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2014 ASA Lecture series

Replacing the successful ADFAS lecture series, Friends of AGWA are delighted to announce the inaugural 2014 ASA Lecture Series. The rich program will immerse Friends in educational and enjoyable stories of architecture, arts, gardens, travel and history delivered by Australian Studying Abroad (ASA) specialists.

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Curator Tour: Richard Avedon People

With Robert Cook, AGWA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design

American photographer Richard Avedon produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his photographic practice and includes iconic portraits from the Richard Avedon Foundation collection. Avedon’s work as a fashion photographer was ground breaking in its flair and dynamism and exploration of motion and emotion. He also photographed cultural and political figures that strongly influenced life and society in the twentieth century and he created inspiring photographic portraits of performers, artists, writers and countercultural leaders.

Join Friends in this special opportunity to visit the exhibition Richard Avedon People with Curator, Robert Cook.

Date: Sunday 14 September
Time: 2 - 4pm
Location: Meet at the AGWA Manhattan Lounge

Price: Members $35 / Guests $40 (inc. afternoon tea)

Booking: reference F1431A CLICK HERE to buy online.


Behind the scenes - Conservation Lab and Print Room

With AGWA’s Dr Maria Kubik Senior Conservator of Paintings

The Art gallery 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. Did you know when it comes to paintings that it is not the picture or paint media itself but surprisingly it is the canvas that is most vulnerable to dust, mould, insects and the movement of air and temperature? Join Senior Conservator of Paintings Dr Maria Kubik as she reveals some of her practices in the Conservation Lab and Print Room. This is a rare chance to see behind the scenes at the Gallery and tours are strictly limited to Members Only.

Date: Thursday 4 September
Time: Two sessions available - Session 1, 9.30am | Session 2, 11.30am

Location: Meet at the AGWA Manhattan Lounge

Price: Members only event. $35 (inc. morning tea)

Booking: Session 1 reference F1429 CLICK HERE to book.

Session 2 reference F1430 CLICK HERE to book.


Western Edge: Artists and Western Australia

With Winthrop Professor Ted Snell AM CitWA, Director Cultural Precinct, University of Western Australia

Professor Snell AM has an accomplished overview of the visual arts culture of Western Australia having written widely on the subject and curated numerous exhibitions. You will gain a unique appreciation for WA artists as you explore the history of their engagement with the land and place of WA through a survey of artworks, including many from the State Collection.

Date: Tuesday 16 September
Time: 6-8pm

Location: AGWA Theatrette, enter via James Street Mall, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

Price: Members only event. $35 (inc. morning tea)

Booking: reference F1427 CLICK HERE to book.

FORM-  Luke Shirla

Guided Tour - Perth City Mural Walk: PUBLIC

Perth City building facades have undergone a transformation – and some of the world’s best known muralists are responsible. Blank walls have been transformed under the direction of FORM to create the exhibition titled PUBLIC. Join Friends and FORM on professionally guided walking tour of the murals through Northbridge and the Perth CBD. Learn the back stories of the artists, their processes, and the walls as well learn about their inspirations and the greater PUBLIC program, Each mural is celebrating creativity as a public good. “PUBLIC is a celebration of urban art and creativity that brings to Perth urban, visual, and digital artists from around the world.”

Date: Saturday 11 October
Time: 1 - 4pm
Location: FORM Gallery, 357 Murray Street Perth
Price: Members $40/ Guests $40 (inc. guided tour, map, refreshment and momento)
Booking: reference F1432 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image credit: Luke Shirlaw

Forrest’s Sculpture Park

Guided Tour - Forrest’s Sculpture Park

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have been strong supporters & collectors of sculpture over many years. They have created a private Sculpture Park where their pieces have thoughtfully been placed within the landscape to great advantage. The Forrest’s have very kindly opened their sculpture park to the Friends of the Art Gallery. This is a rare opportunity to visit an outstanding private collection of sculpture pieces in a uniquely Western Australian setting. Therese Howard, sculptor and Curtin University Fine Arts lecturer will join the Friends to discuss a selection of the collection. There will be ample opportunity to discuss individual pieces and to wander amongst the pieces at your own leisure and of course to enjoy a delicious lunch. Bring your hat, suncream and good walking shoes.

