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Art Exhibitions & Galleries in Perth & WA


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Western Australia has a surprisingly vibrant visual arts scene, as evidenced by the 250+ galleries and artists studios listed on our guides. International artists are attracted by the extraordinary colours and varied coastal and inland landscapes, the isolation and the light. While the Pilbara and the Kimberley are home to aboriginal art, Margaret River has become the Ubud of WA, a paradise for painters and lovers of fine art.

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Expressions Of India

This exhibition explores a selection of paintings from the Berndt Museum of Anthropology's Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt Collection.

  • Dates:Jul 11th - Dec 5th, 2020
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Historical,Painting

Description

The artworks featured cut across religion, royalty and everyday life in India from various contexts and social perspectives. By sharing these works with the public, we hope to celebrate our connections to the Indo-Pacific region.

Rise Sound Gallery – Jon Tarry (CANCELLED)

Rise Sound Gallery, this display changes twice a year and consists of sound works from the State Art Collection.

  • Dates:Dec 18 – May 31
  • Time(s):Gallery hours: 10am-5pm Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesdays
  • Venue:The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Details

  • Hosted By:The Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Art Gallery of Western Australia Perth Cultural Centre Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Music:Free,Other Music

Description

Local Artist Jon Tarry’s work Deep Six is part of sonic tour of popular and exclusive WA surfing spots. Interested in the cross-section between sound, video and sculpture, Tarry has turned to investigations of what he has termed ‘spatial power’ in public spaces. Experiences of global encounters—like airports, public squares and the like—are increasingly dominating his practice, but this has also fine-tuned his focus on the local.

Recording sounds at three surfing spots known by the locals and surfing aficionados, Tarry has attempted to bring a semblance of that experience to an audience in a dry, safe building. The locations he is working with are Deep Six, located at Cottesloe, Huzzas, located close to Gracetown in Margaret River, and Mettams Pool at Trigg. Creating computer coding to map an area, as with Mettams Pool for instance, Tarry uses these ‘drawings’ together with the on-site recordings, and digitally and sonically reconstructs the location. He takes us into the surfers’ experience of the spots, but asks: how far from nature are we when we are in nature, and how much in it are we when we are seemingly away from it?

The Lester Prize - 2020 Entries

The Lester Prize is one of the country’s most prestigious portrait prizes. We're on the hunt once again for Australia's most talented artists. Submit your work for the chance to win a part of $75,000.

  • Dates:Apr 11 - Jul 24
  • Venue:Artist entries from across Australia accepted

Details

  • Hosted By:The Lester Inc
  • Ticket Price FROM:$15.00
  • Ticket price TO:$45.00
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Festivals,Free,Talks & Lectures,Well Being,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA,Yagan Square
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Youth

Description

MAIN AWARD | Entries open 11 April — 10 July 2020
YOUTH AWARD | Entries open 11 April — 24 July 2020
Visit www.lesterprize.com to enter online, download our Terms & Conditions and Consent Forms.

Our annual program includes: the Main Exhibition in AGWA’s historic Centenary Galleries; Awards Nights for both Adult and Youth Finalists; guided tours; floor talks, workshops and live demonstrations with Adult Finalists; outdoor art pop up events around the city with the WA Portrait Artists and the Plein Air Painters of Australia; a Youth, Community & Hospital Outdoor Art Exhibition at the Perth Cultural Centre; and digital exhibitions showcased on the Big Screen at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza, Yagan Square and the City of Perth Library.

The Lester Inc is proud to provide Western Australia and the country with the opportunity to engage with the best of the artform in a format that puts both artists and community front-and-centre.

MAIN EXHIBITION | AGWA's Centenary Galleries | 31 Oct — 30 Nov 2020
YOUTH AWARDS & SALON EXHIBITION | Brookfield Place | 2 Nov — 27 Nov 2020

 

Virtual Art Exhibitions Every 3 Weeks

We've gone Virtual to keep supporting Perth Artists! Every three weeks an emerging Perth artist will be showcased on our website, instead of in the beautiful Ellis House Art Gallery.

  • Dates:Apr 17 - Dec 3

Details

  • Venue Address:Online Virtual Exhibition
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Sculpture
  • Hosted By:Ellis House Arts

Description

We've gone Virtual so we can keep supporting Perth Artists.

Following government guidelines, the Ellis House Art Gallery is temporarily closed to the public.

By going virtual, all the amazing artists who have been working so hard on their upcoming art exhibitons, will be able to still exhibit and sell their artworks; they'll just be online now.

Instead of visiting the heritage listed Ellis House, please head to our website and visit a virtual art exhibition. 

With regularly changing exhibitions, art lovers will enjoy the varying styles, discplines and genres of art on display and for sale.

