Flinders University Art Collection

Flinders University houses an extraordinary art collection, open to our students, researchers and staff – and to you – to develop knowledge, stimulate creativity and light the way for how we understand and interact with the world around us.

Established in 1966, the collection now represents Australian and international artists and is renowned for its nationally significant holding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art spanning the 20th century. These works are particularly vital to embedding diverse cultural perspectives across University curricula and engaging students with Indigenous knowledge.


We invite you to support us in building our contemporary collections by contributing to the acquisition of a new collaborative series by James Tylor and Laura Wills.

Comprising ten prints, each sized 50x50cm, The Forgotten Wars – Series II explores concepts of mapping, conflict and colonialism, and is a continuing theme by the award-winning, South Australian trained artists.

‘The series focuses on the Black War in Tasmania between the 1820s and 1832. The works investigate ‘The Black Line’ – the largest force ever assembled against Aboriginal people in Australia,’ says James Tylor.

The photographs of Tasmanian rural landscapes taken by Tylor have been overlaid with coloured pencil drawings by Wills.  Her images are influenced by historical illustrations, survey maps and other chronicles of colonial war.

Indigenous Australian James Tylor’s photography examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. Tylor’s work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity.

Non Indigenous artist Laura Wills has a multidisciplinary practice. She explores social and environmental themes using found materials, collaborative processes and site-specific ephemeral projects.

In bringing their practices together for this series, the artists invite a deeper dialogue between the present and the past and help ‘decolonise’ mainstream narratives of Australian history.

The Forgotten Wars – Series II exhibition

Open until Friday 4 October 2019

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm

Flinders University at Victoria Square
Ground floor
182 Victoria Square | Adelaide

Help the Flinders University Art Museum acquire these important works of art, make a tax-deductible donation today. 100% of your donation will support the acquisition of the artwork series.

Tax exemption number for charitable donations: 65 542 596 200

Indigenous Australian artist James Tylor
Australian artist, Laura Wills

Artists remember The Forgotten Wars

South Australian artists merge their experiences of Australian colonial history.

Drawing on concepts of mapping, conflict and colonialism, The Forgotten Wars – Series II presents black and white photographs by Indigenous Australian artist James Tylor, overlaid with detailed drawings by Non-Indigenous Australian artist, Laura Wills.

The Forgotten Wars – Series II

Laura Wills and James Tylor, The Forgotten Wars – Series II, 2019, coloured pencil on photographic print, 10 sheets, 50 x 50 cm, © the artists