All media enquiries on exhibitions, events or requests for interviews and images unless otherwise stated should be directed to:

Tanya Sticca

Community Relations Co-ordinator, Media

Tel:    +618 9492 6692



2016 Media Releases:



16 December 2016

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA, and is a barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling.

In 2017, the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition will celebrate its 25th year and the show will also highlight alumni who have become professional practitioners in the visual arts, including video interviews with previous finalists across the years.

Gallery's media release



7 December 2016

Centenary celebration of remarkable textile designer

Helen Grey-Smith enjoyed a long career in Western Australia as a textile designer, painter and maker of collages. The next WA Focus exhibition, celebrates her mid-century textile work – 100 years on from the birth of this remarkable WA artist.

On display are textiles including full-length curtains, Grey-Smith's design for a Perth scarf detailing iconic landmarks, and fabric samples – as well as later works. Presented alongside a number of design objects from WA artists of the same period, the exhibition provides an insight into domestic interiors of the era and an overview of Helen Grey-Smith's practice.

Gallery's media release




23 November 2016

• New Permanent Indigenous Gallery: Six Seasons signals major Indigenous commitment

• New contemporary strand Culture Juice launches with
The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

• Major new acquisitions of entrance sculptures by Sir Antony Gormley

• PIAF collaboration: Everyone has a history exhibition

• Return of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

• RENEW of WA State Art Collection Galleries

Gallery's media release


WA to host world-first Heath Ledger exhibition

12 November 2016

The Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, in conjunction with Heath Ledger's family, will present an exceptional exhibition celebrating the life and work of the Perth-born actor, to open in 2017.

Announcing the much-anticipated exhibition today, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said it would showcase the extraordinary talent of Ledger as an actor, his aspirations as a director and provide a window into his early life growing up in Perth.

Minister's media release


EVERYONE HAS A HISTORY - Part One: Plain Speak

3 November 2016

Plain Speak launches a new annual series at AGWA, Everyone has a history, presenting compelling personal stories told through art.

Exclusive to PIAF, the inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight. Featuring 50 powerfully personal works, presented through a range of media; including video work, paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles.

Gallery's media release


WA artist richly rewarded with anniversary prize

14 October 2016

Fremantle artist Rachel Coad has won the prestigious $50,000 Lester Group Prize for her portrait of artist Waldemar Kolbusz, titled Indian Summer, in the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

The inaugural $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize was awarded to Mark Tweedie, after the 40 finalists voted for their favourite portrait.

Premiere and Minister media statement



11 October 2016

Stefano Carboni wins excellence award

The Art Gallery of WA is proud to announce that its Director, Stefano Carboni, has been awarded the Seventeenth Edition of Italy in the World Award (Premio Italia Nel Mondo) for 2016.

Established in 1994 in New York, the Italy in the World Award seeks to recognise the excellent work of distinguished people of Italian origin who are active in the areas of culture, science, film, art, sports, entrepreneurship and social issues around the world.

Gallery's media release



6 October 2016

AGWA’s major new sculptural installation by US artist Julianne Swartz

Bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia. Harvesting this plentiful sunlight is AGWA’s major new sculptural installation, Blue Sky with Rainbow by US artist Julianne Swartz.

Julianne Swartz is an American artist who uses installation, sound art and sculpture to explore the interface between private and public, inside and outside, individuals and surroundings.

Gallery's media release



22 September 2016

It's time to face up to portraits

Portraits commemorate, transform, reflect, and sometimes distort their subject in endlessly fascinating variety. From the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture to robot tours and new trails, AGWA says this October, it’s time to face up to portraits.

October is Portrait Month at AGWA as the Gallery celebrates the portrait in all its forms, drawing 40 key works from the State Art Collection, with a special focus on the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

Gallery's media release


Artbar driven by Audi

20 September 2016

Hannah Gadsby & Husky see out the 2016 season.

ARTBAR returns to the Gallery this October and November with two live acts from Australian performers who have garnered both national and international attention.

Comedian Hannah Gadsby, along with Melbourne-based folk group Husky, will be gracing the ARTBAR stage later this year with their respective comic wit and captivating vocals.

