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Art Exhibitions & Galleries in Perth & 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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Perth Festival’s arts programme celebrates diversity and innovation

Perth Festival’s arts programme celebrates diversity and innovation

Every year, Perth Festival celebrates the works of leading local and international artists through a carefully curated selection of art...
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PICA’s Summer Exhibitions offer immersive arts experiences

PICA’s Summer Exhibitions offer immersive arts experiences

PICA’s Summer Exhibitions feature three diverse screen and sound based works created by Australian and international artists leading in these...
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MSWA brings immersive multi-sensory playground to Perth

MSWA brings immersive multi-sensory playground to Perth

Since opening in November, SensAtion Gallery has lit up East Perth with insta-worthy, immersive art installations designed to challenge our...
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‘Tales of the Surreal’ opening at Heathcote Cultural Centre

‘Tales of the Surreal’ opening at Heathcote Cultural Centre

Opening from Friday 29 November 2019 and running until Sunday 19 January 2020, City of Melville presents Tales of the...
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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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Guides


John Prince Siddon: All Mixed Up

John Prince Siddon draws on contemporary politics, social issues and personal experiences to present a kaleidoscopic vision of Australia.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - Mar 22
  • Time(s):Mon – Sun, 10am–5pm; Feb 5, 6.30-9pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Visual Arts:Painting

Description

A Walmajarri man living and working from Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley, he combines diverse influences drawn from television and the traditional Kimberley craft of boab nut carving, desert iconography and the epic characters of the Narrangkarni (Dreamtime) to create uncanny technicolour vignettes.

All Mixed Up is complimented by a selection of paintings made in the 1990s by Butcher Cherel Janangoo, a key elder of the Gooniyandi language group instrumental in the retention of men’s law ceremony at Muludja Community. This vibrant pairing offers a glimpse of the rich variety of cultures clustered around Fitzroy Crossing’s Mangkaja Art Centre. Curated by Emilia Galatis in collaboration with Lynley Nargoordah.

Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020

Ian Strange is a Western Australian-born artist who has forged an international career with a series of site specific and community based projects.

  • Dates:Feb 6 - Apr 24
  • Time(s):Mon - Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat & Sun, 12-4pm; Feb 6, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Venue:John Curtin Gallery
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:John Curtin Gallery
  • Venue Address:Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:John Curtin Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Photography,Video

Description

His ambitious transformations of full scale homes manifest the anxieties in suburban life, presenting images eerily devoid of the human presence that their existence depends on. Suburban Interventions is the first large scale survey of the artist’s photography and films, offering an in depth opportunity to unpack more than a decade of artistic practice.

Mia Kurrum Maun (Far From Home)

Acclaimed artist Sandra Hill examines the spectre of Aboriginal cultural annihilation

  • Dates:Feb 6 - Apr 24
  • Time(s):Mon – Fri, 11am – 5pm; Sat & Sun, 12 – 4pm; Feb 6, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Venue:John Curtin Gallery
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:John Curtin Gallery
  • Venue Address:Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:John Curtin Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

Much of this exhibition reveals Hill's own lived experience as a Noongar woman of the Stolen Generations and the profound impact that government policies and widespread racial discrimination have had upon generations of Aboriginal women. For the first time Hill’s work uncovering these experiences has been brought together to present a compelling portrait of Australia's recent shared history.

Cheeky Dogs

Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley has turned his love of dogs into artwork, with his Cheeky Dogs drawings, t-shirts and children’s book illustrations loved in Australia and around the world

  • Dates:Feb 7 - Apr 18
  • Time(s):Tue – Sat, 10am – 4pm
  • Venue:DADAA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:DADAA
  • Venue Address:92 Adelaide St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:DADAA
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Other Visual Arts

Description

This selection of original works at DADAA, which vividly brings to life Beasley’s fascination with cheeky dogs and his unconventional journey into the world of contemporary art, is sure to capture the imagination of art (and dog) lovers of all ages.

Agwa Live

Join us in celebration of the last month of Summer!

