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What’s On At PICA

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is one of Australia’s leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. Housed in a striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, PICA is the city’s focal point for those wishing to experience the best of Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art. Operating since 1989, PICA boasts one of the largest and most breathtaking exhibition spaces in Australia and has become known for the leading role it plays in the presentation of significant new work.

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PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year-round program of changing exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, theatre and performance, artistic residencies and interdisciplinary projects. The organisation’s mission is to create defining moments for artists, art forms and audiences. Its key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues.

In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists whilst promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.

PICA is an icon of contemporary thinking – it is a catalyst for innovative and ground breaking art and culture. Not constrained by convention, PICA gives artists and audiences a glimpse of what is possible.

Not constrained by convention, PICA gives artists and audiences a glimpse of what is possible.

Finding PICA

PICA is located in the Perth Cultural Centre – also home to WA Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Blue Room Theatre and the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. It is a 5 minute walk from Perth Train Station and Busport.

Alongside the gallery is the PICA Bar & Cafe where you can grab your morning coffee, lunch or evening drinks in the relaxed atmosphere of the Cultural Centre.

Opening Hours

Tues – Sun: 10am – 5pm. Note that the galleries are closed during exhibition changeover.

Guides


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. 

Artist In Residence: Layli Rakhsha

Layli Rakhsha explores how home can be defined by personal experiences, social and cultural relationships and attachments to place in her project 'Between Places'.

  • Dates:Jul 9 - Sep 29
  • Venue:PICA

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre 51 James Street Northbridge Perth, WA, 6003
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts,Photography

Description

She often uses screen-printing as a method to express her feelings and ideas about migration and diaspora. She recently presented her solo exhibition Seven moments of the olive tree at the University of Cantabria in Spain in September 2018 and had a published chapter called ‘Nostalgia: memories of the past, longing for the future’ in Indian Ocean Futures: Communities, Suitability and Security in 2016. Rakhsha was born in Tehran in 1976 and lives and works in Perth.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Layli Rakhsha is a recent PhD graduate from Curtin University. Her research topic is entitled Diaspora and home: contextualizing the idea of home in Australian contemporary art as visualised by selected Iranian artists. Rakhsha’s practice-led research investigates the ways in which Iranian artists living in Australia visualise the idea of home. She often uses screen-printing as a method in order to express her feelings and ideas about migration and diaspora. Her project illuminates how imagination and memories from the past can influence how home is visualised.

This project, Between places, will unfold the conceptual and symbolic impact of Rakhsha’s journey from her home to her studio every day for eight weeks. Between places is a new project that will reflect her feelings and experiences related to her understanding of the relationship between domestic and public places and herself.

Tiny Revolutions

PICA and pvi collective announce an epic think and do tank of tiny proportions.

  • Dates:Oct 15 - Nov 2
  • Venue:PICA Education Space

Details

  • Hosted By:pvi collective
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Performing Arts,Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

tiny revolutions is a public residency based project that responds to the current global feeling of helplessness by offering a creative response to some of the world’s major challenges.

Members of the public are invited to submit a large issue that causes them concern, and then select a playful tactic with which to respond to the challenge.

The Millennium Project has identified 15 global challenges for humanity, and we have a variety of different ways to respond and bring attention to each one.

The general public can then take part in a THINK tank session to brainstorm ways to respond to the challenges, or sign up to join an elite tactical art response unit to DO some of the actions the think tank generates.

Tackling big challenges starts with tiny revolutions.

Founded in 1998 and based here in Perth, pvi collective is a tactical media art group who create agitational participatory artworks intent on the creative disruption of everyday life. They aim to make their audiences into activists.

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