Media releases




News - 2009


Monday 7 December 2009

CulturalCentreNet is live and free.

The Perth Cultural Centre is undergoing a revitalisation and everyone's invited to enjoy it! A recent completed project work is the launch of CulturalCentreNet - a FREE WiFi internet service provided by EPRA.

CulturalCentreNet covers the space between the Perth city train station and the entertainment hub of Northbridge and is bounded by Roe, Beaufort, Francis and William Streets and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a free service available to everyone there are restrictions on making excessive demands on the limited bandwidth and users will be required to accept the terms and conditions as they connect to the free service.


In order to access the Free WiFi users will need to follow the following steps:

  1. Turn on your Laptop or mobile phone with WiFi access in the Perth Cultural Centre and scans for available wifi access points.
  2. Your laptop/mobile phone will find the CulturalCentreNet and connects.
  3. Once the CulturalCentreNet accepts your connection.
  4. Open a web browser and can navigate your chosen website. If you haven’t logged in to the wifi network before, CulturalCentreNet will redirect you to the WiFi landing page ( where you will need to accept the Terms & Conditions. Any attempt to navigate to any web address without accepting the Terms & Conditions will end up in an automatic redirection back to the WiFi landing page.
  5. To proceed simply click on the 'Agree' button on the WiFi landing page, and you will be logged in to CulturalCentreNet.
  6. From this point on, the user can access any web address via CulturalCentreNet.

More information

Download: Map of CulturalCentreNet Coverage

Website: EPRA - Perth Cultural Centre


Thursday 19 November 2009

Horseshoe Bridge Upgrade

Perth's iconic Horseshoe Bridge on William Street (between Wellington and Roe Streets) is set for a major upgrade.

This important project involves reconstructing the concrete deck of the bridge to waterproof the facilities under the bridge, improve the road surface and to enable the City of Perth to implement two way traffic flows over the bridge following completion of the works.

Commuters and road users are being advised to use alternative routes as the bridge will be closed to all pedestrians and traffic from 30 November 2009 to April 2010, with the intention to have a southbound lane restored during March 2010 prior to full completion of the project.

Transperth buses will be permitted to use the bridge during peak times only but cannot set down passengers on the bridge. Please visit for detailed information on how bus services will be affected by this upgrade.

Intersection modifications

In addition to the closure of the bridge, some minor intersection works are proposed at the following intersections:

  • William Street/Roe Street - Signal and line marking modifications to temporarily divert through traffic east or west up Roe Street.
  • Roe Street/Barrack Street/Wellington Street (commencing 22 November) - Signal, median island and line marking modifications to convert the Barrack Street bridge to two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound and a temporary right turn movement onto Wellington Street. This will help cater for additional diverted traffic entering the city.

Download: Horseshoe Bridge Road Closures Map

Website: Main Roads Website: Horseshoe Bridge Upgrade


Tuesday 11 August 2009

Director's letter to The Editor, The Australian to set the record straight

as yet unpublished

Friday 7 August 2009
I feel compelled to express my disappointment that your review (The Australian, 6/8/09) of The West Australian Indigenous Arts Awards exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia not only incorrectly identified the winning artist, but also contained several other factual errors, which, in fairness not only to the judging panel, the Art Gallery, and the government of Western Australia but especially to the artists concerned I would like to correct.

The main criticism of the awarding process that your reviewer Ted Snell makes in this article centres around his incorrect assertion that Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s work Waradgerie Winnowers (2009) was the winner of the $50,000 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award. The winner of this prize was in fact, Ricardo Idagi for his exceptional series of traditional masks.

The reviewer suggests that the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s choice to include in the Awards exhibition a body of work from each artist “…offers a more intense and rewarding experience” but goes on to say “However, since the main prize has been awarded to a single huge work that snakes and twists over the gallery’s main wall, it seems unlikely that the comprehensive approach will work in the future.” In other words, he agrees with the Gallery’s approach and then criticises the focus of the Awards display because of his incorrect assertion that Lorraine Connelly-Northey was the overall winner.

