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Tanya Sticca

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Tel:    +618 9492 6692



2017 Media Releases:

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.

Gallery's media release










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