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: [ Wa.gov.au 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 [ Desertriversea.com.au 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.

Find out more: [ Ow.ly Link ]

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). [ Ow.ly 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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Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a wonderful start to 2017. We hope you're enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family.

Guy Grey-Smith
Longreach Bay, Rottnest 1954
oil on canvas
41.5 x 56.5 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Mrs Margot Bunning and Family, 1992
© Susanna Grey-Smith and Mark Grey-Smith
Did you know we have a dedicated Craft & Design Gallery? Currently on display is exhibition Resonant Objects, which showcases works across a range of mediums. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Dinosaur Design's Collar bone is a playful sculpture that alludes to a necklace with its rope cord and decorative hanging forms. Dinosaur Designs is a Sydney-based design practice, whose art objects draw aesthetic...
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Not long until we ring in the New Year. See in 2017 in style with Arthouse Dine. Sculptures, sparkling, share-style menu and celebrations that continue under Arthouse's shimmering mirror ball. See below for more!
A New Year gift for you, our fabulous followers!

We're celebrating the last days of 2016 and the arrival of 2017 with a 2 for 1 offer for you to see "Unknown Land". Tag your friend in the comments and lock in a date! This promotion is available on adult tickets until 15 January 2017.

Simply book a ticket online through the Gallery website [ Wa.gov.au Link ]

The Gallery is open Wednesday –...
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The Gallery Shop is having a book sale, with discounts ranging from 10-50% off the RRP. Grab a bargain from a large selection of books, including photography, fashion and art publications. The sale also includes past exhibition catalogues, some of which are only $5!

Sale starts today, Boxing Day and ends Sunday 15 January 2017.
From all of us at AGWA, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

Our sincerest thanks for your ongoing support of our exhibitions, programs and events.

The Gallery is closed today but will reopen tomorrow, 26 December, 10am - 5pm.

Guy Grey-Smith
Not titled (undated Christmas Card)
woodcut with black ink on paper
16.0 x 10.0 cm (irregular)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western...
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Kids! Be an art detective and discover some amazing things about artworks in the State Art Collection.

Can you find Florence Fuller's painting of a young girl at the beach in 1893? How many flowers are on Black Beauty's dress?

Ask for our "I Spy" Art Trail at Reception!

The Art Gallery of Western Australia Website

Check out our latest episode of CuratorTV, featuring Carly Lane, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

Carly gives us a fabulous insight into Plain Speak, the first exhibition from AGWA's new annual series, Everyone has a history. This free exhibition opens on 25 February 2017.

[ Wa.gov.au Link ]
With only a few days until Christmas, those of you who may have left shopping til the last minute can still purchase an extraordinary chain-stitch handicraft rug from the Gallery Shop.

Handicraft cultures are endangered, and particularly important to rural economies. Better World Arts’ Kashmiri Cross Cultural Project has been ongoing since 1996, providing jobs in the Kashmir region to...
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Gifts to the Fallen is an exhibition of objects that presents a pragmatic and sentimental response to death, and the ceremonies around it, from an Aboriginal perspective. ow.ly/Rhbu3074j0q

Today we feature the work of Roy Wiggan, whose ilma (Ceremonial emblem) – while not mortuary in purpose – highlight the importance of dance to mortuary and other ceremonies. They also signify that where...
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