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2018 Media Releases:


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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