Between 1999 and 2000 Brisbane artist and collector Malcolm Enright donated 71 contemporary artworks to The University of Queensland Art Museum. This large and diverse collection includes works by John Young, Dale Frank, Luke Roberts, Madonna Staunton, John Nixon and Jay Younger.

As an artist who exhibits in Australia and internationally, Enright specialises in collage, graphic design and artist books. An enthusiastic collector since the 1970s, Mr Enright has been an avid supporter of the contemporary visual-art scene in Brisbane. He was a board member of the Institute of Modern Art from 1975 to 1984.

In 1985, Enright co-curated with Nancy Underhill the exhibition Queensland/Works 1950–1985 for the University Art Museum (now UQ Art Museum). Other curatorial projects included the 1985 Robert MacPherson survey exhibition at the IMA, and a travelling design exhibition of 2001 entitled Future Factor (co-curated with Susan Ostling). Enright also collects advertising, commercial photographic memorabilia, hand-made objects and ‘found’ drawings, items that he calls ‘urban archaeology’.

Works from The Malcolm Enright Collection are often selected as part of exhibitions in the UQ Art Museum. They are also borrowed from time to time for exhibitions by other state and university galleries. 

Collection Online

  • View The Malcolm Enright Collection on the UQ Art Collection Online here

John Nixon 1945
Mike Parr 1945
Double self portrait 1987
etching and aquatint on paper, edition 8/20
image 16.7 x 12.5 cm
sheet 53.0 x 49.5 cm
Collection of The University of Queensland. Gift of Malcolm Enright through the Cultural Gifts Program, 2000.
Courtesy of the artists and Anna Schwartz Gallery