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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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2021 Summer Exhibitions Opening

Welcome the opening of PICA's summer exhibitions alongside Cassie Lynch’s reflections upon our recent experiences, along with readings from Nyoongar poets Cyndy Moody and Daniel Hansen.

  • Dates:Feb 7
  • Time(s):From 3.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

the gathering brings together the voices of First Nations artists from Australia, Maori artists from Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australian South Sea Islander artists. Curated by Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, the gathering is an invitation for audiences to reconsider histories, our new realities and our shared humanity, at a time when the world is united in so many ways, but increasingly divided by others. SONGS from Patrick William Carter is an evocative survey of Noongar artist and performer Patrick Carter’s artistic practice, tracking explorations in narrative, gesture and dance and the development of significant collaborations with filmmakers and musicians.

PICA: The Gathering

A reflection upon the act of gathering – of bringing together of peoples, words, politics, objects, images, identities, histories, dreams and concerns.

  • Dates:Feb 9 - Apr 18
  • Venue:PICA Galleries
  • Time(s):10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Video
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Free

Description

In the here and now, First Peoples and People of Colour find themselves simultaneously navigating a global health crisis and a historic moment of global awareness of systemic racism and the continued oppression of communities based on race and colour. For many, this is the moment to gather, to make collective voices heard, to be highly visible, to show resilience and resistance. For First Peoples, the act of coming together is integral to individual and collective selfhood. In gathering, the very fabric of our identities is formed, our place in the world is determined and decisions around our futures are forged. Recent times have reminded us how important contact with each other is to our wellbeing while asking us to rethink the ways that we gather and share time and space. While ‘the gathering’ does not seek to document the pandemic, or the uprising of the anti-racism movement globally, it is a response to these events.

Whale Fall

This deeply personal and poetic story is a slow burning family drama about second chances and unconditional love.

  • Dates:Feb 17 - 27
  • Time(s):Evening Shows: 7:30pm Matinée: 2:00pm
  • Venue:PICA Performance Space
  • Festivals:Perth Festival

Details

  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Event Venue:PICA
  • Produced By:Perth Festival,PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Description

Written by Ian Sinclair
Produced by The Kabuki Drop
Commissioned by PICA and co-presented with Perth Festival


WORLD PREMIERE

Submerge yourself in a poetic reimagining of the classic Australian seaside drama for our cataclysmic times.

Nadine returns to her beachside home, and the family she abandoned, to reconnect with her daughter. Now oceans apart, she must navigate her ex-husband’s anger at her departure and learn to accept and support her now son Caleb, with his desire to begin medically affirming his gender.

A deeply personal and poetic story, Whale Fall is a slow-burning family drama about second chances and unconditional love, charting transition across generations, family dynamics, the human body and our ecological future.

Central to the work is the story of a dying whale as it slowly descends to the seafloor and forms a new biodiverse ecosystem known as a ‘whale fall’.

Inspired by environmental writer Rebecca Giggs’ essay of the same name, Whale Fall features rich visual language, intimate performances, and immersive design to conjure the familiarity of the Australian coast. Created by an exceptional team of WA theatre-makers, this new work brings together people from different backgrounds that identify with and support the trans, gender diverse and queer communities.

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

The Kabuki Drop is an emergent, multiplatform arts company creating work within a variety of spaces and across art forms. They are storytellers who reinterpret theatre forms and present ideas and aesthetics for adventurous audiences. They play with and within their environments, championing artists who create immersive experiences that provoke thought, challenge norms, and encourage conversation. Formed by Melissa Cantwell in 2017, the company has presented The Average Joe (Fringeworld, 2017); Blink (Commissioned by The City of Perth Winter Arts Festival, 2017); Slap and Tickle (Fringeworld, 2018; Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019) and The Elders Project (Fremantle Festival 2019).

PICA: Love in Bright Landscapes

Love in Bright Landscapes explores the possibilities of contemporary art in contributing to these ongoing stories of identity, purpose, presence and place in the cities of Perth and Los Angeles.

  • Dates:Jul 27 - Oct 10
  • Venue:PICA Galleries

Details

  • Hosted By:PICA
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts
  • Produced By:PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

Love in Bright Landscapes takes its title from the name of a 1986 album by former, now cult, Perth band The Triffids – a group that has contributed much to the city’s narrative of wide open roads, treeless plains and the relentless heat of a long, dry Perth summer. But this evocation of love – and with it the possibilities and pitfalls of infatuation and romanticisation – in a landscape stretched out beneath an expansive bright sky, might equally apply to an understanding of Los Angeles: a city that itself has long been steeped in lore and myth. As such, this exhibition considers Perth and Los Angeles as comparative case studies, bringing together a selection of artworks made in reference to the characters, qualities and topographies of the two west coast cities. Despite their inherent differences – in industry, scale, population, politics, public perception and self-image – and the distinct independent cultures of each city, Perth and Los Angeles share several commonalties: from indigenous and colonial histories to natural resource booms, sprawling suburbia, car culture, blazing sunsets and seamy underbellies.

Songs From Patrick William Carter

A multi-disciplinary exhibition tracking explorations in narrative, gesture, dance, and collaborations with filmmakers and musicians.

  • Dates:Feb 9 - Apr 18
  • Time(s):Open Tuesdays - Sundays: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Venue:PICA Screen Space
  • Festivals:All Festivals,Perth Festival

Details

  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Community
  • Art Exhibitions:Aboriginal,Painting,Video,Other Visual Arts
  • Produced By:Perth Festival,PICA: Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Event Venue:PICA

Description

Presented in association with Perth Festival.

Noongar artist and performer Patrick Carter uses performance, video, sound, and painting to tell his stories. He first worked with The Lost Generation Project in 2007 and 2008, laying the foundations for a multi-disciplinary practice that includes elements of painting, dance, performance, and musical composition. He has developed a distinctive body of digital artworks, short films, and large-scale projects exploring the challenges he faces in life and the relationships between emotion, colour, and movement.

SONGS from Patrick William Carter collects recent works into an evocative survey of Carter’s artistic practice. It tracks explorations in narrative, gesture and dance and the development of significant collaborations with filmmakers and musicians. It also premieres a newly commissioned film in which the element of wind, the colour black and the beat of drums signal powerful acts of transformation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Patrick Carter is a Perth-based artist and performer. He first worked with The Lost Generation Project in 2007 and 2008, laying the foundations for a multi-disciplinary practice that includes elements of painting, dance, performance, and musical composition. His works strongly reference personal memories and experiences of family and explore relationships between emotion, colour, and movement. He has exhibited consistently since 2007, participating in exhibitions at Darlington Arts Festival, Midland Junction Arts Centre, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Fremantle Art Centre, and in Adelaide’s Tarnanthi, an annual celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and a flagship program of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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.