Your STATE ART COLLECTION


The State Art Collection is Western Australia’s greatest visual art asset. Since the first work of art was purchased in 1895, the AGWA Collection has grown into the finest public art collection in Western Australia. One of the Collection key strengths is its pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian Indigenous and non-indigenous art. Twentieth century Australian and British paintings and sculpture are also a particular strength. Each year, the Collection grows by 150-400 works, largely through the generous support of AGWA’s Foundation Members and private donations. 

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Five pathways, many journeys

With more than 17,500 works in the AGWA Collection, our curators have a wonderful selection from which to draw. You can be sure of surprises, new discoveries and the chance to rediscover treasured works, making it a different experience every time you visit.

A small selection of the Gallery's Collection is online. The Gallery is working towards increasing the number of works available for online viewing.

 

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Discover AGWA’s hidden gallery space and explore the early works in the Collection including the iconic Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.

 
Frederick McCubbin Down on his luck 1889
     

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AGWA Modern presents works from 1920 to 1969. The display reflects key developments in the history of Australian and international art, during a time of social, political and artistic transition.

 
Gey Grey-Smith Chrysanthemum
     

AGWA Contemporary

A refreshed approach to AGWA’s impressive contemporary collection across four gallery spaces will make you think again about contemporary art and want to find out more.

 
Anne Ferran Pale-headed flycatcher [from Box of Birds] 2013
     

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A dedicated display shares the unique 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.

 
Helen Smith May 2014 Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia, United Nations 2014
     

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The new 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 artwork from the Collection.

The Whadjuk Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the land on which the Gallery stands.

 
Angelina George Near Ruined City 2007

 

Frederick McCubbin

Down on his luck 1889

oil on canvas, 145 x 183.3 x 14 cm (framed) 114.5 x 152.5 cm (painting)

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 1896

Guy Grey-Smith
Still Life, Chrysanthemums 1953
oil on canvas, 61 x 50.8 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1953

Anne Ferran

Pale-headed flycatcher [from Box of Birds] 2013

pigment print, 72 x 48 cm

edition 2 of 5 + 2 artist prints

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014

Helen Smith

May 2014 Alighiero e Boetti from Wikipedia, United Nations 2014

oil on canvas, 150 x 210 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014

© Helen Smith

Angelina George
Near Ruined City 2007
synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 120.2 x 118.8 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Gift of Jacqui McPhee under the Commonwealth Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2012








 


 

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