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2015 ASA Lecture series

An enthralling series of lectures covering a wide range of topics designed to entertain and educate from esteemed Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) lecturers presented by the Friends of the Art Gallery of WA. Find out more here.

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Curator’s Tour
WA Focus: Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

WA Focus is a new exhibition space dedicated to displaying the works of Western Australia artists showcasing recent and new works by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium. The space debuts with Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah who have each explored the themes of cultural identity, memory and narrative.

Join AGWA Curator of Contemporary International Art, Robert Cook as he provides an insight into the new exhibition space and the Abdullah brothers’ works.

Date: Sunday July 12
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $15 / Non Member $25
Booking Code: F1508 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Abdul Abdullah Aussie icons (Kylie, Elle and Lleyton) 2013. Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm.

Image courtesy of the artist and Fehily Contemporary.

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Harald Vike Perth roofs (suburban Perth) 1939

New Members Welcome Morning Tea

Friends warmly invite our new members to join the Gallery Guides for a tour entitled Out of the West: works by Western Australian artists in Your Collection. The tour will highlight works from the historical, Indigenous and contemporary displays looking at artworks created by Western Australian artists. Afterwards join Friends for light refreshments. This is a great opportunity to engage with the gallery and meet new Friends.

Date: Sunday 19 July or Wednesday 22 July
Time: 10-11.30am
Where: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge off the AGWA Concourse
Price: Free (Booking essential for catering purposes)
Booking Code: F1523 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Harald Vike Perth roofs (suburban Perth) 1939. Oil on canvas, 44.5 x 54.3 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Purchased with funds from The Carnegie Grant, 1941. © Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1976
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Window series

Studio Visit – George Haynes and Jane Martin (Members + Members’ Guest)

Join Friends as we visit acclaimed artists George Haynes and Jane Martin at their Spearwood studio.
George is widely represented in Australian and overseas collections including the AGWA and the National Gallery. He has received many awards for drawing and painting including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Artsource in 2010. “George’s work offers us a model of genuine beauty. It combines lyricism and drama with a depth of expression that speaks of prodigious technical mastery. An innate understanding of the complexities of colour, tone, form and harmony” (Bela Kotai, 2010).


Jane is a painter of still lifes, portraits, interiors and landscapes. She is widely represented in WA, including the AGWA, and has twice been awarded a Cossack Art Prize. Her most recent works have been inspired by a visit to Europe.

For more information visit:

georgehaynes.com.au
janemartin.com.au

Date: Saturday July 25
Time: 3-5pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $30 / Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: 1509 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - George Haynes Window Series. Gouache, 28cms x 31cms. Image courtesy of the artist.

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John Kalentzis Work in progress 2010

Greek Church Iconography Project

The Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelismos is undertaking the Iconography Project which aims to adorn the walls of the Church with icons, as is traditional for an Orthodox Church. Work began in January of 2010 with an initial estimate that the work would be completed in four years. However, it is taking longer than expected, the focus is not on the speed but instead the quality of the work.


The Friends of the Art Gallery invite members and friends to come and see this magnificent project in situ. The parish priest, Father Emmanuel and the iconographer, Mr John Kalentzis will be present to explain the meaning and process involved in the icons.


Afterwards afternoon tea will be served in the Church hall with scrumptious Greek sweets and cakes.
The church is located at 57 Carr Street, West Perth (corner of Charles Street) and there is on-site parking.

Date: Saturday August 1
Time: 2pm
Where: 57 Carr Street, West Perth
Price: Member $25 / Non Member $35
Booking Code: F1516 at www.trybooking.com CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - John Kalentzis Work in progress 2010 - Iconography project - Greek Orthodox Church of Evangelismos, Perth WA. Acrylic on plaster.

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Stefano Carboni

AGWA Director’s Annual Lecture
The Wonders of Creation and the Singularities of Painting

Join AGWA Director Stefano Carboni as he introduces his new book The Wonders of Creation and the Singularities of Painting which studies the London Qazvini, an early fourteenth-century Arabic manuscript entitled The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existing Things. The manuscript is one of a handful of beautifully illustrated codices produced under the Mongols of Iran, drawing on earlier Mesopotamian painting traditions, North Jaziran-Seljuq elements and Anatolian inspiration. Dr Carboni will discuss the manuscript’s 368 miniature paintings that illustrate the codex, and a partial critical translation of the related Arabic text. Dr Carboni is an international expert on Islamic art and we invite you to join Friends at this special event.

