A guided tour brings the Gallery to life


There are more than 17,500 works in the State Art Collection. Each with their own story. 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.

Our Guru Guides have taken visitors through the Gallery for 39 years. There are more than 80 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.


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.

In May, the Guru Guides are joined by a new recruit – Aggie the Art Gallery robot.

AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides are generously supported by the Art Gallery of WA’s principal partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Guru Guides program cover Download the Guru Guides program here


insights into the WA state art collection

Hour-long tours that explore themes and areas of the State Art Collection.

Figurative or abstract?

Where do we draw the line - and

does it matter?

Figurative and abstract art… are they really so different? Often seen as polar opposites, these art styles have played a vital part in the story of modern art. Come with us as we consider some artists’ responses to the seismic shifts in ways of seeing art in the 20th century.


11AM–12PM, MONDAYS

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Diverse and Dynamic –

Indigenous works

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from Your Collection


Discover some of the many styles and themes that form this unique and inspiring expression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. View works that reflect the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures, from remote locations, regional and urban centres, all of which communicate the artists’ ideas about place, country, identity and belonging.


11AM-12PM, WEDNESDAYS

& 1–2PM, FRIDAYS

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Off the wall – 3D works

Seeing art from all angles - a walk around our sculpture collection


Look at art from different angles and reveal layers of meaning as you walk around some of AGWA’s sculptural works. From miniscule to monstrous
and figurative to abstract, discover the materials, techniques and processes used by artists to represent their experiences of the world in three
dimensional form.


11AM–12PM, THURSDAYS

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Fast Forward –

the Australian identity

A look at how we’ve been seeing ourselves

We’ve come a long way in a short space of time but what does it mean to be Australian and how do we feel about our country? Discover the different ways that artists have depicted experiences of Australia and view works that represent the personal, group and cultural experiences that make up who we are today.


2–3PM, SATURDAYS


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Take One – one artist, one work

Find out more about one work or one artist in the Collection


Spend some time examining one work or one artist from the WA State Art Collection, up close and personal. Your Guru Guide will share some fascinating facts with you as you take this focused journey. You can join in the discussion or simply enjoy the experience.


12.30–1PM, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

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Special Subjects

Tours that take in special exhibitions and specific themes.

Sacred and Profane

How art moves us –

grappling with the big issues


Some artists use art as a vehicle to express spiritual and psychological concepts, personal stories and ideas and issues that concern the wider community. View a selection of works that explore big themes of freedom, belief, personal and cultural identity and find out what inspired the artists to make them.


1–2PM, MONDAYS

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Continental Shift

Panoramic Landscapes

A wide-ranging tour of works from the State Art Collection looking at the ways artists at different times and with different points of view have approached landscapes as a subject for their work.

The guides will include works from the State Art Collection and Continental Shift.


2–3PM, SUNDAYS

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Short and Sweet: Art Snacks

Join us for a lunch time tour – a quick art snack during the working week.

Continental Shift

Panoramic Landscapes

A wide-ranging tour of works from the State Art Collection looking at the ways artists at different times and with different points of view have approached landscapes as a subject for their work.

The guides will include works from the State Art Collection and Continental Shift.


12.15–12.45PM, WEDNESDAYS

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Sacred and Profane

How art moves us –

grappling with the big issues


View a selection of works that explore big themes of freedom, belief, personal and cultural identity and find out what inspired the artists to make them.


1.15–1.45PM, THURSDAYS

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*Guided tour is free but exhibition admission fees apply.

Please note that recording of tours is not permitted.

Art with Aggie

Aggie the AGWA robot is our latest Guru Guide. Using state-of-the-art robotics and artworks-of-the-State, let Aggie take you on a guided tour of the Collection. Her first tour focuses on women in art during the 1930s-1960s.

At 1pm on the same Saturday, Aggie also hosts an art class for children in AGWA’s Imagination Room. Her tour is free. The art class is by gold coin donation.

11AM, FOURTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

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Aggie the robot
   

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


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.

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. Phone +61 8 9492 6644 or email educate@artgallery.wa.gov.au

 

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

Bookings essential. Phone +61 8 9492 6644 or email educate@artgallery.wa.gov.au


 

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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