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Artwork by Jacky Giles

Works of Art from Warburton

11 February - 1 July 2017

Experience work by Aboriginal artists from the remote desert community of Warburton.

Warburton is a remote Aboriginal community just south of the Gibson Desert, in the centre of Ngaanyatjarra lands. It is a community with a serious reputation for producing outstanding works of art over several decades.

The Berndt Museum and Warburton Arts Project bring to Perth a selection of works from the community's own collection. Exhibited for the first time in many years, they highlight the importance of the visual arts and challenging our ability to see and become aware of culture through art, this exhibition is filled with depth beyond the visual experience.

Image: Jacky Giles, Ngaanyatjarra, Tingarri, 2000, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Warburton Arts Project (WAC048 (M))

Self portrait of A.M.E Bale

The Likeness

11 February - 8 July 2017

Portraits and self-portraits from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, the nation's only public collection of art by Australian women.

Over the fifty years of collecting that form the basis of the collection, the Cruthers family developed a particular interest in self portraiture and portraiture. Attracted to the way these genres expressed aspects of an artist's biography and identity, the family amassed close to 100 artworks that depict likenesses across a range of styles and disciplines.

Featuring familiar collection favourites and never-before seen gems and rotating collection artworks across the exhibition's run, The Likeness presents a spectrum of attitudes towards portraiture from over 100 years of Australian artistic practice.

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 

Photograph of building face with lamppost in front of brick wall.

HERE&NOW17: New Photography

29 April - 8 July 2017

HERE&NOW17: New Photography centres on contemporary Western Australian artists working with, or at the margins of, photography.

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s annual HERE&NOW exhibition gives an emerging curator a chance to showcase the outstanding work of contemporary artists practising in Western Australia. Curated by Chelsea Hopper, HERE&NOW 17: New Photography aims to explore how Western Australians see themselves, how artists use photography to interrogate a place’s self-representation, and attempts to disrupt the dominance of east coast imagery in the Australian cultural imagination.

The exhibition aims to open up an “expanded field” of photography, and therefore question the nature of photography and image making in contemporary culture. This raises questions related to image culture;the internet and so-called ‘post-internet’ condition of art production; the nature of connectivity, image circulation, information networks and connection models within photo-based culture.

HERE&NOW17: New Photography includes ambitious new work from six WA-based artists: Jacqueline Ball, Scott Burton, Lucy Griggs, Dan McCabe, Lydia Trethewey and Georgia Kaw.

Image: Scott Burton, Untitled, 2016.

Black and white image of a zeppelin taking off a field

Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986-2001

29 April - 8 July 2017

Explore Perth of the mid-1980s through to the dawn of the new millennium with photographs from Western Australian artist Kevin Ballantine.

Kevin Ballantine purchased his first camera in London in 1975, documenting the streets around his home in Fulham. Influenced by the great urban photographers of post-war Paris and New York, and by the work of contemporary street photographers of the 1970s, Ballantine resolved to do the same when he returned to his hometown of Perth in 1976.

The result was an extraordinary body of work, documenting the changing face of the city and conveying with acuity and sensitivity something of what it is to be in this place, both banal and spectacularly beautiful.

Kevin Ballantine: Photographs 1986-2001 presents a survey of 15 years of Ballantine’s practice, capturing the urban landscapes of Perth and Fremantle, an outback road trip down the Great Eastern Highway, and exuberant scenes from Cottesloe beach. It includes an important series from 1986-87 featuring the streets of Fremantle during the America’s Cup.

Image: Kevin Ballantine, Cup City, 1986-87, digital print on archival paper © Kevin Ballantine 


Image of a dark oblong vase from the Yuan Dynasty

Down to Earth

23 May - 9 August 2017 at the City of Perth Library

This exhibition explores depictions of the landscape and earth, both visually and in terms of the processes through which the works were made.

Down to Earth showcases ceramics from the University of Western Australia (UWA) Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at UWA, and is a UWA Away Project, in partnership with the City of Perth Library. 

Image: Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), untitled, c.mid 14th Century, black iron glazed stoneware, 17.5 x 17cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Gift of Dr Albert Gild, 1974


Painting of Janet Holmes a Court

Scratching the Surface: A selection of works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection

22 July - 23 September 2017

Scratching the Surface: A selection of works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection gives audiences the  chance to experience some of the best-loved works from a very personal collection of  Australian art. The exhibition will also mark the release of Muse: A journey through an art collection by Janet Holmes à Court about her passion for art.

Image: Rachel Coad, Janet Holmes à Court (detail), 2015, oil and pencil on linen, 200 x 285 cm. Janet Holmes à Court Collection.

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Image of woman and daughter both dolls

Country and Colony

22 July - 23 September 2017

Country and Colony presents a range of perspectives on the Australian experience. Drawing from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the exhibition weaves together stories of land, body and industry to explore histories and the ongoing impact of colonisation.

Image: Thea Costantino, Populate or Perish, 2014, Giclee print, edition 1/3. 84 x 54 cm, CCWA 957, (C) Courtesy of the artist.

Image of skull from Batavia

BATAVIA (1629): giving voice to the voiceless

7 October - 16 December 2017

BATAVIA (1629): giving voice to the voiceless follows new discoveries by researchers from the University of Western Australia into the 1629 wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia and the mutiny, murder and incredible feats of survival it sparked, as reinterpreted by Paul Uhlmann and Robert Cleworth.

Image: Paul Uhlmann, Batavia Skull (camera obscura), 2015. Courtesy of the artist. 

Image of skull from Batavia

Milingimbi: A Living Culture

29 July - 16 December 2017

The Berndt Museum along with the Milingimbi Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre and the Janet Holmes a Court Collection present a selection of works from Milingimbi Island in north-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

The exhibition is a response to a Makarraṯa held on the island in late 2016, which linked a wide range of collections from around the world with the community. The barks and Larrakitj represent a small sample of works that carry strong links to people past and present, and help to celebrate the value of living culture today.

Image: Jananbinal, Yolŋu, Fire Dreaming Myth, natural pigments on bark. RM & CH Berndt Collection, Berndt Museum [Acc.No.1092]

Later in 2017

Being Tiwi celebrates the iconography, stories and culture of contemporary art from the Tiwi Islands. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Open from 7 October. 

Exhibition program is subject to change. Please check our website closer to the exhibition dates.