October 2019 Listings

WA art galleries and their exhibition schedules are listed below, grouped by region. For listings in other Australian states please use the What’s On menu above.


Artitja Fine Art
South Fremantle, 6162.
(08) 9336-7787, 0418-900-954.
Directors: Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke.
Celebrating 15 years in 2019 Artitja Fine Art Gallery in South Fremantle are specialists in Aboriginal art from remote art centre communities and hold up to six exhibitions a year, details of which can be found on their website.
At Earlywork, 330 South Terrace, South Fremantle:
Oct 12 to 27 IN OCHRE –Waringarri and Kira Kiro artists from the Kimberley. A group exhibition of ochre paintings and objects from Miriwoong artists based in Kununurra in the East Kimberley and the Kira Kiro artists from Kalumburu on the north Kimberley coast, as selected from the Directors visit to the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre earlier this year.

Betty Bundamurra, Rain Approaching, 100 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

Judy Mengil, Windoogoong, 80 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9555.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Nov 10 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2019 – now in its 44th year, the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award returns with a spectacular new showcase of prints and artist’s books from a selection of established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across the country. In 2019, Australia’s premier printmaking prize continues to present works which celebrate traditional printmaking alongside those which look towards the future of the medium.

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2018 Exhibition Opening. Photograph: Jessica Wyld

To Nov 10 And repeat. sees Melissa McGrath at work in the galleries, collaborating with local printmakers through a series of residencies to produce a portfolio of works that unite their individual practices. And repeat. is part live performance, part immersive installation.
To Nov 10 Harry Hummerston: Screenprints – a survey exhibition showcasing the breadth and sophistication of Hummerston’s practice and the versatility, diversity and graphic power of the screenprint technique.

Harry Hummerston, Steal a hacksaw, 1983, screenprint, 76 x 56cm. City of Fremantle Art Collection, no. 1484. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
Open daily.
To Oct 22 Fire Country – Warlukurlangu Artists. Read more…

Theo (Faye) Nangala Hudson, Fire Country Dreaming, 122 x 61cm
Courtesy the artist and Japingka Gallery, Western Australia

Also, On the Coast – The Art of Fiona Omeenyo & Rosella Namok.

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Sept 27 to Oct 6, 25Under25 2019 Art Award – presented by the City of Fremantle Open showcases and celebrates young artists. Open to all art forms, the exhibition features 25 selected artists aged 14 to 25.
Oct 12 to 28 Fremantle International Portrait Prize 2019 – an offbeat, compelling portrait photography award selected from premier national and international photographers from more than 40 countries. As well as digital and film categories, this year introduces a mobile phone category; www.fipp.org.au

Rob Simeon (WA). Digital image, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Moores Building Contemporary Art gallery

Perth City

Art Gallery of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall, Perth 6000.
(08) 9492-6600.
Fax 9492-6655.
Free entry unless stated otherwise.
Wed-Mon 10.00 to 5.00 (closed Tues).
To Nov 4 The Botanical: Beauty and Peril explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. It draws from the renowned Janet Holmes à Court Collection and the AGWA Collection to present a vivid, involving and sometimes disturbing journey through the diverse representation by Australian artists of the glorious kingdom of plants.
To Feb 10, 2020 WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern. Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. Breathing Pattern features new and recent work including canvas reconstructions and paintings, and forms part of the WA Now series dedicated to showcasing work by WA artists. Read more…

Eveline Kotai, White noise remix I, 2016, acrylic, canvas and nylon thread on linen, 91 x 91cm. Courtesy the artist, Art Collective WA, Western Australia and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

To Feb 17, 2020 Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete: AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building. Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of WA building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish born Charles Sierakowski. Perth Brutal opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.

Fritz Kos, Art Gallery of Western Australia 1979. State Library of Western Australia. Sourced from the collections of the State Library of Western Australia and reproduced with the permission of the Library Board of Western Australia. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Model of Perth Cultural Centre, north view, c.1985. Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

From Oct 12 Screen Space – Sue Ford. Ford’s iconic ‘Time’ series photographs and her video work ‘Faces’ 1976-1996, will be on display together for the first time since acquisition. Ford’s images of her subjects taken ten, twenty and thirty years apart were a key photographic and a deeply feminist gesture which changed the way Australian photographers saw and conceptualised their work.

Artbank, Perth
Level 1, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000.
Mon-Fri by appt.
A Commonwealth Government art leasing program for contemporary art.
Supporting Australian artists.

Cool Change Contemporary
1F Bon Marche Arcade Building, 74-84 Barrack Street, Perth 6000.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00.
An artist-run-initiative for exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops and events across multiple galleries.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James Street, Perth 6000.
(08) 9228-6300.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.
Oct 19 to Dec 22 (opening Fri Oct 18, 6.30pm) Unfolding Acts: New Art from Taipei and Perth – Chia-En Jao (饒加恩), Yu-Cheng Chou (周育正), Yi-Chun Lo (羅懿君), Dondon Hounwn (東冬侯溫), Pilar Mata Dupont, York Noongar community members with Community Arts Network, pvi collective and Sharyn Egan. An exhibition that marks the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Mutual Friendship between the cities of Perth and Taipei, Unfolding Acts brings together artists whose practices examine the social, cultural and historical fabric of these two cities, while exploring shared experiences of colonisation, hidden economic systems and enduring natural landscapes.

