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Art Exhibitions & Galleries in WA

Western Australia has a surprisingly vibrant visual arts scene, as evidenced by the 250+ galleries and artists studios listed on our guides. International artists are attracted by the extraordinary colours and varied coastal and inland landscapes, the isolation and the light. While the Pilbara and the Kimberley are home to aboriginal art, Margaret River has become the Ubud of WA, a paradise for painters and lovers of fine art.

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Our Land, Our Place celebrates Aboriginal artists from across WA

Our Land, Our Place celebrates Aboriginal artists from across WA

Our Land, Our Place is an exhibition that showcases paintings from 8 Aboriginal art centres across Western Australia’s remote communities...
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Fremantle Biennale announces program for second edition: UNDERCURRENT 19

Fremantle Biennale announces program for second edition: UNDERCURRENT 19

Fremantle Biennale have just announced UNDERCURRENT 19 - the second edition of the city-wide contemporary art program showcasing experimental site...
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Upcoming exhibitions at Lawrence Wilson

Upcoming exhibitions at Lawrence Wilson

From under-acknowledged 1930s Australian artists to the innovation of contemporary arts in WA, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery opens two...
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Art exhibitions in April

Art exhibitions in April

Throughout April, Perth will play host to a range of art exhibitions showcasing local and international talent. Exhibitions this month...
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Highlights This Week

Guides


Storyline

Storyline Art Exhibition Artworks by Michael Miller acknowledging the longevity of Aboriginal life on this land. Australia's own Garden of Eden. Opening night Sept 19th. 6.30 - 8 pm

  • Dates:Sept 19 - 25
  • Time(s):11am - 4pm Daily ..Closed from 1.30 pm Friday 20th.
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse

Details

  • Hosted By:Kidogo Arthouse
  • Venue Address:Bathers Beach Fremantle
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Painting

Description

“I invite you to journey through time and reflect on the mystical story of Aboriginal life, prior to colonisation, on this great land. A story that spans many tens of thousands of years. Storyline is a collection of my art that reflects the respect that I, and many others have, for the original custodians of this amazing land. It’s about the story I was never taught at school as a young boy growing up in WA. It’s about the wonderful connection to land, culture, spirit and community that is the trademark of the worlds oldest living culture.”

Join with me and imagine a time long ago in Australia’s own Garden of Eden.

 

SPRINGarts | UWA Cultural Precinct

SPRINGarts is the Cultural Precinct's spring school holiday program of children and adult workshops, performances and activities taking place across the University of Western Australia campus.

  • Dates:Oct 1 - 13
  • Venue:UWA Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Classical Music,Performing Arts,University
  • Audience:Adults,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:UWA Cultural Precinct

Description

Presented by the Cultural Precinct and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, the programs offers a wide variety of activities for young people to have fun, engage their imaginations and develop new skills in problem-solving and creative thinking.

The Artist and Her Work

Lady Sheila Cruthers took an immediate shine to women’s self-portraiture when she began collecting art in the mid-1970s.

  • Dates:May 25 - Dec 7
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

This interest expanded into a collection strategy she referred to as ‘the artist and her work’ – Lady Cruthers would collect an artist’s work in addition to a self-portrait, with the two works often hung side by side in the family home. Now housed at the University of Western Australia, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art holds over 100 self-portraits, many collected as a result of this strategy.

The Artist and Her Work utilises this unusual juxtaposition to showcase the breadth and depth of women’s art practice, replicating the dense and vibrant hanging style of the collection’s original domestic context.

Pairs of works will be exchanged throughout the exhibition period to create a dynamic collection showcase that will reward repeated viewing.

Our Land, Our Place

Opening in NAIDOC week this group exhibition highlights the importance of country through imagery and storytelling.

  • Dates:July 8 - Sep 27
  • Time(s):10.30am - 5pm
  • Venue:Council House

Details

  • Hosted By:Artitja Fine Art
  • Venue Address:Ground Floor, Council House, 27 St George's Tce, Perth, WA
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting,Photography

Description

A visual exploration of complex stories around the geography of the land and narratives associated with different times, this exhibition has been sourced by Artitja Fine Art Gallery from some of the most remote and established art centres throughout Western Australia.

With over 40 artists from regions as distant as Kalumburu and Balgo in the Kimberley,
to the Pilbara and Tjukurlu in the western desert and Kalka on the WA/SA/NT border,
the exhibition gives an insight into the cultural importance of place and story.

The exhibition will also incorporate the WA launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project,
Australia’s first and only National Indigenous Contemporary Jewellery project.
Opening in NAIDOC week this group exhibition highlights the importance of country through imagery and storytelling. A visual exploration of complex stories around the geography of the land and narratives associated with different times, this exhibition has been sourced by Artitja Fine Art Gallery from some of the most remote and established art centres throughout Western Australia.

