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sneaker saturday | FREE

10am-5pm, Saturday 13 May

We kick-off The Rise of Sneaker Culture with an open house celebration on Saturday 13 May music, basketball and skateboarding demos. Celeb drop-ins, plus WA collector, Lee Ingram, and AGWA Curator, Robert Cook, will be in the Gallery. And of course, it's your first chance to view the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

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Guru Guided Tours | FREE

2pm, Wednesday – Sunday

Just for kicks, join one of our fab Guru Guides for a short introduction to the world of sneakers.

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Bookings not essential, but priority is given to those who have reserved their place.


Paper Sneakers | FREE

11am-4pm, Wednesday – Monday
Suitable for ages 6 and over

Visit AGWA during the SNEAKERHEADS season in celebration of the international exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture and put together your own custom decorated cardboard sneaker and add it to our display.

Paper Sneakers Activity Space

School Holidays

11am-4pm, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 & Friday 21 April

11am-4pm, Monday 3, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July
Gold coin donation | Suitable for ages 6 and over

Ever wanted to design your own sneaker? Here’s your chance! Our paper sneaker activity steps up a level with special arts and crafts materials provided to bring your designs to life. Join AGWA’s Education Team and create your own custom-decorated cardboard sneaker to add to our display.



10.30am-12pm, 17 May & 19 July

Parents with bubs, get together for a mid-week outing with morning tea.

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7pm-12am, Saturday 20 May

Presented by VOGUE Australia in support of the AGWA Foundation

Get your couture and kicks on for this art extravaganza. Tickets through


Designing Sneakers

2 June – 4 September

Fashion Merchandising students from the Curtin School of Design & Art showcase their innovative design processes for the creation of an iconic Western Australian sneaker. The display is a unique collaboration between Curtin and AGWA to raise the profile of creative practice and process of design in WA.

Watch five of the students revealing their designs through Sneaker TV HERE

Benjamin Bury    Samantha Carbon



11.30am & 2pm, 2 September

Inspired by The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition, Curtin University fashion students have been challenged to present a series of fashion moments in salute to athleisure trend. Visit the gallery to see the students model their outfits.



Get a group together and book a free guided tour. Contact



Guided tours and art workshops are on offer for primary, secondary, tertiary and access education groups. Contact



Check out the Gallery Shop for all things art and sneaker culture, plus say hi to the crew from sneaker retailer Highs and Lows in their pop-up shop.


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