Yu-Cheng Chou (周育正), A Working History: LU Chieh-Te (installation view), 2012. Publication and sculptural platform for display. Courtesy the artist and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Oct 19 to Dec 22 (opening Fri Oct 18, 6.30pm) Untitled (Uura) by Perth-based Martu artist Curtis Taylor, a solo exhibition that brings together multiple streams of his practice including sculpture, installation and film. Through these forms, Taylor asserts narratives of cultural and personal identity, creating immersive spaces occupied by language and ritual that explore the edges of life and death.

Curtis Taylor, Nyunyjila – Tongues, 2018, carved wood sourced from the artist’s Country, iron ore dust, ochre and paint, dimensions variable. Photograph: Bewley Shaylor. Courtesy the artist and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art

Subiaco West Perth Crawley

Gallery 360
176 Railway Parade, West Leederville 6007.
(08) 9381-6577.
Mon-Fri 8.30 to 5.30, Thurs 8.30 to 6.30, Sat 9.00 to 4.00.

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
UWA, 35 Stirling Highway (cnr Fairway), Crawley 6009.
(08) 6488-3707.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00.
To Dec 7 HERE&NOW19: Material Cultural the latest iteration of the annual HERE&NOW series, explores fibre and textile-based contemporary art and features new work by Western Australian artists Ómra Caoimhe, Teelah George, Susan Roux, Holly Story and Marzena Topka. Curated by Joanna Sulkowski.

Teelah George, Blue Biro, 2018-2019, thread, linen and bronze, 220 x 190cm. Photograph: Thomas Rowe. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

To Dec 7 Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art – an in-depth look at 1930s Australian art, a vibrant and stimulating period in Australia defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political.

Adelaide Perry, Woman pilot, 1931, oil on composition board, 49.5 x 39.3cm. The University of Western Australia Art Collection. McGillivray Bequest Fund, 1983. Courtesy Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

To Dec 7 The Artist and Her Work – drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art exploring Lady Sheila Cruthers’ collection strategy of acquiring an artist’s work in addition to a self-portrait, with the two works often hung side by side, showcasing the breadth and depth of women’s art practice.
To Dec 7 Out of the Boxes and into the Desert – explores the Berndt Museum of Anthropology’s collection of paintings from the Central Desert with works of art that have been on display for decades. These include stories of ancestral beings that travelled across country, through waterholes and into the stars.

Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (1924-1998), Pintupi language; Possum Dreaming at Tutanya, 1988, acrylic paint on linen canvas, 182 x 242.5cm. Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection [1989/0029] © estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd. Courtesy Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Linton & Kay Galleries
299 Railway Road (cnr Nicholson Rd), Subiaco 6008.
(08) 9388-3300.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 11.00 to 4.00.

Linton & Kay Galleries
West Perth
11 Old Aberdean Place, West Perth 6005.
(08) 6465 4314.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

Greater Perth

Heathcote Museum and Gallery
Swan House, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross 6153.
(08) 9364-5666.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 3.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
Oct 19 to Nov 24 (opening Wed Oct 18, 6-8pm) Heathcote Select 2019 – Sacha Barker, Samuel Bennett, Madeleine Beech, Natsumi de Dianous, Stephen Peacock, Omra Caoimhe and Chloe Henderson.

John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley 6102.
(08) 9266-4155.
Free entry.
Mon-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sun 12.00 to 4.00.

Linton & Kay Galleries
Mandoon Estate Gallery
10 Harris Road, Caversham 6055.
(08) 6465-4314.
Fri-Sun and public hols 11.00 to 5.00.

Mundaring Arts Centre
7190 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring 6073.
(08) 9295-3991.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 3.00, closed public hols.
To Oct 27 Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist.
Also, Seeds, Pods and Pollen.

Nyisztor Studio
391 Canning Highway, Melville 6156.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00.
Multiple exhibition venues. Artist studios.

Wanneroo Gallery
Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo 6065.
Free entry.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, closed Sun and public hols.


Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury 6230.
(08) 9792-7323.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
To Oct 20, Australia Wide Six.
To Nov 3 Ovals For Dreams.
Oct 5 to Nov 17 Philip Berry: Romance And Landscape 1981-2019.
Oct 12 to Dec 15 Inspired by Light.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
24 Chapman Road, Geraldton 6530.
(08) 9956-6750.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, public hols 1.00 to 4.00.
Sept 28 to Nov 23 Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

JahRoc Galleries
83 Bussell Highway, Margaret River 6285.
(08) 9758-7200.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.

Margaret River Gallery
Shop 4, 1 Charles West Avenue, Margaret River 6285.
(08) 9757-2729.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 10.00 to 3.00.

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery
16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland
(08) 9173-1064.
Mon-Fri 9.00 to 4.30, Sat 9.00 to 3.00.