August 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.


Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9555.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
July 27 to Sept 14 Other Suns: Cult Sci-fi Cinema & Art – featuring local, national and international artists exploring the less familiar underbellies of science fiction: the hybrid, the noisy, the forbidden, and the vernacular. Artists explore the detritus of the future, the ecologies of other spaces, and the polymorphic technologies of tomorrow. Read more…

Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas, Incident Energy (film still), 2013, 4-channel. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

July 27 to Sept 14 Stuart Elliot: Fremantle 1988 – Stuart Elliott’s Fremantle 1988 is a ‘fakeological’ dig through 200 years of recent Western Australian history, from the time of invasion to commemoration of the national bicentenary in 1988. Elliott’s imposing and interactive cabinet of horrors is a multi-levelled painted assemblage, full of eccentric dramatisations and exotic reminisces that shed light upon a web of powerful local and national stories of conflict and survival.

Stuart Elliott, Fremantle 1988 (detail), 1988, acrylic paint on timber. City of Fremantle Art Collection

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
Open daily.
Through Aug, Gallery 1: My Journey through Ingarrda Country by Sonya Edney. Gallery 2: Bush Garden by Artists of Ampilatwatja.

Sonya Edney, Bush Fire at Night, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 138 x 138cm. Courtesy the artist and Japingka Gallery

Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton, My Country – Bush Medicine Plants, 2019, acrylic on linen, 76 x 91cm. Courtesy the artist and Japingka Gallery

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
To Aug 11 Creative Connections – a project that pairs artists with disabilities and poets, working together to create a range of varying artworks that demonstrate their diverse abilities and personalities.
Also, Resonance by Carmela Corvaia (WA) – sculptures and assemblages constructed from found materials combined with felting, twining and stitching.
Aug 16 to Sept 1 (opening Fri Aug 16, 6pm) Merge – a body of two and three dimensional work by Margaret River artist Shayne Hadley inspired by observations of figures and their reflections upon water.

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 Aug 5 WA Now: TJYLLYUNGOO/Lance Chadd: Ibelongyoubelongwebelong. A series of recent works trace the artist’s connection to people and place, in particular the Boorongurup (Porongorup Ranges), the oldest granite formation on Earth. Through portrait and landscape paintings and sculpture Ibelongyoubelongwebelong lays bare the the spiritual unity of land and people and afford the wider public access to this knowledge and adoption. Read more…

TJYLLYUNGOO/Lance Chadd, Ngoorlark Boorongur, 2015, acrylic on Belgian linen, 90 x 120cm © TJYLLYUNGOO/Lance Chadd, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

To Sept 9 AGWA Design – Family resemblance. A collection display featuring a range of largely ceramic works that showcase the way some of the nation’s and world’s best makers create sequences and clusters of objects. The display includes recent and older acquisitions by artists such as Ron Nagle, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Margaret West and Sandra Black, amongst many others.
To Sept 30 Screen Space: Undesirable bodies by Pilar Mata Dupont – filmed at, and in, Jurndawurrunha – a natural freshwater spring sacred to the Yindjibarndi people of the Pilbara region – the work considers, through poetry of filmic means, introduced ground and underwater flora as a form of colonisation and how contemporary conservation efforts can restore the equilibrium.

Pilar Mata Dupont, Undesirable bodies, 2018, three-channel digital video, sound, colour, 1/5, 16:16 mins. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

To Nov 4 The Botanical: Beauty and Peril – this major exhibition explores the abundant beauty of the botanical world and the threats that assail it. Drawing 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.
From Aug 17 WA Now: Breathing Pattern by Eveline Kotai – over the past 15 years, 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. The exhibition includes new and recent work with the variety of media including canvas reconstructions, carpets, cross-stitch compositions and paintings.

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.

