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



2016 Media Releases:


19 May 2016

AGWA's Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now received a 2016 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) in the Indigenous Project or Keeping Place category at last night's Awards.

Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now is a ground-breaking six year visual arts initiative developed by the Art Gallery of Western Australia with the support of Rio Tinto.

Gallery's media release


Big ideas revealed through small spaces

19 May 2016

AGWA unveils new engagement strategy - Guru Robot integral to new Imagination Program

At an exclusive evening "Winter Reveal" event on May 18, AGWA Director Stefano Carboni revealed the next phase of the Art Gallery of WA's evolution which sees the opening of five new spaces –
the Wesfarmers Micro Galleries, Nano Galleries and Rise Sound Gallery, along with two new public areas - the Imagination Room and the Stratosphere.

Gallery's media release


Colour, movement and time
New work by WA artist Rebecca Baumann

9 May 2016

The next presentation of WA Focus features new work by talented young artist Rebecca Baumann who has recently returned to Perth from an artistic residency in Helsinki. While in Finland, Baumann visited Lapland to view the Northern Lights, an experience which influenced her recent work.

"My journey through the arctic circle, both seeing the Northern Lights, but also experiencing the very specific light conditions which exist at that latitude, led me to think about perceptions of light and time. These experiences and ideas are reflected in the collection of works which will be exhibited together at AGWA," said Baumman.

Gallery's media release


Meet the Comic Tragics

6 April 2016

Australian comic artist Tommi Parrish and international artists Ron Regé Jr and Emma Talbot have arrived in Perth, ahead of this weekend's opening of the Comic Tragics: the exploding language of contemporary comic art exhibition. The visiting artists have a full event schedule during their stay, launching with this Thursday's preview and ending with an artist panel talk on Sunday afternoon, hosted by AGWA curator Robert Cook.

Los Angeles-based artist Ron Regé Jr has been invited to create a large-scale mural in one of AGWA's new activity spaces, the Imagination Room, which opens next month. Ron will commence his new work this Saturday. Visitors will be able to watch Ron at work each day until he unveils the finished artwork on Sunday 17 April.

Gallery's media release


Tom Malone Prize winner announced

18 March 2016

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Luminous: Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Gabriella Bisetto for her work Becoming.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists.

This year’s prize was judged by Art Gallery of Western Australia Director, Stefano Carboni; Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Benefactor, Elizabeth Malone; Director of the Jam factory, Brian Parkes; and AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cook.

Gallery's media release


Exploring the inner lives of the great comic artists of today

14 March 2016

Comic Tragics is an international exploration of the inner life of the contemporary comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.

This free exhibition features more than 150 examples of the most moving and compelling comic work being made in the world today from some of the medium’s most exciting practitioners: Gabrielle Bell (US), Stephen Collins (UK), Aisha Franz (Ger), Anders Nilsen (US), Tommi Parrish (AUS), John Porcellino (US), Dash Shaw (US), Emma Talbot (UK) and Ron Rege Jr (US). Many of whom have published works with major comic publishing houses such as Canada’s Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics and Reprodukt.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


Bringing the abstract in to focus

29 February 2016

The next exhibition in the Art Gallery of Western Australia's WA Focus series is a joint display of works by three Western Australian artists known for their long-standing interest in abstract forms.

Trevor Richards, Alex Spremberg and Jurek Wybraniec have created new works across various media including painting, works on paper and sculpture for the WA Focus program. These works borrow from popular culture and the everyday, providing a platform from which the artists refashion physical materials, objects and space into new works that highlight the artists' individual approach to abstraction.

Gallery's media release


Art with a youthful perspective

16 February 2016

The Art Gallery of Western Australia will beat with the pulse of young artists when Year 12 Perspectives opens on 12 March. This highly anticipated annual exhibition provides Perth with its yearly taste of art by some of the 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.

58 works by 57 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: Lisa Bowden, Principal Consultant Visual Arts, School Curriculum and Standards Authority; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Artist; and Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator Projects, AGWA.

Gallery's media release


Luminous artwork on show as part of national glass award

15 February 2016

Now in its fourteenth 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.

This year's prize brings together many of Australia's best glass artists. The display features the work of fourteen artists short-listed for the annual acquisitive award; Ruth Allen, Andrew Baldwin, Gabriella Bisetto, Brian Corr, Mark Eliott and Jack McGrath, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jeremy Lepisto, Jessica Loughlin, Kumiko Nakajima, Kirstie Rea, Janice Vitkovsky, Zoe Woods and Jamie Worsley.

Gallery's media release


Contemporary dance comes to AGWA

1 February 2016

In an innovative cross-arts partnership between the Art Gallery of WA and WA’s newest contemporary dance company, Co3, Gallery visitors will experience their State Art Collection re-interpreted through contemporary dance and collaborative performance.

This new partnership will see Co3 as AGWA's first performance artist in residence for 2016. Over the course of the next two years, Co3 will develop segments of a new work, Reason for Being, which will be performed as one final piece in 2018.

Gallery's media release










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