Bond University is home to Australia's largest private collection of Indigenous art on public display.
Tracing the evolution of Indigenous art from the traditional Western Desert Movement to the colourful contemporary styles, the Corrigan Walk is now attracting international acclaim. The unique collection features the works of our most celebrated and revered Indigenous artists including Gloria Petyarre, Naata Nungurrayi, Walangkura Napanangka and Tommy Watson.
The collection is named in honour of art patron and collector, Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, who has very generously helped create the Bond University Indigenous and non-Indigenous Art Collection through personal donations, long term loans and facilitating donations from the art community.
The Corrigan Walk Art Tour provides a fascinating insight into these works, highlighting the artists, the dreamtime stories woven into each piece and the history of Indigenous art.
In keeping with Dr Corrigan’s desire to share these artworks with a wide audience and to raise awareness of Australia’s rich indigenous culture, free tours of the Corrigan Collection are available. They are held once a semester for staff, students and the general public.
2023 Corrigan Walk tours will be held on:
- Thursday, 23 March at 3pm
- Friday, 23 June at 10am
- Wednesday, 20 September at 12 midday
Indigenous Scholarships Program
Bond University offers a range of full and part scholarships, bursaries and grants to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the generous support of corporate partners, funds raised at the Indigenous Gala and through a significant contribution by the University.
Dr Patrick Corrigan AM
Dr Patrick Corrigan AM is one of Australia’s most prolific art collectors and patrons. His love of Australian art, books, photography, sport and music has manifested as 40 years of philanthropic contributions to regional, state and national institutions.
The generosity has extended to Bond University through Dr Corrigan’s substantial donations, loans and procurement of Indigenous artworks. His patronage of the University’s annual Indigenous Gala, which, since 2010, has raised more than $2.5 million to fund Bond scholarships, grants and bursaries for promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Born in Central China, Dr Corrigan spent four years of his childhood in a prisoner of war camp after he and his mother were captured in Hong Kong at the outbreak of World War II. When they finally made it to Australia, Patrick finished his schooling at the age of 15 and went to work for the freight division of Unilever.
He went on to establish his own freight forwarding company – Corrigan’s Express – followed by a string of successful business ventures in the freight industry.
His interest in collecting art emerged in the 1960s when one of his clients introduced him to the art of Lloyd Rees, John Coburn and Pro Hart. Over the years, he amassed an impressive collection but, after seeing a landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2004, he began concentrating on contemporary Indigenous art.
As a collector, Dr Corrigan’s motivation is for these works to be shared. While many collectors prefer to keep their artworks in their homes or even in storage facilities, Dr Corrigan is adamant that his chosen pieces continue to provide enjoyment for a wide audience. Bond University are extremely grateful for his extraordinary generosity and the many other institutions he has donated artworks to.
In 2000, Dr Corrigan was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal for “service to the visual arts particularly as a philanthropist to regional galleries and through a grant scheme for artists”. In 2006, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Bond University. Following this, in 2014, he was honoured as one of Queensland’s Greats in recognition of his contributions to Bond University and other Queensland institutions.