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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.

Latest News

PICA announces Fringe World Program for 2020

PICA announces Fringe World Program for 2020

Each year as part of FRINGE WORLD, PICA presents an exciting program for the adventurous and this year, it's quirkier...
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Perth and Taipei artists present a new performance work

Perth and Taipei artists present a new performance work

A long-term collaboration between artists of Taipei and Perth, Steamworks Arts brings an exhilarating performance series to PICA from 12...
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Q&A with Noémie Huttner-Koros

Q&A with Noémie Huttner-Koros

Meet Noémie Huttner-Koros - an emerging performance-maker, interdisciplinary artist and writer. During her residency at PICA she delivered solo theatre...
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Q&A with Layli Rakhsha

Q&A with Layli Rakhsha

A Perth-based artist with Iranian roots, Layli Rakhsha is one of PICA's resident artists for the winter season. Working predominantly...
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Guides


This Is Not Personal

Have you ever been tempted to tell the checkout-chick your life story? Are you being pestered about not seeming yourself lately? Ever been asked “R U OK” and didn’t know how to respond?

  • Dates:Jan 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Feb 1
  • Venue:PICA
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James Street, Northbridge, WA, 6003
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Presented by PICA as part of FRINGE WORLD 2020

This is not personal invites you to create a personalised set of sign-cards to assist in times of difficulty. Led by WA artist Jen Jamieson, this intimate workshop performance invites a small group to share an hour together and develop responses to the challenges of life when your mental health is not helping you socialise.

Pairing personal reflection with social interaction and design aesthetics with the hand-made, This is not personal is an invitation to foster new ways of wellbeing and break down the barriers in talking about mental health.

Initial concept developed at KISS club 2019 with PICA and pvi collective.

Lipstuck

Experience an intimate queer kaleidoscope, fusing live alchemy, participatory performance, and verbatim storytelling.

  • Dates:28 Jan - 1 Feb
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22
  • Ticket price TO:$26
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Eclectic experimental artist Daley King lays bare the stories behind the lip shade, sharing the engrossing anecdotes and fascinating insights of a diverse community of humans. Vividly dissecting the zeitgeist of lipstick, Lipstuck examines its history as both a tool of body politics and a weapon of oppression. A bright rainbow light in a black and white world, Lipstuck fights back against the binary and the systems that determine how you live your body and your life.

Praise for Daley King’s Hold Your Breath (Count To Ten).

“Daley delivers the audience into an almost euphoric state as we achieve a baptism into the world of self-acceptance. Four and a half stars” The Fourth Wall, 2018.

Initial concept developed at KISS club 2019 with PICA and pvi collective.

Slutdrop

Slutdrop is a personal performance-documentary from an ex-stripper.

  • Dates:Feb 4 -7
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Festivals:Fringe Festival

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$22
  • Ticket price TO:$26
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

A strut in six-inch heels through movies, music and the media’s portrayal of what it means to work in the sex industry. Pop songs mix with periods in this intimate striptease that uncovers the industry’s secrets. Created and performed by Jacinta Larcombe, she recalls stories of change room talk and being told she reminds customers of a friend’s daughter.

Using drag, pie graphs and real stories from real strippers, Slutdrop uses Larcombe’s childlike visual art to create a larger-than-life experience. Think: Monica’s House from Playschool but set in the red-light district.

Peer behind the curtains in a story that bares all.

Hudson Valley Ruins

Hudson Valley Ruins is a short narrative film produced entirely in the computer game The Sims 3.

  • 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

Using the conventions of the game, in which players simulate the lives of a modern family, Jacky Connolly has created a complete set, narrative and cast of characters. Hudson Valley Ruins tracks the unsettling experiences of two young female characters as they navigate the banal, tense and quietly disturbing world of suburban Upstate New York.

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>

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