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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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Highlights This Week

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Guides


Unfolding Acts

An exhibition that marks the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Mutual Friendship between the cities of Perth and Taipei.

  • Dates:Oct 18 - Dec 22
  • Time(s):Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm; Oct 18 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

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

Description

An exhibition curated by PICA Curator, Charlotte Hickson and guest curator, Ashley Yihsin Chang that marks the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Mutual Friendship between the cities of Perth and Taipei, Unfolding Acts: New Art from Taipei and Perth brings together artists whose practices examine the social, cultural and historical fabric of these two cities, while exploring shared experiences of colonisation, hidden economic systems and enduring natural landscapes.

PICA’s 30th anniversary program revisits key moments in its three-decade-long history as a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space. Unfolding Acts is being presented in 2019 in acknowledgement of a PICA exhibition from 2001 titled Very Fun Park: Contemporary Art from Taiwan.

Untitled (Uura)

Presenting Perth based Martu artist Curtis Taylor's first solo exhibition which brings together multiple streams of his practice including sculpture, installation and film.

  • Dates:Oct 18 - Dec 22
  • Time(s):Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm; Oct 18 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

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

Description

Untitled (Uura) presents work made over a two-year period of exploration as he worked with new materials and processes of making, finding new forms through which to tell stories and record language. This period of practice marks a departure from his first medium of film and presents a series of carved sculptures and site-specific installations and paintings. Untitled (Uura) explores the artists self and how language, knowledge and persistent memories dwell within and re-surface across generations.

Producing stories in Martu Wangka dialect for his community and younger generations is fundamental to Taylor’s practice. He has a collective approach to filmmaking often working with collaborators and finding opportunities for younger generations and community members to build skills and discover their own practices and methods of storytelling. His films have been shown at The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney alongside collaborator Ishmael Marika, and The Sydney Film Festival 2019 with film making partner Nathan Mewett.

Curtis Taylor asserts narratives of cultural and personal identity, creating immersive spaces occupied by language and ritual that explore the edges of life and death.

Unfolding Acts Open Day

Get behind the scenes of the exhibitions with our program of accessible activities and talks

  • Dates:Oct 19
  • Time(s):11am-4pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

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

Description

Meet the Artists: Morning Tea | 11am – 12pm
A morning tea is a great way to start a weekend, but the best way is to join one at PICA with some incredible exhibition artists. Help us welcome artists and celebrate the opening weekend with tea and cake kindly catered by La Veen.

Welcome to Balardong: Storytelling | 12pm – 2pm

A storytelling session with Audrey Narkle Nettle and Tracey Kickett sharing their experiences growing up in and around Western Australia’s oldest inland town, from childhood anecdotes and memories of family to everyday acts of resilience in the York township and on the reserve.

Artist Floor Talks | 2pm – 4pm

Art through the voice of the Artist! At the end of the day PICA delivers a comprehensive lineup of exhibition artists ready to share deep insights to their work. These incredible artists include Chou Yu Cheng*, Jao Chai-En*, Pilar Mata Dupont, and local artist Sharyn Egan.

*Bilingual Mandarin Chinese and English Format

 

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.

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

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.

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.

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

  • Dates:Aug 31 - Oct 20
  • Time(s):9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:Cliff Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160
  • Ticket Price:TBC
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Museum events,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Visual Arts:Photography,Youth
  • Produced By:WA Museum

Description

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

View this free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our new multipurpose community space.

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.

Fire Country Dreaming

Warlukurlangu Artists draw on one of their major Jukurrpa narratives: Fire Country Dreaming

  • Dates:August 30 - October 22
  • Time(s):Weekdays 10 AM - 5:30 PM , Weekends 12 PM - 5 PM
  • Venue:Japingka Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Japingka Gallery
  • Venue Address:47 high Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

Fire Country Dreaming is a Jukurrpa ancestral story that falls under the custodial role of Jampijinpa and Jangala men and Nampijinpa and Nangala women.  Paintings often refer to major sites associated with the story, including the men’s cave, Kirrkirrmanu where the sacred kangaroo was killed and Marnimarnu waterhole.

