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))
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
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.
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
Scratching the Surface: A selection of works from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection offers the rare chance to experience work from what is a very personal collection of Australian and Western Australian art.
Image: Rachel Coad, Janet Holmes à Court (detail), 2015, oil and pencil on linen, 200 x 285 cm. Janet Holmes à Court Collection.
Country and Colony explores the Australian experience through paintings, prints and drawings from over 100 years of artistic practice. Presented by the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.
Image: Thea Costantino, Populate or Perish, 2014, Giclee print, edition 1/3. 84 x 54 cm, CCWA 957, (C) Courtesy of the artist.
Milingimbi: A living culture celebrates art from Milingimbi Island, the largest of the Crocodile Islands located off the coast of Arnhem Land. Presented by the Berndt Museum. Open from 22 July.
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.
Batavia: Open Your Eyes! follows new discoveries by UWA researchers into the 1629 wreck of the Dutch ship Batavia and the mutiny, murder and incredible feats of survival it sparked, as reinterpreted by Robert Cleworth and Paul Ullmann. Open from 7 October.
Exhibition program is subject to change. Please check our website closer to the exhibition dates.