Tomorrow we open Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak – an exhibition of personal and powerful works by Indigenous artists. It's also the closing day for Gallery Central's installation Ngala Wongga – an immersive and multi-sensory installation of sound and image drawing attention to the need to preserve at-risk Indigenous languages in the Goldfields of WA. Drop in to the Perth...
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Everyone has a history - Part One: Plain Speak
This weekend, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival, we open Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak, an exhibition of powerful and personal works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Join us at 2pm on Saturday 25 Feb for a free talk between AGWA Curator Carly Lane and artist Brenda L. Croft.

Plain Speak: Artist Talk Brenda L. Croft

Hear from international sculptor Zadok Ben-David, Tourism WA's Invited Artist for Sculpture by the Sea 2017, at a free talk to be held at the Gallery, 6pm on Tuesday Feb 28.

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On Tuesday we celebrated the official opening of Year 12 Perspectives 2016. Student artists from this year's show were in attendance along with special guest Alumni whose work has been represented in the exhibition since its inception 25 years ago!

Congratulations to all involved, it's a fantastic display from our talented young artists. Enjoy, tag and share!

Photos by Mac1Photography
Co3 Contemporary Dance Company of WA is back in the Gallery for the return of Reason for Being for 2017. This year's program kicks off with guest artist Chrissie Parrott working alongside Co3's Artistic Director Raewyn Hill and dancers in the Gallery's dramatic concourse.
Read more about Chrissie and her work in this blog post.

INTERVIEW: Chrissie Parrott for Reason for Being - Co3
Continental Shift, the free exhibition featuring nineteenth-century works from the Terra Foundation for American Art alongside works from the State Art Collection is in its last week, closing 5 February. Professor Richard Read from UWA reflects on the works on display in this Histories of Emotion blog post.

Year 12 Perspectives is now open! Join us to celebrate the 25th year of this fantastic showcase. Share your favourite works on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @artgallerywa #Year12Perspectives.

58 works by 57 students from Western Australia are represented, alongside works by Perspectives alumni who have become professional practitioners in the visual arts.

Miranda Fox
Perth College
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This weekend is the last weekend to view "Unknown Land" before it closes on Monday 30 January. Take advantage of our two for one offer on adult tickets, and drop in to explore this fascinating look at iconic WA locations, still familiar but now mostly transformed.

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There's only one month until Everyone has a history - Part One: Plain Speak opens at the Gallery.

Today we feature the work of Bindi Cole, whose work Wathaurung Mob challenges widespread assumptions about race and identity. This photograph is part of a series called “Not Really Aboriginal”, which explores white Australia’s assumption of skin colour as an indication of Aboriginality. The...
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We are looking forward to Year 12 Perspectives, which opens in just one week!

This year's crop of talented graduating high school artists tackle a wide range of themes, including family, the environment and social engagement.

More info: [ Link ]

Lauren Jones
Under our skin 2016
John XXIII College
We're back tomorrow (Wed 18/01) with our much loved Lego school holiday art adventures. Have a look at the amazing creations added to AGWA's human city last week. It's on again 10am-3pm, Wed-Fri (18/1-20/1). Gold coin donation appreciated.
Great insight into the Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now project. Well worth a read, and if you haven't popped over to their website, make sure you take a look [ Link ]

Museums Galleries Australia Magazine 25(1) 2016
Can you spot the many differences between these two depictions of the same landscape?

Louisa Clifton's initial sketch accurately describes Leschenault Bay as it was in 1841. The print, based off her initial sketch, introduces a flowing stream, lush grounds and hard-working timber millers to the setting. It is probable that the latter image was used by The Western Australian Company in London...
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Perth International Arts Festival is exactly one month away and we are excited to launch of our new annual series, Everyone has a history on 25 February 2017.

Part One: Plain Speak presents compelling personal stories told through art. This powerful show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight.

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Tracey Moffatt
Scarred for life (suite of nine) 1994
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Visit AGWA in the January school holidays and celebrate AGWA’s amazing new sculptural acquisitions by internationally acclaimed artist Antony Gormley.

Make white Lego sculptures using the language of a building to describe a body… think geometric forms, robotic figures, body/building hybrids. Together we can create a human city!

10am to 3pm
Wed 11, Thu 12, Fri 13, Wed 18, Thu 19 and Fri 20...
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Pan over the immense 2.5m long hand-coloured etching of King George's Sound (now King George Sound) by artist Robert Dale, currently on display in "Unknown Land".

Dale was a soldier, explorer and administrator, stationed in WA between 1829 and 1833. He was appointed a government surveyor by Surveyor-General John Septimus Roe. In 1832, the artist spent at least 5 months at the sound.

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Dissenting Voices is now in its final weekend of display. This powerful and provocative exhibition explores how artists respond to social issues, cultural concerns and political events.

Featured is the work H.H.H. (Hedonistic Honky Hater) #1 by Indigenous artist Fiona Foley. This is one of a series of eight photographs exploring representations of race hate inflicted throughout history. The...
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This week, pay a visit to our Micro Galleries, generously supported by Wesfarmers Ltd – the Gallery’s Principal Partner.

On display is Richard Bell’s Omega (Bell’s Theorem) 2013. The painting is one of a series of five theorems – statements considered true without proof – which Bell created to comment on and challenge cultural power struggles in Australian art. The words ‘in the end there...
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There are only a few weeks left to catch "Unknown Land". The exhibition closes 30 January 2017.

Discover the stories behind the earliest watercolours, paintings and drawings of WA by European artists on a free guided tour (exhibition charges apply). [ Link ]

Thomas Turner
Albion House, Augusta
pen, ink and watercolour on paper
14 x 33.3 cm
State Art Collection,
Art Gallery of...
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