  • Dates:Feb, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2020
  • Time(s):5-9pm
  • Venue:The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Details

  • Hosted By:The Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre Roe St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Music:Country & Folk,Free,Popular Music,Rhythm & Blues
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Wine

Description

AGWA has partnered with Otherside Brewing Co. to bring art, music, culture and brews together in a series of free Friday Night events.

Across the four Friday nights in February, enjoy live music from local WA Musician and pop-up bar where you can buy beers from Otherside Brewing Co. and wines from Juniper Estate whilst enjoying AGWA's extensive collection on display.

Awavena

Take a Virtual Reality journey to the Brazilian Amazon and into another way of knowing

  • Dates:Feb 8 - Mar 2
  • Time(s):Wed-Mon, 10am-5pm
  • Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Art Gallery of WA
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre Roe St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

<p> A mixed-reality work created by legendary artist/director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, Awavena tells a stunning tale of metamorphosis. This collaboration combines technology and transcendent experience to share a vision and the story of a people coming back from the brink of extinction. Awavena is an unmissable immersive experience and a gift from the Yawanawa at a time of peril. </p>

Thunderhead

Tina Havelock Stevens offers a series of video works accompanied by improvised sound scores – sometimes recorded, sometimes performed live

  • Dates:Feb 8 - Apr 19
  • Time(s):Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm; Feb 8, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Venue:PICA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James st, Northbridge 6003
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Video

Description

Her unique practice has been influenced by her background in documentary film-making and as a drummer in the post-punk music scene. Visceral and immersive, her installations act as a channel for emotions and histories that dwell in built and natural landscapes. Her video and performance work, Thunderhead channels the energy of the meteorological phenomenon of a supercell.

Chalkroom

Step inside an immersive world and take a journey through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories.

  • Dates:Feb 8 - Apr 19
  • Time(s):Tues - Sun, 10am-5pm; Feb 8, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Venue:PICA
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Northbridge 6003
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

<p> Once you enter this interactive installation you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform. Created by pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom is a Virtual Reality work unlike any other. Instead of the brightly-lit gaming world of most VR, everything is hand drawn, dusty and dark, creating a shadowy, atmospheric world to explore.</p>

PICA After Dark

PICA After Dark returns for 3 Fridays this February!

  • Dates:Feb 14, 21 & 28
  • Time(s):5pm – 8pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

Start off your weekend right with PICA After Dark! We’ll be keeping our doors open late to give you a one time after dark arts experience. Make the most of your Friday, grab a drink and join us in the galleries or performance space for a relaxed late-night cultural experience.

WHAT’S ON?

Galleries open late
Drink offers with our neighbours from PICA Bar
Art activities
Chalkroom | Free
Created by pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom is a virtual reality experience unlike any other.
 

 

Culture Club 1 2020: Art Party

Join us for LWAG's late night Art Party and celebrate a new year! Drinks | Music | Door Prizes | Art Activities | Tours

  • Dates:Mar 10
  • Time(s):5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Details

  • Hosted By:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Description

Bring your friends to LWAG’s next Art Party and join us in celebrating a new academic semester!

Enjoy a free sundowner, art-making activities, live music, gallery tours, door prizes and more.

Campus Partner: Student Guild


The Long Kiss Goodbye
8 February - 9 May 2020

The Long Kiss Goodbye explores how artists transform familiar materials and symbols into complex meditations on love, loss, attraction and repulsion. This evocative exhibition features a group of artists from around the nation, each with a unique connection to Western Australia.

Sarah Contos (NSW) | Penny Coss (WA) | Iain Dean (WA) | Michele Elliot with Tender Funerals (NSW) | Brent Harris (VIC) | and Clare Peake (NT)


Presented in association with Perth Festival.

Image: Framing Flora symposium, LWAG, 2019. Photograph by Nic Montagu

Anne McCaughey

Experience the artistic expertise of Anne McCaughey

  • Dates:Mar 13, 2020
  • Time(s):6.30pm
  • Venue:PSAS Fremantle

Details

  • Hosted By:PSAS Fremantle
  • Venue Address:PSAS, 22 Pakenham St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Painting

Description

Anne McCaughey was born in Northern Ireland, and graduated with a post-graduate Bachelor in 19th and 20th Century Art History from Brighton Art College. She has previously worked for Vogue, Comsopilitan and Honey as an in-house Illustrator. She moved to Australia in 2001 where she continues maintain a rigorous practice with an extensive intentional exhibition history. Her work is also represented in the private collections of HRH Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn and U2 among others.

