Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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Friday Talk

Mathematics Meets Art: Early Renaissance Art and the Need for Perspective

Not only did the early Renaissance painters seek to improve their methods of spatial illusionism, they believed that sophisticated knowledge of geometry was integral. Leon Battista Alberti (1435) believed the first requirement of a painter was to know geometry, whereas Piero Della Francesca went to great lengths to reduce painting to principles of perspective and solid geometry.

Join Dr John Bamberg of the UWA School of Mathematics and Statistics to see how perspective art leads to interesting mathematics. We will see that there is more than meets the eye when we explore the geometric properties of perspective.

John Bamberg grew up north of Melbourne, and completed a BSc (Hons) in pure mathematics at La Trobe University in 1999. He came to UWA in 2000 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Cheryl Praeger and Prof Tim Penttila, in the subject of finite group theory (the mathematics of symmetry).

His first postdoc began in 2004 (an ARC Postdoctoral Discovery grant) with Tim Penttila, which lead him into another branch of mathematics; finite geometry. In 2006, John was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at Ghent University (Belgium), where he lived for nearly three years, before returning to Perth to begin another postdoc in collaboration with Gordon Royle and Michael Giudici.

In 2012, he was granted an ARC Future Fellowship (at UWA), and as of the beginning of 2017, he has evolved into a regular teaching and research member of the university.

Campus Partner: School of Mathematics and Statistics

Artwork: Fra Carnevale, The Ideal City (detail), c. 1480-1484, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA.


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iArt - iPad/Tablet Drawing Workshop with Alejandro Tearney

Do you have an iPad or Android tablet and thinking about using it more creatively? Learn how to draw and paint on tablets such as iPads or Surface, in this fun and free workshop!

Express your artistic side with an easy-to-use app, with powerful, dynamic, and intuitive painting tools.

This workshop is recommended for anyone that desires to create in a digital medium. Each participant will need to bring their iPad or Android tablet device to the workshop. During the session, we will be using the app ArtRage. Download the app prior to attending the workshop (available on App Store and Google Play).

Open for all ages.

This event is part of the Big Draw Perth festival.  


Big Draw with Sarah Pollard and Liam Hubbard

DADAA x Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Join us for this unique DADAA x LAWRENCE WILSON ART GALLERY event as part of BIG DRAW 2017, featuring SARAH POLLARD and LIAM HUBBARD.

In this performative virtual reality drawing session, Sarah and Liam will don a virtual reality headset, drawing in an virtual environment iwth their canvases projected for the audience. Following each set, guests will be able to immerse themslves in the virtual environment as well.

This event bring DADAA's Mixed Reality project to the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, to take part in the global campaign for drawing, as part of BIG DRAW PERTH.

  This event is part of the Big Draw Perth festival.    

Artwork by Timothy Cook

Tiwi Design - In the beginning

Using archival images, Madeleine Clear, co-founder of Tiwi Design, reminisces about the early years of Tiwi Design, where she worked closely with artists in the late 1960s.

From humble beginnings as a printmaking workshop, it went on to gain national and international recognition as one of the earliest and most successful Aboriginal art projects in Australia.

The Tiwi Design art centre continues to produce unique and beautiful work specialising in printed fabrics.

Timothy Cook, Kulama, 2015, ochre on linen, Museum of Contemporary Art commission. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association ©Timothy Cook/Licensed by Viscopy 2017.

Artwork by Julie Dowling

Friday Talk

Looking at "The Seven Deadly Sins"

Join us as Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent examines and reflects on Julie Dowling’s artwork, The Seven Deadly Sins, which is currently on show in the exhibition Country & Colony. Comprised of a series of small canvases, this work exhibits images of exploitation of the environment, disregard for sacred sites of First Nation people, and disrespect for country and humanity in the pursuit of wealth.

Jacqueline Van Gent is an early modern historian at the University of Western Australia and Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800). Her current research concerns emotions, materiality and colonial encounters in the early modern period.

Campus Partner: Centre for Western Australian History

Artwork: Julie Dowling, The Seven Deadly Sins (detail, Pride & Sorry), 2000, acrylic and red ochre on canvas, eight parts, 60 x 50 cm each, CCWA 683. Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia. © The artist.


