Frequently asked questions
Times and Charges
Q. When is the Gallery open?
A. 10am–5pm Wednesday - Mondays. We are also closed on Tuesdays, as well as
Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
Q. Is there an entry charge?
A. No, admission to the Gallery is free however, donations are always welcomed. On occasion there may be an admission charge for special exhibitions.
Q. Do carers have to pay entry to special exhibitions?
A. No, entry is free for carers accompanying a disabled visitor. Companions cards are also accepted.
Q. Why is there a charge for entry into some exhibitions?
A. The cost of bringing exhibitions from interstate or overseas is supported by revenue generating programs (entry fees, functions, etc) and sponsorship. In turn, this income supports the Art Gallery of Western Australia's ability to present a diverse range of exhibitions.
Q. Why is the Gallery closed on Tuesdays?
Closing the Gallery one day a week ensures the Gallery maintains quality of exhibitions and accompanying programs, and allows Gallery staff to accomplish tasks such as major work installation and collection care, minimising disruption to visitors on the other six days of the week. Tuesday closure means the Gallery can remain open all weekend and on public holiday Mondays, so as not to impact visitors' enjoyment of the Gallery over long weekends. In major cities overseas most cultural institutions close one day a week, for example the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia is closed on Mondays and the NGV International on Tuesday.
Exhibitions & Events
Q. What exhibitions and collection displays are currently showing at the Gallery?
A. Visit Exhibitions for information on current and future exhibitions and displays.
Q. When does the Art Gallery of WA hold ART IN BLOOM?
A. ART IN BLOOM is an event run by the Friends of the Art Gallery. It is held every two years, the last ART IN BLOOM was held in 2010.
Q. Does the Gallery conduct guided tours?
A. Yes. The Gallery schedules free, public Wesfarmers Arts Walk-in Tours of the Collection and exhibitions every day of the week, excluding Tuesdays. Visit the schedule for details.
Q. Can the Gallery provide a special tour for my group?
A. Yes. Customised tours can be arranged through the Public Programs office. Our tours are free, however a minimum of two weeks notice is required. For details and to book, visit Group Bookings.
Q. Do you have a volunteer program?
A. Yes. 150 invaluable volunteers currently contribute to the day-to-day smooth running of busy Art Gallery. Their assistance with Information Desk, Tours and Education services is supported by the Gallery's on-going volunteer training schemes. The Gallery recruits most volunteers on an on-going basis. Recruitment for Voluntary Gallery Guides is generally held every two years. For more information visit Volunteering.
Conservation & Artwork Valuation
Q. Can the Gallery provide a valuation for an art work that I own?
A. No, the Gallery is not able to provide valuations. The Australian Government’s Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts provides a list of approved valuers which can be accessed here.
Q. Can the Gallery repair an art work that I own?
A. No, Gallery staff cannot advise or repair/conserve your work of art. Visit the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material to access a searchable directory which can be used to find qualified conservators in your State working in commercial practice.
Q. How long do you spend on a treatment?
A. The length of a conservation treatment is dictated by the needs of the object. In some cases it can take as long as eighteen months.
Q. How do I become a conservator?
A. Conservation is a professional career, and as such requires both university qualifications and training. In Australia, the two training providers are the University of Canberra (undergraduate), and the University of Melbourne (postgraduate).
Q. Do you take on conservation volunteers or interns?
A. The Gallery’s priority is to take on interns who are currently undertaking or have completed their conservation studies. Occasionally we do take on conservation volunteers for specific projects. The latter positions are advertised through the Gallery's Volunteer page.
Q. Where can I find out more about conservation in Australia?
A. You can visit the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) which is the professional body for conservation practice in Australia. Here you will find information about conservation, including caring for your art work or collections, projects being undertaken or how to become a trained conservator.
Q. I need information for a school assignment on a Western Australian artist can you help?
A. No, our Library is not for general public use/access. We recommend you source information via your own local library or the Internet. The metropolitan university libraries at Curtin and The University of Western Australia have comprehensive art libraries. You do not have to be a student of the University to use them for research purposes, only if you want to borrow a book.
The following art directories are available at the State Library of Western Australian (Alexander Library):
- The Dictionary of Art - Ed. Jane Turner, 1996: 34 volumes
- The Oxford Dictionary of Art - Ed. Ian Chilvers & Harold Osborne, 1997.