 

2020 Art Exhibitions 

23 Jan-9 Feb Marta Osoba-Buttrose & Mark Domazar, Textiles & Jewellery  

13 Feb-1 Mar Stacy Gardoll, Botanica Paintings

5 Mar-22 Mar Graeme Dixon, Australian Landscapes

26 Mar-12 Apr Bayswater Arts Society, Group Exhibition 

16 Apr-3 May Ericka Baker and Jo Haythornthwaite, Abstract Landscapes

7 May-24 May Ellis House Member’s Exhibition

28 May-14 Jun Rebecca Collett, Palette Knife Mountain-scapes

18 Jun-5 Jul Tuesday Group, Group Exhibition

9 Jul-26 Jul Metro Artist’s Collective, Group Exhibition

30 Jul-16 Aug Ellis House Members’ Exhibition, Group Exhibition

20 Aug-6 Sep Vincent Mulé & Peter Campagna, Australian Landscapes

10 Sep-27 Sep Curtin Uni Group of 12, Group Exhibition

1 Oct-18 Oct Jessica Holliday, Pastel Landscapes

22 Oct-8 Nov Kathryn Stanley-Hart, Anh Trieu, Chris Kennedy, Group Exhibition

12 Nov-29 Nov Bayswater Primary School, Artworks created by children

3 Dec-20 Dec Ellis House Members’ Exhibition, Group Exhibition

 

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Become an Ellis House subscriber and you'll be notified of VIP exhibition openings and receive invitations to special art events.

 

Art Classes Online

In addition, Ellis House hosts art classes to guide new and establised artists in a range of techniques e.g. watercolours, abstract, acyrlics, life drawing. Visit our webiste for class details and to see which classes are now being conducted live online.

I Thought It Would Be Roses...

I thought it would be roses is an exhibition about the experience of womanhood.

  • Dates:May 2 - Jun 7
  • Venue:Heathcote Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross, 6153, Perth
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

Artist Chloe Bartram brings together a group of women to produce a series of love letters upturning patriarchal tradition.

The sexual narratives of young women are typically understood through cliché and fairytale. Bartram subverts this pattern through an involved process of interview, collaboration, and exchange.

Counterpart

Showcasing the work of Katrina Barber, Greg Barr, David Guhl, Rebecca Johnston, and Jane Ryan.

  • Dates:May 2 - Jun 7, 2020
  • Venue:Heathcote Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross, 6153, Perth
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Sculpture

Description

COUNTERPART is an exhibition of leading Western Australian artists who have an intellectual disability. The artists involved represent diverse practices including painting, sculpture, and textile and ceramics. This exhibition is an important opportunity to showcase the excellence of the artists as well as their distinctive perspectives and experienc

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 (POSTPONED)

Works on display in this year’s Hatched feature a broad range of contemporary practice including installations, audio/sound works, photography, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and graffiti.

  • Dates:May 2 - Jul 5
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth, 6000
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Visual Arts:Craft,Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Video,Youth

Description

The work of 24 recent visual arts graduates from every State and Territory will be presented across all of PICA’s gallery spaces from 2 May to 5 July, as part of the 29th Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). For the eleventh consecutive year, the Schenberg Art Fellowship of $50,000, the most significant prize for emerging artists in Australia, will be awarded to one exceptional Hatched artist during the opening night event.

The Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 features arts graduates with an exciting and diverse range of practices rigorously selected from 20 tertiary art schools nationally. Fifty-six students were nominated by their schools and the final selection was made by a panel of artists and arts professionals from around Australia. This year’s panel included: Nathan Beard, Artist; Hannah Presley, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Megan Monte, Director Cement Fondu, Sydney.
 

Ctrl + H (CANCELLED)

Astro Morphs is a collective that uses video art, prints, sculpture, music and costume to reimagine the different strains of nature in which we are immersed.

  • Dates:May 2 - Jun 7
  • Venue:Heathcote Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross, 6153, Perth
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts,Photography,Sculpture

Description

?At Heathcote, Astro Morphs: Ctrl + H takes the form of an experimental combination of narrative, science, high art, and pulp culture. The project’s protagonists, now evolved to the level of polymorphic neonates, surrender themselves to their new environment and bare witness to the life forms that inhabit it.

Polly Ngale & Kathleen Ngale - Bush Plum Dreaming

A stunning and vibrant exhibition of Bush Plum Dreaming Paintings by the Nagale Sisters: Polly and Kathleen presented on the gallery walls and available for viewing online

  • Dates:May 21 - June 25, 2020
  • Time(s):Weekdays 10 AM-3:30 PM , Weekends 12 -3:30 PM

Details

  • Hosted By:Japingka Gallery
  • Venue Address:47 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions,Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting

Description

The sisters Polly Ngale and Kathleen Ngale (Ngal) are amongst the most senior custodians on Utopia homelands. Their shimmering paintings of the Bush Plum Dreaming story give us a sense of the importance of their country, Ahalpere, and the resources and cultural ceremonies that underpin life there. While the artists are aged perhaps in their 80s, the energy and vibrancy of the art suggest that the cultural life that drives their culture is a major source of inspiration and life force for Anmatyerre and Alyawar people.