Join Friends for a delightful afternoon 40 minutes from Perth, on the Darling Scarp, to view these sculpture pieces. This is a Members Only event.

Date: Saturday 18 October
Time: 11.30 - 3pm
Location: address to be provided closer to event
Price: Members $55 (inc. lunch)

Booking: reference F1433 CLICK HERE to buy online

Image credit: Caliban (2012) Sculptor: Toby Bell, Cold Cast aluminium on steel frame.
Photographer: Meg Stroud


Studio Visit - Philippa Nikulinsky

A household-name for Western Australian lovers of nature, Philippa Nikulinsky has spent a lifetime painting exquisite watercolours honouring the flora and fauna of her home state. Seven books, 7 illustrated diaries, 20 years of painting the cover illustration for the conservation Magazine Landscope and 10 years designing for Australian Fine China has spread her reputation worldwide.
Join Friends as we visit Philippa's studio gallery nestled amongst the trees in her garden. Philippa will show her works and describe her work processes. There will be limited edition prints, books and packs of cards available for sale.

Date: Sunday 26 October
Time: 3 - 5pm
Location: address to be provided closer to event
Price: Members $35 / Guests $45 (inc. refreshments)
Booking: reference F1434 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image credit: Philippa Nikulinsky Banksias and Pollinators, Cape Arid National Park. Pencil, watercolour, gouache, Arches 300gsm hot pressed paper, 48 x 34cms.

Bec Juniper_Bewildering tumults of water pouring out of land

Studio Visit Bec Juniper and Jon Denaro

Bec Juniper and her partner Jon Denaro have separate art practices. Bec’s canvases heavily influenced by the West Australian environment and her formative flying trips with her father, Robert Juniper, and aerial photographer Richard Woldendorp, explore the geology and ‘landscape paradox’ unique to Western Australia. Jon has contributed to Scupltures by the Sea as well as numerous exhibitions and commissions. Afternoon will be served in their delightful large garden where Jon’s sculptures are positioned to great effect.

Date: Sunday 2 November
Time: 3 - 5pm
Location: address to be provided prior to event
Price: Members $35 Guests $45 (incl. refreshments)
Booking: reference F1436 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image credit: Bec Juniper Bewildering tumults of water pouring out of land 2014. 182 x 122 canvas.

2013 Bankwest Art Prize Winner Susanna Castleden

Guided Tour: Bankwest Art Collection and Bankwest Sculpture Prize 2014

With Sandra Murray, Bankwest Curator

Join Friends for an exclusive behind the scenes private viewing of the Bankwest Art Collection with curator Sandra Murray. The collection in existence for 38 years consists of some 450 works with a strong representation from many well-known West Australian artists such as Brian Blanchflower, Guy Grey Smith, George Haynes, Jeremy Kirwan Ward, Eveline Kotai, Robert Juniper, Kathleen O’Connor and Howard Taylor. Friends will also enjoy drinks and canapés while viewing the 2014 Bankwest Sculpture prize which this year focuses on sculpture. You are likely to be surprised by the fun and colourful working environment where art and design are used to enhance collegiality and good work practices. This is a Members Only event.

Date: Monday 24 November
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Location: Raine Square, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Price: Members Only $60 per person
Booking: reference F1437 CLICK HERE to buy online.

Image credit: 2013 Bankwest Art Prize Winner Susanna Castleden Camping Continuum (Indian Ocean Drive WA). Acrylic paint and stencil on vinyl and wood camping tables. 2013 photo Robert Frith, Acorn.


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: friends@artgallery.wa.gov.au
  • 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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