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2016 ASA Lecture series

An enthralling series of lectures covering a wide range of topics designed to entertain and educate from esteemed Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) lecturers presented by the Friends of the Art Gallery of WA. Find out more here.

Friends tour

new event series


Friends of the Art Gallery of WA in collaboration with UWA Publishing present a series of conversations on art, books and Western Australia.

Cocktail Launch:
The series and the first book Perth: a guide for the curious edited by Terri-Ann White will be launched by Nicholas Hasluck, Chair of the AGWA Board, at a cocktail party on 14 July 2016 in AGWA’s main concourse at 6pm. Subsequent lectures will be held at 12.30pm in the Imagination Room (formerly the Manhattan Lounge).
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• 8 August: Tales from Boomtown with Peter Kennedy
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• 12 September: Bauhaus on the Swan with Sally Quin
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• 10 October: Take me to the River with Julian Bolleter
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• 14 November: The Wanarn Painters of Place and Time: Old Age Travels in the Tjukurrpa with Darren Jorgensen CLICK HERE to buy online

12 December: Was it something I said? with Ros Thomas
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Cocktail opening: $50 members/$60 non-members (includes wine and canapés)
Conversations: $25 members/$30 non-members (includes lunch, water and tea and coffee)
Series pass subscription to the launch event and all conversations: $160 members/$180 non-members (includes lunch, water, tea/coffee)
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Single books: 20% off RRP book price if you purchase a ticket to single events for the corresponding books
The bundle: the set of six books for $150.00 (Total RRP valued at $216.92) if you book the whole series.

The bundle offer will be available on the launch night, and single discounts will be available both at the launch and the subsequent talks.

Julian Bolleter

Lunchtime Lecture

Take Me To The River: The Story Of Perth's Foreshore
with Julian Bolleter

The Swan River has been flowing the same course for some sixty million years. Julian Bolleter will provide a historical narrative of this ancient river system viewed through the lens of schemes proposed for Perth’s foreshore, the city’s symbolic front garden.

The foreshore has been contentious since the first plan for Perth was drawn up, and has subsequently acted as a sinkhole for hundreds of proposals. An investigation of this archaeological stratum of foreshore drawings allows us to understand changing ideas of what Perth was, what it could have been, and indeed what it can be.

Date: Monday 10 October
Time: 12.30pm
Location: Imagination Room (formerly the Manhattan Lounge)
Price: $25 members/$30 non-members (includes lunch, water and tea and coffee)
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Felicity Peters Lest we forget Krakow 2009

Studio Visit

Each piece of Felicity Peter’s jewellery is a unique work of art. She is recognised internationally for her skills and her development of the Korean technique of Kuem Boo - where pure gold leaf is permanently attached to silver. Her practice consists of exhibition pieces, corporate and government commissions and small production ranges. A residency in Rome led to her interest in the technique of granulation first used in Etruscan jewellery.

Her work is featured in collections across Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of WA. Felicity is the only jeweller to have been awarded the WA Creative Development Fellowship. This is a studio visit not to be missed!

Date: Sunday 16 October
Time: 2.30pm-4-30pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: $30 members/$40 non-members
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Image credit - Lest we forget Krakow 2009. Sterling Silver, 18ct 24ct gold paint. Photograph by Victor France.

Frederick Garling View across the coastal plain 1827

Curator’s Tour

with Melissa Harpley, AGWA Curator of Historical + Modern Art

Traversing the west coast of Australia, this exhibition maps our story of discovery through important State Art Collection and loan works. How did early artists and explorers see Western Australia? And what does it tell us about them and ourselves? The exhibition charts the many ways in which Western Australia was documented and recorded, offering different perspectives on how Europeans mapped space and converted it into place. Its focus is on the fragmentary nature of documentation, showing how artists (illustrators, surveyors, explorers, amateur artists) strove to ‘fill in the blanks’ on the map.

Join curator, Melissa Harpley for a guided tour and discussion of this exhibition.

Date: Sunday 30 October
Time: 10:30am
Location: Meet in the Imagination Room (formerly the Manhattan Lounge)
Price: $20 members $25 non-members (includes refreshments after tour)
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Image credit - Frederick Garling View across the coastal plain 1827. Watercolour and pencil on paper, 13.2 x 37.5 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1978.


Booking events


• Tickets for any of the Friends events can be purchased by going online to, calling the Friends office on +61 8 9492 6750 during normal business hours or email:
• Tickets are limited and subject to availability. Bookings are essential.
• A confirmation email serves as a ticket. Your name will be recorded on the door list. A reminder email will be sent 48 hours ahead of the event.

Booking Conditions:

The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists / lecturers and / or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. Ticket holders must comply with the security arrangements for the event and venue.


Seven (7) full days notice is required to qualify for a refund.


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