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Tanya Sticca

Community Relations Co-ordinator, Media

Tel:    +618 9492 6692



2015 Media Releases:

ARTBAR 2015 Line-up Announced

8 June 2015

Combining people, art and live entertainment, ARTBAR presents another exciting season of international and national acts at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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

The Preatures – 20 August
Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton – 15 October
San Cisco – 29 October (outdoor)
Clare Bowditch & The Royal Jelly Dixieland Band – 26 November (outdoor)

Gallery's media release


year 12 perspectives People's Choice Award winner

20 May 2015

The Year 12 Perspectives 2014 People's Choice Award was awarded to Liam Strickland whose work Portrait of the Artist as a Year 12 was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

Liam was awarded with a $500 voucher towards the purchase of art supplies to encourage and support his ongoing creative journey. Liam attended Hale School and the graduating students who study Visual Art at the school will also all receive tickets to attend Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices, opening at the Art Gallery of WA in October. One lucky voter also won a double pass to Treasure Ships for casting their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

Gallery's media release


WA artists celebrated at AGWA

21 April 2015

Launching Wednesday 22 April is AGWA's new series WA Focus, a space dedicated to displaying the diverse work of Western Australian artists. WA Focus will feature projects that showcase and celebrate the diverse voices (contemporary, historical, Indigenous and non-Indigenous) that comprise this State’s vibrant arts scene. The Gallery will work closely with local artists and the WA arts community to present exhibitions that display the depth of the State’s creative talent, through a mix of gender, discipline and experience.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


AGWA Mourns the passing of betty churcher

31 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia expresses its condolences to the family of Betty Churcher who passed away on 31 March, 2015.

Churcher was the Director of AGWA from 1987 to 1990, and her contribution to the Gallery and the Western Australian and national arts community remains significant and inspiring to us all today.

Gallery's expresses its condolences


For Love of Country

12 March 2015

For Love of Country marks the Gallery’s contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign. Drawn from your State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.

Gallery's media release


AGWA’s Voluntary Guides celebrate ten years’ involvement with

Sculpture by the Sea

6 March 2015

This year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach marks a ten year involvement by AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides. The Guides have been active in their support of this significant cultural event from helping in visitor information through to providing tactile tours for the vision-impaired.

Sculpture by the Sea is a highlight on the Perth arts and events calendar and AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides are delighted to be involved again in 2015 and celebrating such an important milestone," said AGWA Guides Co-ordinator Andrea Tenger.

This is the seventh year that Sculpture by the Sea Tactile Tours are available for vision-impaired visitors and their carers. As part of the Gallery’s Sensational Art program, together AGWA and Sculpture by the Sea provide training that allows the Guides to deliver informed and inspiring tours which introduce vision-impaired visitors to new ways of experiencing contemporary sculpture.

Gallery's media release


Tom Malone Prize 2015 winner announced

5 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Cobi Cockburn for the work Close to white.

Now in its thirteenth 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.

Gallery's media release


Youthful perspective takes centre stage

5 March 2015

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.

65 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: AGWA curator Robert Cook; Western Australian artist Teelah George; and from the education sector, visual arts teacher Kate Grayson, representing the Department of Education. Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


AGWA 2015

a new year a new energy

20 February 2015

2015 represents the first year of a new direction for AGWA – driven by a refreshed vision and focus for the future. More will unfold in 2016 and following years, but I am greatly pleased by the first steps that we are undertaking in 2015.

From showcasing local talent to broadening our horizons by presenting the art of Australia alongside that of our international counterparts, to stimulating ideas and encouraging conversations, we strive to provide a hub for visual arts in WA. This unfolds through our diverse exhibitions and displays, which are all supported by a range of public programs, artist talks, panel discussions, education resources, and events such as ARTBAR.

2015 Calendar


Rebirth by Mariko Mori makes its Australian premiere at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

5 February 2015

On Sunday February 8, the Art Gallery of Western Australia opens 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.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


Finalists announced for the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

16 January 2015

The Art Gallery of WA has announced the fourteen finalists who will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. This year's selection panel included Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kimberley Moulton, Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at AGWA.

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