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.

Our Guru Guides have taken visitors through the Gallery for 40 years (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.

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.


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

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insights into the WA state art collection

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


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.

11AM-12PM & 1-2PM, MONDAYS

(in September)

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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.

12.30-1.30pm. Fridays

11AM-12PM & 1-2PM, SUNDAYS

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See Things differently

You are invited to see things differently at AGWA with one of our Guides. Take a closer look at 3D works of art and how they relate to other works in display.

11am-12pm & 1-2pm, Wednesdays

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The unique story of Western Australian art

Join this tour with one of your guides to discover the unique story of Western Australian art.

11AM-12PM & 1-2PM, MONDAYS

(in October)

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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.


(in September & October)


(in September)
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Special Subjects

Tours that take in special exhibitions and specific themes.

Sunday 22 October at 12 noon 

Taster tour of AGWA in Italian,  as part of the Italian Language Week

Meeting point: AGWA Concourse - for information, ask at the reception desk in the foyer

Duration: about one hour

Free entry, donations to AGWA welcome.

Domenica 22 ottobre alle 12  

Visita panoramica alla Galleria d'arte del WA, guidata in italiano, per circa un'ora Punto d'incontro: spazio centrale della Galleria - per informazioni, rivolgersi al personale nella zona di ingresso

Ingresso gratuito, possibilita' di dare un contributo alla Galleria.


Coming in 2018



Short and Sweet: Art Snacks

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


Spend some time examining the work of one artist or artwork from Your 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 either join in the discussion or simply come along for the ride.

12.15-12.45PM, WEDNESDAYS
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Aggie the agwa robot

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Aggie the AGWA 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.


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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.

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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