Luminous World - Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection

20 October 2012 - 11 February 2013

Rosemary Laing
Brumby mound #6 2003
C Type photograph
110 x 222 cm
The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Perth
© Rosemary Laing, reproduced courtesy of the artist

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is proud to partner with Wesfarmers Arts to present Luminous World – Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection. The Wesfarmers Collection is amongst the pre-eminent corporate collections of Australian Art and reflects the vision of successive Managing Directors in developing and supporting such a major artistic resource. The contemporary area of this distinguished Collection is a notable strength and the exhibition focuses on the specific theme of how contemporary artists variously utilise the phenomenon of light in their work. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to the Gallery to view an innovative thematic selection of more than 60 contemporary works from the Wesfarmers Collection and for Wesfarmers to share one of its great assets with the public across Australia. Some 50 artists are featured in the exhibition including: Susan Norrie, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Bedford, Bill Henson, Brian Blanchflower, Brook Andrew, Timothy Cook and Barupu Yunupingu.

As the curator of the Wesfarmers Collection and this exhibition, Helen Carroll has commissioned artistic contributions for the accompanying catalogue publication from the artist Bill Henson, the poet John Kinsella and composer Richard Mills. Each has provided a rich variety of illuminating responses to the intangible phenomenon of light in contemporary art, music and literature.

The exhibition will tour nationally, premiering at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on 20 October 2012 to 11 February 2013.

School Holiday Children's activities

In partnership with Central Institute of Technology, AGWA is running eight Art Workshops during the Christmas School Holidays for children aged 6 and above.

Four of the workshops include a child friendly tour of the Art Gallery. Participants will be inspired by works in AGWA’s exhibition, Luminous World during an interactive tour with our Volunteer Gallery Guides. Participants will then be escorted to Central Institute of Technology where they will begin the workshop with a professional artist. Visit the Family & Children page for more details.

Luminous World Children's Trail

Take your children on this special interactive Luminous World Trail. Children can enjoy are more in depth discovery of the artists and their work in this exquisite collection.


Fiona Pardington
Portrait of a life-cast of Adele d’Urville, courtesy of the Musée de l’Homme, Paris from the series Ahua: a beautiful hesitation 2010
pigment inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 146 x 110 cm
The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Perth
© Fiona Pardington, reproduced courtesy of the artist


Gretchen Albrecht
Pink and orange sherbet sky 1975
oil on canvas
177 x 166 cm
The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, Perth
© Gretchen Albrecht, reproduced courtesy of the artist






Last reviewed 8 January 2013

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