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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

 

2015 Media Releases:

Whiteley's The American dream on display as part of American dream, American nightmare

28 July 2015

After extensive work by AGWA’s conservation team, Brett Whiteley’s iconic painting The American dream 1968-1969 is back in all its fractured splendour to feature in a two-part Collection display American dream, American nightmare.

Robert Cook, AGWA Curator of International Contemporary Art, says of Whiteley’s work, “The American dream is a dynamic visual summation of his experiences in America, that charts his initial passion for the place, his intense responses to the politics and culture, and his powerful desire to leave it all behind."

“It is a meditation on the crumbling of Whiteley’s own romantic dream of what America might offer him and a reflection on a society torn apart by its involvement in the Vietnam war and the assassinations of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Martin Luther King,” he continued.

American dream, American nightmare will be displayed in two parts, examining the duality of the American experience: the dream and the nightmare.

Gallery's media release

 

Proximity 2015 Artist Announcement

16 July 2015

Australia’s only one-on-one performance event is back with a bold program of new intimate experiences by twelve national and international artists as part of Proximity Festival 2015.

 

Taking place at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) the Festival will run 28 October – 8 November and involve a curated program of opening celebrations, experimental performances, talks and workshops.

From seminal dance artist Phillip Adam of BalletLab and local music legends Mei Saraswati and Leon Ewing, to live-artists Jo Bannon, Malcolm Whittaker and Mish Grigor, this year’s program features some of the most exciting voices in contemporary practice.

Gallery's media release

 

2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards Winners Announced

6 July 2015

Megan Cope is the recipient of the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000, one of the nation’s richest Indigenous art prizes for exceptional achievements by an Australian Indigenous artist. Cope was selected from 118 nominations received from across Australia. Megan Cope was born in Brisbane, Queensland and now lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a Noonuccal/Ngugi woman from Stradbroke Island.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is the recipient of the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000. This prize is awarded for the exceptional achievements of a Western Australian Indigenous artist. Eunice was born in Wirrkural, WA and lives and works in Warakurna, WA. She is a senior Ngaanyatjarra woman.

Minister's media release

Gallery's media release

 

ARTBAR 2015 Line-up Announced

8 June 2015

Combining people, art and live entertainment, ARTBAR presents another exciting season of international and national acts at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

ARTBAR – where music, food, wine and art come together!

The Preatures – 20 August
Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton – 15 October
San Cisco – 29 October (outdoor)
Clare Bowditch & The Royal Jelly Dixieland Band – 26 November (outdoor)


Gallery's media release

 

year 12 perspectives People's Choice Award winner

20 May 2015

The Year 12 Perspectives 2014 People's Choice Award was awarded to Liam Strickland whose work Portrait of the Artist as a Year 12 was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

Liam was awarded with a $500 voucher towards the purchase of art supplies to encourage and support his ongoing creative journey. Liam attended Hale School and the graduating students who study Visual Art at the school will also all receive tickets to attend Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices, opening at the Art Gallery of WA in October. One lucky voter also won a double pass to Treasure Ships for casting their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

Gallery's media release

 

WA artists celebrated at AGWA

21 April 2015

Launching Wednesday 22 April is AGWA's new series WA Focus, a space dedicated to displaying the diverse work of Western Australian artists. WA Focus will feature projects that showcase and celebrate the diverse voices (contemporary, historical, Indigenous and non-Indigenous) that comprise this State’s vibrant arts scene. The Gallery will work closely with local artists and the WA arts community to present exhibitions that display the depth of the State’s creative talent, through a mix of gender, discipline and experience.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release

 

AGWA Mourns the passing of betty churcher

31 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia expresses its condolences to the family of Betty Churcher who passed away on 31 March, 2015.

Churcher was the Director of AGWA from 1987 to 1990, and her contribution to the Gallery and the Western Australian and national arts community remains significant and inspiring to us all today.

Gallery's expresses its condolences

 

For Love of Country

12 March 2015

For Love of Country marks the Gallery’s contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign. Drawn from your State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.

Gallery's media release

 

AGWA’s Voluntary Guides celebrate ten years’ involvement with

Sculpture by the Sea

6 March 2015

This year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach marks a ten year involvement by AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides. The Guides have been active in their support of this significant cultural event from helping in visitor information through to providing tactile tours for the vision-impaired.

Sculpture by the Sea is a highlight on the Perth arts and events calendar and AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides are delighted to be involved again in 2015 and celebrating such an important milestone," said AGWA Guides Co-ordinator Andrea Tenger.

This is the seventh year that Sculpture by the Sea Tactile Tours are available for vision-impaired visitors and their carers. As part of the Gallery’s Sensational Art program, together AGWA and Sculpture by the Sea provide training that allows the Guides to deliver informed and inspiring tours which introduce vision-impaired visitors to new ways of experiencing contemporary sculpture.

Gallery's media release

 

Tom Malone Prize 2015 winner announced

5 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Cobi Cockburn for the work Close to white.

Now in its thirteenth 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.

Gallery's media release

 

Youthful perspective takes centre stage

5 March 2015

Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and 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.

65 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: AGWA curator Robert Cook; Western Australian artist Teelah George; and from the education sector, visual arts teacher Kate Grayson, representing the Department of Education. Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release

 

AGWA 2015

a new year a new energy

20 February 2015

2015 represents the first year of a new direction for AGWA – driven by a refreshed vision and focus for the future. More will unfold in 2016 and following years, but I am greatly pleased by the first steps that we are undertaking in 2015.

From showcasing local talent to broadening our horizons by presenting the art of Australia alongside that of our international counterparts, to stimulating ideas and encouraging conversations, we strive to provide a hub for visual arts in WA. This unfolds through our diverse exhibitions and displays, which are all supported by a range of public programs, artist talks, panel discussions, education resources, and events such as ARTBAR.

2015 Calendar

 

Rebirth by Mariko Mori makes its Australian premiere at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

5 February 2015

On Sunday February 8, the Art Gallery of Western Australia opens the first Australian solo exhibition by one of the most important artists of our time, Mariko Mori. Tokyo-born, New York and London-based, Mori's work resonates with audiences around the world through the exploration of themes such as life, death and rebirth.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release

 

Finalists announced for the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

16 January 2015

The Art Gallery of WA has announced the fourteen finalists who will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. This year's selection panel included Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kimberley Moulton, Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at AGWA.

Gallery's media release

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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