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2015 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.

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Conservation Laboratory Tour – Members Only

Join this fascinating tour where science and art collide. AGWA conservators protect and maintain the paintings, works on paper and objects that make up the vast body of work in the State Collection. Members of the public rarely have an opportunity to get up close and personal with art works that are under examination and repair, or to hear about the techniques that the conservators use to clean, repair and prevent future damage.

Join conservators Kate Wollett and David Graves as they reveal some of their practices in the Conservation Lab and see behind the scenes at the Gallery.

Group 1: 10-11.30am
(tour 10-11am, morning tea 11am)
Group 2: 11-12.30am
(morning tea 11am, tour 11.30am-12.30pm)

Date: Thursday 3 September
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $30 (includes morning tea)
Booking Code: F1514 CLICK HERE to buy online


Royal Perth Hospital Art Collection

Royal Perth Hospital’s art collection is one of the most significant health care collections in Australia. It was formed around the vision of Sir Claude Hotchin OBE, who staunchly believed that the public should have the opportunity to engage with art in their everyday lives, outside the gallery system. The collection contains over 1100 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and wall based sculptural works that are displayed every day, throughout the Wellington Street campus. Among the most recognised pieces that make up the collection are works by Rupert Bunny, Norman Lindsay, Arthur Boyd, Kathleen O’Connor, Albert Namatjira, Charles Blackman, Jeffrey Smart, Howard Taylor, Robert Juniper, Guy Grey-Smith, Rover Thomas, Theo Koning, Ronnie Tjampatjimpa, Julie Dowling and Max Pam. Join Lance Hyde Curator of Artworks for a tour of the collection followed by drinks and canapés.

Date: Wednesday 9 September
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: RPH, meeting place to be advised closer to event
Price: Member $30 / Non Member $45
Booking Code: F1524 CLICK HERE to buy online

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Studio Visit – Jan and Gary Zeck (Members + Members’ Guest)

Spring in the Valley!

Join Friends for a visit to Zeckwerkz the Swan Valley studio of Jan and Garry Zeck. Garry is a painter and master clay artist who beautifully combines the two art forms in his large ornately decorated urns. His work is immediately recognisable and extremely engaging, frequently drawing on the Australian landscape for inspiration. His paintings and ceramics are widely collected and his work is represented in State and National galleries.

Jan has been inspired by native flora to design distinctive motifs that she uses in her ceramic pieces and pewter jewellery. Her background in architecture has enabled her to incorporate her designs into larger ceramic panels and metal work pieces.

Date: Sunday 20 September
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $30 / Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1515 CLICK HERE to buy online

Ichiryusai (Utagawa) Yoshitoyo, Japan, 1830–1866

Curator’s Tour
Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices is the first major exhibition in Australia which presents the complex artistic &cultural interactions between Europe and Asia from the 16th to 19th century, a period often referred to as the 'Age of Spices'. Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of South Australia the exhibition includes 300 outstanding and rarely-seen works of ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, metalware, paintings, prints & textiles from public and private collections. These works of art reveal how the international trade in spices & other exotic commodities inspired dialogue between Asian and European artists.

Join AGWA Curator of Historical Painting, Sculpture and Design, Melissa Harpley for a tour of this special exhibition.

Date: Sunday 18 October
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm includes entry to the exhibition, followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $35 / Non Member $45
Booking Code: F1519 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Ichiryusai (Utagawa) Yoshitoyo, Japan, 1830–1866, On display in West Ryogoku [Nishi ryogoku ni oite kogyo]: Leopard, July 1860, Tokyo, colour woodblock print on paper (nishiki-e), 34.0 x 24.0 cm, d’Auvergne Boxall Bequest Fund 2014, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Frederick Garling View from Mount Eliza, 1827

Premium Event
Janet Holmes a Court Collection Visit

Friends are pleased to announce a visit to Janet Holmes à Court Collection followed by a sumptuous lunch. The Holmes à Court Collection is an internationally renowned collection documenting many areas of Australian & Indigenous art with important cultural significance The Collection consists of more than 4,000 registered artworks & holds significant works by Rover Thomas, Emily Kngwarreye, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Lin Onus, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Robert Juniper, Howard Taylor, Brian McKay, Guy Grey-Smith, Margaret Preston, Kathleen O’Connor & many more artists of note. Janet Holmes à Court is sole owner of this eclectic & personal collection which is now called the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. Friends will be shown the Collection by the Curator.

Date: Sunday 25 October
Time: 11.30am – 3pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $75 / Members’ Guest $85
Premium Event is only available to members and their personal guest.
Booking Code: F1517 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Frederick Garling View from Mount Eliza, 1827, watercolour, 15 x 37 cm. Janet Holmes à Court Collection.

Trevor Vickers Untitled Painting 2011

Studio Visit
Trevor Vickers

We are fortunate indeed to be visiting the studio of one of the most highly regarded and experienced abstract artists currently working in WA. Trevor Vickers has been exhibiting his precise, boldly coloured geometric paintings for almost 50 years primarily in Melbourne and Perth. His work is represented in many major Australian galleries, museums and corporate collections including the National Gallery, AGWA, Wesfarmers and Bankwest. He is currently a member of the recently formed Art Collective WA based in Subiaco.

Date: Saturday 31st October
Time: 3-5pm
Where: RPH, meeting place to be advised closer to event
Price: Member $30 / Non Member $40
Booking Code: F1518 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Trevor Vickers Untitled Painting 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 122 x 136.5 cm.

Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters, c.1870

Premium Event
Erica Persak tour of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Join Curator and Executive Administrator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Erica Persak for a guided tour of the exhibition Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices. This is a rare opportunity to hear Erica Persak discuss a selection of works from the Kerry Stokes Collection which are included in the Treasure Ships exhibition. Afterwards join Friends for a delicious spice inspired lunch.

Date: Wednesday 11 November
Time: 11am followed by lunch
Location: meet in the Manhattan Lounge
Price: Member $60 / Members’ Guest $70 (includes admission to exhibition and a spiced lunch)
Premium Events are only available to members and their personal guest.
Booking Code: F1520 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters, c.1870. Four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper, 67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0 cm. Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth.

For Joesph

Studio Visit – Leslie Meaney and Jennifer Hopewell

(Members + Members Guest)

Join Friends for a progressive visit to the studios of well-known and respected artists, Lesley Meaney and Jennifer Hopewell. Lesley’s practice is driven by a deep appreciation of the Australian landscape, particularly the intricate detail and pattern found in nature. Her distinctive 2D and 3D works combine painting, textiles, stitching and recycled materials, with her focus shifting between abstract and representational elements. Jennifer is an accomplished landscape colourist who’s work reflects her passion for the Western Australian landscape. She works with mixed mediums employing Chinese brush techniques and calligraphy to translate the Australian landscape onto the canvas.

Date: Sunday 22 November
Time: 2.30-5pm
Location: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Price: $30 Member/ Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1521 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Lesley Meaney For Joseph by 2013. Acrylic on canvas and Belgian linen, 130cmWx170cmH. Collection Justice Phil McCann.


Christmas Party - SAVE THE DATE

Date: Sunday 6 December
Time: 5-7.30pm
Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall

Booking events


  • Tickets for any of the Friends events can be purchased by 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.
  • All tickets will be posted unless booking is received within (7) days of event, in which case tickets can be collected from the Friends office or at 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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