Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall, Perth

Exhibitions and Shop hours Wed – Mon, 10am – 5pm, closed Tuesdays.

Gallery Cafe hours 9.30am – 4.30pm

Information Line T 9492 6622




A pragmatic and sentimental response to death, and the ceremonies around it, from an Aboriginal perspective.




This dedicated craft and design space allows for AGWA to express the many ways that craft and design practitioners use their materials to engage with the world.


Luminous: 15 Years of the Tom Malone Prize

11 Mar – 25 Jun


The Tom Malone Prize 2017 brings together many of Australia’s best glass artists. Featuring this year’s 10 short-listed artists: Marc Leib, Jamie Worsley, Kevin Gordon, Blanche Tilden, Lisa Cahill, Brenden Scott French, Richard Whiteley, Tom Moore, Silvana Ferrario and Jenni Kamarre Martiniello. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. The 2017 exhibition will include this year’s shortlist and the works from all past winners of the Prize.


WA Focus – Nathan Beard

1 Apr– 28 May


Nathan Beard is a young Western Australian artist whose work deals with the fluid nature of personal and cultural identities. Often based in an exploration of his own Thai-Australian background, his practice is conceptually and materially hybrid as he combines sumptuously rendered sculpture, photography and drawing to produce thoughtful, provocative and elusive experiences.


The Rise of Sneaker Culture

13 May – 4 Sep


AGWA kicks off its new contemporary culture series, Culture Juice, with the only Australian showing of the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture. The exhibition charts the sneaker’s story from sport to street to cultural icon, with more than 150 rare and iconic sneakers coming to Perth. On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love), and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Kanye West, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.



25 FEB – 13 AUG

Plain Speak launches a new annual series at AGWA that presents compelling personal stories told through art. The inaugural show puts Indigenous artists in the spotlight – with 50 powerfully personal video, painting, photography, sculpture and textile works. Whether it’s a grand tale or something more intimate, these stories and histories will resonate.


Lee Ingram

Until 29 May


Highs and Lows

31 May – 17 Jul


Kat Murphy

19 Jul – 4 Sep

Superstar adidias, adidas x Run–DMC 25th Anniversary Superstar, 2011. Courtesy of Run–DMC, collection of Erik Blam. Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum

Plain Speak

Michael Cook

Mother (Merry-go-round) 2016.

Inkjet print on paper, 80 x 120 cm.

State Art Collection,

Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 2016.








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