If the information you seek concerns a living artist, their details may be listed with either Artsource +61 8 9226 2122 or in the Community Arts & Culture Directory, which is part coordinated through Community Arts Network +61 8 9226 2422.
Q. What’s on display?
A. The State Art Collection has over 17,000 artworks, of which approximately 10% are on display in the gallery at any one time. Displays may include paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and craft. The Gallery has both historical and contemporary works, and an excellent display of Indigenous art. Collection displays are rotated regularly and are supported by a program of temporary exhibitions.
Q. Can I take photographs in the Gallery?
A. Yes, visitors are permitted to take photographs with hand-held devices in non-restricted public areas within the Art Gallery of Western Australia for personal use only. The use of tripods, flash or additional lighting is not permitted. Images photographed under this policy cannot be reproduced, displayed on personal websites, or used commercially.
Some areas of the Gallery and/or some temporary exhibitions may, at various times, be excluded from this policy. These areas will display signage at the entrance of the exhibition or gallery space advising of the photography restrictions.
Q. Can I sketch in the Gallery?
A. Yes, however chalk-based products and charcoal are not permitted in the Gallery spaces as dust picked up by the air-conditioning may damage artworks. Permission for “wet sketching” - the use of oils, acrylics and watercolour paints - must be obtained in advanced by contacting the Public Programs Office on +61 8 9492 6644. The maximum size sketchbook allowed in the Gallery is the A3 size.
Q. Does the Gallery sell art works?
A. No, the Art Gallery of Western Australia is not a commercial art gallery and therefore does not sell works of art.
Q. Does the Gallery conduct art workshops?
A. Yes, the Gallery offers classes through our Events program. Visit Talks & Workshops for details.
Q. Can I take my water bottle or food into the gallery spaces?
A. No, food and beverage are not permitted in the exhibition galleries. This precaution ensures that our works of art are protected against accidental and costly damage.
Q. Why are some works behind glass?
A. A. Some works are behind glass as a precaution measure to protect the surface from accidental handling or damage. It helps to preserve works for future generations.
Q. Why is it so cold?
A. The materials that make up an art work last longer in cooler temperatures. In addition, fluctuations in temperature could have damaging effects on many of the works on display. That is why the temperature within the Gallery is maintained at specific constant levels that accord with international art museum standards to ensure that all works are displayed in the best possible environment that reduces the risk of damage.
Within the Gallery buildings you can access our FREE WiFi service, Gallery WiFi.
Outside the building, within the Perth Cultural Centre you can access a FREE WiFi internet service provided by MRA - CulturalCentreNet. CulturalCentreNet covers the space between the Perth city train station and the entertainment hub of Northbridge and is bounded by Roe, Beaufort, Francis and William Streets and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. See map of WiFi coverage.
As free services available to everyone there are restrictions on making excessive demands on the limited bandwidth and all users are required to accept the terms and conditions as they connect to these free WiFi services.
Q. How do I access the free WiFi internet service?
In order to access the free WiFi internet service you will need to follow these simple steps:
- Turn on your Laptop or mobile phone with WiFi access in the Gallery/Perth Cultural Centre and scan for available WiFi access points.
- Your laptop/mobile phone should then find Gallery WiFi / CulturalCentreNet and connect.
- The service will accept your connection.
- Open a web browser and navigate your chosen website. If you haven’t logged in to the wifi network before, CulturalCentreNet will redirect you to the WiFi landing page (http://www.perthculturalcentre.com.au/CulturalCentreNet/) where you will need to accept the Terms & Conditions. Any attempt to navigate to any web address without accepting the Terms & Conditions will end up in an automatic redirection back to the WiFi landing page. (Gallery WiFi will always ask you to accept the terms and conditions, whether you have logged in before or not.)
- To proceed simply click on the 'Agree' (or 'Accept' button on the WiFi landing page, and you will be logged in to CulturalCentreNet or the AGWA home page..
- From this point on, the you can access any web address via one of these WiFi services.
- When using Gallery WiFi and listening to audio, please be aware of others and use a headset to listen to our audio tours or other audio/video material.
Website: MRA - Perth Cultural Centre