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2015 Media Releases:

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices sails into AGWA

7 October 2015

Minister for Culture and the Arts John Day and AGWA Director Stefano Carboni, unveiled the Art Gallery of Western Australia's latest exhibition Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices at an exclusive preview at the Gallery this morning, ahead of tonight’s official opening.

This highly anticipated exhibition, the result of a collaboration between the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and AGWA, features the spectacular and exotic art produced for global markets from the 1500s to early 1800s.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


Winner of the 2015 WAIAA People's Choice Award is Sandra Hill

1 October 2015

Sandra Hill from Balingup, WA, has won the People’s Choice Award of $5,000 in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. Sandra Hill received the highest number of votes from the public.

Sandra Hill is a Wardandi/Minang/Ballardong/Wilmen woman. Hill has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, her talent extends across various media including collage, printing, sculpture, installation and public art.

Gallery's media release


Proximity 2015 Public Programs Announcement

29 September 2015

Get down to the Art Gallery of Western Australia between 28 October – 8 November for a series of exciting public events happening for the first time in AGWA galleries and back courtyard as part of Proximity 2015.

Proximity’s PARTY FOR 1 opening event returns on Saturday 31 October, with secret one-on-one performances, underworld experiences, and a bloc party featuring some of Perth’s best local DJs. Toastface Grillah treats and Volstead Union’s small batch cocktails will be available for purchase on the night. Everyone’s invited. Pre-sale tickets $15 are now on sale.

Gallery's media release


Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices is on its way to Perth

14 September 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the Art Gallery of WA's summer exhibition Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices which opens at AGWA on 10 October. This exhibition, the result of a collaboration between the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and AGWA, features the spectacular and exotic art produced for global markets from the 1500s to early 1800s.

Demand for spices spurred on the great voyages of exploration and the establishment of vast empires across Asia. Treasure Ships presents the stories of the spice markets, slave trade and shipwrecks, as well as illustrating the astonishing beauty of Chinese porcelain, known as ‘white gold’ and celebrating vibrant Indian textiles created for export around the world.

Gallery's media release


Proximity 2015 Program Announcement

24 August 2015

Australia’s first Festival of one-on-one performance returns for its fourth year, taking over the Art Gallery of WA from Wednesday 28 October. Proximity Festival 2015 is twelve days of experimental performances, intimate gallery tours, caffeine-fuelled discussions, workshops, and a very special opening party.

For the first time Proximity will take place during Gallery opening hours, with performances embedded into the daily happenings of AGWA’s Collections, hallways, board rooms, rooftop and hidden locations. In these spaces you’ll be invited to encounter a series of 15-minute performances by artists who aren’t afraid to take risks in very intimate ways.

Gallery's media release


Helen Smith - paintings and photography

5 August 2015

After launching with an exhibition by Abdul and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, AGWA's WA Focus gallery space returns on 15 August with an exhibition of works by mid-career artist Helen Smith.

The WA Focus display will feature a selection of Smith's paintings and photographs from the State Art Collection where her work is well represented from 2000 to 2014. The exhibition includes her early Bordello series of photographs and other important paintings and photographs from her emerging career, together with new paintings she has created in the last year.

Gallery's media release


Whiteley's The American dream on display as part of American dream, American nightmare

28 July 2015

After extensive work by AGWA’s conservation team, Brett Whiteley’s iconic painting The American dream 1968-1969 is back in all its fractured splendour to feature in a two-part Collection display American dream, American nightmare.

Robert Cook, AGWA Curator of International Contemporary Art, says of Whiteley’s work, “The American dream is a dynamic visual summation of his experiences in America, that charts his initial passion for the place, his intense responses to the politics and culture, and his powerful desire to leave it all behind."

“It is a meditation on the crumbling of Whiteley’s own romantic dream of what America might offer him and a reflection on a society torn apart by its involvement in the Vietnam war and the assassinations of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Martin Luther King,” he continued.

American dream, American nightmare will be displayed in two parts, examining the duality of the American experience: the dream and the nightmare.

Gallery's media release


Proximity 2015 Artist Announcement

16 July 2015

Australia’s only one-on-one performance event is back with a bold program of new intimate experiences by twelve national and international artists as part of Proximity Festival 2015.


Taking place at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) the Festival will run 28 October – 8 November and involve a curated program of opening celebrations, experimental performances, talks and workshops.

From seminal dance artist Phillip Adam of BalletLab and local music legends Mei Saraswati and Leon Ewing, to live-artists Jo Bannon, Malcolm Whittaker and Mish Grigor, this year’s program features some of the most exciting voices in contemporary practice.

Gallery's media release


2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards Winners Announced

6 July 2015

Megan Cope is the recipient of the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000, one of the nation’s richest Indigenous art prizes for exceptional achievements by an Australian Indigenous artist. Cope was selected from 118 nominations received from across Australia. Megan Cope was born in Brisbane, Queensland and now lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a Noonuccal/Ngugi woman from Stradbroke Island.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is the recipient of the Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000. This prize is awarded for the exceptional achievements of a Western Australian Indigenous artist. Eunice was born in Wirrkural, WA and lives and works in Warakurna, WA. She is a senior Ngaanyatjarra woman.

