Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

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The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery produces and presents exhibitions of Australian and international art as well as important national touring exhibitions. The exhibition program explores a dynamic and diverse spectrum of visual arts practice.

Exhibition catalogues and publications, as well as art objects and gifts, are available for sale in the Gallery shop.


Image of Japanese woodblock artwork

Ukiyo-e: Japanese prints of the floating world

8 February - 28 June 2014

Japanese woodblock prints from the Ronald and Catherine Berndt Collection.

The techniques of Japanese woodblock printing, moku hanga, is identified most closely with the genre of art Ukiyo-e, commonly translated as 'pictures of the floating world'. This was adopted from the Chinese book printing techniques during the Edo period (1603 - 1867) and developed into a distinctive art form, using water-based inks to provide a wide range of vivid colours possessing extraordinary transparency.

Despite early seventeenth century experiments with the use of movable wooden type to produce books, craftsmen preferred engraved woodblocks for book production of small cheap art prints for a mass market. Now known as Saga books, after the town in which they were created, these classic tales became particularly well known. 

Ronald and Catherine Berndt collection many such Ukiyo-e together, starting when Ronald was still at school. Drawn not only from the classical sagas of Japan, the Ukiyo-e depicted a contemporary world of people in their landscape and their society.

Visit the Ukiyo-e exhibition website to find out more.

Featured work: Woodblock print, Japan, 35.3 x 23.4 cm. RM & CH Berndt Collection [WU8767]


Image of artwork titled Box Brownie Panorama by artist Alice Blanch

p a n o r a m a

3 May - 12 July 2014

In 1792, the Scottish entrepreneur Robert Barker merged the Greek word pan (all) with hórãma (view) when he was searching for a word to describe his 360 by 180 degree painting of the city of Edinburgh. Like all successful inventions, the panorama was of its time and reflected the growing interest in communing with the natural world and travelling to exotic places.

The exhibition p a n o r a m a examines the impact of the panoramic format from the early years of the 19th century to current work by contemporary artists and scientists.

Featured artwork: Alice Blanch, Box Brownie Colour Panorama #13 (detail), 2012, fine art giclee print, 80 x 280cm. © courtesy of the artist.

Visit the p a n o r a m a  exhibition website. 


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Transcending Borders

3 May - 12 July 2014
Berndt Museum Collection

Transcending Borders gives visual form to the developing cross-cultural relationships between South Korea and Western Australia.

The Berndt Museum’s collection of significant historical objects from Korea will be a catalyst for cultural exchanges and collaborations with contemporary artists from South Korea and Western Australia.

These artists delve into their own physical and metaphysical terrain to open up real and imagined borders for our contemplation and reflection.

Featured artwork: Temple Painting, Seoul, South Korea, pigment on silk, mid 19th to 20th century, 126 x 93 cm, P Bridge Collection, Berndt Museum, UWA [WU5218]


Image of artwork titled Scrunched Ball Pacific Ocean

Worldwide Backyard

3 May - 12 July 2014
Cruthers Collection of Women's Art

The landscape and the natural world have been a long-time preoccupation of artists, but the means by which they are depicted are subject to complex cultural influences.

Drawing from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the UWA Art Collection’s rich store of Australian prints, Worldwide Backyard juxtaposes prints from the early 20th century with works from contemporary Australian artists who have utilised print to analyse the construction of the ‘natural’ world.

Featured artwork: Susanna Castleden, Scrunched ball (Pacific Ocean), 2013, Identical paper maps, 45 x 45 x 45 cm, © Courtesy the artist.

Visit the Worldwide Backyard exhibition website. 


Public program

In accompaniment to the current exhibitions, the Gallery hosts a range of events for the public, many of which are free to attend. For more information, visit the events page.