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.


insights into the WA state art collection

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

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, MOnDAYS

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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.


1–2PM, mondays

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PORTRAITS FROM THE STATE ART COLLECTION

More than just a physical likeness, a portrait can give us an insight into the artist’s world and the people within it. View a selection of works from the State Art Collection and how artists employ a range of techniques and styles to evoke particular moods or emotions within viewers and to communicate insights into the character of the sitter.

1-2PM, FRIDAYS IN OCTOBER

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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.

THEMES

September: Landscapes

October: Portraits


12.30–1PM, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

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Special Subjects

Tours that take in special exhibitions and specific themes.

ART & THE HUMAN CONDITION

Including Dissenting Voices


Explore how artists respond to social issues, cultural concerns and politically driven events; and how their art can provide poignant commentary on the human condition


11AM-12PM, WEDNESDAYS
1-2PM, FRIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER

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Panoramic Landscapes

Including Continental Shift

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.


11AM-12PM, THURSDAYS

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“UNKNOWN LAND”
Mapping and imagining Western Australia

How did early artists and explorers see Western Australia? And what does it tell us about them and ourselves? Through works that include coastal views, landscapes, maps and detailed pictures of the flora and fauna, see how WA was documented, from the very early days of European settlement through to the end of the 19th century.

2-3PM, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Tour free, exhibition admission fees apply

Booking link to come


Unknown Portrait of Spicer Cookworthy 1850s

Short and Sweet: Art Snacks

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

Panoramic Landscapes

Including Continental Shift

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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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.


1.15–1.45PM, THURSDAYS

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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.

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 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.


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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