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troublemag | October 19, 2018

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Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Culture Juice – Beyond Bling!
13 October 2018 – 14 January 2019 | FREE

Are you ready for bling!
Building on the success of ‘The Rise of Sneaker Culture’ and ‘Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures’, AGWA presents the next exhibition in its Culture Juice program: ‘Beyond Bling!’ celebrating, exploring and making jewellery and adornment.

Centred on 300 varied pieces from the State Art Collection from the 1800s to today, Beyond Bling! unlocks the vaults to showcase the best, the bizarre and the most sophisticated jewels in its historical and contemporary collections. Moving from bold and captivating wearable art to quiet and subtle, almost private, personal interventions, the show will change how you think about what jewellery is and can be.

Beyond Bling! also features capsule displays from key collectors including major historic pieces of gold nugget jewellery from antiquarian expert Trevor Hancock, some timeless classics from Georg Jensen and by contrast some jaw-dropping displays from Perth’s King of Bling, Shane Pavlinovich.


Spreading the sparkle
We are partnering with Curtin University’s School of Design whose talented final year jewellery design students will create their graduation pieces in the Imagination Room and whose fashion graduates’ work will explode in their 2 December fashion show. We also link with Fashion Council WA for essential red carpet style tips; Pride WA for a bling-tastic parade; the AGWA Foundation to acquire important new pieces for the collection; City of Perth for some ‘civic bling’ treasures; collector enthusiasts, and academics from the jewellery world.

For all the details on the Beyond Bling! exhibition, opening day and associated events please visit

WA Now – Biomess – The Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts / Ionat Zurr) 8 September – 3 December 2018

Based at the University of Western Australia, SymbioticA hosted the research of The Tissue Culture and Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr). The artists have been exploring the intersections of science and art since 1996.

Together, and with their expanded team of artists and scientists, they explore the creative and ethical implications of developments in the biological sciences. They investigate about what science is doing, what it is capable of, and how our conceptions of life might be altered in the process and how futures might be shaped accordingly. In doing so, they also open up important questions about how we categorise life forms that ask us to rethink what it is to be human.

Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series
Until 12 November 2018

This must-see series is a Travelling Exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia. It is a rare opportunity to view these renowned works that depict the story of the outlaw Kelly, and evidence Nolan’s characteristic expressive landscapes and vivid storytelling techniques. From 1946-47, Nolan developed an original and starkly simplified image of Ned Kelly, which quickly became a national symbol—part of the shared iconography of Australia. Together, these 26 paintings provide a masterclass on Australian art history that relay the development of a new tradition of figurative and landscape painting in Australian art.

spaced 3: north by southeast
Until 7 January 2019

International Art Space

Artistic explorers of a different kind are celebrated in spaced 3: north by southeast. Six Australian artists completed artistic residencies in the Nordic heartlands of Finland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden and five Nordic artists find their place in Western Australia’s rural and remote communities. Using sculpture, video, photography and installation, this show is an enlightening series of windows onto the world we know, and the world we have yet to understand.

Screen Space – Megan Cope
Until 25 February 2019 | FREE

The Blaktism 2014 is the first standalone video work by artist Megan Cope. It is highly theatrical in its examination of Aboriginal identity and issues of authenticity that are faced by fair-skinned Aboriginal people.

It does this by looking at Australian society’s intensive focus on skin colour as a way of deciding who is and isn’t a “real” Aboriginal person in urban areas.

With a type-cast crew, including a priest, hipsters and bikini-clad women, the artist submits herself to a baptism of authenticity; as if such a ceremony will legitimate her “blackness”.

The video is a blast of good humour, which is sometimes the only way to tackle issues that are deeply offensive.

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

2018 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing – Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov 2018

The 43rd annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award supported by Little Creatures Brewing presents the best of Australian printmaking. Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books returns with a selection of fifty works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists from across the nation. This year’s award was won by Victorian artist Deanna Hitti for her work ‘Towla’.

Being There: Kathleen O’Connor in Paris
Fri 14 Sep – Sun 4 Nov 2018

Being There – Kathleen O’Connor in Paris commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of significant WA arts personality Kathleen O’Connor (1876–1968). Born in New Zealand, O’Connor established a professional career in Paris, where she settled in 1906 and embraced the bohemian lifestyle in the Artists’ Quarter.
Being There presents a selection of her paintings and drawings and brings together for the first time the entire holding her works gifted to the City of Fremantle in 1978 by Sir Ernest Lee Steere on behalf of his mother, the artist’s sister.

Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids
Sat 17 Nov – Wed 23 Jan

For the first time, Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze includes all sorts of amazing animals with prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, robotics, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats, budgies and more.

With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.