Pulse Perspectives 2019

Pulse Perspectives 2019

WA's talented young artists are celebrated in this yearly showcase, gauging the pulse of young people who will influence, empower and shape the world we live in.

The selected works provide a window into young people’s private, social and artistic concerns. It is in turns an inspiring, rewarding and insightful look at the world through the minds of our most talented young artists.

This year’s exhibition features 44 works by 2019 Year 12 Visual Arts graduates from 29 schools across Western Australia. The works were selected from 300 submissions across the State by the judging panel of artist Janet Carter; Department of Education representative Lisa Bowden, Catholic Education representative Genevie Baker, and AGWA Associate Curator of 21st Century Arts Dunja Rmandić.

The chosen works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Human impact on the environment, consumerism, identity and family are prominent themes and issues explored in this year's Pulse Perspectives exhibition.

Entries are now open for Pulse Perspectives 2021
Schools are invited to submit entries for all eligible students.
Closing date for entries is Friday 30 October 2020.

Instructions and form available here

Tour the Exhibition

Thanks to the support of Healthway Act-Belong-Commit, you can now explore the exhibition from the comfort of your own home. We hope you enjoy the experience and don’t forget to vote for your favourite work in the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award.

Aubrey Basuki Then and now, now and then 2019
Aubrey Basuki
Santa Maria College
Then and now, now and then 2019
Oil, acrylic, chalk, charcoal, paint markers on digital print on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm


Act-Belong-Commit People's Choice Award

The winner of the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award is Aubrey Basuki for her work Then and now, now and then 2019. Aubrey's work received the most audience votes, and she will receive an AGWA Membership and $100 Gallery Shop voucher. The school she attended, Santa Maria College, will receive an AGWA workshop and tour package.

Artist Statement: There's always been a discussion over which generation, what era, what chunk of time did things the best. Some who vouch for fine arts argue for their refinement. Those who vouch for the arts of today argue that achieving life-like effect is easy. One side may say the definition of art has become too broad and vague, the other that the old definition is highly Eurocentric. One says modernity is lawless, the other says antiquity does not progress. Is it a crime to let all art co-exist in the same world?

Victoria HENDERSON's  Oi! I'm not underage, I'm Australian! 2019
Victoria Henderson ​​​​​
Perth Modern School
Oi! I'm not underage, I'm Australian! 2019
Digital print on paper, four parts: 49 x 69 cm (unframed) each

Packers' Prize Winner

The AGWA Installation team commented: Victoria Henderson’s series of 4 mixed media photographic works are our choice for this year's Packers Prize. We enjoyed the youthful agency which depicts iconic Australian Colonial artists and their heroic works. Victoria Henderson’s tasteful and well executed works describes the folly and adventures of the past and importantly considers what bearing it has had on our collective creative future.

Artist Statement: Oi! I'm not underage, I'm Australian! explores our societal acceptance of underage and risky drinking by dismissing it as being a characteristically 'Aussie' activity. By appropriating four iconic Australian works, using recognisable elements and overlaying them with staged quintessentially 'Aussie' drinking situations, I'm hoping to draw awareness to our acceptance of self-destructive behaviours ingrained in our culture and encourage individuals to reconsider why such actions should be considered acceptable.

Pulse Peer Award

This year, the Gallery introduced the Pulse Peer Award supported by Act-Belong-Commit. This award was open for all Pulse Perspectives submitting artists to vote for the work that resonated with them the most from the 44 chosen finalists.

Charlotte Olsen and Jaaron Davis have been announced as this year’s winners with both receiving equal number of votes for their work titled See with your hands feel with your eyes, and Falcons (I'm) diving for Blue Bone. Each will be awarded a $250 Jackson's Drawing Supplies voucher.

Meet the Artist

Get to know some of the talented young artists behind this year’s Pulse Perspectives exhibition in our new series.

Meet the artist

AGWA Pulse

AGWA Pulse is a year-round program of art experiences and events for 15-21 year olds. Follow @agwapulse for updates.

Pulse Youth Advisory Panel
If you're aged 15-21 years and want to contribute to AGWA's programs for young people, then submit an application to become a Pulse Youth Advisory Panel member. For more information contact AGWAPulse@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Pulse Perspectives AGWA Adjunct Guides

In 2020, for the first time, AGWA has introduced guided tours of Pulse Perspectives. To bring a youth perspective to our tours, the AGWA Guides have invited young people to train as ‘Adjunct Guides’ to co-share tours with us.

For this year's program, a number of youth guides aged 20-25 years, will participate in guided tours in an Adjunct Guides Pilot Program giving visitors a welcomed youth perspective on the work of the young artists on display.

Take an online guided tour of Pulse Perspectives with our AGWA Adjunct Guides as they present powerful themes explored by 2019 Year 12 Visual Arts graduates. Follow Evie Perry as she discusses three works that explore the themes of contemporary culture, individualism, technology and mental illnesses. Follow Zoe Wells as she discusses three works that explore the themes of family relationships, Shamanism, expectations and anxieties that lead to mental health issues. Follow Simone Grogan as she discusses three works that explore the themes of cultural identity, family and memories of home.


Principal Partner

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Education Partners

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On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details