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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.

Finding PICA

PICA is located in the Perth Cultural Centre – also home to WA Museum Boola Bardip, The State Library of Western Australia, The 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.

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Kin - Alex Martinis Roe

Confronting the history of women's and gay liberation across Australian history, Alex Martinis Roe's presentation explores feminist genealogies via participant observation, oral history and research.

  • Dates:Oct 22 - Jan 9
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Historical,Sculpture,Video
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

Alex Martinis Roe sets out to explore feminist, lesbian and queer kinship structures via a non-linear genealogy of the artist’s own kin. Alex Martinis Roe explores feminist genealogies and seeks to foster specific and productive relationships between different generations as a way of participating in the construction of feminist histories and futures. This involves developing research and storytelling methodologies that employ non-linear understandings of time, respond to the specific practices of different communities, experiment with the set-up of discursive encounters and imagine how these entanglements can inform new political practices. 

Sky Cave - Amy Perejuan-Capone

Offering an immersive experience, Amy Perejuan-Capone excavates and displays her family archives in aviation to examine the complexity of generational dynamics in relation to place.

  • Dates:Oct 22 - Jan 9
  • Venue:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community
  • Art Exhibitions:Historical,Sculpture,Video
  • Other:History
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

Conceived for the central gallery space at PICA, Amy Perejuan-Capone presents a new body of work including sculpture, video and installation, using the dramatic height of the gallery for the presentation of historical hang gliders. Perejuan-Capone‘s practice is underpinned by an enquiry into the systems of exchange that are present through the acquisition and application of craft. Across broad mediums including ceramics, textiles and metalworks, she seeks to understand objects, materials and the networks of social and cultural agency held within them. Present in her work, which often take form as large scale sculptural installations, are the interconnected systems of environment, production, labour and personal and social histories.