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Tanya Sticca

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Tel:    +618 9492 6692


2017 Media Releases:

2017 Black Swan prize for portraiture

29 November 2017

A strong diversity of styles was showcased in this year’s selection, from photographic realism to abstractionism. Self-portraits and studies of family members sat alongside high-profile subjects including cricketer Nathan Lyon, Academy Award-winning animator Adam Elliot, and performance artist Stelarc.

Gallery's media release


Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art gifted to the Art Gallery of WA

25 October 2017

The prestigious multi-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art was ceremonially presented to the Art Gallery of WA chairman Sam Walsh on 25 October by a party of twenty dignitaries from Australia’s preeminent Buddhist temples led by the Venerable Hui Kuan, visiting from Beijing. 

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Private art collection of a Florentine family to come to Perth

6 September 2017

Western Australians are set to receive a fascinating glimpse into the art and lives of a princely Florentine family when the exhibition A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence opens at the Art Gallery of WA on Saturday 24 February 2018.

Drawn from the private art collection of the eminent Corsini family, the exhibition features paintings from Italian artists such as Botticelli, Pontormo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio.

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Minister's media release


Bill henson

28 August 2017

This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompasses translucent portraits and nudes, lush museum interiors and haunting landscapes, to create an intimate space where the viewer’s imagination can roam.

Gallery's media release


The Rise of Sneaker Culture is a Runaway Success

25 August 2017

The Art Gallery of WA’s fascinating exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, is entering its home stretch. Closing in less than two weeks, the international display has proven to be immensely popular, drawing a crowd of more than 8,000 visitors on its opening weekend. Now, two weeks before it closes, the exhibition has attracted 67,000 visitors.

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Gregory Pryor puts a magnifying glass to the WA landscape

7 August 2017

WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass 2017, which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia. These can be read as meditations upon the residues of country as well as explorations of the role that environmental and cultural loss plays in shaping the landscape.

Gallery's media release


Tom Malone Prize continues in 2018 with the support of AGWA Foundation Benefactor

10 July 2017

AGWA is pleased to announce the continuation of the Tom Malone Prize for Australian glass artists.

The Tom Malone Prize was initiated in 2003 by Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017. The Prize continues through the support of Foundation Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood.

An acquisitive prize, which has increased from $12,000 to $15,000, with the winning work becoming part of the State Art Collection.

Gallery's media release


Matters of the heart in Indigenous art launches AGWA's new Six Seasons Gallery

7 July 2017

The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection.

Opening on 29 July, the first display Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art presents works conveying the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people. Through works such as Mervyn Street’s triptych Bull ride 2015-2016 and Queenie McKenzie’s painting Holy Spirit Corroboree 1995, the exhibition touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to Country.

Gallery's media release


Screen Space returns to AGWA with works by Jesper Just and Richard Bell

29 June 2017

After a brief hiatus to allow for 15th Anniversary display of The Tom Malone Prize, Screen Space returns with the compelling work Sirens of Chrome by Danish-American video artist, Jesper Just.

Following on from Sirens of Chrome in August is Richard Bell's Scratch an Aussie. One of Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia.

Gallery's media release


New artwork commissions as part of the Desert River Sea Indigenous Art project

31 May 2017

Kimberley Aboriginal arts centres are working on new collaborative artworks which will form the heart of an Aboriginal art exhibition to go on display at the Art Gallery of WA in 2018.

These artworks and exhibition will mark the culmination of AGWA’s six-year Desert River Sea project. Artists from eight Kimberley art centres will each submit a collaborative work for the exhibition reflecting the diversity of influences and art practice across the Kimberley.

Gallery's media release


HAL take up residency at AGWA

30 May 2017

Alongside the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture, AGWA are presenting WA sneaker collector displays that pay homage to the passion, knowledge and pride of West-side sneakerheads.

The WA Collector displays, a part of the SNEAKERHEADS season, launched in April with the successful showing of a selection of Lee Ingram's extensive 800 plus collection of sneakers.

Opening this Wednesday will be the next display in the series by local sneaker retailer Highs and Lows / HAL with A Collaborative Collection a Decade of Design.

Gallery's media release


Sneakerheads make tracks to AGWA

15 May 2017

The Art Gallery of WA’s much-anticipated exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, drew big crowds on its opening weekend, with more than 8,000 visiting the Gallery and Sneaker Saturday activations across the Perth Cultural Centre.

The exhibition kicked off with the official opening on Friday evening where 300 sneaker-loving VIPs got their first views of the exalted shoes, after being welcomed by AGWA Director Stefano Carboni, AGWA Board Chair Sam Walsh, and Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman in his first Gallery appearance complete with ruby red Chuck Taylors.

