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



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




Wednesdays 12-2.30pm

Art Snacks

Nothing but good feelings

Take some time out and join us for 30 mins of art to put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face!



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.






Representing the Australian landscape

Discover AGWA’s hidden gallery space and explore the early works featuring landscapes in the Collection such as the iconic Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.

Note - there is no tour on Wed 25 & Sat 28 July



Friday 6 & 20 July, 1-2pm


The unique story of Western Australian art

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




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.




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.





AGWA The Collection

New discoveries, old favourites

A tour full of surprises, new discoveries and the chance to rediscover treasured works, making it a different experience every time you visit.

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.


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Niki de Saint Phalle Black Beauty (Nana Series) 1968


Special Subjects


Chinese CeramicS REVEALED


Guided Tours | FREE

Look closely at Chinese ceramic works, some nearly 600 year’s old. From elegant and understated to flamboyant and figurative, some were placed in tombs or in wealthy homes for decorative enjoyment and some were functional objects, but all of them are a testimony to one of the most accomplished continuous artistic creations the world has ever seen.

1-2pm, Mon 2, 9, 16 & 23 Jul
1-2pm, Thu 5 Jul
11am-12pm, Thu 12 Jul
1pm-2pm, Fri 13 & 27 Jul
11am-12pm, Sat 14 Jul
1-2pm, Sat 28 Jul
1-2pm, Sun 1 Jul


Unknown (China) Qing Chenlung Red glaze Famille Rose vases with white cranes (a pair)

Specialised Guided Tours

Sensational Art tours

Free Touch Tours for visitors who are vision impaired.
Join one of our trained Voluntary Gallery Guides for your customised tour of selected three dimensional works from the State Art Collection.

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

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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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