Your STATE ART COLLECTION

Installation view of Your Collection in the Centenary Galleries


The State Art Collection is Western Australia’s greatest visual art asset. Since the first work of art was purchased in 1895, the 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.


AGWA COLLECTION

Five pathways, many journeys


A significant lighting upgrade is underway coinciding with a substantial refresh of the AGWA Collection displays.

The galleries will re-open in phases, across August to November, with improved interpretation to make your visit more rewarding, new groupings which bring to life the Collection’s stories, more recent acquisitions, as well as works not seen for some time.

With 17,000 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.

On display now

Currently you can view historical works from the 1800s-1920s in the Centenary Galleries. Contemporary works from 1980-today are also on display. Works from the 1920-1960s will be back on display in August. You can also view craft and design objects on Level 1 in the Craft and Design Gallery. From 29 July, our Indigenous art gallery Six Seasons will also open on this level.

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

From November, the entire AGWA Collection displays will be refreshed and reopened. We call it AGWA RENEW.

AGWA Historical

NOW OPEN

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

 
Frederick McCubbin Down on his luck 1889
     

AGWA Modern
OPENS AUGUST


The turbulent transition period 1920-1969 tells a fascinating story of European and Australian art and the people who made it.

 
Gey Grey-Smith Chrysanthemum
     

AGWA Contemporary
OPENS LATE NOVEMBER


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
     

AGWA WA Journey
OPENS LATE SEPTEMBER


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
     

AGWA Six Seasons
OPENS 29 JULY


The new Six Seasons Gallery (named after the Noongar six seasons) is a space dedicated to the display and interpretation of Indigenous artwork from the Collection.

 
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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