July/August 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.
Established in 2004, 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.
In its 16th year Artitja Fine Art Gallery specializes in Aboriginal art working with over 25 remote community Art Centres throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory and the APY Lands, and operate by appointment. Open all year round by the Gallery’s focus is in making cultural connections through art, and has since its inception grown to become one of Perth’s most reputable and accessible award-winning Aboriginal art galleries.
Directors Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke invite you to make an appointment for a personalised art viewing in a welcoming home environment. Visit our website for more information and to view the extensive collection.

David Miller, Wati Ngintaka munu Minyma Tjirilya, 122 x 122cm. Courtesy the artist, Ninuku Arts and Artitja Fine Art

Bugai Whyoulter, Wantili, 122 x 91cm. Courtesy the artist, Martumilia Artists and Artitja Fine Art

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9555.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To July 26 Revealed: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists – showcases over 100 of the best new and emerging Aboriginal artists from WA’s remote and regional art centres, as well as independent and Noongar artists from metropolitan Perth and the South West. The works span a breadth of styles and mediums including painting, installation, video, textiles, photography, print media, jewellery, carving and sculpture. Join us at the exhibition opening, attended by many of the exhibiting artists, to be the first to see this year’s crop of exciting new talent and officially open the Revealed 2020 program. All works in the exhibition are for sale. Purchasing works from the show is a great way to celebrate and support the next generation of WA’s Aboriginal artists

Lorna Dawson, Campaign Glass, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 45.5 x 35.5cm. Courtesy Spinifex Hill Studio

To July 26 Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri in WA: Hunter Dreaming. Two major paintings by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri (1934-84), a significant Papunya Tula Anmatyerr painter, are reunited for the first time in Hunter Dreaming. Both of these important uniquely WA works were produced during a visit to Perth in 1978-79 when Leura was a guest of Nyoongar elder Ken Colbung (1931-2010). The men, both strong culture warriors for their communities, developed a firm friendship. A decade after Leura’s visit, Colbung generously donated the paintings to the City of Fremantle and City of Wanneroo in an act of reconciliation at the time of the Bicentenary. This is the first time they will be exhibited side by side

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Aboriginal people meeting first white settlers at the Swan River, 1979, acrylic paint on canvas on board, 76.5 x 109cm. Donated by Ken Colbung, 1988. City of Fremantle Art Collection

Aug 1 to Sept 20 Panacea – a major exhibition, drawn from the City of Fremantle Art Collection, offering each of us some personal solace as we experience the worldwide shock and disruption of COVID-19.

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
UPDATE: Japingka Gallery is currently fully operational for online orders, and open for limited hours each day.

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To July 26 Blue Skies and Broken Hearts, the new exhibition by Frans Bisschops is a striking and surreal view of a modern summer in Australia, complete with blue skies, broken hearts, suntans, sharks and surfers.

Frans Bisschops, The Sunbathers, 2020, oil on canvas, 90 x 70cm. Courtesy the artist and Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

July 31 to Aug 16 PAWA Bodies of Work is a survey of contemporary printmaking techniques and genres from the members of the Printmakers Association of Western Australia (PAWA).

Shelley Cowper, Astral Projection, 2016, etching with relief print and collagraph, 88 x104cm. Courtesy the artist and Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

Aug 21 to 30 Escape is an exhibition of landscape paintings by emerging artist Ellie Biggs who provides a variety of nature scenes from across the state.

Ellie Briggs, Wildfire singed, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm. 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.
Wed-Mon 10.00 to 5.00 (closed Tues).
To July 27 Screen Space – Stuart Ringholt. Stuart’s work AUM is accompanied by posters from his Anger Workshops performances. Part introspective meditation, part catharsis, AUM focuses on the practice of Aum meditation process between a couple who are working through emotions of love and anger.
To Aug 17 WA Now – Tom Mùller: MONOLITH SCORES. Buildings are urban monoliths. Cultural institutions are perceived to be even more so. Tom Mùller’s WA Now exhibition delves into what this perceived monolith sounds like, feels like, breathes like. Read more…

Tom Mùller, Monolith 32020, scrapeboard, 11 x 10cm. © Tom Mùller. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

To Aug 31 Tom Malone Prize – a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community. The Tom Malone Prize has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists working in this art form. The winner of the 2020 Tom Malone Prize is Mel Douglas for her work Tonal Value (2019). Read more…
To Oct 5 Pulse Perspectives – WA’s talented young artists are celebrated in this yearly showcase, gauging the pulse of young people who will influence, empower and shape the world we live in. Read more…

Jasmine Dowding, “When did you decide?” (detail), 2019, digital print on paper, three parts: 59.4 x 42cm each; Joseph Banks Secondary College. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