Rise Sound Gallery – Jon Tarry

Rise Sound Gallery, this display changes twice a year and consists of sound works from the State Art Collection.

  • Dates:18 December 2019 – 31 May 2020
  • Time(s):Gallery hours: 10am-5pm Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesdays
  • Venue:The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Details

  • Hosted By:The Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth Cultural Centre Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Music:Free,Other Music

Description

Local Artist Jon Tarry’s work Deep Six is part of sonic tour of popular and exclusive WA surfing spots. Interested in the cross-section between sound, video and sculpture, Tarry has turned to investigations of what he has termed ‘spatial power’ in public spaces. Experiences of global encounters—like airports, public squares and the like—are increasingly dominating his practice, but this has also fine-tuned his focus on the local.

Recording sounds at three surfing spots known by the locals and surfing aficionados, Tarry has attempted to bring a semblance of that experience to an audience in a dry, safe building. The locations he is working with are Deep Six, located at Cottesloe, Huzzas, located close to Gracetown in Margaret River, and Mettams Pool at Trigg. Creating computer coding to map an area, as with Mettams Pool for instance, Tarry uses these ‘drawings’ together with the on-site recordings, and digitally and sonically reconstructs the location. He takes us into the surfers’ experience of the spots, but asks: how far from nature are we when we are in nature, and how much in it are we when we are seemingly away from it?

TWENTYTWENTY

TWENTYTWENTY an exciting new collection of contemporary art at Blush Retail Gallery

  • Dates:Jan 15 - Feb 29
  • Venue:Blush Retail Gallery
  • Time(s):Generally 10am-3/4pm

Details

  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Historical,Painting,Photography
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

We are excited to present our new TWENTYTWENTY collection of artworks.
Award winning artists Racquel Cavallaro andJohn Manson combine to bring us a very contemporary collection to see us into the new decade, with an exciting fresh look at familiar scenes.
Racquel's beautiful framed oils and wax artworks "... are images seen in passing, a dialogue between light, form and colour that looks to reveal the inherent rhythmic structure of the universal in the familiar."
John focuses on everyday objects and scenes around his Albany hometown, and presents them anew in a semi abstract form "... so they become appealing and in this sense, the design becomes everything."
This collection is on show from 10am Wednesday 15th January, to view and purchase.

Emma Horvát & Ómra Caoimhe

Horvat and Caoimhe seeks to push the boundaries of practice within photography.

  • Dates:4 February – 19 April 2020
  • Time(s):Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:PICA, 51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts,Photography,Sculpture

Description

Since 2016 Emma Horvat and Omra Caoimhe have worked with concepts of time, archetypal history and relational experience. Collaboratively and individually, the artists deconstruct and re-contextualise objects and photographic material. A poignant part of Horvat and Caoimhe’s work departs from both artists’ singular dynamic relationships with trauma and care. Together the artist’s conceptualise their individual and collective stories of identity into a social and contemporary dialogue.

Stuff – NMTAFE Art & Design Lecturers and Staff

NMTAFE art design lecturers on show

  • Dates:3-21 February 2020
  • Time(s):mon - fri 10am-4.45pm; sat 12-4pm
  • Venue:Gallery Central

Details

  • Hosted By:Gallery Central
  • Venue Address:12 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
  • Ticket Price:free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly

Description

Our graduates all have one thing to say – the lecturing and technical staff at TAFE were an inspiration. In this show of staff work, selected former lecturers exhibit alongside our current team. Featuring stuff from past staff, Tony Jones, Susan Flavell, Alex Spremberg, Angela McHarrie, Marie Haas, Olga Cironis, Vicki Ames, Linda Bananzis alongside 23 lecturers and technical staff, including some extraordinary works of fashion, jewellery, AR, ceramics, sculpture, print and paint.

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