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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.

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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.

Friends event


Tales From Boomtown: Western Australian Premiers From Brand To Barnett
with Peter Kennedy

Veteran political journalist Peter Kennedy has spent more than forty years observing politics in Western Australia across an extraordinary period of change in the state’s history, from 1970 to 2013. He interviewed widely to make this account of how the boom-bust West was led into its status as an economic powerhouse of the twenty first century.

He reveals first-hand the issues linked with changes to the social fabric of Australia; the jailing of two Premiers and a deputy Premier; the ruthless removal of a Premier mid-term; the election of the nation’s first female Premier, and the sensational ‘WA Inc.’ Royal Commission.

His interviews included Premiers Brian Burke, Peter Dowding, Carmen Lawrence, Richard Court, Geoff Gallop and Colin Barnett and federal politicians including Malcolm Fraser, John Howard, Paul Keating, Graham Richardson and Malcolm Turnbull.

Date: Monday 8 August
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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Eugene Von Guèrard Mt William from Mt Dryden, Victoria 1857


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: 2:30pm – 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

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.


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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