February 2020 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 is a private gallery based in South Fremantle and curates up to six pop up exhibitions a year in public spaces, details of which can be found on our website. At all other times, the gallery is open by appointment. Specialising in Aboriginal art, Artitja Fine Art partners with remote art centre communities from Western Australia, Northern Territory and the South Australian APY Lands in bringing the art to the city. This unique business model allows for a personalised and informative approach to viewing and collecting art, in a relaxed home environment.
Recipients Fremantle Business Awards: Outstanding Cultural Enterprise in 2017. Corporate Social Responsibility in 2016.

Selina Teece Pwerle, Kurrajong Seed. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

Selina Teece Pwerle, Spinifex, 70 x 70cm. ART62047ST. 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.
Feb 6 to March 22 (opening Wed Feb 5, 6.30pm) John Prince Siddon: All Mixed Up – a major solo exhibition featuring newly commissioned paintings, sculpture and installation. A Walmajarri man based in Fitzroy Crossing in the West Kimberley, Prince spent his early years working on cattle stations until losing a leg in a riding accident. His art combines diverse influences drawn from television, the traditional Kimberley craft of boab nut carving, desert iconography and the epic characters of the Narrangkarni (Dreamtime). Surreal and kaleidoscopic at first glance, these works offer an incisive commentary on the political and social issues of today, and on Western Australia’s dark and mostly undocumented history. Curated by Emilia Galatis, and presented in association with Perth Festival and Mangkaja Arts.

John Prince Siddon, Australia Mix it All Up, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 240 x 120cm. Courtesy and © the artist

Feb 6 to March 22 (opening Wed Feb 5, 6.30pm) Janangoo. Butcher Cherel Janangoo was a key elder of the Gooniyandi language group in the Kimberley and was instrumental in the retention of men’s law ceremony at Muludja Community. Janangoo features a selection of Butcher’s paintings from the early 2000s, which he made to preserve and transmit this significant body of cultural knowledge to the younger generation. These works have never been shown outside of Fitzroy Crossing. Curated by Lynley Nargoodah, and presented in association with Perth Festival and Mangkaja Arts.

Butcher Cherel Janangoo, Untitled (Self Portrait), gouache on cotton rag paper, 28 x 38cm. Courtesy Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Feb 6 to March 22 (opening Wed Feb 5, 6.30pm) Bricolage. Art meets science in an ambitious new installation from WA’s Nathan Thompson, Guy Ben-Ary and Sebastian Diecke that brings microscopic ‘biobots’ to life inside a custom-built incubator. From blood, silk and heart muscle the artists bio-engineer individual cellular units, which self-assemble into living, kinetic sculptural forms large enough to see with the naked eye. This thought-provoking exhibition invites us to consider the human body in a world beyond its control. Bricolage is accompanied by a visual text by acclaimed WA writer Josephine Wilson exploring the concept of ‘bricolage’ and the relationship between art and science. Presented in association with Perth Festival and SymbioticA.

Bricolage’s body made of printed silk. Photograph: Nathan Thompson and Guy Ben-Ary

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
Open daily.
Feb 14 to March 25 Anangu Artists – We Carry Story in our Hearts.
Also, Watercolour Landscapes – Central Australia.

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Feb 1 to 16 Knowing: With a Backwards K is a group exhibition that hosts a diverse range of artists – Brittany Adams, Joanna Anderson Toryu, Erin Bayliss, Shanti Bennett, Helen Blanchard, Caila Cohen, Vanessa Goerke, Georgia Matthey, Helen Moon, Louise Mustard, Christina Pennell, Ingrid Stotesbury, Susannah Warrington, Kim Walsh, Liezl Watermeyer-Collins and Elizabeth Way. Exploring identity from their different perspectives.
Feb 1 to 16 Harbourside Vigil is a painting series by Michael Gabriel Francas looking at the Fremantle harbour in the tradition of landscape as both a real place and as metaphor. The exhibition features the familiar dockside Fremantle cranes with maybe the impression of coastal guardians keeping a vigil.
Feb 22 to March 8 Digital Sabbath is a mixed media exhibition by artists, educators and researchers Dr Julia Morris and Dr Lisa Paris. The project follows 9 individual’s journeys as they unplug from technology for a day a week over a 3 month period.

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 Feb 10 WA Now – Eveline Kotai: 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.
To Feb 17 Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete. This exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the 1979 Brutalist building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.
To March 9 That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern. AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building. Full of surprises and rarely seen works, the exhibition examines a transformative decade for Western Australia, the Gallery and the world at large. Featuring artists Miriam Stannage, Virginia Cuppaidge, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson and late work by modernists Howard Hodgkin, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker, you’ll be transported back to the decade that shaped modern Australia. Read more…
Feb 7 to March 2 Awavena by Lynette Wallworth. From Emmy Award-winning director Lynette Wallworth and the Amazonian Yawanawa people, Awavena is a stunning tale of metamorphosis told through cutting edge VR and AR technology. Using technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and visions, this immersive work takes you on a virtual journey into the spirit world, capturing fluorescent specimens from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision. Presented in association with Perth Festival.