In their work on the Anwekety Bush Plum Dreaming paintings, the artists depict the bright yellow seeds of the plant and colours associated with the plant and the seasonal colours of the land as the fruit ripens. The painting becomes an image of abundance and fertility of the land and a homage to the tradition of stewardship of Country

Drew Pettifer's A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck Of The Zeewijk

A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk derives from a broader investigation within Drew Pettifer's work to unearth hidden queer histories through archival art practices.

  • Dates:May 23rd - Aug 15th, 2020
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,For seniors
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Historical,Other Visual Arts,Photography,Video

Description

This exhibition focuses on the first recorded moment in (European) queer history in Australia: a sodomy trial following the wreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk in 1727 where two young men were sentenced to death by marooning. Through photographs, video, audio and installation, this exhibition recontextualises social histories to help us rethink our present.

This project has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Here & Now 20

Here & Now 20 focuses on the practice of queer artists in Western Australia.

  • Dates:May 23rd - Aug 15th, 2020
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA

Details

  • Hosted By:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Other Visual Arts

Description

The annual Here & Now exhibition showcases some of the most exciting and innovative work in WA, curated each year by an emerging curator appointed to offer fresh perspective and insight on contemporary art practice.

This year Brent Harrison examines how artists draw on histories and their own lived experiences to create artworks that reflect on what it means to be queer. The artists in Here & Now 20 use their work as a means to problematise binaries, to explore sites of desire and to provide safe spaces for communities. The exhibition aims to dismantle dominant heteronormative narratives by encouraging intergenerational dialogues that highlight the continued resistance of queer culture.

Unladylike Acts: Recent Acquisitions From The Cruthers (POSTPONED)

This exhibition features a suite of recent donations and acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art.

  • Dates:POSTPONED
  • Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Details

  • Hosted By:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:UWA: University of Western Australia
  • Event Venue:Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts:Painting

Description

Women artists' frequently wrestle with the conundrum of being defined as such, as patriarchal expectations associated with that position can be reinforced by attempts at both celebration and critique. This selection of artworks – including works by Bycroft, Rhonda Dick, Tania Ferrier, Kate Just, Brigid Noone and Jenny Watson – variously reject, embrace and wield gendered perspectives, offering a provocative survey of attitudes toward art practice and its politics.

TIWI ISLANDS TO ARNHEM LAND

An exhibition of paintings from Australia's Tiwi Islands and sculptures from Arnhem Land

  • Dates:Jun 6-7; Jun10-14; Jun 17-21; June 24-28
  • Time(s):10am-4pm
  • Venue:Earlywork

Details

  • Hosted By:Artitja Fine Art Gallery
  • Venue Address:330 South Terrace, South Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting,Sculpture

Description

Artitja Fine Art Gallery is delighted to present this pop-up exhibition of paintings expertly selected by Director Anna Kanaris. This will be the gallery's fourth exhibition over the past decade with the Munupi Artists who live in the tiny community of Pirlangimpi on Melville Island, the larger of the two islands (Bathurst being the smaller).

The exhibition will include a sculptural display of Mimih Spirit carvings, pandanus weave dogs and Lorrkon - hollow logs, intricately painted by the artists from the Maningrida Art centre in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

 

Timestamp

Timestamp is an exhibition that considers the human condition through deep-time contexts.

  • Dates:Jun 13th - Jul 19th, 2020
  • Venue:Heathcote Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults
  • Visual Arts:Drawing,Other Visual Arts,Sculpture,Video

Description

Artists Rob Kettels and Larissa Losch present a series of drawings, sculpture, video and installation that questions the classical divide between biology and geology by reconsidering the human as inherently one in the same as the environment, where mineral and organism inform each other.

Larrikins

The project aims to re-articulate the archetypal Australian larrikin as queer, left-wing and feminist.

  • Dates:Jun 13th - Jul 19th, 2020
  • Venue:Heatcote Cultural Precinct

Details

  • Hosted By:Heathcote Cultural Precinct
  • Venue Address:Heathcote Cultural Precinct, 58 Duncraig Rd, Applecross, 6153, Perth
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults
  • Visual Arts:Video

Description

Larrikins is a video artwork by Perth-based performance artist Taylor Reudavey. It critiques the idea of larrikin masculinity through the practice of drag kinging. Larrikins follows the characters of Troy Knightley, Julian Mirage and Gavin “Gav” Stone – all performed by Reudavey in drag.

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