Past Exhibitions



Celebrating 25 Years of the AGWA Foundation
21 June - 23 November 2014

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation. Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has helped the Gallery purchase over 4,500 works for the State Art Collection. In the last five years, Foundation funds have accounted for 80% of all recent acquisitions. To celebrate this milestone, a showcase of significant works acquired through the Foundation’s vital support is on display at AGWA until 23 November 2014.


Richard Avedon: People

2 August - 17 November 2014

Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten.


Animal Ark

7 June - 19 October 2014

Animals are making themselves at home on the walls of AGWA. From paws and claws to wings and things, Animal Ark features works from the State Art Collection that highlight the many ways in which the animal motif has been used by generations of artists.

A family activity space and art trails will make it a great adventure for the young ones, and the underlying exploration of mythology, symbolism and representation of animals through paintings, sculpture, decorative art and works on paper, will appeal to adults as well.


Guy Grey-Smith: Art As Life

21 March - 14 July 2014

Guy Grey-Smith (1916-1981) was a Western Australian artist whose challenging paintings of the Western Australian landscape secured his position as an artist of national importance in the 1960s and 1970s, and AGWA is delighted to present Guy Grey-Smith: Art as Life, the first full retrospective of the work of this important Western Australian artist since his death.



1 February - 8 June 2014 

Featuring the work of twenty-five Australian and international artists, IMPACT is a selection of recent Gallery acquisitions with a focus on video, video installation and soundscape works, along with recent sculpture, paintings and works on paper. All play out in one form or another various modes of impact, including the physical, psychological, perceptual and the political.

Year 12 Perspectives 2013

26 February - 5 May 2014

The Year 12 Perspectives 2013 Santos People’s Choice Award was awarded to Jessie Lee whose work Khmer Grandmother was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities.


Tom Malone Prize 2014
1 March - 28 April 2014


The winner of the Tom Malone Prize 2014 for contemporary glass artists is Mel Douglas for the work Camber.

The Tom Malone Prize 2014 brings together many of Australia's best glass artists. Featuring the ten artists short-listed for the annual acquisitive award, it includes vessels and large scale sculpture. With a diverse group of work on show, it is clear that glass is a medium of almost endless possibility. It is the perfect vehicle for the short-listed artists’ exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational.


William Kentridge | The Refusal of Time

13 February - 27 April 2014

The most significant international work of art purchased for your State Art CollectionThe Refusal of Time 2012 – was featured in the 2014 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF). This work was presented for the first time in Australia at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) as a partnership with both PIAF and PICA.


Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013

23 August 2013 - 27 January 2014

Sixteen finalists were be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013. The artists who have been invited to participate in the awards exhibition have the opportunity to share in $65,000 in prizes. The awards comprise a group exhibition of outstanding art and three non-acquisitive awards totalling $65,000: the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000; the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000; and the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.


A Private View: Modern Masters from the Kerry Stokes Collection

22 November - 3 March 2014

This focused exhibition showcases works from the Kerry Stokes Collection, one of Australia’s most significant and respected private collections. The works on display are mostly by French artists and date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of great change and experimentation in European art.



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