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HOME TOWN: Artist and community ambition on an international stage

An Artsource and UWA Cultural Precinct Symposium

HOME TOWN brings together internationally-renowned Australian artists and curators in this investigative symposium, exploring the relationship between artists and communities in the realisation of ambitious site-specific artworks.

It considers existing international and local projects; their history, impact and significance for local communities. The discussion will consider artist driven projects and the paradox of permanence for art in a shifting cultural context. The day also covers the local/global nexus and art experiences made extraordinary through the agency of communities.

Speakers: Gary Dufour (Perth, WA), Margaret Moore (Perth, WA), Lisa Roet (Melbourne, VIC), James Angus (New York, USA), Ian Strange (New York, USA), Anne Loxley (Sydney, NSW), Jonathon Kimberley (Hobart, TAS), Curtis Taylor (Western Desert, WA), Tess Maunder (Brisbane, QLD).

Home Town is presented by High Tide for the Fremantle Festival. 

  • Date: Saturday 4 November 2017, 9am - 5:30pm (registrations from 8:30am)
  • Venue: Tannock Hall of Education ND4/301, The University of Notre Dame, 19 Mouat Street, Fremantle/li>
  • Tickets: $30 General, $15 Students, Artsource Associates and NAVA members. FREE for Artsource members and Friends of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. 
  • Enquiries: (08) 6488 3707 or

Artsource and UWA Cultural Precinct would like to thank the Ian Potter Foundation, The University of Notre Dame, Quest Fremantle and the City of Fremantle for their generous support of Home Town.  

For more information, visit the Home Town symposium page.  

Artwork: James Angus, Grow Your Own, 2011, Steel, aluminium, and polysiloxane paint, Forrest Place, Perth. Photo: Sebastian Adams. Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


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LWAG Signs: AUSLAN Interpreted Tour

For adults with hearing loss or deafness 

Experience the artwork at LWAG in Australian Sign Language. Join us for a free tour in Auslan of the current exhibitions on display guided by a gallery staff member and interpreter from Auslan Stage Left. 

The Tiwi Design art centre continues to produce unique and beautiful work specialising in printed fabrics.

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Let's Talk Shop

Conversation with Beach Gecko Glass

Join us to hear how Laurie Fossier Mills’ fascination with glass has been an exciting personal journey of discovery, exploring new concepts and glassblowing techniques. 

Laurie’s development as an artist and director of Beach Gecko Glass has come from belonging to a glass community that generously exchanges its experience and insights - it is a complex medium with endless possibilities. 

Beach Gecko Glass products will be also available for purchase at this event. 

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'Can Touch This' Tour

For visitors with visual impairment

Join us for a touch and verbal descriptive tour of the current exhibitions. A trained guide delivers descriptions of the visual elements of artworks exhibited, along with tactile opportunities using mixed media and 3D printed translations.

Tours are free to attend and open to companions and carers.

Refreshments will be provided. 

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Going Slow

Visual Arts x Mindfulness Tour

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 the artwork on display.

The 45-minute session involves collaborative viewing of selected artworks with the theme of empathy and compassion, followed by an informal discussion.

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State of Access: Galleries, Museums and Performing Art Centres

Churchill Fellowship Lecture

Caine Chennatt investigates the role cultural organisations can play in fostering inclusive communities. On being awarded a Churchill Fellowship, he travelled to art galleries, museums, performing arts centres, and community organisations in South Korea, Japan, US, Canada and the UK this year, researching current models for disability-access and inclusion programs.

In this talk, he will share an overview of his findings on best-practice cultural access programs, disability-led digital initiatives, and insights on how organisations can become more inclusive; followed by a discussion on opportunities for arts organisations in Western Australia.

This event is presented as part of the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

Light refreshments will be served.  

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Let's Meet at LWAG

For visitors living with Alzheimer's

Join us for the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s quarterly program for individuals living with dementia – a tour and forum for discussion through looking at art. A specially trained facilitator highlights themes, artists and exhibitions through a shared exploration of the artworks on display. Family members and carers are welcome.

Refreshments provided.