Our overall theme for 2016 was SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY and I trust we have delivered on this ongoing promise. The theme we have chosen for 2017 is RENEW and you’ll see it in the three major innovations which I hope represent an exciting vision and focus for the future.
Home of Indigenous Art
Our major Indigenous project (with the working title Six Seasons) sees the opening of a new permanent Indigenous Gallery in July; our contribution to PIAF – the Indigenous focused Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak; the continuation into the fifth year of the Desert River Sea Kimberley art project and our ambitious plan to digitise the entire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection.
We launch a new contemporary culture strand – Culture Juice – with two major projects. We introduce SNEAKERHEADS a multi-dimensional celebration of sneaker culture, which includes the only non-American presentation of The Rise of Sneaker Culture, directly from the US in May. In November, a special collaboration with the WA Museum is the eagerly awaited Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures.
Renewal of the State Art Collection
In September, we reopen the ground floor galleries after a major reinstallation which will see many works that are new to our audience, and a stronger, more engaging focus on key artists, on WA and the weaving of different stories into the chronological display of the Collection. I am delighted that a new gallery, the Rodgers Gormley Gallery, opens at the very entrance of the main building to house two major new works by Antony Gormley, recently acquired by AGWA.
We continue to broaden our scope including developing plans for a rooftop cinema SkyScreen developed in partnership with Community Cinemas to open later in the year. We’ll have exciting displays and programs in the Imagination Room; even a new artisan urban produce garden, AGWA Botanical; the continuation of our explorative encounters with Guru Guides; artist talks, immersive virtual reality experiences, and AGWA TV. Not to forget the family activities with our popular engagement robot, Aggie!
We are redefining the role of the Gallery here in WA. Come on the journey with us to see things differently.