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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

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


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
  • Time(s):Oct 15 - 26 10am – 12pm & 2 – 4pm; Oct 30 - 31 1pm; Nov 1 6pm; Nov 2 1pm

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.

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

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.

Gui Shu (Belong)

Come on a contemplative journey through the streets, suburbs and open spaces of Taipei and Perth in Steamworks Arts’ latest production

  • Dates:Nov 12 - 16
  • Time(s):Evening shows 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2pm
  • 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 FROM:$15
  • Ticket price TO:$32
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

This moving new work is an invitation to reflect on moments of isolation, connection and finding your way.

Devised by an extraordinary interdisciplinary team, each performance fuses dance, music, sound and video projections live on stage.

The result of a 4-year intercultural exchange, ?? Gui Shu (Belong) asks how our understanding of self and home are shaped by our experiences with others.

In addition, ?? Gui Shu (Belong) will share a video installation of footage from both countries, to tell the story up until now.

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