With the closure of the City Gallery, FUMA’s operations were consolidated at the University’s main campus at Bedford Park. This strategic decision resulted in improvements to FUMA’s infrastructure including the establishment of a gallery and collections resource room. With the launch of the new gallery in October 2019, the Museum also refreshed its brand and visual identity, changing from Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) to Flinders University Museum of Art (FUMA).
Today, FUMA is a dynamic contributor to the cultural and intellectual life at Flinders and beyond. Since 2015 FUMA’s collections have been keenly promoted as a cross-disciplinary resource and are now routinely used in museum-based academic programs including in the humanities, arts, social sciences, medicine and health. FUMA’s Online Collections Catalogue, launched in 2018, has provided unprecedented access to the works in our care, opening them to new research and innovative projects with contemporary artists.
FUMA engages students, alumni, schools, community groups and members of the public through its exhibitions and program of events, and works with partners locally, nationally and internationally in the development and delivery of its activities.
FUMA’s founding curator was Amzad H Mian, who served the University for more than twenty years (1973-1994). He was succeeded by Museum Directors Louise Dauth (1994-1995), Doreen Mellor (1996-1999), Gail Greenwood (1999-2009) and Fiona Salmon (2009-).
Image: Flinders University Museum of Art, 2019