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2018 Media Releases:


Andrew Nicholls takes us on a very different Grand Tour, as he restages encounters with the sites and masterpieces of Italian culture

14 November 2018

Andrew Nicholls’ WA Now solo exhibition will showcase his recent Hyperkulturemia series. The major focus of his practice for over the past five years, Hyperkulturemia is the outcome of a series of residencies in Italy between 2014-2017.

These residencies were an opportunity for Nicholls to engage with various sites associated with the 18th century Grand Tour, a rite-of-passage that saw young, aristocratic men complete their education by journeys to Italy to view the remains of classical antiquity and the masterpieces of the Renaissance.

Gallery's media release


New work from Mangkaja Arts announced as second commission in AGWA's

Desert River Sea exhibition

8 November 2018

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley opens as part of the Perth Festival on 9 February 2019.

Following AGWA's recent announcement of Daniel Walbidi's striking new commission Wirnpa (2016-2019), the Gallery revealed a collection of works by Mangkaja Arts artists as the second of eight commissions to feature in the exhibition Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley.

The works from Mangkaja Arts focus on station stories from artists' personal and collective memories. Diverse in medium, the collection features painted animal hides, bush-dyed textiles and repurposed ready-made objects.

Gallery's media release


A landmark Kimberley exhibition to launch AGWA's 2019 program

23 October 2018

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley opens as part of the Perth Festival on 9 February 2019.

A striking new work from renowned artist Daniel Walbidi has been revealed as the first of eight commissions created as part of the Art Gallery of WA's expansive Aboriginal art exhibition Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley. Walbidi’s work will form part of this significant and wide-ranging exposition of Kimberley art, presented as part of the Perth Festival from 9 February 2019.

Daniel Walbidi, from the north-western Australian coast, is among a group of prominent artists who have emerged from this Kimberley region in the last ten years. His work for Desert River Sea is a departure in medium for the artist primarily known for his paintings of desert country. Wirnpa is an evocative installation and video work depicting a large-scale representation of Wirnpa – a salt lake in his ancestral Country in the Great Sandy Desert.

Gallery's media release


Highly respected Western Australian new Art Gallery board chairperson

18 September 2018

• Janet Holmes á Court new chairperson of the Art Gallery of Western Australia
• Strong passion for the arts and success in business will be of great advantage

One of the State’s most influential and respected businesswomen has been named as the new chairperson of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Minister's media release


Beyond Bling!

Art Gallery of WA celebrates adornment with provocative new jewellery show including Collection treasures and guest collector displays from the likes of the King of Bling

12 September 2018

New AGWA Culture Juice exhibit spotlights body art.

Following on from the success of Sneakerheads and Health Ledger: A Life in Pictures, AGWA launches another street-smart Culture Juice show – this time celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment – Beyond Bling! In the week in which WA’s Goldfields has produced two of the biggest gold specimens in recorded history it’s a suitable time to examine WA’s unique legacy of ‘bling’ in a global context.

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the WA State Art Collection, from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the AGWA vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle and elegant, the show aims to change how visitors think about what jewellery is and can be.

Gallery's media release


SymbioticA artists Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr explore the intersections of science

and art in Biomess

27 August 2018

Ground-breaking science or art? Including strange, bewildering, rarely seen and just maybe new organisms, this exhibition defies categorisation.

Opening at AGWA on Saturday 8 September, WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr) is a radical experiment in live culture. Presented by The Tissue Culture & Art Project of SymbioticA.

The laboratory, art gallery and luxury retail design come together in a unique and radical exhibit opening at AGWA on 8 September. Biomess promises an exhibit at the cutting edge of living art, including the strange, beautiful and bewildering. The show includes rarely seen – and maybe new – organisms.

Gallery's media release


2018 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture Finalists Announced

20 August 2018

The finalists’ works will be on display at AGWA from 27 Oct through 26 Nov 2018

40 finalists from across Australia have been chosen from over 500 artists who entered this year's prestigious prize, the second largest total since ARTrinsic Inc conceived the event 12 years ago.

Amongst this year's finalists 25% were Western Australian artists, 38% were from VIC, 28% from NSW, with the remaining 9% from SA and TAS.

Gallery's media release


Act Belong Commit People's Choice Winner

12 July 2018

Cultural similarities cross oceans in this year's Perspectives public favourite

Michaela Savage has been awarded the 2017 Year 12 Perspectives Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award for her work Inheritance 2017.

Gallery's media release


Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders make their way to AGWA

4 July 2018

AGWA celebrates free-thinkers, boundary-pushers and ground-breakers in the second half of 2018 through three contrasting exhibitions

First up, is Sidney Nolan's rebel masterpiece series Ned Kelly. Themes of identity, individuality, and a strong sense of place, have cemented this series within the Australian national psyche.

Following on from this iconic portrayal of rebel Kelly is spaced 3: north by southeast. This exhibition displays the resulting works developed by pathfinder artists from Nordic countries and Australia during their ventures into new landscapes and unfamiliar terrain.

