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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.

Eugene Von Guèrard Mt William from Mt Dryden, Victoria 1857

Art Lecture


With Emeritus Professor Richard Read

Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow Richard Read will speak about the AGWA exhibition Continental Shift, which brings together 15 nineteenth-century American landscape paintings from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago with the same number Australian paintings of the same era plus eighteenth-century works on paper from AGWA.

He will address the genesis of the exhibition, the way it explores the tension between the development of the land and aesthetic innovation in landscape painting and the way in which global comparisons of landscape are focussed by contemporary concerns with climate change. The discussion will try to provide ideas on how to think about landscape painting in general as well as analyses of works in the exhibition.

Date: Sunday 21 August
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Location: Meet in the Imagination Room (formerly the Manhattan Lounge)
Price: $30 members/$40 non-members (includes snacks and refreshments)
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Image credit - Eugene Von Guèrard Mt William from Mt Dryden, Victoria 1857
oil on canvas, 61.5 x 91.5 cm (sight), 76.2 x 106 cm (framed)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1971

Tony Jones Lina City of Stirling

Studio Visit


Tony Jones, creator of one of the most iconic pieces of public art in Perth - Eliza (Matilda Bay) welcomes members and guests into his Art Projects studio for a private tour. We will also joined by his son, Ben, who collaborates with Tony on his figurative pieces. His extensive body of work is highly regarded and is featured in many private and public collections.

Well known public pieces include: C.Y. O’Connor at Coogee beach, the Sea Queen at Claisebrook Cove, Aspire at Perry Lakes and Float in The Atrium, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle. Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Book today!

Date: Sunday 28 August
Time: 2.30-4-30pm
Location: Tony Jones Art Projects, 15 Adams Street, O’Connor
Price: $30 members/$40 non-members
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Image credit - Tony Jones Lina City of Stirling.

AGWA exterior

Walking tour


with Annie Sullivan

Do you think you know Perth city well? Think again as it is constantly changing with new developments many of which include art which now goes beyond well-known sculptures as the street art scene has exploded to include hidden laneway art murals to constantly surprise the viewer. New areas are being activated to include both commissioned works and art that appears overnight at the artists whim to create in secluded spaces. Come and discover the city in a new light with Annie Sullivan City of Perth and Foodie tour guide.

When: Sunday 11 September
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Meet outside AGWA. (please wear comfortable shoes)
Price: Members $15/non-members $20
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Sally Quinn

Lunchtime Lecture


Bauhaus On The Swan: Elise Blumann, An Émigré Artist In Western Australia, 1938-1948

with Sally Quinn

German artist Elise Blumann (1897–1990) arrived in Western Australia in 1938, having fled Nazi Germany in 1934. She set up home with her husband and two sons on the banks of the Swan River and began to paint. Over the next ten years she produced a series of portraits set against the river and the Indian Ocean and pursued an analysis of plant forms.

In this talk Sally Quin traces Blumann’s formative student years in Berlin and her first decade in Australia where the artist reinvented her working method in response to the intense light and colour of the local landscape. Blumann was a conservative modernist but the Perth art scene was not prepared for her expressive style; her first exhibition in 1944 was met with bewilderment.

The talk considers attitudes to modernism in Perth, and the influence on local culture of European refugees and émigrés newly arrived in the city. Working in relative isolation and with little critical support, Blumann produced a striking body of work, which prefigured a flourishing of progressive art in Perth from the late 1940s and influencing the development of Australian modernism.

Date: Monday 12 September
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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Guy Grey-Smith Bay (detail)

Premium Event

with Curator Joanna Wakefield

The Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s Art Collection has a long-standing tradition in aiming to improve the visual surroundings and contribute towards a healing environment for patients. The collection commenced in the mid-1970s and has since developed into an impressive collection of 840 original artworks by eminent Australian artists with a focus on Western Australian artists. It comprises of mainly landscape and figurative works, as well as a fine collection of abstract pieces and a significant number of indigenous paintings.

Date: Wednesday 28 September
Time: 2-3.30pm
Location: Sir Charles Gardiner’s Hospital
Price: $25 members /$30 non-Members
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Image credit - Guy Grey-Smith Bay (detail)

AGWA conservator at work

Members-only behind the scenes tour

AGWA conservators protect and maintain the paintings, works on paper and objects that make up the State Collection. The public rarely have an opportunity to see 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 Senior Conservator of Paintings, Dr Maria Kubik as she reveals some of her practices in the Conservation Lab & Print Room. This is a rare chance to see behind the scenes!

Date: Friday 30 September
Time: 11am-12.30pm (morning tea 11am, tour 11.30am)
Location: Meet in the Imagination Room (formerly the Manhattan Lounge)
Price: Members only $25 (includes morning tea)
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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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