November/December 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 (member of ACGA).
Established in 2004 by Directors Anna Kanaris and Arthur Clarke, Artitja Fine Art Gallery invites you to view art in a home environment by appointment. Specialising in art from remote Aboriginal art centre communities, the Directors’ focus has been in making cultural connections through art. Since its inception the Gallery has grown to become one of Perth’s most reputable and accessible Aboriginal art galleries, holding up to six exhibitions in public spaces annually; more details of which can be found on the website.

Cassaria Young Hogan, Bush Trip, 91 x 91cm. Courtesy Ninuku Arts and Artitja Fine Art Gallery

Oct 31 to Nov 22 Cultural Connections | The Gift Of Story group show at Earlywork, 330 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA. Storytelling is a vital part of Aboriginal culture and historically a valuable method of learning and passing on cultural knowledge through generations. In emphasising this aspect of the art, we also acknowledge the gift we are given by the artists in connecting culture by sharing that knowledge.
Through Dec gallery open by appointment only.

Dorothy Richards, Marlu – red Kangaroo, 61 x 92cm. Courtesy Papulankutja Artists, Northern Territory and Artitja Fine Art Gallery

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9555.
Free entry.
Daily 10.00 to 5.00.
To Nov 22 Bodywork – Amber Boardman, Tarryn Gill and Kaylene Whiskey. Morphing figures, performing bodies and pop icons populate Bodywork, an exhibition that brings together mid-career Australian artists Amber Boardman (NSW), Tarryn Gill (WA) and Kaylene Whiskey (SA). Featuring soft sculpture, painting and video, Bodywork focuses on the body as a site for experimentation and self-expression, while exploring ideas connected to body modification, the cult of celebrity, and female empowerment.
To Nov 22 Michelle Hamer: Are You Having a Good Night? is Victorian-based artist Michelle Hamer’s first solo exhibition in WA. For years, Hamer has documented aggressive and patronising language aimed at women. In this new series of intricate hand-stitched works and drawings she continues her engagement with the threatening language many women face daily.

Michelle Hamer, You Chicks are all the Same, 2019, 51 x 66cm. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

To Nov 22 City of Fremantle Art Collection | Presence of Evidence – Pat Brassington, Peggy Griffiths, Michelle Hyland, Helen Ling, Maria Madeira in collaboration with Victor de Sousa, Narelle Jubelin, Fiona MacDonald and Big Fag Press, Marion Manifold, Sally Morgan and Therese Ritchie in collaboration with Chips Mackinolty. Presence of Evidence presents award winning works from the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award spanning 25 years (1989-2015). In the absence of the FAC Print Award in 2020, Presence of Evidence brings together 8 remarkable prints and print series by female artists drawing upon ideas about identity, self-knowledge, motherhood and representation of culture and place, referencing societal constructs that impact upon women’s bodies and experience of patriarchy.
Nov 28 to Jan 24, 2021 DesignFreo Exhibitors: Spaceagency architects, Squarepeg Home, Monster_Alphabets_Dilemma, Tiller Rides, Winterwares, Chil3, Ohlo Studio, Remington Matters + More. Design is everywhere and we all make design decisions every day – what to wear, where we live, what we buy and how we get from A to B. DesignFreo looks at Fremantle through the lens of design and draws attention to how design shapes our experiences as individuals and as a community. The exhibition explores our relationship to designed objects, places and spaces and features local architects, furniture makers, and fashion, industrial, urban, interior and graphic designers.

Tarryn Gill, Limber (1), 2020, mixed media, including hand-stitched Lycra, EPE foam and fibre fill, artificial eyes, steel, dimensions 110 x 370 x 125cm. Photography: Pixel Poetry. Courtesy the artist and Fremantle Arts Centre

Japingka Gallery
47 High Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9335-8265.
Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.30, Sat-Sun: 12.00 to 5.00.

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle 6160.
(08) 9432-9898.
Daily 10.00 to 4.00.
Oct 31 to Nov 15 (opening Fri Oct 30, 6pm) The Nature of Things featuring Michelle Gilks, Sarah Rye and Samantha Hughes and celebrates their shared passion for the environment, and The Show Must Go On is a group who meet every Tuesday and paint at Fremantle Arts Centre.

Samantha Hughes, Falling Girl, 2020, digital image. Courtesy the artist and Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

Nov 21 to Dec 6 (opening Fri Nov 20, 6pm) Shots 2020 is a collective of 30 online photographic enthusiasts, covering a wide range of photographic genres.

Dianne Kelsey, Urban Blue, 2020, digital image. 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.
Wed-Mon 10.00 to 5.00 (closed Tues).
AGWA Modern: They will see us waving from such great heights.
To Nov 29 The Lester Prize 2020 is celebrating its 14th anniversary in 2020 and its fifth year at the Art Gallery of WA. This year’s forty finalists were chosen from 750 entries received from artists across Australia. The Lester Prize is one of the nation’s most recognised and prestigious fine art prizes. The prize pool available to professional, emerging and young artists is now worth almost $85,000, including the main prize of $50,000.
From Dec 12 sorry I was/am too much by Carla Adams and Albert Tucker. This exhibition pairs works by young Western Australian artist Carla Adams and Australian modernist Albert Tucker. Both figurative artists, they employ highly-personalised and charged versions of expressionism as the vehicle for an ongoing struggle with feeling; connections and mis-connections between people; the blurring of the private and public self; carnal and romantic desires and their constant frustration; and gender roles.