With over 40 artists from regions as distant as Kalumburu and Balgo in the Kimberley,
to the Pilbara and Tjukurlu in the western desert and Kalka on the WA/SA/NT border,
the exhibition gives an insight into the cultural importance of place and story.

The exhibition will also incorporate the WA launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project,
Australia’s first and only National Indigenous Contemporary Jewellery project.

Opening in NAIDOC week this group exhibition highlights the importance of country through imagery and storytelling. A visual exploration of complex stories around the geography of the land and narratives associated with different times, this exhibition has been sourced by Artitja Fine Art Gallery from some of the most remote and established art centres throughout Western Australia.

With over 40 artists from regions as distant as Kalumburu and Balgo in the Kimberley,
to the Pilbara and Tjukurlu in the western desert and Kalka on the WA/SA/NT border,
the exhibition gives an insight into the cultural importance of place and story.

The exhibition will also incorporate the WA launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project,
Australia’s first and only National Indigenous Contemporary Jewellery project.

Opening in NAIDOC week this group exhibition highlights the importance of country through imagery and storytelling. A visual exploration of complex stories around the geography of the land and narratives associated with different times, this exhibition has been sourced by Artitja Fine Art Gallery from some of the most remote and established art centres throughout Western Australia.

With over 40 artists from regions as distant as Kalumburu and Balgo in the Kimberley,
to the Pilbara and Tjukurlu in the western desert and Kalka on the WA/SA/NT border,
the exhibition gives an insight into the cultural importance of place and story.

The exhibition will also incorporate the WA launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project,
Australia’s first and only National Indigenous Contemporary Jewellery project.

Out Of The Boxes And Into The Desert

Out of the Boxes and into the Desert explores the Berndt Museum of Anthropology's collection of paintings from the Central Desert.

  • Dates:Jul 13 - Dec 7
  • Venue:Berndt Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:Berndt Museum
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:UWA Cultural Precinct
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal

Description

Following on from a recent storage collection project, the Berndt Museum seeks to provide access to works of art that have been inaccessible for decades. These works include stories of ancestral beings that travelled across country, through wormholes and into the stars.

Curated by Vanessa Russ

Termite-Economies (Phase One)

Termite Economies (Phase One) brings to attention research conducted by the CSIRO into termite behaviour.

  • Dates:Jul 27 - Oct 6
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:1 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Description

Experiments were undertaken by the government agency in the hope that the behaviour of these insects would assist with the identification of gold deposits and lead to increased efficiency in gold exploration.

Nicholas Mangan takes this research as the outline for a sculptural installation that includes archival documentation and field footage produced by the artist to imagine the possible outcomes leading from this human imposition.

Curated by Charlotte Hickson

Trying To Find Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair

Trying to Find Comfort in An Uncomfortable Chair offers an opportunity to engage with Australia’s only public collection of women’s art in a new and exciting context!

  • Dates:Jul 27 - Oct 6
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:1 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Painting,Photography
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Description

Invited to consider the founding history of this collection, Agathe Gothe-Snape identifies moments in which personal histories become enmeshed with professional practice, presenting clusters of works and objects that together form narratives that bear the weight and vision of this pioneering collection.

With works from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at The University of Western Australia by; Janet Dawson, Helen Eager, Rosalie Gascoigne, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Elizabeth Newman, Ann Newmarch, Michelle Nikou, Miriam Stannage.

Curated by Gemma Weston, Curator, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art with Charlotte Hickson, Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. 

Stories And Structures - New Connections

This exhibition brings together a story-telling and image making tradition, developed over 60,000 years or more, with scientific imaging created by high-tech instruments.

  • Dates:Aug 9 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of Geraldton

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of Geraldton
  • Venue Address:2 Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton, Western Australia, 6530
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of Geraldton
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

Stories and Structures - New Connections, presented by Microscopy Australia, explores the rich connections between Aboriginal art and the microscopic structures hidden in the natural world, revealing unexpected and intriguing similarities.

This exhibition brings together a story-telling and image making tradition, developed over 60,000 years or more, with scientific imaging created by high-tech instruments.

The artists who have participated in this exhibition come from around Australia and have brought their own styles, traditions and insights to produce new works relating to selected microscopic images. The works reveal the deep and intimate relationship between Culture and Country in a wholly new way, with previously unseen cross-cultural perspectives on how we all know and understand our world.

Cosmopolitan

Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.

  • Dates:Aug 31 - Dec 7
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, 6009
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Historical

Description

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. The exhibition includes works by Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, Ian Fairweather, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder, Ethel Spowers and Danila Vassilieff.

HERE&NOW19

HERE&NOW is an annual exhibition series presented at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery that showcases the most exciting and innovative new work being produced in Western Australia.

