December 2019-January 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.
Jan 4 to 26, 2020 SUMMER Salon: The Marketplace at Earlywork: 330 South Terrace, South Fremantle. This annual salon-style exhibition brings together art and objects from remote art centre communities including licensed merchandise which send royalties back to Indigenous artists. A marketplace atmosphere during this holiday month, the gallery style might be casual, but the art is fine and significant.

Conway Ginger, People Sitting Down, 23 x 17cm. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

Bob Gibson, Patjantja, 101 x 76cm. 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 Jan 27, 2020 Shaun Tan: Tales from the Inner City – Tan will showcase original paintings, sculptures, studies and sketches from his most recent book ‘Tales from the Inner City’. The book tells a story about the relationships between humans and animals, a heartfelt and empathetic gaze into a world where natural and urban environments merge in a transient, post-industrial world. Enjoy an up-close, intimate look at the texture and atmosphere of the large paintings Tan has created to illustrate this book.

Shaun Tan, Crossing, 2016, oil on canvas, 150 x 100cm. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

To Jan 27, 2020 Preppers. Today catastrophe looms on many fronts – we see environmental collapse, disruptive technologies, rising political nativism and global financial uncertainty. While established political systems fail to address these challenges, preppers are hard at work preparing for the worst. They hoard food and weapons, develop extreme survival skills, and practise violent tactical responses to attack and threat. Preppers examines this global subculture and its distinct aesthetics, jargon and apocalyptic fantasies. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, video and hanging works by five artists mutually fascinated by the prepper lifestyle: Tiyan Baker (NSW), Guy Louden (WA/NSW), Loren Kronemyer (USA/TAS), Dan McCabe (WA) and Thomas Yeomans (UK).

Loren Kronemyer, Mangle, Tangle, Strangle, Dangle V, 2017, stone fragment, rope, iPhone, solar panel, digital video. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

Loren Kronemyer, Feather Spear Trap, 2019, tubing, saw blades, cord, rope, tape, diamond ring, nails, brackets
Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
Open daily.
To Dec 20 Tarisse King & Sarrita King.
Also, Wirrimanu Balgo Artists.

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Nov 29 to Dec 15 Lucky-Child: The Secret – a book launch and an exhibition of accompanying paintings by Aboriginal artist and author Chelinay Gates. A story about Lucy from Broome, who ventures into the Great Sandy Desert to find her dying Jaibri (Great Grandmother), it’s a tale of intrigue which seamlessly blends modern life with the Dreamtime’s ancient prophecies.
Jan 11 to 26, 2020 Blue Poles – large abstract sculptural installation works using mixed media. Photography and video work artists Louise Allerton, Renee Farrant, Rachel Mordy and Jill Meehan create installation-based responses to Pollack’s abstract expressionist painting, ‘Blue Poles’. Nearly 50 years since the Australian Government’s purchase of this artwork it remains one of our most iconic yet also most polarising artworks. The artists explore its beauty, complexity and subtle nuances in a contemporary context.

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 Dec 9 The Lester Prize. Same Prize. Different Face. The Black Swan Prize for Portraiture has been renamed The Lester Prize in honour of the award’s leading patron. Forty finalists from across Australia were selected from over 400 entrants for this year’s Prize. Sydney-based actor and artist Liam Nunan with his portrait of fellow actor Jonny Hawkins is The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019 Winner of WA’s premier portrait prize – The Lester Prize. Read more… When you visit the free exhibition at AGWA, don’t forget to have your say in the $7,500 Baldock Family People’s Choice Award.

Winner, The Richard Lester Prize for Portraiture 2019: ­Liam Nunan, Jonny Hawkins, 2019, oil on canvas, 45 x 61cm

To Jan 13, 2020 Screen Space: Sue Ford – Ford’s iconic ‘Time’ series 1962-1974 photographs and her video work ‘Faces’ 1976-1996 is on display together for the first time since acquisition. Ford’s images of her subjects taken ten, 20 and 30 years apart were a key photographic and a deeply feminist gesture which changed the way Australian photographers saw and conceptualised their work.
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…
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. This exhibition 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.
From Dec 7 That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern. AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building. That Seventies Feeling showcases some of the Gallery’s best works from the 1970s. 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.

Brian McKay, Fathom, 1970, oil on canvas on hardboard, 105 x 105cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 1970

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.
To Dec 22 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. Read more…

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

To Dec 22 Untitled (Uura) by Curtis Taylor. Perth-based Martu artist Curtis Taylor presents Untitled, 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.

Artwork by Curtis Taylor. Photograph: Bo Wong. Courtesy the artist and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

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.
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

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.

Tania Ferrier, East River Salsa, 1996, watercolour on card, 68 x 47cm, CCWA 626. Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia. © and courtesy the artist

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.
Gallery closed from Dec 8, re-opening Feb 8, 2020.

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

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.
To Dec 24 Investment Art and Secondary Sales.

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

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.
Nov 30 to Jan 19, 2020 (opening Fri Nov 29, 6-8pm) Tales of the Surreal – Stories From the Oral History Collection, Heathcote Hospital by Jo Darbyshire.

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 Dec 22 Surface Tension by Stephanie Hammill and Andrea Vinkovic.
Also, Things with Wings – Mundaring Environmental Art Project.

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 Dec 8 The South West Printmakers: Studio 2019.
To Dec 15 Inspired by Light.
To Jan 12, 2020 Christmas Shop 2019.
To Feb 23, 2020 Modern Masters.
Nov 30 to Feb 2, 2020 Exploration In Glass: Glass Artists of Western Australia.
Dec 14 to Feb 16, 2020 Machines And Makers.

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.
Nov 30 to Jan 25, 2020 Trevor Richards: Roll The Tape.
Also, Genesis 2019: Geraldton Secondary Students.

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.