Date: Wednesday 12 August
Time: 6-7.30pm
Where: AGWA theatrette, James Street entrance
Price: Free (Booking essential for catering purposes)
Booking Code: F1510 CLICK HERE to buy online

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…and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish

Curator’s Tour

Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Join AGWA’s new curator of Indigenous art to learn about the fourteen finalists considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding.

Date: Sunday 16 August
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $20 / Non Member $30 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1512 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Recipient of the 2013 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award

Brian Robinson …and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish 2013. Wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell, 200 x 350 x 50 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Brian Robinson, 2013.

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Premium Event - WA Ballet Dance Studio (Members + Members’ Guest)

Friends are delighted to offer a unique visit to The West Australian Ballet to view a rehearsal of the upcoming performance of Coppelia. We will visit the Ballet Company in their amazing studio housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building.


After the rehearsal there will be a brief discussion about the Ballet Company and the history of this charming building and how it was saved from demolition. Members of the Ballet Company - Staff and Dancers have been invited mingle with us during drinks and canapés.

Date: Tuesday 18 August
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Cost: Member $75 / Members’ Guest $85 (includes canapés and champagne)
Booking Code: F1513 CLICK HERE to buy online

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conservator at work

Conservation Laboratory Tour – Members Only

Join this fascinating tour where science and art collide. AGWA conservators protect and maintain the paintings, works on paper and objects that make up the vast body of work in the State Collection. Members of the public rarely have an opportunity to get up close and personal with art works that are under examination and repair, or to hear about the techniques that the conservators use to clean, repair and prevent future damage.


Join Dr Maria Kubik as she reveals some of her practices in the Conservation Lab and see behind the scenes at the gallery.

Group 1: 10-11.30am
(tour 10-11am, morning tea 11am)
Group 2: 11-12.30am
(morning tea 11am, tour 11.30am-12.30pm)

With AGWA’s Dr Maria Kubik, Senior Conservator of Paintings
Date: Thursday 3 September
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $30 (includes morning tea)
Booking Code: F1514 CLICK HERE to buy online

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Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection

Royal Perth Hospital’s art collection is one of the most significant health care collections in Australia. It was formed around the vision of Sir Claude Hotchin OBE, who staunchly believed that the public should have the opportunity to engage with art in their everyday lives, outside the gallery system. The collection contains over 1100 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and wall based sculptural works that are displayed every day, throughout the Wellington Street campus. Among the most recognised pieces that make up the collection are works by Rupert Bunny, Norman Lindsay, Arthur Boyd, Kathleen O’Connor, Albert Namatjira, Charles Blackman, Jeffrey Smart, Howard Taylor, Robert Juniper, Guy Grey-Smith, Rover Thomas, Theo Koning, Ronnie Tjampatjimpa, Julie Dowling and Max Pam. Join Lance Hyde Curator of Artworks for a tour of the collection followed by drinks and canapés.

Date: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: RPH, meeting place to be advised closer to event
Price: Member $30 / Non Member $45
Booking Code: F1524 CLICK HERE to buy online

Royal Perth Hospital logo

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scarlet banksia

Studio Visit – Jan and Gary Zeck (Members + Members’ Guest)

Spring in the Valley!


Join Friends for a visit to Zeckwerkz the Swan Valley studio of Jan and Garry Zeck. Garry is a painter and master clay artist who beautifully combines the two art forms in his large ornately decorated urns. His work is immediately recognisable and extremely engaging, frequently drawing on the Australian landscape for inspiration. His paintings and ceramics are widely collected and his work is represented in State and National galleries.


Jan has been inspired by native flora to design distinctive motifs that she uses in her ceramic pieces and pewter jewellery. Her background in architecture has enabled her to incorporate her designs into larger ceramic panels and metal work pieces.

Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $30 / Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1515 CLICK HERE to buy online

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Ichiryusai (Utagawa) Yoshitoyo, Japan, 1830–1866

Curator’s Tour
Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices is the first major exhibition in Australia which presents the complex artistic &cultural interactions between Europe and Asia from the 16th to 19th century, a period often referred to as the 'Age of Spices'. Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of South Australia the exhibition includes 300 outstanding and rarely-seen works of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, metalware, paintings, prints & textiles from public and private collections. These works of art reveal how the international trade in spices & other exotic commodities inspired dialogue between Asian and European artists.

Join AGWA Curator of Historical Painting, Sculpture and Design, Melissa Harpley for a tour of this special exhibition.

