Artworks (L-R): George Pitt Morison The foundation of Perth 1929; Julie Dowling Yagan 2006. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Artworks (L-R): Jenny Watson 18 1992; Stewart MacFarlane The Re-Enactment 1992 and The boarder 1987. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Artworks (L-R): Frederick McCubbin Down on his luck 1889; John Longstaff Breaking the news 1887. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Your State Art Collection
The State Art Collection is Western Australia’s greatest visual art asset. Since the first work of art was purchased in 1895, the AGWA Collection has grown into the finest public art collection in Western Australia. One of the Collection's key strengths is its pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian Indigenous and non-indigenous art. Twentieth-century Australian and British paintings and sculpture are also a particular strength. Each year, the Collection grows by 150-400 works, largely through the generous support of AGWA’s Foundation Members and private donations.
We are currently revitalising gallery spaces over the coming months. These changes, together with the rooftop redevelopment means some galleries will be closed while works take place. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding during this time. Please continue to visit our website, follow us on social media or contact our reception for updates.
With more than 18,000 works in the AGWA Collection, our curators have a wonderful selection from which to draw for the Collection displays. You can be sure of surprises, new discoveries and the chance to rediscover treasured works, making it a different experience every time you visit. The current Collection displays are in a chronological hang with additional gallery spaces focusing on Western Australian Art (WA Focus) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art (Six Seasons).
Every year, with the help of the AGWA Foundation, donors, public funding and trusts and foundations, AGWA brings dozens of new and established works of art to the State Art Collection.The acquisition policy outlines our approach to this core function of the Gallery.