Carla Adams, Difficult, 2019, acrylic and ink on board with acrylic gems, 30 x 23cm © Carla Adams. Courtesy the artist and Art Gallery of Western Australia

From Dec 19 Tim Minchin & Tee Ken Ng: Leaving LA. From working with Grammy Award winning musicians to commissions from the likes of Google, Twitter, Netflix and Perrier, Tee Ken Ng is a Perth-based artist, filmmaker and designer with a global reach and reputation. This exhibition focuses on his recent animated music video for another Perth luminary, Tim Minchin. Presented as an installation of the swirling hand-made zoetropes that bring Minchin’s song Leaving LA to visual life, it reveals the unique and exquisite charm, art and craft of Ng’s animation practice. Combined with live video projections of the zoetropes in action and an accompanying soundtrack, Ng creates a sense of being within the animation itself as the entire piece becomes a living artwork that fully encompasses the viewer.

Tee Ken Ng, Film still of zoetrope-animated video for Tim Minchin’s Leaving LA, 2020. Photograph: Tee Ken Ng. Courtesy the artists 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.
Wed-Sun 11.00 to 5.00 during exhibitions and events.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James Street, Perth 6000.
(08) 9228-6300.
Free entry.
Tues-Sun 10.00-5.00.
Nov 3 to Jan 10, 2021 Refracted Reality is a curated selection of responses to the window as a motif or metaphor, a physical barrier that speaks to broader concerns of duality and exchange. In this exhibition the artists’ works are the medium through which ideas pass and bend, echoing questions of privacy, representational fictions in a post-truth era and a renewed interest in both the intimacy and constrictions of interior space in the wake of mass self-isolation. Curated by guest curator Anna Louise Richardson.

Max Pam, The Sea of Love (detail), 2020. Courtesy the artist and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Nov 3 to Jan 10, 2021 Forest of Voices by Olga Cironis. Through her much-anticipated solo exhibition, leading WA artist Olga Cironis extends an invitation to the public to anonymously share their own stories about intimacy, touch and connection. Gathered by the artist as audio recordings and presented as a sound installation, Forest of Voices gives form to a collective archive of voices. Spanning three decades, Cironis’ practice has examined the personal narratives of intimacy and connection that sit at the centre of the human condition. Her work recognises the possibilities contained in collective acts and asserts the importance of understanding how we live together.

Courtesy Olga Cironis 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 12.00 to 5.00.
To Dec 5 HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer, curated by Brent Harrison.

Colin Smith, Bloodletting (installation view), 2020, ‘HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer’ Photograph: Bo Wong. Courtesy the artist and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Also, A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk by artist Drew Pettifer, and (Un)ladylike Acts: Recent Acquisitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. And, Boomerang – A National Symbol, presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology.
To July, 2021 Online exhibition: Expressions of India: From the Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt Collection. Presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology.

A Sorrowful Act: The Wreck of the Zeewijk (installation view). Photograph: Bo Wong. Courtesy the artist and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Linton & Kay Galleries
299 Railway Road (cnr Nicholson Road), Subiaco 6008.
(08) 9388-3300.
Mon-Sun 10.00 to 4.00.
To Nov 12 Stephen Glassborow: Heavy Metal.
Nov 7 to 29 Leon Pericles: Worlds within worlds.

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 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.
Visit website for 2020/21 exhibition program.

John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley 6102.
(08) 9266-4155.
Free entry.
Tues-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Wed 11.00 to 8.00 during exhibitions only.

Linton & Kay Galleries
Mandoon Estate
10 Harris Road, Caversham 6055.
(08) 9388-3300.
Fri-Sun and public hols 10.00 to 5.00, or by appt.

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.
Nov 7 to Dec 20 Tied Up With String.

Nyisztor Studio
391 Canning Highway, Melville – Palmyra 6156.
Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00, Sun 2.00 to 5.00.
Nov 21 to Dec 6 (opening Sat Nov 21, 4-8pm) Painting the screen – Benjamin Aitken (VIC), Catherine Gordon (WA), Fiona Harman (WA), Richard Healy (NSW), Tanya Jaceglav (WA), Casey Jeffery (VIC), Hyunji Kim (VIC/ SU, KR), India Mark (NSW), Shannon McCulloch (VIC), Ellen Norrish (WA), Nicole Slatter & Bruce Slatter (WA), Wade Taylor (WA) and Ian Williams (WA). Painting the screen is a group exhibition exploring the influence of digital culture on the subject matter and methodology of contemporary figurative painters. Featuring the work of 14 artists working across the country who employ the use of screen based technology as an important tool in their painting practices. They demonstrate a continuation of figurative painting traditions whilst making work that is reflective of, and specific to the contemporary moment.

Shannon McCulloch, Casper, 2020, oil on board, 34 x 28cm. Courtesy the artist and Nyisztor Studio

Tanya Jaceglav, Uber, 2020, oil on marine ply, 30.5 x 30.5cm. Courtesy the artist and Nyisztor Studio

Wanneroo Gallery
Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo 6065.
Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00 (during exhibitions only). Closed public holidays.
From July 20 the Wanneroo Gallery will be closed until a new exhibition is available.


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 Nov 29 Julie Dowling: Yagu Gurlbarl (Big Secret).
To Dec 6 Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty: Disappointing Vanilla.
Nov 21 to Feb 21, 2021 Christopher Young: Eight.

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery
24 Chapman Road, Geraldton 6530.
(08) 9956-6750.
Tues-Fri 9.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 9.30 to 1.30.

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
Tues, Wed, Fri 9.00 to 4.00, Thurs 9.00 to 8.00, Sat 9.00 to 3.00.