Gallery's media release


Celebrate Sneaker Culture at AGWA

20 April 2017

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.

Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and now heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

Gallery's media release


Marc Leib's work Inner core has been selected as the overall prize winner in this year's national glass award

31 March 2017

The winner of this year's prestigious Tom Malone Prize, AGWA's annual national award for glass art, is Marc Leib from Perth, for his work Inner core 2016.

In Marc's words:
“I was inspired by the Japanese concept Ikigai, ‘a reason for being’. This requires a multitude of complex thoughts, delving into your own psyche, culminating in the realisation of your Ikigai."

Gallery's media release


Sneaker culture celebrated at AGWA

SNEAKERHEADS season launches 5 April

29 March 2017

Culture Juice, the Gallery’s new contemporary culture series, launches with the SNEAKERHEADS season, a multi-dimensional celebration of sneaker culture, to coincide with the exclusive showing of international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

The SNEAKERHEADS season at the Art Gallery of WA lets audiences explore sneaker culture across design, sport, fashion and music... through collaborations with the Curtin University School of Design, the Department of Sport and Recreation, WA Fashion Council, West Australian Music and iconic sneaker retailer Highs and Lows.

Designed to accompany the international exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts (opening 13 May), SNEAKERHEADS kicks off on 5 April with the first of three WA sneaker displays. Local sneaker collector Lee Ingram shares shoes from his celebrated collection of ASICS – the largest private collection in the world. Lee Ingram also joins the Gallery as AGWA's Sneakerhead-in-Residence.

Gallery's media release


Drum lid artwork revealed as the Year 12 Perspectives Act-Belong-Commit People's Choice Award winner

23 March 2017

Lara Sawyer has been awarded the 2016 Year 12 Perspectives Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award for her work The decaying kind 2016. This work, consisting of four portraits, uses the imperfect surface of metal drum lids to reveal the young artist's insight into the challenges facing the agricultural industry.

“My series of rusted and decaying portraits visually represent the diminishing respect from the mainstream towards the agricultural industry in Australia. A once proud industry is now hidden behind layers of false propaganda showing the happy smiles of local farmers in your nearest food market. As a farmer's daughter, I have observed this loss of culture and a lack of empathy from society towards those who deserve our recognition and respect. I aim to communicate our plight and the decay of our kind," Lara says on her work.

Gallery's media release


Diamantes and death masks:

WA Focus 2017 opens with personal and poignant display by Nathan Beard

15 March 2017

The 2017 WA Focus program begins with an exhibition of new and recent work by one of Western Australia’s most talented young artists, Nathan Beard.

Based on an exploration of his Thai-Australian background, Beard’s work bridges the personal and the political. Dealing with the fluid and hybrid nature of family and cultural identities, Beard has an equally hybrid attitude to his art making.

Spanning sculpture, installation, photography and drawing, the works he produces are resonant experiences of selfhood, memory and cultural heritage.

Gallery's media release


Gallery Looks to the Sky for Big Anniversary

14 March 2017

Rooftop and other activations for AGWA in significant cultural and commercial development:

first building development for 25 years promises new dramatic experiences.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) in Perth has announced plans to embark on an exciting development of its expansive unused rooftop for cultural and commercial purposes in time for its 125th anniversary in 2020. The project, dubbed ‘AGWAElevate2020’ will be its first capital development for 25 years since the old Perth court was converted to the ‘Centenary Galleries’ in the Beaufort Street wing. It is planned as a public / private funded partnership.

Gallery's media release


Glass art celebrates 15 year milestone

27 February 2017

Now in its fifteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection.

Since its inception, the Prize has facilitated the entry of significant glass works by winners Gabriella Bisetto, Nick Mount, Jessica Loughlin, Clare Belfrage, Benjamin Sewell, Kevin Gordon, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Deirdre Feeney, Brian Corr, Tom Moore and Mel Douglas into the State Art Collection.

Gallery's media release


Powerful exhibition Plain Speak opens as part of AGWA's Indigenous Project – Six Seasons

15 February 2017

In 2017, the Art Gallery of WA focuses on Indigenous art through its major project Six Seasons (tentatively titled). This multi-tiered program will see the implementation of a new permanent dedicated Indigenous art gallery, the ambitious plan to digitise the entire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection, and the presentation of temporary exhibitions that explore Indigenous art and thematic issues.

Opening on February 25 as part of the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival, Everybody has history – Part One: Plain Speak is the first exhibition under the new Six Seasons project identity, and the first of a three-year series giving voice to personal stories told through visual art.

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