2014 Media Releases:

Summer at AGWA

16 December 2014

Summer is shaping up at AGWA with a strong line-up of contemporary art exhibitions, a stunning display of artefacts recovered and restored from the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, extended opening hours, artist performances and events.

Also making its debut is Screen Space, a permanent display space for the Gallery’s steadily increasing filmic acquisitions. A different work will screen every two months.

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AGWA strengthens connections with Indigenous art and culture in WA

21 November 2014

The Art Gallery of Western Australia was pleased to accept into the State Art Collection a set of fifteen boab nut casts engraved by artists from the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre.

Receiving the gift on AGWA’s behalf was AGWA Board Chair, Fiona Kalaf, who said, “I am delighted to accept this set of engraved boab nut casts on behalf of the Art Gallery of WA and I congratulate Waringarri Arts Centre and Wesfarmers Arts on their successful partnership resulting in the BOAB100 project.

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19 November 2014

In 1943 a number of precious silver and bronze objects dating from the 1700s to early 1900s were hidden from the approaching Nazi armies by a couple of elderly Venetian Jewish religious leaders who never returned from the concentration camps. These valuables, which represent traditional Venetian silversmithing and bronze-casting methods, were forgotten until they were unearthed during the restoration of the Scola Spagnola in the Venetian ghetto a few years ago, and a selection from this collection will shortly go on display at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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Art Gallery of WA launches website to celebrate Indigenous art of the Kimberley

18 November 2014

Following extensive planning, consultation and research the Art Gallery of WA has launched a new website for its Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now project made possible through a $1.8 million, 6-year partnership with Rio Tinto.

This nationally relevant website is a growing online resource that will record and share the visual arts of the Kimberley as part of the most significant Indigenous cultural program undertaken by the Gallery.

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Mariko Mori makes her first Australian solo exhibition with Rebirth at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

6 November 2014

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is excited to announce the first Australian solo exhibition by one of the most important artists of our time, Mariko Mori. Tokyo-born, New York and London-based, Mori’s work resonates with audiences around the world through the exploration of themes such as life, death and rebirth.

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New Board Members Announced for AGWA

29 October 2014

Minister for Culture and the Arts, The Hon John Day, recently announced that Mr Andrew Forrest has been appointed to the Board of the Art Gallery of WA.

Mr Forrest has commenced his two year appointment, which will see him retire from his position as Chair of the Art Gallery Foundation, although he will remain on the Foundation Council.

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Recent photography acquisitions go on display in new AGWA exhibition

17 October 2014

new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which will be on display for the first time – which explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.

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Art Gallery of WA and FTI team up to preserve WA’s Indigenous Art

10 October 2014

Two projects designed to assist Indigenous West Australians preserve and maintain ownership of their culture have joined together to film interviews with leading Indigenous artists from the Kimberley.

The Art Gallery of WA’s (AGWA) Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now is a six-year research program to map current and emerging Kimberley Aboriginal art practices. The program is supported by principal corporate partner Rio Tinto.

The Indigenous Community Stories program, managed by FTI, uses high-definition digital video technology and professional film crews to create and preserve detailed records of the cultural practices and important historical accounts of WA’s Indigenous people. ICS is supported by founding partner ScreenWest and principal partner Rio Tinto.

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ARTBAR - SOngs that made me

10 September 2014

ARTBAR - where music, food, wine and art come together!
Outdoors on the Perth Cultural Centre wetlands stage

An exclusive live show featuring Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam Buckingham performing under the stars in the Perth Cultural Centre to see out the 2014 ARTBAR season.

Songs That Made Me unites four of Australia's finest female singer/songwriters to share stories of their influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs that have sound-tracked their lives. Following a sell-out tour of the East Coast in late 2013, interest and demand has been so great that Katie has revamped the show for another tour in 2014, including the premiere performance in Perth.

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art and fashion collide at agwa

4 September 2014

AGWA and The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) are proud to present Fashionable Photography: when art and fashion collide in an evening of art and entertainment. This is an exclusive opportunity to view the stunning exhibition Richard Avedon People after hours with commentary from TPFF and AGWA guests on the dualism between fashion and photography.

TPFF fashion photographer Christian Blanchard and AGWA Curator of Contemporary International Art Robert Cook, will feature as guest speakers for the event.

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Nominations Now Open Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

18 August 2014

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the breadth, diversity and excellence in art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Nominations close at 5pm (WST) on Tuesday 18 November 2014.

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Australian Design: ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund

14 August 2014

This exhibition pays tribute to the legacy of Peter Fogarty through a collaboration of works from the Peter Fogarty Design Fund. The Fund was initiated in 2004 by Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Governor Dr Tim Jeffery in memory of his late partner, Peter Fogarty.

This exhibition displays all of the objects acquired through the ten years of the Fund. It includes jewellery by Mari Funaki, Cinnamon Lee, Helena Bogucki and Sally Marsland; furniture by Jon Goulder, Khai Liew, Dinosaur Designs, Korban/Flaubert, Penelope Forlano, Tomek Archer and Christopher Robins; ceramics by Kirsten Coehlo and Robin Best; glass by Jasper Dowding; stationery and vessels by DANIEL.EMMA.