Date: Sunday 18 October
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm includes entry to the exhibition, followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $35 / Non Member $45
Booking Code: F1519 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Ichiryusai (Utagawa) Yoshitoyo, Japan, 1830–1866, On display in West Ryogoku [Nishi ryogoku ni oite kogyo]: Leopard, July 1860, Tokyo, colour woodblock print on paper (nishiki-e), 34.0 x 24.0 cm, d’Auvergne Boxall Bequest Fund 2014, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

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Frederick Garling View from Mount Eliza, 1827

Premium Event
Janet Holmes a Court Collection Visit

Friends are pleased to announce a visit to Janet Holmes à Court Collection followed by a sumptuous lunch. The Holmes à Court Collection is an internationally renowned collection documenting many areas of Australian & Indigenous art with important cultural significance The Collection consists of more than 4,000 registered artworks & holds significant works by Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Lin Onus, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Robert Juniper, Howard Taylor, Brian McKay, Guy Grey-Smith, Margaret Preston, Kathleen O’Connor & many more artists of note. Janet Holmes à Court is sole owner of this eclectic & personal collection which is now called the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. Friends will be shown the Collection by the Curator.

Date: Sunday 25 October
Time: 11.30am – 3pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $75 / Members’ Guest $85
Premium Event is only available to members and their personal guest.
Booking Code: F1517 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Frederick Garling View from Mount Eliza, 1827, watercolour, 15 x 37 cm. Janet Holmes à Court Collection.

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Trevor Vickers Untitled Painting 2011

Studio Visit
Trevor Vickers

We are fortunate indeed to be visiting the studio of one of the most highly regarded and experienced abstract artists currently working in WA. Trevor Vickers has been exhibiting his precise, boldly coloured geometric paintings for almost 50 years primarily in Melbourne and Perth. His work is represented in many major Australian galleries, museums and corporate collections including the National Gallery, AGWA, Wesfarmers and Bankwest. He is currently a member of the recently formed Art Collective WA based in Subiaco.

Date: Saturday 31st October
Time: 3-5pm
Where: RPH, meeting place to be advised closer to event
Price: Member $30 / Non Member $40
Booking Code: F1518 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Trevor Vickers Untitled Painting 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 136.5 cm.

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Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters, c.1870

Premium Event
Erica Persak tour of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Join Curator and Executive Administrator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Erica Persak for a guided tour of the exhibition Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices. This is a rare opportunity to hear Erica Persak discuss a selection of works from the Kerry Stokes Collection which are included in the Treasure Ships exhibition. Afterwards join Friends for a delicious spice inspired lunch.

Date: Wednesday 11 November
Time: 11am followed by lunch
Location: meet in the Manhattan Lounge
Price: Member $60 / Members’ Guest $70 (includes admission to exhibition and a spiced lunch)
Premium Events are only available to members and their personal guest.
Booking Code: F1520 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters, c.1870. Four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper, 67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0 cm. Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth.

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For Joesph

Studio Visit – Leslie Meaney and Jennifer Hopewell

(Members + Members Guest)

Join Friends for a progressive visit to the studios of well-known and respected artists, Lesley Meaney and Jennifer Hopewell. Lesley’s practice is driven by a deep appreciation of the Australian landscape, particularly the intricate detail and pattern found in nature. Her distinctive 2D and 3D works combine painting, textiles, stitching and recycled materials, with her focus shifting between abstract and representational elements. Jennifer is an accomplished landscape colourist who’s work reflects her passion for the Western Australian landscape. She works with mixed mediums employing Chinese brush techniques and calligraphy to translate the Australian landscape onto the canvas.

Date: Sunday 22 November
Time: 2.30-5pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Price: $30 Member/ Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1521 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Lesley Meaney For Joseph by 2013. Acrylic on canvas and Belgian linen, 130cmWx170cmH. Collection Justice Phil McCann.

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Christmas Party - SAVE THE DATE

Date: Sunday 6 December
Time: 5-7.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall
 
 

Booking events

Ticketing:

  • Tickets for any of the Friends events can be purchased by calling the Friends office on
    +61 8 9492 6750 during normal business hours or email: friends@artgallery.wa.gov.au
  • Tickets are limited and subject to availability. Bookings are essential.
  • All tickets will be posted unless booking is received within (7) days of event, in which case tickets can be collected from the Friends office or at the event.

Booking Conditions:

The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists / lecturers and / or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. Ticket holders must comply with the security arrangements for the event and venue.

Cancellations:

Seven (7) full days notice is required to qualify for a refund.


 

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