About Us

Situated in the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre, the Gallery houses the State Art Collection with works by renowned local and international artists from the 1800s to today. Discover the story of Western Australian art in the WA Journey gallery, and immerse yourself in the Six Seasons space displaying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Take a free guided tour or find something unique in the Gallery Shop to take home.

The Gallery was founded in 1895 and occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre including the former Perth Police Courts. The main Gallery opened in 1979 and is a unique modernist building inspired by the pavilions and courtyards of the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. In 2019, the Gallery will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a series of exciting exhibitions and programs. In 2020 the Gallery celebrates 125 years.

AGWA Board Members

Janet Holmes à Court, AC

Janet Holmes à Court, AC

Janet Holmes à Court, AC

Janet Holmes à Court, AC is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is Chairman of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA). She is a Board Member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) and the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF). Janet is also a member of the Centenary Trust for Women Board of Advisors at the University of Western Australia, the State Buildings Advisory Board Western Australia and Commissioner for Australia for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

John Day

John Day

John Day

John Day was a member of the Western Australian Parliament for 24 years until 2017, representing the Darling Range and Kalamunda electorates successively. During his Parliamentary career, John served in a wide range of roles, including as Minister for Culture and the Arts from 2008 to 2107, and Minister for Planning (2008 to 2016). Through these two portfolios, he was a strong advocate for the State's cultural institutions, and for revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre precinct. Other portfolios for which he was responsible across three periods of government include Health, Science and Innovation, Police and Emergency Services. John is also Chairman of the board of the State Library of W.A. and a member of the Dean's Council, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of W.A. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He is a graduate of the University of W.A. in Science and Dentistry, and prior to election to Parliament was a dentist with the Perth Dental Hospital and in private practice. 
 

Geoffrey London

Geoffrey London

Geoffrey London

Geoffrey London is the Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He previously held the positions of Victorian Government Architect (2008-14) and Western Australian Government Architect (2004-8).  He maintains a role as a consultant on urban design, architecture, design review and architectural competitions. 

Jason Ricketts

Jason Ricketts

Jason Ricketts

Jason Ricketts is the Executive Partner responsible for the Finance, Real Estate and Projects businesses, as well as its Latin America practice, of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to the merger of Herbert Smith and Freehills in 2012, Jason was the Head of the Perth Office of Freehills and sat in the national Board of that firm for a number of years. As a commercial lawyer, he specialises in general contractual and commercial matters, industry reform and restructuring, and major Australian and offshore infrastructure projects in the water, waste, transport, power and mining industries. Jason holds a Masters of Laws (Distinction) from The University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Vanessa Russ

Dr Vanessa Russ

Dr Vanessa Russ

Dr Vanessa Russ is the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at The University of Western Australia, and previously worked at the Department of Culture and the Arts as a business analyst. As Associate Director, Vanessa focuses on the importance of this significant university museum and its collections to create a dynamic facility for all Australians to learn about world cultures with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia; while engaging students in new ways of accessing and sharing cultural knowledge with respect to the communities from which it is derived. The museum’s collections stretch across Australia into Asia and Oceania, reaching into the disciplines of art and anthropology. Vanessa was born in Derby and raised between Derby and Ngullagunda (Gibb River Cattle Station) and has family connections to Ngarinyin and Gija people in the Kimberley. After completing Honours (Fine Arts) at the University of NSW in 2009, she returned to Western Australia and attained a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Western Australia in 2013. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship 2014, and travelled across the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore investigating the effects on Indigenous populations of national identity in mainstream art museums.

Dr Toni Wilkinson

Dr Toni Wilkinson

Dr Toni Wilkinson

Toni Wilkinson is a photographer and coordinator of Photography and Illustration at the School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University in Western Australia. Toni has exhibited internationally and widely throughout Australia and her photographs are held in significant national collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery WA, City of Perth, Murdoch University Art Collection, Edith Cowan University Art Collection, St John of God Murdoch Hospital and others. Toni is also a member of Art Collective WA.

Dr Clarissa Ball

Dr Clarissa Ball

Dr Clarissa Ball

Dr Clarissa Ball is an art historian with particular interests in late nineteenth and twentieth century art and photography. Clarissa is currently the Head of Department of Fine Arts and History of Art at the University of Western Australia where she is also the Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies. In 2018 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of the International Consortium, University Based Institutes of Advanced Studies. She previously held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts at UWA (2009-2005) and Chief Examiner for TEE Art (2005-1999) and was a member of the then Department of Corrective Services Youth Justice Board (2017-2014).

Colin Walker

Colin Walker

Colin Walker

Previously he was the Executive Director, Culture and the Arts at the West Australian State Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. In this role he was the DLGSC’s representative on the boards of AGWA, Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, the Perth Theatre Trust and Healthway. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.

Careers

At the Gallery, we embrace diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. To see if there’s a position for you, please visit the Jobs WA website

Volunteering

Volunteering at the Art Gallery of WA offers a unique and rewarding opportunity for those interested in the arts. As a volunteer you’ll experience first hand the wonderful State Art Collection, increase your knowledge and meet artists and arts professionals while helping the Gallery fulfill its role as the State’s premier arts organisation. Find out about more about the Guide training and our Volunteer program here.

Publications 

The Art Gallery of Western Australia produces a range of publications including annual reports and exhibition catalogues, some of which are available to purchase from the AGWA Shop.