On the Coast

An exhibition by Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok from their homelands on Cape York Peninsula.

  • Dates:Sep 3 - Oct 22
  • Time(s):Weekdays 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Weekends 12 - 5 PM
  • Venue:Japingka Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Japingka Gallery
  • Venue Address:47 HIgh Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

These two artists evoke their experience as Indigenous residents of a particular coastal landscape and show us their Country and the emotional power of traditional life there. 

While Fiona Omeenyo captures the coastal lifestyle of her people living at Lockhart River settlement in far North Queensland, Rosella Namok reveals the look of the beach landscape at Lockhart, the ocean horizon with tropical rain and the changing light during the day

PEREGRINATIONS OF A CITIZEN BOTANIST

An interactive installation by Susie Vickery which takes the form of a cabinet of curiosities, charting the journey of the 18th Century French botanist, Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière.

  • Dates:Sep 13 - Oct 27
  • Time(s):TUE TO FRI 10AM - 5PM, SAT TO SUN 11AM - 3PM
  • Venue:Mundaring Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Mundaring Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:7190 GREAT EASTERN HIGHWAY MUNDARING WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6073
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,Wheelchair Access
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Other Visual Arts,Sculpture

Description

PEREGRUNATIONS OF A CITIZEN BOTANIST 

An interactive installation by Susie Vickery which takes the form of a cabinet of curiosities, charting the journey of the 18th Century French botanist, Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière. Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist examines Australia’s current relationship with the environment and presents an alternative view of history.

SEEDS, PODS AND POLLEN

Seeds, Pods and Pollen presents a collection of plant and pollinator inspired artworks created by both children and adults. Artworks have been created through a series of recent workshops across both Mundaring and Midland Junction Arts Centres, at the Avon Descent Festival, and at schools in the surrounding areas.

Both exhibitions form part of a wider celebration of the botanical world under the banner What On Earth with events and exhibitions.

Passionart

PASSIONART is an exciting new artwork collection from five talented local artists

  • Dates:Sept 14 - Oct 31
  • Time(s):Open daily from Sat 14th Sept to Sun 13th October. After that open Tuesdays to Saturdays, or by appointment. Check website for times.
  • Venue:BLUSH RETAIL GALLERY

Details

  • Venue Address:BLUSH RETAIL GALLERY 133 York St ALBANY
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Painting,Photography

Description

Blush is excited to showcase delicious new artworks by talented Great Southern artists.

Anna Anderson, Angie Fryer-Smith, Ron Baker, Marjan Bakhtiarikish and Kirsten Sivyer, bring you some rich and varied works. From rich traditional oil paintings of still life and portraits, to abstract landscapes and surreal vistas, there is much here to excite your senses.

The collection kicks off on Saturday 14 September at 10am. This will be the first chance for art lovers and collectors to view and purchase the works. They will be on show for a few weeks for you to enjoy.

 

Wildern | Tony Windberg, Luda Lorczynskyj, Clive Kendrick, Jenny Kendrick, Christine Gregory and Eli

A group exhibition from artists working with assorted media.

  • Dates:21st Sept - 20th Oct
  • Time(s):10am - 4pm
  • Venue:Petrichor Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Petrichor Gallery
  • Venue Address:8 Nockolds St, Walpole, WA
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free,Talks & Lectures
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture

Description

Wildern | is a group exhibition by accomplished artists Tony Windberg, Luda Lorczynskyj, Clive Kendrick, Jenny Kendrick, Christine Gregory and Elizabeth Edmonds. Through ceramics, wood, paintings, textile and drawings, Wildern explores the wilderness and inspires conversations.

There is also the opportunity to meet the artists with a FREE Artists Floor talk on Sunday 29th September 11am

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