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.
Feb 9 to April 19 (opening Sat Feb 8, 5-7.30pm) Chalkroom by Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang. Step inside an immersive world and take a journey through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter this interactive installation you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform. Created by pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson and Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom is a Virtual Reality work unlike any other. Instead of the brightly-lit gaming world of most VR, everything is hand-drawn, dusty and dark, creating a shadowy, atmospheric world to explore. Read more…

Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom, 2017, fluorescent paint on slate walls. Courtesy the artists and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Feb 9 to April 19 (opening Sat Feb 8, 5-7.30pm Thunderhead By Tina Havelock Stevens – depicting landscapes and dwelling on sites that are often empty or abandoned, Havelock Stevens’ sensibilities as a film-maker and a musician create suspended moments that speak of survival and fragility and draw connections between environmental and emotional spaces. This exhibition offers a series of video works accompanied by improvised sound scores – sometimes recorded, sometimes performed live. Visceral and immersive, her installations act as a channel for emotions and histories that reside in built and natural landscapes.

Tina Havelock Stevens, Thunderhead (video still), 2016. Courtesy the artists and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Feb 9 to April 19 (opening Sat Feb 8, 5-7.30pm Hudson Valley Ruins by Jacky Connolly is a short narrative film produced entirely in the computer game The Sims 3. Using the conventions of the game, in which players simulate the lives of a modern family, Jacky Connolly has created a complete set, narrative and cast of characters. Hudson Valley Ruins tracks the unsettling experiences of two young female characters as they navigate the banal, tense and quietly disturbing world of suburban Upstate New York. All three exhibitions are presented in association with Perth Festival.

Jack Connolly, Hudson Valley Ruins (production still), 2016. Courtesy the artists and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Sculpture by the Sea
Cottesloe Beach
Marine Parade, Perth 6011.
March 6 to 23 the 16th annual Sculpture by the Sea – National and international artists exhibit sculptures from the sea wall along the beach towards North Cottesloe and on surrounding grassed areas creating a beautiful sculpture park exhibition. Visit website for public programs and tours.

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.
Feb 8 to May 9 The Long Kiss Goodbye – explores how artists transform familiar materials and symbols into complex meditations on love, loss, attraction and repulsion. Curated by Gemma Weston and presented as part of the 2020 Perth Festival, it features a group of artists from across Australia, each with a unique connection to Western Australia: Sarah Contos (NSW), Penny Coss (WA), Iain Dean (WA), Brent Harris (VIC), Clare Peake (NT) and Michelle Elliott with Tender Funerals (NSW).

Sarah Contos, Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye (installation view), 2016, screen-print on linen, canvas and lamé, digital printed fabrics and various found fabrics, PVC, poly-fil, glass, ceramic and plastic beads, thread, artists’ gloves, 610 x 330 x 25cm. Art Gallery of South Australia, Gift of the James & Diana Ramsey Foundation for the Ramsay Art Prize 2017. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Feb 8 to June 27 Boomerang – A National Symbol. The Berndt Museum of Anthropology explores the idea of the boomerang – beyond a symbol of Australia – to highlight its many uses and meanings. The exhibition asks: How much do you know about boomerangs?

Top: Watty, Mowanjum, Western Australia; wood with natural pigments, 61.8 x 16.1 x 1.2cm. Gifted by P Lucich, Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection.
Bottom: Ancestor from Western Australia; incised wood with natural pigments, 57.4 x 15.5 x 1.9cm. Gifted by O Mirmikidis, Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection Courtesy Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Linton & Kay Galleries
West Perth
11 Old Aberdean Place, West Perth 6005.
(08) 6465-4314.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
To Feb 22 Investment Art And Secondary Sales – Subiaco 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.
Feb 8 to 23 Mechanically Challenged by James Corbett.

Greater Perth

Gallery 152
152 Avon Terrace, York 6302.
0419 707 755.
Open daily 10.00 to 3.00.
To Jan 31 Summer exhibition featuring various artists including Tim Burns, Filomena Coppola, Lia McKnight, Minna Graham, Stephen Castledine and Stewart Scambler.

Tim Burns, Bald Rock, 2019, 510 x 1530cm

Feb 8 to March 15 Textures of Ambiguity – an exhibition of photographs and words by Will Yeoman and John Kinsella. Yeoman travels extensively in his role as an arts and travel journalist. Textures of Ambiguity draws on photographs collected during his travels and those reflecting his West Australian Wheatbelt roots. The Wheatbelt has long been home and inspiration for Kinsella who responds to the call of Yeoman’s photographs in this new cycle of poems.

Will Yeoman, New Norcia, 2018, photograph

Heathcote Cultural Precinct Gallery
58 Duncraig Road, Applecross 6153.
(08) 9364-5666.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 3.00, Sat-Sun 12.00 to 4.00.
Feb 8 to March 22 (opening Fri Feb 7, 6-8pm) Main Gallery: Southern Perspectives.

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.
Feb 7 to April 24 Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home) by Sandra Hill. Read more…

Linton & Kay Galleries
Mandoon Estate Gallery
10 Harris Road, Caversham 6055.
(08) 6465-4314.
Fri-Sun and public hols 11.00 to 5.00.
Feb 29 to March 29 Peter Coad at Mandoon Estate.

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.
Feb 7 to March 29 Homo Eclectic by Hans Arkeveld – Shire Of Mundaring Retrospective Art Acquisition Exhibition.

Nyisztor Studio
391 Canning Highway, Melville – Palmyra 6156.
Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00 during exhibitions.
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 Feb 16 Machines And Makers.
To Feb 23 Modern Masters.
To March 2 How Did I Get Here?.
Feb 15 to April 26 South Western Times Art 2020.
Feb 22 to April 5 Joel Smoker: Big Wide Land.
Feb 29 to May 17 Susan Ecker: Elements Form.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
24 Chapman Road, Geraldton 6530.
(08) 9956-6750.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.
Feb 1 to March 7 Still in my mind – Gurindji location, experience and visuality.

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.
Feb 7 to March 26 Radius.