Furthermore, the review asserts that vibrant works such as those by Daniel Walbidi and Wakartu Cory Surprise could not take out the prize, suggesting that the “…scale and position in the overall hang…” is to blame. However Wakartu Cory Surprise was the winner of the $10,000 Western Australian Artist Award – a fact completely overlooked in the review.

The second last paragraph contains another error. There are ten (not eight) works by Tony Albert in the exhibition and they are not self-portraits. They may represent a self-portrait but are actually images of one of the artist’s relatives.

As the richest Indigenous art prize in Australia, the 2009 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards attracted some exceptional works by some of our most talented Indigenous artists. The quality of the works submitted by the 16 finalists made the work of the judging panel (of which I was a member) an extremely difficult task.

Dr Stefano Carboni
Art Gallery of Western Australia

Read the The Australian's 'Big-picture approach to prize' article on 6 August 2009 and subsequent correction on 7 August 2009


Wednesday 29 July 2009

Gallery announces the winners of the
Year 12 Perpectives 2008 People's Choice Award

This year we gave the members of the public the opportunity to vote for their favourite Western Australian student artist from the Year 12 Perspectives 2008 exhibition. Members of the public could vote at the exhibition or via our online gallery before the closing date of 19 July 2009.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is pleased to announce that the winner of the Year 12 Perspectives 2008 exhibition - People's Choice Award is Zoe Crook, Geraldton Grammar School, WA.

Zoe received the highest number of votes as voted by members of the public. Bella Vista attracted the most number of votes and her other work Mixed Signals was the third most popular piece.

Zoe described how she created her works

Bella Vista

" Through this piece I wanted to re-create that strange atmosphere that accompanies a closing time. Inspired by Leslie Rice, the 2007 Doug Moran Portrait Prize winner, I chose to use black velvet and oils as my medium as it allowed such a beautiful aura to be captured. The figure of Bella Vista works alone in the still quiet, content with his place. I aimed to capture that freshness that the black night holds, blanketing the once"

Mixed Signals

"It is well known that contemporary society has its many pressures, yet it cannot be denied it also has its benefits. Mixed signals is a testament to this, representing the things that are most important to myself yet also the things that can become ultimately distracting and make self discovery all the more complicated. Inspired by a variety of artists including Annette Bezor and U.R Morrison, I felt I should test my abilities and limits as a painter, fortunately resulting in the realistic style of the work."



Zoe Crook - Bella Vista

Zoe Crook

Geraldton Grammar School

Bella Vista


oil on velvet

98 x 175 x 4.5 cm



Zoe Crook - Mixed Signals

Zoe Crook

Geraldton Grammar School

Mixed Signals


oil on canvas

82 x 123 cm


The Art Gallery of Western Australia is also pleased to announce that the Member of the public winner for the People's Choice Award is Ebony Fahey, Perth, WA.

Congratulations to both Zoe and Ebony who will each receive an iPod Nano 16GB valued at $279.

All winners will be notified via mail.


Wednesday 27 May 2009

Art Gallery of Western Australia Survey

A couple of months ago the Gallery engaged the services of Synovate to conduct an independent analysis of the Gallery. Synovate has already conducted focus groups and we are inviting members of the public to participate in an online survey. This survey gives you the opportunity to identify the things that are most important to you about the Gallery, and to also evaluate how well we are delivering on them. The Gallery will then use this information to identify the areas of improvement that will have the biggest impact on our visitor satisfaction.

What will the project involve?

By agreeing to participate in the survey you will be shown a series of statements which you will be asked to rate these statements on a response scale. There will also be a few open-ended questions for you to provide comment on. This survey should take you about 20 minutes to complete.

Prize Draw

As part of our thanks to you for taking the time to participate, the Gallery is offering each person who completes the survey the opportunity to enter the draw to WIN one nights accommodation at Mirvac Hotels & Resorts soon to be opened 5-star Mandurah resort. There are two accommodation prizes to be won. The winners will be contacted by email in week commencing 30 June 2009.

Who should I speak to if I've got questions?

This is an exciting chance for the us to get a holistic perspective on how the Gallery is perceived by our visitors and how satisfied you are. The more people who participate, the more meaningful the results will be.

