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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.

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.

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xhe (online)

xhe is not a he, not a she, not an it. Pronounced ‘zhee’ or like ‘j’y’ in French, xhe is the pronoun for the possible, the queer or the multiple, a figure that moves between a Square and an Octopus.

  • Dates:Saturday 15 August
  • Time(s):5pm - 10pm

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA & Dance Nucleus
  • Venue Address:51 James Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:Pay what you want
  • Ticket Price FROM:Pay what you want
  • Type:For Kids,Free,Performing Arts
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Performing Arts:Dance

Description

How do we share a touch despite its impossibility now?

xhe is not a he, not a she, not an it. Pronounced ‘zhee’ or like ‘j’y’ in French, xhe is the pronoun for the possible, the queer or the multiple, a figure that moves between a Square and an Octopus. In Daniel Kok’s and Miho Shimizu’s performance work xhe, a singular body is already an expression of multiplicity, and One is always Other and Many. This durational performance is a choreographic bricolage of different forms – installation art, dance, music, film – bringing different artists and audiences together in search for this elusive figure.

In light of COVID-19, Daniel Kok and his team are in residence at Dance Nucleus in Singapore to translate this performance work, for which liveness is a crucial ingredient, into a digital version for online engagement. Recognising the participatory nature of the original work and the current question of physical distance, xhe (online) reflects on what is lost or gained with the ubiquity of telecommuting in our lives today, attempts to transcend the limitations of the computer screen and revive a sense of social proximity. As we spend time together, we hope to summon, to discover, to receive, even to become xhe.

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020

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:Jul 10 - Oct 18
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Venue Address:51 James St, Perth, 6000
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Art Exhibitions: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.

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