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AGWA'S Annual Celebration of Glass Art

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Now in its sixteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection and the winner artist is awarded a prize of $15,000. This year, and for the next four years, the Prize is supported by Art Gallery of Western Australian Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood.

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Glass Art Celebrates 15 Year Milestone

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Now in its fifteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection.

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The Rise of Sneaker Culture is a Runaway Success

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The Art Gallery of WA’s fascinating exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, is entering its home stretch. Closing in less than two weeks, the international display has proven to be immensely popular, drawing a crowd of more than 8,000 visitors on its opening weekend. Now, two weeks before it closes, the exhibition has attracted 67,000 visitors.

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Gregory Pryor Puts a Manifying Glass to the WA Landscape

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WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass 2017, which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia. These can be read as meditations upon the residues of country as well as explorations of the role that environmental and cultural loss plays in shaping the landscape.

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Matters of the Heart in Indigenous Art Launches AGWA's New Six Seasons Gallery

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The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from the State Art Collection. Opening on 29 July, the first display Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art presents works conveying the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people. 

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SymbioticA artists explore the intersections of science and art in Biomess

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Ground-breaking science or art? Including strange, bewildering, rarely seen and just maybe new organisms, this exhibition defies categorisation. Opening at AGWA on Saturday 8 September, WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr) is a radical experiment in live culture. Presented by The Tissue Culture & Art Project of SymbioticA.

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Rebels, Radicals and Pathfinders make their way to AGWA

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AGWA celebrates free-thinkers, boundary-pushers and ground-breakers in the second half of 2018 through three contrasting exhibitions. First up, is Sidney Nolan's rebel masterpiece series Ned Kelly. Themes of identity, individuality, and a strong sense of place, have cemented this series within the Australian national psyche.

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AGWA says addio to the popular Corsini Collection

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A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence, closes this Monday 18 June. Drawn from the private art collection of the eminent Corsini family, the exhibition featuring paintings from Italian artists such as Botticelli, Pontormo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio has inspired tens of thousands of Western Australians, exceeding the exhibition's visitation target.

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The Corsini Collection arrives in Perth with a Florentine Festival Day

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The only Australian showing of A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence will open at the Art Gallery of WA on Saturday 24 February 2018 with a Florentine Festival Day. Experience Italian life with an opening day celebration featuring Florentine and Italian history, Italian food and wine, art-making activities and special performances.

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2017 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

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A strong diversity of styles was showcased in this year’s selection, from photographic realism to abstractionism. Self-portraits and studies of family members sat alongside high-profile subjects including cricketer Nathan Lyon, Academy Award-winning animator Adam Elliot, and performance artist Stelarc.

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Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art Gifted to the Art Gallery of WA

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The prestigious multi-volume Encyclopedia of Buddhist Art was ceremonially presented to the Art Gallery of WA chairman Sam Walsh on 25 October by a party of twenty dignitaries from Australia’s preeminent Buddhist temples led by the Venerable Hui Kuan, visiting from Beijing. 

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Private Art Collection of a Florentine Family to Come to Perth

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Western Australians are set to receive a fascinating glimpse into the art and lives of a princely Florentine family when the exhibition A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence opens at the Art Gallery of WA on Saturday 24 February 2018.

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Bill Henson

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This exhibition presents recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompasses translucent portraits and nudes, lush museum interiors and haunting landscapes, to create an intimate space where the viewer’s imagination can roam

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Screen Space Returns with Works by Jesper Just and Richard Bell

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After a brief hiatus, Screen Space returns with the compelling work Sirens of Chrome by Danish-American video artist, Jesper Just. Following on from Sirens of Chrome in August is Richard Bell's Scratch an Aussie. One of Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia.

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Sneakerheads Make Tracks to AGWA

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The Art Gallery of WA’s much-anticipated exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, drew big crowds on its opening weekend, with more than 8,000 visiting the Gallery and Sneaker Saturday activations across the Perth Cultural Centre.

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Celebrate Sneaker Culture at AGWA

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The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.