Artbank, Perth
Level 1, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth 6000.
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.
An artist-run-initiative for exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops and events across multiple galleries.
UPDATE: Cool Change Contemporary is closed to the public until further notice.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James Street, Perth 6000.
(08) 9228-6300.
Free entry.
Tue-Sun 10.00-5.00.
To Oct 18 Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 – features the work of 24 recent visual arts graduates from every State and Territory with an exciting and diverse range of practices rigorously selected. The exhibition tells the story of the nation’s emerging arts practices while acting as an important platform for artistic careers. Informed by the artists’ lived experiences, many of the works share ideas around social constructs, individual identity and cultural heritage. Issues of racism, displacement and the concept of the cohesiveness of a multi-ethnic identity are examined. The role of fashion in shaping self-perception, how sound can affect our sense of place and how grand personal narratives can come unstuck are some of the concepts explored.
This year’s selection panel included: Nathan Beard, Artist; Hannah Presley, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Megan Monte, Director Cement Fondu, Sydney. Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 – presents the work of Ohni Blu (NSW), L.A.K.R.M. Bruce (NSW), Ella Callander (QLD), Olivia Davies (VIC), Saleheh Gholami (WA), Rory Gillen (ACT), Alexandra Hobba (VIC), Emma Rani Hodges (ACT), Annie Huang (WA), Emma Hutton (QLD), Alexandra Jonscher (NSW), Nina Juniper (WA), Daniel Kristjansson (WA), Luci Lee (NT), Patrick McDavitt. (NSW), Brooke Mitchell (SA), Philip Sulidae (TAS), Jody Rallah (QLD), Siahne Rogers (WA), Rachel AV Sherwood (NSW), Tina Stefanou (VIC), Truc Truong (SA), Michelle Vine (QLD), and Keemon Williams (QLD).

Jody Rallah, 250 Years (The Coolamon Project), 2019. Photograph: Andrew Willis. 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.
July 11 to July 11, 2021 Expressions of India: From the Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt Collection online exhibition viewable here. Presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology, Expressions of India brings together a collection of Indian paintings from the Ronald and Catherine Berndt Bequest Collection. This selection of works cuts across social circumstance, place and time to provide a glimpse into pockets of everyday life from across India and from varying contexts.
Aug 29 to Dec 5 A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk derives from a broader investigation within artist Drew Pettifer’s work to unearth hidden queer histories through archival art practices. The exhibition focuses on the first recorded moment in (European) queer history in Australia: a sodomy trial following the wreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk in 1727 where two young men were sentenced to death by marooning. Through photographs, video, audio and installation, this exhibition recontextualises social histories to help us rethink our present. A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk is curated by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Director, Professor Ted Snell CitWA. It has been supported by Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Australia Council for the Arts, Kingdom of the Netherlands, RMIT University and the City of Melbourne.
Aug 29 to Dec 5 HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer. This year’s iteration of the annual HERE&NOW exhibition series focuses on the practice of queer artists in Western Australia. HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer examines how artists draw on histories and their own lived experiences to create artworks that reflect on what it means to be queer. The exhibition features new work by artists Benjamin Bannan, Nathan Beard, Janet Carter, Lill Colgan, Jo Darbyshire, Brontë Jones, Andrew Nicholls and Colin Smith and is curated by Brent Harrison. HERE&NOW20 has been supported by the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture Industries and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Benjamin Bannan, Salvation Rainbow (detail), 2020, etched aluminium and two-pack enamel paint, 320 x 180 x 5cm. Courtesy the artist and Lawrence Wilson Gallery

And, Unladylike Acts: Recent Acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Taking its title from Madison Bycroft’s 2013 video work, this exhibition features a suite of recent donations and acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. ‘Women artists’ frequently wrestle with the conundrum of being defined as such, as patriarchal expectations associated with that position can be reinforced by attempts at both celebration and critique. This selection of artworks – including works by Bycroft, Kate Just, Maria Kozic and Sarah Contos – variously reject, embrace and wield gendered perspectives, offering a provocative survey of attitudes toward art practice and its politics. Devised by former CCWA curator Gemma Weston and delivered by current CCWA curator Lee Kinsella, (Un)ladlylike Acts will bring together a selection of contemporary artworks that challenge expectations of women artists and they work they produce.

Madison Bycroft, (Un)Ladylike acts for every lady lacking (Gift to the King) (detail), 2013, still from single-channel digital video, colour, sound, 3:58 loop, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the University of Western Australia. © Madison Bycroft. Courtesy the artist and Lawrence Wilson Gallery

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

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

Greater Perth

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.

John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley 6102.
(08) 9266-4155.
UPDATE: John Curtin Gallery is closed until further notice.

Linton & Kay Galleries
Mandoon Estate
10 Harris Road, Caversham 6055.
(08) 6465-4314.
Fri-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 4.00 or by appt.

Mundaring Arts Centre
7190 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring 6073.
(08) 9295-3991.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 3.00.

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.
Thurs-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00 until July 4.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat 10.00 to 1.00 during school holidays from July 6.
From July 20 the Wanneroo Gallery will be closed until new exhibition is available.


Bunbury Regional Art Gallery
64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury 6230.
(08) 9792-7323.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
24 Chapman Road, Geraldton 6530.
(08) 9956-6750.
UPDATE: Geraldton Regional Art Gallery is closed for renovations until August 2020. Visit their website or social media platforms for updates.

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.
UPDATE: Margaret River Gallery is currently closed, stay tuned for artist interviews, exhibitions and more.

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery
16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland
(08) 9173-1064.