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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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Curator’s Tour
WA Focus: Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

WA Focus is a new exhibition space dedicated to displaying the works of Western Australia artists showcasing recent and new works by local artists, selected to represent a mix of gender, experience and medium. The space debuts with Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah who have each explored the themes of cultural identity, memory and narrative.

Join AGWA Curator of Contemporary International Art, Robert Cook as he provides an insight into the new exhibition space and the Abdullah brothers’ works.

Date: Sunday July 12
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $15/Non Member $25
Booking Code: F1508 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Abdul Abdullah Aussie icons (Kylie, Elle and Lleyton) 2013. Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm.

Image courtesy of the artist and Fehily Contemporary.

Window series

Studio Visit – George Haynes and Jane Martin (Members + Members’ Guest)

Join Friends as we visit acclaimed artists George Haynes and Jane Martin at their Spearwood studio.
George is widely represented in Australian and overseas collections including the AGWA and the National Gallery. He has received many awards for drawing and painting including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Artsource in 2010. “George’s work offers us a model of genuine beauty. It combines lyricism and drama with a depth of expression that speaks of prodigious technical mastery. An innate understanding of the complexities of colour, tone, form and harmony” (Bela Kotai, 2010).

Jane is a painter of still lifes, portraits, interiors and landscapes. She is widely represented in WA, including the AGWA, and has twice been awarded a Cossack Art Prize. Her most recent works have been inspired by a visit to Europe.

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Date: Saturday July 25
Time: 3-5pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Price: Member $30/Members’ Guest $40 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: 1509 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - George Haynes Window Series. Gouache, 28cms x 31cms. Image courtesy of the artist.

…and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish

Curator’s Tour

Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest Indigenous arts prizes in the country, is a national award founded in 2008 to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

Join AGWA’s new curator of Indigenous art to learn about the fourteen finalists considered by the selection panel to be the most outstanding.

Date: Sunday 16 August
Time: 2pm (curator’s tour commences 2pm followed by afternoon tea)
Location: Meet in the Manhattan Lounge, AGWA
Price: Member $20 /Non Member $30 (includes afternoon tea)
Booking Code: F1512 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit - Recipient of the 2013 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award

Brian Robinson …and meanwhile back on earth the blooms continue to flourish 2013. Wood, plastic, steel, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, plant fibre and shell, 200 x 350 x 50 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Brian Robinson, 2013.


Premium Event - WA Ballet Dance Studio (Members + Members’ Guest)

Friends are delighted to offer a unique visit to The West Australian Ballet to view a rehearsal of the upcoming performance of Coppelia. We will visit the Ballet Company in their amazing studio housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building.

After the rehearsal there will be a brief discussion about the Ballet Company and the history of this charming building and how it was saved from demolition. Members of the Ballet Company - Staff and Dancers have been invited mingle with us during drinks and canapés.

Date: Tuesday 18 August
Time: 5.30-7.30pm
Where: Address to be advised closer to the event
Cost: Member $75 / Members’ Guest $85 (includes canapés and champagne)
Booking Code: F1513 CLICK HERE to buy online

conservator at work

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 Dr Maria Kubik as she reveals some of her 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)

With AGWA’s Dr Maria Kubik, Senior Conservator of Paintings
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

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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

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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