My sincere thanks for taking the time to assist us with this research.

Dr Stefano Carboni, Director

                          Go to the Survey



Friday 15 May 2009

ARTBAR - a new after dark season of events

Early Bird Booking Opportunity – ARTBAR June - The Basics, ARTBAR July - Wil Anderson

ARTBAR is a new after dark season of events at the Art Gallery of Western Australia where exhibitions, comedy, music and more come together. 

ARTBAR Season One presents four after dark events in June, July, August and September.

Thursday 11 June 2009: Melbourne Indie pop trio The Basics – performing their new single "With this Ship” from their new album featuring Gotye's front man, Wally De Backer.  Supported by local artist Simon Kelly.

Thursday 2 July 2009: Wil Anderson host of “The Gruen Transfer” and “The Glass House” - ONE SHOW ONLY. Supported by Michael Workman, winner of 2009 Raw Comedy Final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Featured Exhibition - THING beware the material world with furniture, lighting, sculpture and photography from across the globe.  All events 6.30 - 9.30pm at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, James St Mall, Perth.

Price: For the first two events are $25 per event or $30 at the door or unless sold out. All events are 18+..

To purchase early bird tickets to The Basics and/or Wil Anderson visit or call 9484 1133 today. Tickets for both shows on sale to the public Monday 18 May 2009.


Keep in touch with what’s on at ARTBAR by visiting for July/August dates, exhibitions, artists and events.


Friday 15 May 2009

Perth Cultural Centre Late Night Opening on 5 June

Join us after hours at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum for a unique opportunity to view two shows: THING beware the material world and Nick Cave: the exhibition. Enjoy evening events and exhibitions in a relaxed atmosphere, and have the opportunity to win some fabulous door prizes.

Extended hours from 5pm to 6:30pm.

City of Perth - Winter Arts Season  

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

is proud to be a partner of the

City of Perth Winter Arts Season


Friday 15 May 2009

Gallery to close on Tuesdays from July 2009

In order to assist with achieving the three per cent efficiency dividend requested by the Government, the Art Gallery of Western Australia Board, at its meeting on 11 March, endorsed a proposal that the Gallery should close one day a week from 1 July 2009. Closure of the Gallery for one day a week will provide half of the three per cent efficiency cuts. This closure is in line with many other cultural institutions overseas such as the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

After careful consideration, Tuesday was chosen as the Gallery’s quietest day and therefore the day which would least inconvenience our audience. This means that we will still be open all weekend and on public holiday Mondays, so there will be no impact on visitors’ enjoyment of the Gallery on long weekends. The first Tuesday on which the Gallery will be shut is 7 July, 2009.

In a time of rapidly escalating costs, it was decided that closing for a day a week was the best way to enable the Gallery to maintain the quality of exhibitions and the accompanying programs. The closure is also beneficial for the working life of the Gallery as its staff will be able to accomplish tasks, such as major artwork installation and collection care, which they cannot currently do while the Gallery is open. In this way, the Gallery can minimise disruption to the public.

Read the Media Release from Culture and the Arts Minister - John Day


Monday 11 May 2009

Gallery to receive 'making a difference award 2009'

The Art Gallery of Western Australia was the only organisation in Western

Australia to be awarded a ‘making a difference award 2009’ by Vision Australia

for our Touch Tours. This award is in recognition of a partnership between the

Art Gallery, Vision Australia and Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated, which

enabled people who are blind or have low vision to participate in an important

aspect of every day life.

Vision Australia delivered customised training to Staff and Voluntary Gallery Guides at the Art Gallery in vision awareness, guiding techniques and audio description.  As a result, they conducted Touch Tours for sight impaired visitors to the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and to Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach.

See Vision Australia website


Friday 8 May 2009

Corps of Commissionaires to be presented to the Queen

One of our most experienced and affable guards, Keith (Nicko) Nicholson has been selected by the Corp of Commissionaires of W.A. to be the Australian

Representative in England for the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the

establishment of the Corps of Commissionaires. During his visit Nick will be

presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second.



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