Since the foundation in 1990, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery has presented an innovated program of exhibitions, featuring artwork from the University extensive Art Collection, loaned works as well as new contemporary commissioned works.
The Gallery aims to continually expand its digital archive of past exhibitions.
Established in 2012, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery's annual HERE&NOW exhibition series showcases some of the most exciting and innovative new work being produced in Western Australia.
Each year an emerging curator is appointed to produce an exhibition of contemporary works by Western Australian artists. Past HERE&NOW exhibitions have explored the expanding field of sculptural practice, new photography, artists with an Islamic heritage, contemporary ceramics and the legacy of Marcel Duchamp.
Curated by Joanna Sulkowski, HERE&NOW19 surveys the practice of artists working with fibre and textiles to express ideas relating to current social and political issues. It features newly commissioned work by artists Ómra Caoimhe, Teelah George, Susan Roux, Holly Story and Marzena Topka that showcases their use of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques.
Image: Teelah George, Blue Biro, 2018-2019, thread, linen and bronze, 220 x 190cm. Photograph by Thomas Rowe. © Courtesy of the artist.
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
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
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
Phillip 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.
Curated by Ted Snell
Image: Philip Noakes, Group image of vessels completed in 2018 featuring Satin, Crystal and Ocean Currents Series. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed by Robert Frith
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
Carrolup Revisited: A Journey through the South West of Western Australia celebrates the artists well-known for their role in the Carrolup School of Art.
Today, this small group of children are remembered for their distinctive representational drawings in pastel. As members of the Stolen Generations, removed from their families and relocated to the Carrolup Native Settlement without warning, they lived in isolation from the world.
These small works on paper, speak to their strength and willingness to survive, and is a reminder of the fortitude of Aboriginal people in the harshest of circumstances to create and imagine new worlds.
Image: Cliff Ryder, Carrolup, Kangaroos on Road (detail), 1948, pastel on paper, 25 x 18 cm. Donated through the Australian Government?s Cultural Gifts Program by E.S. Phillips and Dr G. Phillips, [1992/0101], family of the artist.
The making of art is itself ritualistic, the sequestered place is often the studio, the sequence of activities always highly individualised and motivated by a compelling rationale. All the artists invited to participate in this exhibition have explored this idea of ritual process to examine key ideas in human experience that seek knowledge, comfort or pose questions about our identity and how we engage as social beings.
In the works they have created, the 12 artists consider how rituals impact our culture, our communities, our lives, and how we identify ourselves as individuals and as members of larger groups within those communities.
Artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah | Rebecca Baumann | Jacobus Capone | Olga Cironis | David Collins | Pilar Mata Dupont | Teelah George | Tarryn Gill | Jarrad Martyn | Tom Muller | Andrew Nicholls | Anna Louise Richardson.
Image: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, I've Been Assured That You're Going To Heaven My Friend, 2013, resin and satin, 75 x 38 x 180 cm
Curated by Felicity Fenner, the exhibition brings together some of the world?s leading contemporary artists: Jacobus Capone, Richard Lewer (NZ), Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, Christian Thompson; AES+F (Russia), Jeremy Deller and Cecilia Bengolea (UK, Argentina/France), Roee Rosen (Israel). Three of the Australian artists have specific links to WA, either their birthplace or the subject of works presented.
A Perth Festival exhibition supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.
Image: AES+F, Inverso Mundus, Still #1-18 (detail), 2015, pigment InkJet print on FineArt Baryta paper, 32x57.5 cm (12.5x22.7 in), edition of 10. Courtesy of AES+F.
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