Gallery's media release

Experience WA through the eyes of the first European explorers and colonists

16 September 2016

The first European explorers and settlers viewed Western Australia and its spectacular coast as an “unknown land”.

Of course, it was no such thing – Aboriginal people had owned the land for thousands of years and were quickly in conflict with the imperialists.

Whatever their motives – colonist, invader, explorer, settler, adventurer – the Europeans were awestruck by the land we now call Western Australia – and the opportunities it presented. This exhibition of the earliest watercolours, paintings and drawings of WA superbly captures images of locations still familiar, but now mostly transformed. These European artists were the first of many generations to be inspired by the landscape of WA.

Gallery's media release



12 September 2016

ArtDine merges two greats: the Art Gallery of WA and its rebooted dining destination Arthouse.

ArtDine “Unknown Land” – 6:30pm, Saturday 17 Sep & 1 Oct
ArtDine Dissenting Voices – 6:30pm, Saturday 24 Sep & 8 Oct
COST: $69+bf

This new dining experience offers visitors the chance to enjoy an after-hours viewing of one of the Gallery’s latest exhibitions followed by a three-course meal at Arthouse.

Gallery's media release



11 August 2016

Aggie, AGWA's engagement robot will be extending her popular role as a tour guide for families by welcoming families of ROBOTS to the Gallery as an exciting part of National Science Week in the Perth Cultural Centre.

'It's all part of showing the links young people make between creativity and technology,' says AGWA's Director of Engagement, Chris Travers.

Gallery's media release



11 August 2016

Finlandisation brings together Juha Tolonen's landscape work from the past four years in Australia and Finland.

Focusing on both his adoptive and ancestral homes, the new series unites the seemingly disparate landscapes of the Swan River hinterland and Lapland. While contrasts exist, Tolonen's new work also displays a surprising continuity.

Gallery's media release



9 August 2016

Dissenting Voices is an exhibition concerned with how artists respond to political events and social issues and how they challenge cultural values.

Selected from historical, Indigenous and contemporary artworks in the State Art Collection, the works in the show explore themes of socio-political engagement, personal and national identity politics and resistance to acts of authoritarian control and aggression.

Gallery's media release



5 August 2016

40 finalists have been chosen from the record number of 484 artists who entered the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.

Amongst this year's finalists were 13 Western Australian artists. There were 8 finalists from NSW, 5 from SA, 10 from VIC, 2 from QLD & 2 from TAS.

The finalists’ works will be on display at AGWA s part of Portraiture Month.

Gallery's media release


Continental Shift

26 July 2016

Continental Shift is the new historical exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on Saturday 30 July. The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the Art Gallery of WA, the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art, and the University of Western Australia.

Fifteen American nineteenth-century landscape paintings are on show alongside Australian works of the same period from the WA State Art Collection.

Gallery's media release



11 July 2016

Unknown Land: Mapping and Imagining Western Australia is the Art Gallery of WA’s summer exhibition giving Western Australians and visitors to WA, the opportunity to view WA through works by early European colonists.

Traversing the west coast of Australia, this exhibition maps WA as seen through the eyes of those arriving from Europe in the early 1800s including professional artists, illustrators, surveyors, and explorers.

Gallery's media release



19 May 2016

AGWA's Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now received a 2016 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) in the Indigenous Project or Keeping Place category at last night's Awards.

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now is a ground-breaking six year visual arts initiative developed by the Art Gallery of Western Australia with the support of Rio Tinto.

Gallery's media release


Big ideas revealed through small spaces

19 May 2016

AGWA unveils new engagement strategy - Guru Robot integral to new Imagination Program

At an exclusive evening "Winter Reveal" event on May 18, AGWA Director Stefano Carboni revealed the next phase of the Art Gallery of WA's evolution which sees the opening of five new spaces –
the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries, Nano Galleries and Rise Sound Gallery, along with two new public areas - the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere.