Minister's media release

Gallery's media release


ARTBAR 2015 Line-up Announced

8 June 2015

Combining people, art and live entertainment, ARTBAR presents another exciting season of international and national acts at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

ARTBAR – where music, food, wine and art come together!

The Preatures – 20 August
Guy Pearce & Darren Middleton – 15 October
San Cisco – 29 October (outdoor)
Clare Bowditch & The Royal Jelly Dixieland Band – 26 November (outdoor)

Gallery's media release


year 12 perspectives People's Choice Award winner

20 May 2015

The Year 12 Perspectives 2014 People's Choice Award was awarded to Liam Strickland whose work Portrait of the Artist as a Year 12 was voted the most popular by Gallery audiences.

Liam was awarded with a $500 voucher towards the purchase of art supplies to encourage and support his ongoing creative journey. Liam attended Hale School and the graduating students who study Visual Art at the school will also all receive tickets to attend Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices, opening at the Art Gallery of WA in October. One lucky voter also won a double pass to Treasure Ships for casting their vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award.

Gallery's media release


WA artists celebrated at AGWA

21 April 2015

Launching Wednesday 22 April is AGWA's new series WA Focus, a space dedicated to displaying the diverse work of Western Australian artists. WA Focus will feature projects that showcase and celebrate the diverse voices (contemporary, historical, Indigenous and non-Indigenous) that comprise this State’s vibrant arts scene. The Gallery will work closely with local artists and the WA arts community to present exhibitions that display the depth of the State’s creative talent, through a mix of gender, discipline and experience.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


AGWA Mourns the passing of betty churcher

31 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia expresses its condolences to the family of Betty Churcher who passed away on 31 March, 2015.

Churcher was the Director of AGWA from 1987 to 1990, and her contribution to the Gallery and the Western Australian and national arts community remains significant and inspiring to us all today.

Gallery's expresses its condolences


For Love of Country

12 March 2015

For Love of Country marks the Gallery’s contribution to Perth’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and the Australian Gallipoli campaign. Drawn from your State Art Collection, this exhibition presents a compelling mix of historical works from the First and Second World Wars, together with contemporary works that reflect on wider issues and conflicts.

Gallery's media release


AGWA’s Voluntary Guides celebrate ten years’ involvement with

Sculpture by the Sea

6 March 2015

This year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach marks a ten year involvement by AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides. The Guides have been active in their support of this significant cultural event from helping in visitor information through to providing tactile tours for the vision-impaired.

Sculpture by the Sea is a highlight on the Perth arts and events calendar and AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides are delighted to be involved again in 2015 and celebrating such an important milestone," said AGWA Guides Co-ordinator Andrea Tenger.

This is the seventh year that Sculpture by the Sea Tactile Tours are available for vision-impaired visitors and their carers. As part of the Gallery’s Sensational Art program, together AGWA and Sculpture by the Sea provide training that allows the Guides to deliver informed and inspiring tours which introduce vision-impaired visitors to new ways of experiencing contemporary sculpture.

Gallery's media release


Tom Malone Prize 2015 winner announced

5 March 2015

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Cobi Cockburn for the work Close to white.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. This is reflected in the high quality of the prize winners and the competitive shortlists.

Gallery's media release


Youthful perspective takes centre stage

5 March 2015

Year 12 Perspectives is your yearly taste of art by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in the State. An annual barometer of what our youth are thinking and feeling, it is also a rich celebration of the role the arts play in the development of individual identities.

65 students from across Western Australia were selected by this year’s judging panel comprised of: AGWA curator Robert Cook; Western Australian artist Teelah George; and from the education sector, visual arts teacher Kate Grayson, representing the Department of Education. Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


AGWA 2015

a new year a new energy

20 February 2015

2015 represents the first year of a new direction for AGWA – driven by a refreshed vision and focus for the future. More will unfold in 2016 and following years, but I am greatly pleased by the first steps that we are undertaking in 2015.

From showcasing local talent to broadening our horizons by presenting the art of Australia alongside that of our international counterparts, to stimulating ideas and encouraging conversations, we strive to provide a hub for visual arts in WA. This unfolds through our diverse exhibitions and displays, which are all supported by a range of public programs, artist talks, panel discussions, education resources, and events such as ARTBAR.

2015 Calendar


Rebirth by Mariko Mori makes its Australian premiere at the Art Gallery of Western Australia

5 February 2015

On Sunday February 8, the Art Gallery of Western Australia opens the first Australian solo exhibition by one of the most important artists of our time, Mariko Mori. Tokyo-born, New York and London-based, Mori's work resonates with audiences around the world through the exploration of themes such as life, death and rebirth.

Gallery's media release

Minister's media release


Finalists announced for the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards

16 January 2015

The Art Gallery of WA has announced the fourteen finalists who will be represented in the exhibition of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015. This year's selection panel included Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kimberley Moulton, Project Officer for Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at AGWA.

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