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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’s Summer Exhibitions offer immersive arts experiences

PICA’s Summer Exhibitions offer immersive arts experiences

PICA’s Summer Exhibitions feature three diverse screen and sound based works created by Australian and international artists leading in these...
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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


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>

PICA After Dark

PICA After Dark returns for 3 Fridays this February!

  • Dates:Feb 14, 21 & 28
  • Time(s):5pm – 8pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

Start off your weekend right with PICA After Dark! We’ll be keeping our doors open late to give you a one time after dark arts experience. Make the most of your Friday, grab a drink and join us in the galleries or performance space for a relaxed late-night cultural experience.

WHAT’S ON?

Galleries open late
Drink offers with our neighbours from PICA Bar
Art activities
Chalkroom | Free
Created by pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom is a virtual reality experience unlike any other.
 

 

Bunny | Pica

Exploring the relational politics in spectatorship.

  • Dates:31 March 1, 3 & 4 April
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Dance,Theatre

Description

In order to unravel shared lines of connection, to suspend tension and to unleash collective desires, Kok and George look to macrame´, sailors’ knots, Chinese knots and rope bondage to weave together an interactive experience of collectivity. “Bunny” is a nickname given to the person being tied in rope bondage. In this work, we ask ourselves this question: What if everyone (in the theatre) is a Bunny?

 

Emma Horvát & Ómra Caoimhe

Horvat and Caoimhe seeks to push the boundaries of practice within photography.

  • Dates:4 February – 19 April 2020
  • Time(s):Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:PICA, 51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts,Photography,Sculpture

Description

Since 2016 Emma Horvat and Omra Caoimhe have worked with concepts of time, archetypal history and relational experience. Collaboratively and individually, the artists deconstruct and re-contextualise objects and photographic material. A poignant part of Horvat and Caoimhe’s work departs from both artists’ singular dynamic relationships with trauma and care. Together the artist’s conceptualise their individual and collective stories of identity into a social and contemporary dialogue.

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.

Linguistics Hardcore: Adventures In Art Writing

Join the inaugural Perth Festival Visual Arts Writing Group for a discussion around what ‘art writing’ is and what it can offer to various audiences.

  • Dates:Mar 14th, 2020
  • Time(s):2pm – 3.30pm
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:PICA, 51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

Titled as an homage to the inaugural issue Maria Fusco’s journal of experimental artists’ writing, The Happy Hypocrite, this panel discussion explores the relationship between language and the art experience.

The Visual Art Writing Group will talk through their different experiences across the Festival’s Visual Arts program, and opinions and learnings about the act and place of writing.

The session will be facilitated by convenor Kelly Fliedner, and questions will be welcomed from the audience.

Tie Massage + Show Room | Performance Workshop

Expression of Interest for performance workshop with the artists behind "bunny".

  • Dates:Apr 6th - 9th 2020
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Venue Address:PICA, 51 James St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Performing Arts
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

PICA and Strut Dance are seeking EOIs from artists to participate in a 4-day performance workshop with artists Luke George and Daniel Kok.

Luke George and Daniel Kok will be visiting Perth to present their work, Bunny from 31 March – 4 April.

Following the season, from 6th – 9th of April they will present a workshop, Tie Massage (Workshop), which culminates in a public performance of Show Room (Performance) on Thursday the 9th on April from 6pm - 8pm.

This is a professional development opportunity for artists working across dance, live-art and installation. This workshop is suitable for anyone with a curiosity in interacting with others and audiences and exploring the dynamics of care, consent, trust, empathy and pleasure in live performance contexts.

This is a rare opportunity to connect with two established experimental performance makers with a particular focus on queer and relational practice.

Limited places are available and participants will be selected through an expression of interest process. Successful applicants will receive a $400 stipend.

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