Gallery's media release


Colour, movement and time
New work by WA artist Rebecca Baumann

9 May 2016

The next presentation of WA Focus features new work by talented young artist Rebecca Baumann who has recently returned to Perth from an artistic residency in Helsinki. While in Finland, Baumann visited Lapland to view the Northern Lights, an experience which influenced her recent work.

"My journey through the arctic circle, both seeing the Northern Lights, but also experiencing the very specific light conditions which exist at that latitude, led me to think about perceptions of light and time. These experiences and ideas are reflected in the collection of works which will be exhibited together at AGWA," said Baumman.

Gallery's media release


Meet the Comic Tragics

6 April 2016

Australian comic artist Tommi Parrish and international artists Ron Regé Jr and Emma Talbot have arrived in Perth, ahead of this weekend's opening of the Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art exhibition. The visiting artists have a full event schedule during their stay, launching with this Thursday's preview and ending with an artist panel talk on Sunday afternoon, hosted by AGWA curator Robert Cook.

Los Angeles-based artist Ron Regé Jr has been invited to create a large-scale mural in one of AGWA's new activity spaces, the Imagination Room, which opens next month. Ron will commence his new work this Saturday. Visitors will be able to watch Ron at work each day until he unveils the finished artwork on Sunday 17 April.

Gallery's media release


Tom Malone Prize winner announced

18 March 2016

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Luminous: Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Gabriella Bisetto for her work Becoming.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists.

This year’s prize was judged by Art Gallery of Western Australia Director, Stefano Carboni; Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Benefactor, Elizabeth Malone; Director of the Jam factory, Brian Parkes; and AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cook.

Gallery's media release


Exploring the inner lives of the great comic artists of today

14 March 2016

Comic Tragics is an international exploration of the inner life of the contemporary comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.

This free exhibition features more than 150 examples of the most moving and compelling comic work being made in the world today from some of the medium’s most exciting practitioners: Gabrielle Bell (US), Stephen Collins (UK), Aisha Franz (Ger), Anders Nilsen (US), Tommi Parrish (AUS), John Porcellino (US), Dash Shaw (US), Emma Talbot (UK) and Ron Rege Jr (US). Many of whom have published works with major comic publishing houses such as Canada’s Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics and Reprodukt.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


Bringing the abstract in to focus

29 February 2016

The next exhibition in the Art Gallery of Western Australia's WA Focus series is a joint display of works by three Western Australian artists known for their long-standing interest in abstract forms.

Trevor Richards, Alex Spremberg and Jurek Wybraniec have created new works across various media including painting, works on paper and sculpture for the WA Focus program. These works borrow from popular culture and the everyday, providing a platform from which the artists refashion physical materials, objects and space into new works that highlight the artists' individual approach to abstraction.

Gallery's media release


Art with a youthful perspective

16 February 2016

The Art Gallery of Western Australia will beat with the pulse of young artists when Year 12 Perspectives opens on 12 March. This highly anticipated annual exhibition provides Perth with its yearly taste of art by some of the 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.

58 works by 57 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: Lisa Bowden, Principal Consultant Visual Arts, School Curriculum and Standards Authority; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Artist; and Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator Projects, AGWA.

Gallery's media release


Luminous artwork on show as part of national glass award

15 February 2016

Now in its fourteenth 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.

This year's prize brings together many of Australia's best glass artists. The display features the work of fourteen artists short-listed for the annual acquisitive award; Ruth Allen, Andrew Baldwin, Gabriella Bisetto, Brian Corr, Mark Eliott and Jack McGrath, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jeremy Lepisto, Jessica Loughlin, Kumiko Nakajima, Kirstie Rea, Janice Vitkovsky, Zoe Woods and Jamie Worsley.

Gallery's media release


Contemporary dance comes to AGWA

1 February 2016

In an innovative cross-arts partnership between the Art Gallery of WA and WA’s newest contemporary dance company, Co3, Gallery visitors will experience their State Art Collection re-interpreted through contemporary dance and collaborative performance.

This new partnership will see Co3 as AGWA's first performance artist in residence for 2016. Over the course of the next two years, Co3 will develop segments of a new work, Reason for Being, which will be performed as one final piece in 2018.

Gallery's media release










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