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Dissenting Voices

20 August 2016 - 8 January 2017 | FREE





Dissenting Voices is an exhibition concerned with how artists respond to social issues, cultural concerns and political events. Their art also provides poignant commentary on the human condition.

Selected from historical, Indigenous and contemporary artworks in the State Art Collection, the works in the show explore themes of socio-political engagement, personal and national identity politics and resistance to acts of authoritarian control and aggression.

Many of the works, including installation, photography, sculpture, video and painting, are being shown for the first time together, along side a few new acquisitions, such as those by Raquel Ormella and Marco Fusinato.

These artists’ works will offer insights to viewers about the nature of political art, its varied purpose and potential meaning, from dissent and disturbance to contestation and condemnation.

Lin Onus Maralinga 1990 Leon Golub White Squad III 1982

Central to the exhibition are major works by Tony Coleing, Tom Nicholson, Leon Golub and Peter Kennedy as well as key paintings on loan from the Kerry Stokes Collection.

Goya’s 19th century depictions of the horrors of the Napoleonic war contrast with Tony Coleing’s representations of recent wars from the Falklands to Afghanistan. As a contemporary history painter, Golub has defined the role of painting as ‘bearing witness’, creating work to articulate the point of mediation between power and resistance.

On the other hand, Tom Nicholson’s banners are directly embedded in the action itself, having been marched through the streets of Berlin as a collective performance, while Mike Parr’s performative documentations offer his own body as the cathartic point of social commentary.


Guru Guided Tours | FREE

Art & the human condition
Including Dissenting Voices

11am-12pm, Wednesdays (No tours 21 & 28 Dec)

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

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In conversation | FREE

1-2pm, Sunday 18 September

John Mateer, poet, writer and curator, considers the work of Tom Nicholson in the context of the Dissenting Voices exhibition, with AGWA curator Jenepher Duncan.

Tom Nicholson

About John Mateer

John Mateer curated In Confidence: Re-orientations in Recent Art for Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and developed a project with the Cocos-Malays of Katanning for Spaced2: Future Recall, Western Australian Museum, Perth, 2015. He has given talks at the School of African and Oriental Languages (London), the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology (Vienna) and at the Institute for the History of Art (Lisbon). His exhibition Invisible Genres includes contemporary art from the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and Bali to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first European landing in Western Australia and will take place at Curtin University Gallery, Perth from 19 September 2016.


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ARTDINE – Politics and dinner do mix | $69+bf

6.30pm, Saturday 29 October and Saturday 12 November


Experience art after hours with a private tour of Dissenting Voices, followed by a three course meal at Arthouse Dine – the Gallery’s new dining experience.

This exclusive experience is only available on Saturday 29 October and Saturday 12 November. Places are strictly limited to just 30 people, so book early.

Get together a group of friends or treat someone to a special night out.

$69 per person includes entry to Dissenting Voices, three course set menu and one complimentary drink.

Sample menu
may change depending on availability

Scallop crudo, pickled cucumber, tomato, finger lime
Warm broccoli & coconut salad, cucumber, chilli
Beef carpaccio, tuna mayonnaise, caper pearls, soft herbs
Fremantle octopus salad, blood orange nuoc cham, black rice cracker

Spanner crab, soft polenta, shellfish oil, herbs
Grilled red curry spatchcock, snake beans, green mango
Pan roasted cauliflower, cauliflower couscous, cashew paste, mustard seed, pickled chilli
Pan seared garfish, pearl couscous, lemon, soft herbs

Star anise roasted pineapple, pina colada sago, toasted sesame, coriander
Whisky ice cream, salted caramel, flaming whisky
Beetroot sorbet, chocolate crumb, orange gel, beetroot sponge

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Tom Nicholson

Fragments from Melancholia (Documents after five actions, Berlin) 2001-2002, Berlin, Germany, Melancholia (Banner 4) 2002
Oil on linen, with sewn Hessian loops
307 x 270 cm (irregular)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Gift of John McBride, 2010

Lin Onus
Maralinga 1990
fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint, acrylic and paper stickers
(a) 163.0 x 56.0 x 62.0 cm (figure)
(b) 125.0 x 119.0 x 45.0 cm (cloud)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 1990

Leon Golub
White Squad III 1982
synthetic polymer paint on linen
309 x 440 cm (sight)
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 1997


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