  • Dates:Aug 31 - Dec 7
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawling, 6009
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

Each year an emerging curator is appointed to produce an exhibition of contemporary works by Western Australian artists. The series has so far explored the expanding field of sculptural practice, new photography, artists with an Islamic heritage, contemporary ceramics and the legacy of Marcel Duchamp.

Curated by Joanna Sulkowski, HERE&NOW19 surveys the practice of artists working with fibre and textiles to express ideas relating to current social and political issues. The exhibition challenges our perception of craft as a repetitive activity of making things by hand and offers a new perspective on the processes and materials-driven practice of a group of dynamic contemporary artists. HERE&NOW19 showcases their use of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques.

True To Nature: A Celebration Of Western Australia's Wildflowers

This exhibition celebrates the unique flora of Western Australia through the timeless art of Botanical Illustration.

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 4
  • Time(s):10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,Museum events
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Visual Arts:Drawing

Description

The Wildflowers of Western Australia are not only wonderful with high biodiversity but are mostly unique to the State. This exhibition features the timeless art of Botanical Illustration by leading Western Australian botanical artists Bryony Fremlin, Maxine Holman, Penny Leech, Margaret Pieroni and Katrina Syme.

  • 28 September to 4 October 2019
  • Open daily 10am-4pm
  • Museum of the Great Southern Pop-Up Galleries
  • Free entry, donations welcome

Culture Club: Art Party

Join us for LWAG's annual Art Party, bring your friends and celebrate nearing the end of the semester!

  • Dates:Oct 15
  • Time(s):5.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

Enjoy a free sundowner at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery for the 2019 Culture Club: Art Party. Bring your friends and join in art-making activities, live music, gallery tours, door prizes and more. 

Drinks / Music / Door Prizes / Art Activities / Tours

UWA Campus Partner: Student Guild 

 

Photo by Ilkka K Photography. 

UWA Campus Art Trail

The Friends of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery invite you to join Carl Altmann MA on a tour across the UWA campus.

  • Dates:Oct 26
  • Time(s):2pm - 4pm
  • Venue:UWA

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,University
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery,UWA,UWA Cultural Precinct

Description

Begin your journey at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, stopping along the way across the campus to discover some of the unique artworks situated throughout the beautiful grounds of the University of Western Australia.

The tour will conclude back at LWAG with afternoon tea outside on the patio.

Out of the Boxes and into the Desert: In Dialogue with Conservation

Join conservator Michael Houston to learn some of the stories behind preparing the Out of the Boxes and into the Desert exhibition.

  • Dates:Nov 15
  • Time(s):1.00pm - 2.00pm
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:UWA
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Historical,Other Visual Arts,Painting

Description

Out of the Boxes and Into the Desert features extraordinary artworks that have been in storage at the Berndt Museum for many years. Bringing these artworks to exhibition standard has required close attention to their conservation and preparation.

Join conservator Michael Houston to learn some of the stories behind preparing this exhibition.

Painting conservator Michael Houston worked within the commercial Indigenous art industry for nearly a decade. He possesses extensive exposure to, and understanding of, Indigenous Australian painting practice both traditional and contemporary in nature. He completed a Masters of Cultural Material Conservation with Dean’s honours from the University of Melbourne in 2014. In 2018 he was tasked with completion of the final objective of the Berndt Museum Storage Improvement Project, entailing the stabilisation and preparation for storage/display of over 150 canvas paintings.

 

Image: Opening night, Out of the Boxes and into the Desert, Berndt Museum. Photograph by Ilkka K Photography.

Concrete E X P A N D E D

This exhibition considers the affects of colour, design, pattern and shape through works of geometric abstraction.

  • Dates:2 June - 22 September 2019
  • Time(s):10am - 5pm | Mon - Sun
  • Venue:Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix

Details

  • Venue Address:Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Hosted By:Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting

Description

It takes part in a conversation about an ongoing artistic concern with Minimalist and Concrete Art in the new millennium. It playfully suggests an expansion of the genre of Concrete Art that had a local explosion on the streets of Fremantle in the early 2000’s.

In Concrete E X P A N D E D large-scale, hard edged, minimal, abstract and pure colour paintings are joined by, three-dimensional wall-works, actual concrete sculpture, light sculptures and ephemeral light works. Together these works coalesce and converse in philosophical questions of form, aesthetic experience and existence.

Included are both works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection and works of local artists available for purchase.

ARTISTS: Rebecca Baumann, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Janenne Eaton, Robert Hunter, Brian McKay, Trevor Richards, Douglas Sheerer, Helen Smith, Trevor Vickers, Josh Webb.

Gallery Hours: 10am - 5pm  |  Mon - Sun

For interviews, further information and images available for reproduction, contact Laetitia Wilson, P. +61 8 6217 2641

or email [email protected]

 

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