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MEDIA

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

Email: tanya.sticca@artgallery.wa.gov.au

2018 Media Releases:

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

 

NEW CHAIR FOR AGWA FOUNDATION

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 www.audit.wa.gov.au

18 May 2018

 

STATEMENT
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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