Opening in September, Biomess is a radical experiment in live culture. Presented by The Tissue Culture & Art Project of SymbioticA, these are artists working on the cutting edge of living art.

Gallery's media release


AGWA says addio to the popular Corsini Collection

14 June 2018

AGWA's current international exhibition, A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence, closes this Monday 18 June after a successful and popular showing at the Gallery. Drawn from the private art collection of the eminent Corsini family, the exhibition featuring paintings from Italian artists such as Botticelli, Pontormo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio has inspired tens of thousands of Western Australians, exceeding the exhibition's visitation target.

Gallery's media release


Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC – 1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection

28 May 2018

The seventy-six objects that will be on display at AGWA will comprise a selection from the extensive collection of Chinese ceramics belonging to Albert Yuen, a Perth-based Hong Kong native with a longstanding passion and knowledge for this particular aspect of Chinese art.

Gallery's media release



21 May 2018

AGWA Board Chair, Sam Walsh AO and AGWA Director, Dr Stefano Carboni are delighted to announce Mr Warwick Hemsley as the new Chair of the AGWA Foundation. The AGWA Foundation was established in 1989 as the fundraising arm of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and in recent years it has accounted for more than 80% of all acquisitions to the State Art Collection.

Gallery's media release


Art Gallery of WA AGWA issued the following statement in response to the 17 May 2018 report on the Management of the State Art Collection issued by the Office of the Auditor General

18 May 2018


The Art Gallery of Western Australia accepts the general findings of the report undertaken by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) regarding the management of the State Art Collection and endeavours to take further action to tackle issues such as addressing the conservation backlog and perfecting record keeping. AGWA has long acknowledged that storage capacity for works of art not on public display is inadequate and is working with Government on a plan for offsite storage to address this issue. In terms of visitation, there was indeed a decline after the end of the visiting MoMA Series but audiences have recently improved in response to changed programming, rebranding and more effective marketing to the point that AGWA is enjoying its best year since the MoMA Series.

Chair of the AGWA Board Sam Walsh commented: “We are serious about improving access to our collection in the run up to the 125th anniversary of the Gallery in 2020 and we are looking at several options to increase exposure in the Gallery, including the proposed rooftop development, and also to increase online visibility of the $300M collection. We are in discussions with Art on the Move and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) to establishing a new approach to tour State Collection works in the near future.”


Pyrotechnic puffer fish provides second Tom Malone Prize for artist Tom Moore

4 April 2018

At last night’s AGWA Foundation ceremony, held at the State Art Gallery, the winner of the 2018 Tom Malone Prize, Tom Moore, was awarded this year’s honour for his work Pyrotechnic puffer fish.

The judges commented:
"Tom Moore is arguably the country’s most consistently humourous and out-there glass artist. His practice moves across installation in locations as diverse as galleries and gardens, and also includes output in drawing and animated video. Over the years, he has given Australian and international audiences access to new creatures in glass as he has been responsible for the evolution of countless strange types of hybrid species. And now we have his Pyrotechnic puffer fish. It is a remarkable breed that comes into being via a gamut of historical Italian references to the famed properties of glass that would shatter if touched with poison and more modern and contemporary surrealism. We love it for its detail, its evidence of glass mastery, its straight-faced hilarity, dazzling technical spirit, and, above all, for seeming to come straight out of a dream as most of Tom’s creatures do. It really is like nothing we have seen before. Tom won the Tom Malone Prize in 2013. He is now, therefore, the fourth of the double winners of the Prize, joining Cobi Cockburn, Jessica Loughlin and Clare Belfrage in this position. With this award he is part of a truly elite group of Australian artists excelling in this most demanding of mediums."

Gallery's media release

AGWA's annual celebration of glass art

8 March 2018

Now in its sixteenth 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 and the winner artist is awarded a prize of $15,000. This year, and for the next four years, the Prize is supported by Art Gallery of Western Australian Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood.

Gallery's media release

Year 12 Perspectives 2017

7 March 2018

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 2018, fifty-five works from students across Western Australia will be displayed at the Gallery.

Gallery's media release

The Corsini Collection arrives in Perth with a Florentine Festival Day

14 February 2018

Florentine Festival Day: Saturday 24 February | Free & ticketed
Exhibition: 24 February – 18 June 2018 | Ticketed

The only Australian showing of A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence will open at the Art Gallery of WA on Saturday 24 February 2018 with a Florentine Festival Day. Experience Italian life with an opening day celebration featuring Florentine and Italian history, Italian food and wine, art-making activities and special performances.

Gallery's media release

WA Now - Julie Dowling - Babanyu (Friends for life)

31 January 2018

The personal, political and familial weave a complex portrait of First Nation artist Julie Dowling

The first WA Now display for 2018 explores the various pictorial techniques that First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, has used for more than twenty years to movingly bring together the personal, the political and the familial.

Babanyu (Friends for life) takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when Julie Dowling emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

Gallery's media release










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