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 based in South Fremantle and hold quarterly satellite exhibitions. They are open at all other times by appt.
Recipients Fremantle Business Awards: Outstanding Cultural Enterprise in 2017. Corporate Social Responsibility in 2016.
To Sept 27 at Ground Floor, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth: OUR LAND | OUR PLACE.
This group exhibition highlights the importance of country through imagery and storytelling. A visual exploration of complex stories around the geography of the land and narratives associated with different times, the exhibition has been sourced from some of the most remote and established art centres throughout Western Australia. From Kalumburu and Balgo in the Kimberley, to the Pilbara and Tjukurlu in the western desert and Kalka on the WA/SA/NT border, the exhibition gives an insight into the cultural importance of place and story. The exhibition will also incorporate the WA launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project, Australia’s first and only national Indigenous contemporary jewellery project.

Tracy Doorloo Ramsay, Untitled, 2019, natural ochre and pigments on canvas, 80 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

Angilyiya Tjapiti Mitchell, Seven Sisters Kungkarrangkalpa, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76cm. Courtesy the artist and Artitja Fine Art

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.
Aug 2 to 25 Brick by Tom Freeman. This project and exhibition is supported with funding from Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries WA as well as the Australia Council for the Arts. Read more…
Showing alongside Bureau of Meteoranxiety: Olivia Tartaglia & Alex Tate, and Peasantography: Tami Xiang.

Tom Freeman, Four loops, 2019, four different stoneware clays and glazes with found brick, 14 x 23 x 26cm. Photograph: Bo Wong. Courtesy the artist

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.
July 27 to Oct 6 Trying to Find Comfort in An Uncomfortable Chair by Agatha Gothe-Snape and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. The artist considers the founding history of the collection to identify moments in which personal histories become enmeshed with professional practice. With works by Janet Dawson, Helen Eager, Rosalie Gascoigne, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Elizabeth Newman, Ann Newmarch, Michelle Nikou and Miriam Stannage.

Agatha Gothe-Snape, Trying to Find Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair. Photograph: Bo Wong

July 27 to Oct 6 Termite Economies (Phase One) by Nicholas Mangan – brings to attention research conducted by the CSIRO into how termite behaviour could be harnessed to assist with gold exploration. Mangan takes this research as the outline for a sculptural installation that includes archival documentation and field footage produced by the artist.

Nicholas Mangan, Termite Economies, 2018. Photograph: Andrew Curtis. Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Subiaco West Perth Crawley

Buratti Fine Art
Suite 6, 12 Hood Street, Subiaco 6008.
Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 2.00, or by appt.

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 Aug 17 Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver – an elegant body of work, from one of the foremost silversmiths working and teaching in Australia. This exhibition is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Also, Nikulinsky Naturally – a survey of Philippa Nikulinsky’s work from the 1970s to the present. Exploring the ways in which she continues to interrogate the botanical riches of the Western Australian landscape.
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.
Also, 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 inaccessible for decades. These include stories of ancestral beings that travelled across country, through waterholes and into the stars.
Aug 31 to Dec 7 HERE&NOW19 – surveys the practice of artists working with fibre and textiles, and showcases their use of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques.
Also, Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art – showcasing artwork from the 1930s – a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political.

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 Aug 11 Our Country – selected Indigenous artists. In conjunction with Mitchell Fine Art.
Aug 12 to Sept 1 Kate Elsey: Around Corners.

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.
July 27 to Sept 1 UNDISGUISED/UNDISCLOSED by Matthew Pope. Read more…

Matthew Pope, Test for ‘Vision’, 2019, digital test of installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Heathcote Museum and Gallery

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 Hwy, 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 Sept 8 Hold On! by Joan Johnson.
Also, Princeon by Kate Hallen.

Nyisztor Studio
391 Canning Highway, Melville 6156.
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 Aug 18 You Made Me Do It by Olga Cironis.
To Sept 15 Setagaya Photography Exhibition.
To Sept 29 Noongar Country 2019: Voice Treaty Truth.

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.

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.