AGWA Collection

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.

Related Information

Searching the Collection 

The Gallery is working on the development of an online gallery. Currently, you can view online highlights from the Gallery's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection.

View the Indigenous Art Online Collection 

Collection displays in the Gallery 

With more than 17,500 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 Unlimited) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art (Six Seasons).

AGWA’s Acquisition Policy

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.