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The Rise of Sneaker Culture

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On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Kanye West, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.

More than 150 rare and iconic sneakers are now in Perth After popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture is on display at AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of p

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Heath Ledger: A life in pictures

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Discover a passionate film-maker – admire a screen legend – celebrate a local hero

Film legend Heath Ledger was a charismatic movie star who pushed the boundaries of acting in his iconic roles. This unique exhibition has been curated by the WA Museum in partnership with AGWA.

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A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence

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Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been preserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

This personal collection includes portraits, landsca

Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been reserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

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

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The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, was emerging as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country.

In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging.

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Year 12 Perspectives 2017

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Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA, and is a barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling.

In 2018, fifty-five works will be displayed by students from across Western Australia.

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Tom Malone Prize 2018

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Glass is one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms in this country. It is a uniquely captivating medium, capable of almost endless transformation. Glass provides a perfect vehicle for the exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational, and Australian makers are some of the world leaders in the medium.

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Stay in WA

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Created by locals, Alex Hotel appeals to the modern traveller keen to explore Northbridge, the cultural heart of Perth.

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Eat & Drink

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"In utilizing the freshest and most locally sourced produce, I have created this menu in which I endeavour to both satisfy and excite the senses." 

Bon appétit!
Michael Fitzgerald, Chef

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Venue Hire

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The Gallery’s main function area, the Concourse, is an impressive space for cocktail parties, dinners, and pre-work breakfasts.

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Discover

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By discovering these stories, we begin to learn, challenge and communicate issues that are important to us. We invite you to take this journey with us and explore what our Gallery has to offer.

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WA Unlimited

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A dedicated display shares the story of Western Australia art. A second exhibit on the Stratosphere, Level 2, features WA crafts and textiles. WA Now showcases leading current WA artists.

The history of Western Australian art is made up of many different, and often conflicting stories. This display highlights some of these, as it brings together works from 1920 to the present by WA Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

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Six Seasons

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The Six Seasons gallery, named after the Noongar six seasons: Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang, is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Indigenous work from the Collection.

The 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. 

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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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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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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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Hal Take up Residency at AGWA

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Alongside the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture, AGWA are presenting WA sneaker collector displays that pay homage to the passion, knowledge and pride of West-side sneakerheads. Opening this Wednesday will be the next display in the series by local sneaker retailer Highs and Lows / HAL with A Collaborative Collection a Decade of Design.

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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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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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Gallery Looks to the Sky for Big Anniversary

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AGWA has announced plans to embark on an exciting development of its expansive unused rooftop for cultural and commercial purposes in time for its 125th anniversary in 2020. The project, dubbed ‘AGWAElevate2020’ will be its first capital development for 25 years since the old Perth court was converted to the ‘Centenary Galleries’ in the Beaufort Street wing. 

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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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Powerful exhibition Plain Speak opens as part of AGWA's Indigenous Project – Six Seasons

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In 2017 AGWA focuses on Indigenous art through its major project Six Seasons (tentatively titled). This multi-tiered program will see the implementation of a new permanent dedicated Indigenous art gallery, the ambitious plan to digitise the entire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection, and the presentation of temporary exhibitions that explore Indigenous art and thematic issues.

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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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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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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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Singing at the Gallery

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Whether you’re a seasoned chorister or an absolute beginner, take part in this unique experience of singing in an opera chorus. 

Over four classes you'll be introduced to a range of Italian repertoire inspired by A Window on Italy - The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence exhibition. 

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Volunteer

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Our volunteers play a vital role in bringing the Gallery to life through the events, exhibitions and public programs we host.

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Kimsooja Sewing into walking

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Sewing into walking by Korean artist Kimsooja is a major highlight of the Gallery’s holdings of contemporary international art.

The work is comprised of bundles of clothes and sewn cloth, a large-scale projection and a stack of three monitors.

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Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series

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Ned Kelly seen through Sidney Nolan’s rebel masterpiece series, explores themes of identity, individuality, a strong sense of place and vivid brushwork, which have cemented this series of outlaw Ned Kelly in Australia’s psyche of national identity.

Ned Kelly seen through Sidney Nolan’s rebel masterpiece series explores themes of identity, individuality, a strong sense of place and vivid brushwork, which have cemented this series of outlaw Ned Kelly in Australia’s psyche of national identity.

AGWA focusses on the Australian iconic rebel Ned Kelly as immortalised in Sidney Nolan’s celebrated series of 26 works from the 1940s.

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spaced 3: north by southeast Pathfinders Lecture

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Following an introduction by AGWA Associate Curator Projects Dunja Rmandic, join Dr Marnie Badham in conversation with fellow IAS Board member Kelda Free, as they discuss the spaced 3: north by southeast exhibition.

Marnie and Kelda present a short history of IAS artist residences, the field of socially-engaged art, and the curatorial aims of the project.

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