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Self portrait of artist Tania Ferrier

The Artist and Her Work

25 May — 7 December 2019
Lady Sheila Cruthers took an immediate shine to women’s self-portraiture when she began collecting art in the mid-1970s.

This interest expanded into a collection strategy she referred to as ‘the artist and her work’ – Lady Cruthers would collect an artist’s work in addition to a self-portrait, with the two works often hung side by side in the family home. Now housed at the University of Western Australia, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art holds over 100 self-portraits, many collected as a result of this strategy.

The Artist and Her Work utilises this unusual juxtaposition to showcase the breadth and depth of women’s art practice, replicating the dense and vibrant hanging style of the collection’s original domestic context.

Pairs of works will be exchanged throughout the exhibition period to create a dynamic collection showcase that will reward repeated viewing.

Image: Tania Ferrier, Self Portrait (detail), 1985, oil on board, 41.5 x 54.5cm, CCWA 625. Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia. © Courtesy of the artist

Silver vessels in copper, silver and dark metal shade by Philip Noakes

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver

25 May — 17 August 2019

Philip Noakes, one of the foremost silversmiths working and teaching in Australia, has dedicated much of the past few years to his passion for silversmithing. Focusing on form and enlivening his work with textures created by hammering, engraving and filing, he has produced a magnificent and varied collection of new hollowware and sculptural objects together with a small collection of jewellery reflecting the hollow forms.

This elegant body of work includes over 50 new vessels in sterling silver, Britannia silver, fine silver, heat flamed copper and various carat gold is the largest hollowware exhibition in Western Australia since the 1970s.

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Image: A group of vessels completed in 2018, featuring Crystal, Ocean and Satin Series.

Visit the Sculptural Silver exhibition website

Botanical illustration of mistletoe by Phillipa Nikulinsky

Nikulinsky Naturally

25 May — 17 August 2019

Philippa Nikulinsky AM is a Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist. Nikulinsky Naturally is a survey of her work from the 1970s to the present which provides a perspective on the unique qualities of her practice - focusing on the evolution of her working methodology and exploring the ways in which she continues to interrogate the botanical riches of the Western Australian landscape.

Image: Philippa Nikulinsky, Mistletoe Bird, 2014, 68 x 100cm, watercolour and pencil on Arches hot press paper

Visit the Nikulinsky Naturally exhibition website 

A grid of painted circles and lines in brown, black and white

Out of the boxes and into the Desert

13 July — 7 December 2019

Out of the boxes and into the Desert explores the Berndt Museum of Anthropology's collection of paintings from the Central Desert. Following on from a recent storage project, the Berndt Museum seeks to provide access to works of art that have been inaccessible for decades. These works include stories of ancestral beings that travelled across country, through waterholes and into the stars.

Image: Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (1924-1998), Pintupi, Possum Dreaming at Tutanya, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 182 x 242.5 cm. Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection [1989/0029] (c) Estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Arts Agency Ltd

Linocut image of men working the harvest


Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art

31 August — 7 December 2019

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. The exhibition includes works by Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, Ian Fairweather, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder, Ethel Spowers and Danila Vassilieff.

Image: Ethel Spowers, Harvest, 1932, linocut, 19.3 x 29.1 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 1982

Woven artwork of mostly green with specs of light blue and red


31 August — 7 December 2019

HERE&NOW is an annual exhibition series presented at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery that showcases the most exciting and innovative new work being produced in Western Australia.

Each year an emerging curator is appointed to produce an exhibition ofcontemporary works by Western Australian artists. The series has so far included the expanding field of sculptural practice, new photography, artists with an Islamic heritage, contemporary ceramics and the legacy of Marcel Duchamp.

HERE&NOW19 curated by Joanna Sulkowski surveys the practice of artists working with fibre and textiles to express ideasrelating to current social and political issues. The exhibition challenges our perception of craft as a repetitive activity of making things by hand and offers a new perspective on the processes and materials-driven practice of a group of dynamic contemporary artists. HERE&NOW19 showcases their use of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques.

Image: Teelah George, Future Greenery, 2018, thread, linen, bronze, 150x130cm. Photography by Thomas Rowe. © Courtesy of the artist.



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


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