Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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Visual Arts x Mindfulness Tour
Going Slow

Slow your day down by joining us for a different kind of art gallery tour. Much like a mindfulness exercise, where you focus on your breathing, in this tour you allow your mind to settle on selected pieces of contemporary art.

Each viewing will be themed differently and will be followed by an informal discussion.

You can choose to drop-in for one session, or attend all the full 4-week program.

This series is presented by the UWA Health and Wellbeing department in in collaboration with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. 


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Talking Allowed
Visual Influences on Legislation: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School relocation proposal

Culture Jamming is defined as a movement that mixes politics with graffiti, and satire with paint. Said by some to scramble "... the signal, injects the unexpected, and spurs audiences to think critically and challenge the status quo", this presentation, by Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen, UWA School of Law, and artist Desmond Mah examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect.

Camilla and Desmond will showcase some of the many artistic works produced by artists and children to protest the recent proposal to relocate Perth Modern School to an inner-city high-rise, as well as jamming sites which promote racial equality, and ask the question: Is this controversial way of visually expressing public resistance and opinion effective in influencing legislation? Should it be?

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the UWA Cultural Precinct, where a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion.

Image: Culture jamming at Perth Modern School.


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Book Launch - HERE&NOW17: New Photography

Join us for the book launch of HERE&NOW17: New Photography documenting the artwork exhibited at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

Curator Chelsea Hopper will be in conversation with Dr Darren Jorgensen (UWA School of Design and Centre for Rock Art Research and Management) discussing the book and the exhibition.

HERE&NOW17: New Photography centres on contemporary Western Australia artists working with, or at the margins of photography; on show until 8 July 2017.

The book includes installation views of the works and essays from Eleanor Ivory Weber, Dan Miller, Tom Penney, Emma Crott and Melinda Ried. The book will be available for purchase at $5

Refreshments will be served.

Image: Book cover of HERE&NOW17: New Photography.


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For Visitors With Visual Impairment
’Can Touch This’ Tour

Join us for an innovative touch and audio descriptive tour of 
Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986 – 2001 and HERE&NOW17: New Photography. Audio Description enhances visual art for people who are blind or vision impaired. A trained Audio Describer delivers a verbal description of the visual elements.

This tour will also include various tactile 3D-printed translations of the artworks on display.

Refreshments Provided.


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Friday Talk
The Likeness – Curator tour and talk

The Likeness is an exhibition drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and curated by Gemma Weston.

It is a partial survey of 100 years of Australian portraiture, reflecting how artists have utilised the genre to explore ideas of self-determination, identity and the changing - or unchanging - role of art in society.

Join Gemma for an in–depth examination of the collection’s take on women’s portraiture, and a close look at key collection works.


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WINTERarts Workshop
Paint Yourself

Use modern make-up to create your own self-portraits.

Did you know that many of the earliest pigments used to paint with, were first used to decorate our bodies? Let’s see how we can use modern make-up as a palette and create our own self-portraits. If you can apply a decent foundation, you’re already on your way to painting a great portrait. 

View the portraiture exhibition The Likeness and join us in this two hour workshop to learn some tips and tricks from professional artist Elizabeth Marruffo. All materials provided. Participants will need to bring with them a printed A4 ‘selfie’ photograph. 

Image: A.M.E. Bale, Self Portrait, c. 1906, oil on board, 48 x 34.8 cm, CCWA 752. Cruthers Collection of Women's Art. The University of Western Australia 

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Let's Talk Shop with Blue Lawn Designs

Blue Lawn Designs was set up by husband and wife team, Chris MacDonald and Claire Bradshaw.

Join us to hear Chris discuss how their backgrounds and interests have converged to create a successful screenpinting textile business which continues to shape their lives and interests in ways that are fun and satisfying.

For more information visit the Blue Lawn website. Blue Lawn textiles will also be available to purchase at this event.