A guided tour brings the Gallery to life

At AGWA, we’re lucky to have passionate Voluntary Gallery Guides who are dedicated to bringing the Gallery’s amazing and varied Collection to life through free guided tours.

There is nothing like a personal interaction to spark the imagination. Whether you’re a seasoned artistic traveller or apprentice explorer, our Voluntary Gallery Guides, or Guru Guides as we like to think of them, offer that extra insight and revealing glimpse into the artwork, the era and the artist.

AGWA’s Guru Guides are at the heart of delivering AGWA’s artistic manifesto to see things differently. You can choose from a program of guided tours that run from short Art Snacks (lunch time tours) to longer thematic explorations of special exhibitions, as well as delving into key areas of the State Art Collection, such as Indigenous and Western Australian art.

Guru Guides 40th Anniversary Celebration

Our Guru Guides recently celebrated their 40th anniversary (1977-2017). There are 68 active guides who regularly present tours. Each new guide is trained for two years before they join the guided tour program that you can enjoy today. In October 2017, the Guides launched a publication and video celebrating this milestone.

PDF logo AGWA Gallery Guides 40th Anniversary Book pdf - You will need Adobe PDF on your PC to view the publication.

 

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AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides
                                                                                                                                                      are generously supported by the
                                                                                                                                                 Art Gallery of WA’s Principal Partner

A GUIDED TOUR BRINGS THE GALLERY TO LIFE

WESFARMERS ARTS GURU GUIDED TOURS   

Take your pick from a range of tours that each provide a different way into the Collection and exhibitions on display.

DECEMBER & JANUARY
Please note, there are no tours between Saturday 23 December 2017 and Friday 5 January 2018.

Mondays
11am-12pm

AGWA MODERN 1920-1969

Australian Modernism and its influences

This guided tour takes a look at the turbulent transition period of modern art telling a fascinating story of European and Australian art and the people who made it.
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Wednesdays
11am-12pm

WA UNLIMITED

The unique story of Western Australian art

Join this tour with one of your guides to discover the unique story of Western Australian art.
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Thursdays
11-12pm

AGWA HISTORICAL

Representing the Australian landscape

Discover AGWA’s hidden gallery space and explore the early works featuring landscapes in the Collection such as the iconic Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.
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Fridays
1-2pm

AGWA CONTEMPORARY

The many styles of Indigenous art

Using a range of examples from the state art collection, visitors will see the richness and diversity of art styles from many different areas across Australia and overseas in AGWA's Contemporary gallery.
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WA UNLIMITED

The unique story of Western Australian art

Join this tour with one of your guides to discover the unique story of Western Australian art.
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Sundays
11am-12pm

AGWA SIX SEASONS

Matters of the heart in Indigenous art

This tour includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to 'Country' – a word Aboriginal people use to describe the lands and places in Australia to which they have traditional ties.

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ARTBubs | Ticketed

Parents with bubs, get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of AGWA’s Guru Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room. Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome! Baby change facilities available.


THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

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Niki de Saint Phalle Black Beauty (Nana Series) 1968

Coming in 2018

 
     

A window on italy

The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence

24 February – 18 June 2018

Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these extraordinary works of art have been preserved over centuries, surviving the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

   
     

General exhibition tours

Pre-book a guided tour as part of your exhibition experience and join a Voluntary Gallery Guide for a revealing insight into this magnificent, private collection.

 

1-2pm, Thursdays-Sundays

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Sunday tour series

Why not buy a season pass and join us on the second Sunday of each month for a tour series covering the religion, beauty, colour and history of the Corsini Collection.

History of Italian Art

2-3pm Sunday 11 March

Art & Faith

2-3pm Sunday 8 April

Beauty & Fashion through the ages 

2-3pm Sunday 11 March

The Italian Palette

2-3pm Sunday 10 june

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Tour free, exhibition admission fees apply

Aggie the agwa robot

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Aggie the AGWA Robot


Specialised Guided Tours

Art & Memories Tour

Free guided tour for people living with dementia.
Small groups and their carers are able to discover how works of art can encourage conversation, evoke memories and reminiscences.

Bookings essential. We do require more time for these tours, a minimum of three weeks’ notice is required.

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Sensational Art tours

Free Touch Tours for visitors who are vision impaired.
Join one of our trained Voluntary Gallery Guides for your customised tour of selected three dimensional works from the State Art Collection.

Bookings essential. We do require more time for these tours, a minimum of three weeks’ notice is required.

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Private Guided Tours

AGWA’s Guru Guides are also available for private tours for small groups.

These can be tailored specifically to your interests and level of art knowledge.

Bookings essential.We do require more time for these tours, a minimum of three weeks’ notice is required

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Please note:
1. Advertised tours and talks may be subject to change without prior notice. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
2. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. Priority will be given to visitors who have booked online.
3. The Gallery is closed Tuesdays.
4. Please note that recording of tours and activities is not permitted.

 

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