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Avedon’s revealing portraits unveiled at AGWA

30 July 2014

Following the successful first look at the Richard Avedon People exhibition at this morning’s media launch the Gallery is gearing up ahead of the official VIP opening tonight. Guests will be treated to an exclusive preview of this stunning photographic showcase before it opens to the public on Saturday 2 August. Richard Avedon People is on display at the Art Gallery of WA until 17 November 2014.

Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). Presenting 80 photographs from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture.

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Silver Anniversary celebrates generosity of western Australians

3 July 2014

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation. To celebrate the anniversary of this vital body, a showcase of significant works acquired through the Foundation is on display until 1 December 2014.

Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has enabled the Gallery to bring more than 4,500 works into the State Art Collection, representing 25% of AGWA’s holdings. In the last 5 years, the Foundation has accounted for 80% of all acquisitions.

The AGWA Foundation was formed by a passionate group of people with a shared vision for a state art collection of national and international significance.

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Richard Avedon People

4 June 2014

Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004).
Presenting 80 photographs from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture.

Known for his exquisitely simple compositions, Avedon’s images express the essence of his subjects in charming and disarming ways. His work is also a catalogue of the who’s who of twentieth-century American culture. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, writers, politicians and counterculture leaders including Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Malcolm X, are presented alongside portraits of the unknown. Always accessible, they convey his profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual.

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Animal Ark

22 May 2014
Animals take over the walls of the Art Gallery of WA when AGWA’s latest exhibition, Animal Ark, opens on 7 June. Drawn from the State Art Collection, this free exhibition explores how generations of artists have incorporated the animal motif in their work and invites people to consider how animals are integral to our lives.


Created for a family audience, over 100 works explore the mythology, symbolism and representation of animals through painting, sculpture, decorative art, video and works on paper by historical, Indigenous and contemporary artists.

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The Santos People’s Choice Award goes to…

30 April 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.

Jessie attended John XXIII College. As part of her prize her school will also receive 30 tickets to visit the exhibition Richard Avedon: People, opening at the Art Gallery of WA on 2 August. One lucky voter also won a $150 AGWA Shop voucher and tickets to Richard Avedon: People simply for casting their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

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GUy Grey-Smith: art as life

7 March 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.

Guy Grey-Smith: Art as Life is the first full retrospective of the work of Grey-Smith since his death. Featuring more than 120 works, the exhibition will focus on recurrent themes and motifs to illustrate his powerful and unique contribution to Australian painting in the post-war period.

Grey-Smith brought a new imaginative power to the depiction of the Western Australian landscape. Focused on painting “directly from nature”, Grey-Smith’s seemingly abstract paintings are in fact deeply felt and considered representations of specific places, many well-known to local audiences. His subjects extend from the oppressive, parched landscapes of the Pilbara to the lush karri forests around Pemberton, and the exhibition will illustrate how his search to create a connection with this subject matter was realised through the increasingly pared back compositions he developed.

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Winner Tom Malone Prize 2014

6 March 2014

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Mel Douglas for the work Camber.

Now in its twelth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. This is reflected in the high quality of the prize winners and the competitive shortlists.

The Tom Malone Prize was established in 2003 as an annual event for Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection.

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13 February 2014

ARTBAR – where music, food, wine and art come together!

Ella Hooper | Thursday 8 May | $42+bf | ONLY PERTH SHOW

The Paper Kites | Thursday 19 June | $45+bf | ONLY PERTH SHOW

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Art through the eyes of our youth

12 February 2014

Year 12 Perspectives is here again and celebrating its twenty-second year. Each year, this highly popular exhibition presents work from some of Western Australia’s talented graduating year 12 visual art students.

This year’s judging panel has selected 56 works of technical excellence and emotional complexity, across a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

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Gallery celebrates launch of IMPACT with extended hours

30 January 2014

Saturday 1 February will see the Art Gallery of Western Australia open IMPACT, its new exhibition of contemporary art acquisitions, and open the Gallery doors until 7pm during February.

Featuring the work of 25 Australian and international artists, IMPACT showcases a selection of recent acquisitions to the State Art Collection with a focus on video works, together with sculpture, paintings and works on paper.

Several ground floor and first floor galleries, home to the Your Collection displays, A Private View: Modern Masters from the Kerry Stokes Collection and IMPACT, will stay open until 7pm. Only the Centenary Gallery will close earlier. Guided tours, pop-up music performances and a chilled rest area will make the Gallery a relaxing space during the sometimes hectic month of Feb.

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Western Australian Indigenous Art Award People’s Choice Winner Revealed

15 January 2014

Brian Robinson from Waiben (Thursday Island), Queensland, has won the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013.

Brian Robinson received the highest number of votes from the public; Ray Ken and Minyawe Miller were awarded second and third place respectively.

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