powerhouse recognises and celebrates the rich history, creativity, and endurance of the First Peoples of Australia – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our collection includes incredible work by First Nations artists and we are pleased to be able to profile them in this featured collection. We would like to acknowledge the Cabrogal Clan of the Darug Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land that now resides within Liverpool City Council’s boundaries and the land that Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre is built on. We acknowledge that this land was also accessed by peoples of the Dhurawal and Darug Nations; always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
Explore artworks that have recently entered the collection. Our diverse collection has been developed through art prizes, donations, purchases and our exhibition program. Artworks that are awarded an acquisitive prize in the biennial Blake Prize exhibition, annual Mil-pra AECG and Liverpool Art Society exhibitions are acquired for the collection.
Casula Powerhouse is registered to receive artworks via the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Discover some of the treasures of our collection including artwork by Judy Watson, Ken Done, Guan Wei, John Peart, Adam Hill (Blak Douglas) and Eric Wilson. This highlight set is a snapshot of the breadth and diversity of the artworks and artists in the collection.
Local artists have always been at the core of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s program and collection. We are committed to showcasing and celebrating the creativity, skill and experiences of artists living and working in the Liverpool region. Search this highlight to discover local Liverpool artists.
Local artist Gina Sinozich (b. 1930 - d. 2020) has a special place in the history of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. She was a regular exhibitor, patron and supporter of the Centre since she first started painting in 2000 at the age of 70. Over the last two decades, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has held several exhibitions of Gina’s artwork, including Midnight Wedding (2002), Dream Wedding (2004), Istria: 1943 – 1945, Liverpool Hospital 1961 and Living with Dementia (2005) and The Survival of Stalingrad (2014). Few other artists have had such an ongoing relationship with the Centre as Gina.
Gina used painting as a means of retelling and recording the stories of her life. She was a prolific artist whose work is visually accessible yet highly distinctive. Her life and the lives of those around her were played out in paint to communicate memories for posterity and emotional relief. It was Gina's observational skill, honesty, and charming yet affecting depictions of events that elicit such strong responses from audiences and made her such an outstanding artist.