Since its foundation and the first intake of students in 1961, Monash University has consistently commissioned significant works of art to complement the architecture and the landscapes of its campuses. The earliest works were situated on the Clayton campus and include a celebrated ceramic mural by John Perceval, stained glass windows by Leonard French and Les Kossatz, and external sculptural installations by Clifton Pugh and Clive Murray-White.
In recent plans for campus redevelopment, Monash has reinforced the importance it places on public art works. It has formalised a public art policy that aims to enhance the university’s campuses and stimulate greater cultural participation and debate through permanent and temporary displays of public and urban art that is lively, provocative and engaging. Recent commissions include Callum Morton’s Silverscreen and Agatha Gothe-Snape’s The scheme was a blueprint for future development programs at the Caulfield Campus and Daniel Moynihan’s Seeing things and Emily Floyd’s This place will always be open at the Clayton Campus. Today MUMA remains responsible for the development and management of the Monash University Collection across the multiple Victorian campuses.
The MUMA Public Art Walk map and catalogue have been developed as a way of introducing and highlighting the many public artworks in the Monash University Collection that are located on the Clayton and Caulfield campuses. The walking route has been designed as an open loop that can be joined at any point along the path.