22 - 24 August 2008

Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia are proud to present their 9th biennial installation of Art in Bloom as part of the 2008 City of Perth Winter Arts Festival.

More than 100 West Australians will become "floral artists" using thousands of flowers and plants to create arrangements inspired by works from the rehang of the State Art Collection, WONDERLUST New journeys Your collection.

Art in Bloom remains the only event of its kind in Australia and is a rare opportunity to see and experience the State Art Collection in a completely different light.

The 2008 Art in Bloom weekend will open with a lavish cocktail party on the night of August 21 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. This event draws a crowd of around 1000 of Perth's glitterati, dignitaries and media. Guests will be served the most delectable morsels prepared by Beaumonde Catering, complimenting the fine wines and champagne supplied by Jane Brook Estate Wine. VJZOO, Perth Audio Visual and students of Fashion and Jewellery Design at Perth Central TAFE will create a stunning backdrop. A mix of contemporary and classical music has been orchestrated to keep the vibe pumping. Fremantle circus troupe FLIPTEASE will be preforming a dynamic aerial show donned in specially designed couture that is certain to leave the crowd breathless.

Rising above all the glamour and frivolity will be the floral creations designed by 120 of Perth's most creative groups and individuals, that will reflect the array of artworks in the State Art Collection. This night is without doubt one of Western Australia's most elaborate and creative celebrations which always sells out fast. Tickets are $80.00 for Friends members and $95.00 for guests. They can be purchased by calling the Friends office on 9492 6450.

The exhibition then opens to the public over the weekend of August 22, 23 & 24. The Gallery hours for this special event are 9am - 5pm Friday and Sunday, and 8.30am - 5pm on Saturday.

An $8.00 entry fee, $5.00 concession and U10 free, applies to the entire Gallery for the weekend event.

Proceeds raised are used by the Friends of the Art Gallery to assist with acquiring new artworks for the State Art Collection.


The Art Gallery of Western Australia is proud to be a part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Festival

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Click here for images from Art in Bloom

Click here to download the Art in Bloom Poster

Click here for the Art in Bloom Media Release

Click here for a glimpse at a few of the participants biographies

Click here for more information on Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia




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