A guided tour brings the Gallery to life

At AGWA, we’re lucky to have passionate Voluntary Gallery Guides who are dedicated to bringing the Gallery’s amazing and varied Collection to life through free guided tours.

There is nothing like a personal interaction to spark the imagination. Whether you’re a seasoned artistic traveller or apprentice explorer, our Voluntary Gallery Guides, or Guru Guides as we like to think of them, offer that extra insight and revealing glimpse into the artwork, the era and the artist.

AGWA’s Guru Guides are at the heart of delivering AGWA’s artistic manifesto to see things differently. You can choose from a program of guided tours that run from short Art Snacks (lunch time tours) to longer thematic explorations of special exhibitions, as well as delving into key areas of the State Art Collection, such as Indigenous and Western Australian art.

Guru Guides 40th Anniversary Celebration

Our Guru Guides recently celebrated their 40th anniversary (1977-2017). There are 68 active guides who regularly present tours. Each new guide is trained for two years before they join the guided tour program that you can enjoy today. In October 2017, the Guides launched a publication and video celebrating this milestone.

PDF logo AGWA Gallery Guides 40th Anniversary Book pdf - You will need Adobe PDF on your PC to view the publication.

 

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AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides
                                                                                                                                                      are generously supported by the
                                                                                                                                                 Art Gallery of WA’s Principal Partner

A GUIDED TOUR BRINGS THE GALLERY TO LIFE

WESFARMERS ARTS GURU GUIDED TOURS   

Take your pick from a range of tours that each provide a different way into the Collection and exhibitions on display.

Mondays

11am-12pm

WA UNLIMITED

The unique story of Western Australian art

Join this tour with one of your guides to discover the unique story of Western Australian art

Mondays

1-2pm

AGWA SIX SEASONS

Matters of the heart in Indigenous art

This tour includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to 'Country' – a word Aboriginal people use to describe the lands and places in Australia to which they have traditional ties.

Wednesdays
12.30-1pm

&

Thursdays

12-12.30pm

Art Snacks

What’s new at AGWA
Spend your lunchbreak with one of our Voluntary Gallery Guides and discover something new – new artworks, new ideas or a new way of looking at the world.

Wednesdays
1-2pm

AGWA Contemporary

Contemporary encounters await

Explore the expanding field of ideas and materials that artists have been working with from the 1970’s to the present.

Thursdays
11am-12pm


AGWA MODERN 1920-1969

Australian Modernism and its influences

This guided tour takes a look at the turbulent transition period of modern art telling a fascinating story of European and Australian art and the people who made it.

Thursdays

1-2pm

AGWA HISTORICAL

Representing the Australian landscape

Explore AGWA's early works in the Collection including the iconic painting Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.

Saturdays

11am-12pm

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Sundays

11am-12pm

&

1-2pm

AGWA The Collection

Australian Identity
Discover the different ways artists depict experiences of Australia and view works that represent the personal, group and cultural experiences that make up who we are today.

ARTBubs | Ticketed

Parents with bubs, get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of AGWA’s Guru Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room. Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome! Baby change facilities available.


THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

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Niki de Saint Phalle Black Beauty (Nana Series) 1968

     

Special Subjects

   
     

ned kelly guided Tours

   

Join a tour of the acclaimed Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly series to find out about the rebel in our Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders series of exhibitions.

11am-12pm, Wednesdays

1-2pm, Fridays & Saturdays

Read more about the Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders exhibition series here.

 
Sidney Nolan Burning at Glenrowan 1946 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 - 1947
     


Private Guided Tours

AGWA’s Guru Guides are also available for private tours for small groups.

These can be tailored specifically to your interests and level of art knowledge.

Bookings essential.We do require more time for these tours, a minimum of four weeks’ notice is required

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Please note:
1. Advertised tours and talks may be subject to change without prior notice. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
2. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. Priority will be given to visitors who have booked online.
3. The Gallery is closed Tuesdays.
4. Please note that recording of tours and activities is not permitted.

 

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