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News - 2012


4 September 2012

Art Gallery of WA and Adrian Fini win ABaF Woodside Better Business Award


Adrian Fini and The Hon John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts. Photo by Bo Wong

Adrian Fini and the Art Gallery of Western Australia Awarded the 2012 Woodside Better Business Award

Last night Adrian Fini and AGWA won the 2012 Australian Business and the Arts (ABaF) Woodside Better Business Award

This award recognises business volunteers or board members who help achieve significant business outcomes for arts and cultural organisations or artists.

The significance of winning this award is an acknowledgement Adrian’s commitment and his long standing relationship with the Gallery which spans 13 years. As a Gallery board member since 2006, Adrian’s expertise and advice with governance, strategic vision planning and the Gallery’s regeneration plans have proved invaluable.

A highlight of Adrian’s support was his achievement as Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation’s TomorrowFund, where his leadership and drive were key to successfully reaching the campaign’s ambitious target of raising $25 million for the acquisition of contemporary art for the State Art Collection.

Chair of the AGWA Board, Fiona Kalaf, in accepting the award, said: “This award is a fitting recognition of Adrian’s tireless commitment to enriching the cultural life of this state, and the important and valued relationship he has with the Gallery.”


31 May 2012

HBF Run for a Reason

On Sunday 27 May, Gallery staff took up the challenge and participated in the HBF Run for a Reason, raising money for the charity Lifeline. We set upon the race in two groups, the 14km runners and the 4km runners / walkers. It was a great morning, particularly for the 14km runners who all managed to run the entire distance!

The 4km participants


The 14km participants


9 May 2012

New York culture hits the streets of Perth this winter

The series was announced on Sunday at a campaign launch where it was revealed that the Art Gallery of WA was behind the mysterious “I NY” advertising that has been seen on the streets of Perth. This creative use of the iconic “I love New York” symbol formed a ‘teaser introduction’ for the Gallery’s main television-led campaign, which aired on Monday.

The campaign is the work of highly awarded creative agency, 303LOWE. The television ad, shot in New York, features New Yorkers going about their daily business with several people wearing the “I Love New York” collateral with the iconic heart missing. Dr Stefano Carboni, Director of AGWA explained that the concept stemmed from the idea of how New Yorkers would feel if MoMA went on tour.

“This idea quite literally pays homage to the enormous pride and value that New Yorkers place in MoMA and their city’s cultural scene. While MoMA visits Perth, New York’s momentary loss is Perth’s gain,” said Stefano.

The MoMA experience at AGWA will offer Australians a rare insight into modern art’s most renowned artists, as well as providing entertaining events including live music, food, luxurious shopping opportunities and the exclusive Manhattan-inspired bar offering a taste of New York, here in Perth.


The Gallery's new TV commercial    


Director, Stefano Carboni presenting the new campaign



2 February 2012

Laneway Festival Access Disruption

Access to the Perth Cultural Centre will be restricted due to the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival which will be taking place on Saturday, 11 February 2012.

The Perth Cultural Centre will be closed to the public from 5.00am Friday, 10 February until 10.00am on Sunday, 12 February 2012. All Cultural Centre venues will operate as normal on Friday and Saturday and are accessible at all times by the general public. Download the access map here

For more information, contact Sunset Events on 9336 2837 or



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