With new exhibitions opening at Gullotti Galleries, Fremantle Arts Centre, Linton and Kay Subiaco and Lawrence Wilson Gallery at UWA, there is no excuse to stay at home staring at white walls. From contemporary paintings, extraordinary aboriginal artworks and fresh prints to historic photography and City of Melville’s Open Studio Trail there is something for everybody. Get out there and enjoy…

Use the shortlist below to decide what to see and do. Or check our Visual Arts page for a comprehensive guide to exhibitions, galleries and art events in Perth and WA. The featured image above is by Alex Spremberg for HERE&NOW18 at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery,

On Now

Bush Women: 25 Years On

Now – Sep 8, Fremantle Arts Centre
This extraordinary exhibition features paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean. The paintings have been reassembled from around Australia to restage Bush Women, 25 years after they were first shown. Living in diverse remote communities in WA the artists painted their culture and the narratives of their lives with authority and vigour, in strikingly individual styles.

Janine Daddo – Sea of Hearts

Aug 30 – Sep 23, Gullotti Galleries
Celebrated Australian artist Janine Daddo returns to Perth with a new exhibition with over 40 new original artworks. Janine has a natural exuberance for life and her use of evocative colours and bold textures evokes an enthusiasm of the little things that we all felt as children. Janine invites us to look again, lose yourself in the romance of life and celebrate the simple moments captured in her joyous paintings.

Amalia Pica – Please Open Hurry

Now – Oct 7, PICA
Amalia Pica investigates how we communicate beyond the barriers of language including research with apes raised in human households using Sign Language. The work that lends its title to the exhibition, Please Open Hurry is a reference to the Chimpanzee Washoe, who used this simple sentence structure to request to go outside her enclosure.

Khaled Sabsabi – A Self Portrait

Now – Oct 7, PICA
Lebanese born and Australian based Sabsabi works with photography, painting and textiles and is heavily informed by Sufi spirituality, his own experience of moving between communities and geopolitical factors. His latest work, A Self-Portrait, comprise 114 individual pieces, each consisting of seven different layers, signifying the seven different segments of the ‘Nafs’ (Arabic, Persian and Urdu for ‘the self’).

Clyde McGill – Border Crossers

Now – October 7, Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix
Now entering it’s last month, the exhibition of Clyde McGill’s large scale paintings should not be missed! McGill’s sequence of beautiful but confronting mixed media works contain the story of a fisherman who died while his boat was detained in Darwin Harbour, within a much broader narrative of the refugees who arrive by boat.

Stockyards and Saddles: A story of Gibb River Station

Now – Dec 8, Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
As the last generation of cattlemen recall distant memories of dusty stockyards, saddle sheds, wet seasons, and those who passed before them, this exhibition explores the lives of those living and working on the remote cattle station of Gibb River in the East Kimberley region through the photographic image.


Coming Soon

HERE&NOW18: Besides, it is always the others who die

Sep 1 – Dec 8, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
The exhibition highlights the disruptive influence of Marcel Duchamp, one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. On the 50th anniversary of his death in 1968, six locally based artists have been commissioned to create new artworks influenced by Duchamp’s legacy. (Also see featured image for the blog: Alex Spremberg 1)

Claire Beausein – Pure Land

Sep 1 – 23, Linton and Kay Subiaco
Pure Land features Beausein’s artworks created with washi paper, indigo dye, embossing, woodcut, backlight and stitch. Pure Land is a direct translation of Japanese “Jodo” a branch of Buddhism, which Beausein has used to describe a place where the everyday becomes imbued with meaning and metaphor.

The Communication Series

Sep 8 and Sep 22, PICA
Coming up soon: 2 more events where you can get up close with artists and join the conversation about themes expressed in their work. Saturday Sep 8 attend a talk by two Muslim artists on Art & Identity and a dance work inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition. On Sep 22, you can join a Beginner’s guide to AUSLAN.

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award

Sep 14 – Nov 4, Fremantle Arts Centre
Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books returns with a selection of works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists. The award continues to celebrate the traditions of printmaking while simultaneously looking towards the future of the medium. Join the exhibition opening on Thursday September 13 for the announcement of this year’s winners and to view the finalists’ work.

Girt By Sea

Sep 25 – Oct 14, Central Park Building
Come see this stunning exhibition of 100 aerial images of the Australian coastline, captured and reproduced in rich detail. In addition, each photograph in this stunning collection of 100 aerial images of the Australian coastline, is captured and reproduced in rich detail for you to own as a book. Girt by Sea is the result of a unique, aerial photography adventure by two Australian photographers.

POTober 2018

Sep 28 – 30, North Metro TAFE
A 3-day smorgasbord of ceramic art workshops, organised by Ceramic Arts WA. This is your chance to learn from the best Australian Ceramicists with workshops and demonstrations from Kasirajan Subbaiah (visiting from India), Stuart McKay and Nanna Bayer amongst many others. Watch them work, ask questions and learn about their art practice. Beginners welcome, workshops cater to all levels.


City of Melville gets its art on

Discover creative Melville! The annual Art Awards & Exhibition is the jewel in the City’s cultural crown; one in a calendar of events and programs throughout the year that the City is proud to facilitate. During the exhibition’s opening weekend, the City will also be holding its second Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail.

City of Melville Art Awards and Exhibition

Sep 8 – 16, City of Melville Civic Centre
In its 42nd year, the exhibition features more than 260 artworks giving you the chance to see work by local WA and Melville artists. Vote for your favourite amongst all mediums including paintings, works on paper, sculptural works and photography. All the works are for sale, so you might even be able to take your favourite home.

City of Melville Open Studios and Art Trail

Sep 8 – 9, Various locations within City of Melville
Explore more than 36 studios, galleries and Artist Run Initiatives when they open their doors next weekend. The program is jam-packed with art and activities, including demonstrations and hands-on activities at the Atwell Arts Centre, a Sunday ‘Garage Art’ sale on The Esplanade, and the Plein Air painting group in action at Mt Henry Bridge, to name a few.

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