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Sneakerheads Season Launches 5 April

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The SNEAKERHEADS season at the Art Gallery of WA lets audiences explore sneaker culture across design, sport, fashion and music... through collaborations with the Curtin University School of Design, the Department of Sport and Recreation, WA Fashion Council, West Australian Music and iconic sneaker retailer Highs and Lows. 

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New Artwork Commissions as Part of the Desert River Sea Project

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Kimberley Aboriginal arts centres are working on new collaborative artworks which will form the heart of an Aboriginal art exhibition to go on display at AGWA. These artworks and exhibition will mark the culmination of AGWA’s six-year Desert River Sea project. 

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New Chair for AGWA Foundation

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AGWA Board Chair, Sam Walsh AO and AGWA Director, Dr Stefano Carboni are delighted to announce Mr Warwick Hemsley as the new Chair of the AGWA Foundation. 

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Diamantes and Death Masks

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The 2017 WA Focus program begins with an exhibition of new and recent work by one of Western Australia’s most talented young artists, Nathan Beard. Based on an exploration of his Thai-Australian background, Beard’s work bridges the personal and the political. 

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WA Now - Julie Dowling - Babanyu (Friends for Life)

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The first WA Now display for 2018 explores the various pictorial techniques that First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, has used for more than twenty years to movingly bring together the personal, the political and the familial. 

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Conservation

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The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s conservation department is responsible for the care and preservation of the State Art Collection’s nearly 17,000 artworks.

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Beyond Bling! AGWA celebrates adornment with provocative new jewellery show

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New AGWA Culture Juice exhibit spotlights body art. Centred on 300 varied pieces from the WA State Art Collection, from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the AGWA vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. 

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Paradigm

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Jewels will flash at this highly anticipated fashion show. Curtin University's School of Design and the Built Environment fashion students are this year presenting their graduate showcase, Paradigm at AGWA. This thrilling event will explore and challenge conventional fashion paradigms through the presentation of a unique range of capsule collections that will be featured through an innovative runway experience. The event will showcase innovative design, explore the many facets of beauty, disrupt common held beliefs and investigate narratives expressed through the art of fashion.

Jewels will flash at this highly anticipated fashion show.

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WA Now Gregory Pryor - Looking Glass

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WA artist Gregory Pryor has created an immersive new work Looking Glass which draws upon his investigations into isolated landscapes of Western Australia which can be read as meditations upon the residues of country as well as explorations of the role that environmental and cultural loss plays in shaping the landscape.

For his WA Now project, Greg

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Tom Malone Prize | Artist Studio Visit

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A behind-the-scenes look at the workshop of Perth-based glass artist and winner of the Tom Malone Prize 2017, Marc Leib.

Marc Leib, the winner of the prestigious Tom Malone Prize in 2017 for his work Inner core, is the owner of a long established, highly successful glass studio in South Africa, and now operates from his workshop in Morley since moving to Perth in 2002.

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Djurandi Dreaming

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Learn about local Aboriginal knowledge, stories, seasons and techniques for painting on canvas in acrylic these Western Australian School Holidays. 

Family Creative Learning Workshops with artist Justin Martin. Learn about local Aboriginal knowledge, stories, seasons and techniques for painting on canvas in acrylic.

Find out about the artist’s country, journey and inspiration for painting and create your own canvas using brushes and natural materials like sticks, tree nuts and leaves to take home.

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Drawing Breath

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Drawing Breath is a new creative learning approach at AGWA, harnessing MINDFULNESS to enhance looking at, and responding to works of art.

Visual Analysis workshops are an important part of the programming we deliver to High School students at AGWA, supporting the development of skills in reflecting, analysing, interpreting and evaluating works of art.

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Biomess | Radicals Lecture

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SymbioticA artist/researchers Ionat Zurr & Oron Catts in conversation with AGWA Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art Robert Cook.

They will discuss the intersections of science and art in reflection of their exhibition Biomess which looks at the oddities of the natural world that confront and confound our usual ways of thinking.

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