Listing State WA
Art Gallery of Western AustraliaPerth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000
Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series
Opens 11 August
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
Opens 18 August
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.
Chinese Ceramics Revealed, 5th Century BC–1983: Highlights from the Yuen Collection
Until 17 September
Drawing from a significant recently revealed private collection in Perth, this exhibition presents an overview of over 60 Chinese ceramic objects of superb artistic quality, ranging from the Warrior State period (5th century BCE) to the late 20th century, thus highlighting the path of its production, with its similarities and differences, for nearly 2500 years.
WA Now – Julie Dowling – Babanyu (Friends for life)
Until 20 August
The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, emerged as one of the most important artists in Western Australia and the country. In this period, the real-life stories she shared about First Nations peoples’ experience in this country were abrupt, brutal and challenging. Many of the stories she shared were, and still are, largely unknown or acknowledged in mainstream Australian society.
AGWA Collection – Five paths, many journeys.
With more than 17,500 works in the AGWA Collection, take a tour through time starting with AGWA Historical through to AGWA Modern and AGWA Contemporary. Immerse yourself in WA art by visiting the WA Journey gallery featuring art pieces from the 1920s to today or view AGWA Six Seasons, a space dedicated to Indigenous art.
Fremantle Arts Centre1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160
Sat 21 Jul – Sat 8 Sep
Bush Women: 25 years on
25 years after the original exhibition, FAC restages the ground-breaking show Bush Women: Fresh Art from Remote WA. Bush Women was the first exhibition to focus on the practices of key Aboriginal artists in the Kimberley and Western Desert. The exhibition presented paintings by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Mary McLean.
25 years on, their work is held in public and private collections across the country and is appreciated as a testament to the strength and diversity of Aboriginal women’s artistic practice in WA. Bush Women reassembles the original paintings from around Australia to restage this extraordinary exhibition.
Bush Women is co-curated by John Kean and FAC’s Erin Coates.
Sat 21 Jul – Sat 8 Sep
Running Deep: Holly Story and Kati Thamo | City of Fremantle Art Collection
Running Deep is an exhibition which looks at the practices of senior WA artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo through the lens of their enduring friendship and creative engagement with WA’s South Coast.
The artists initially shared the transformative, life-affirming experiences of raising families and building homes on a shared property in the bush. Subsequently they have each developed a visual language to interpret the natural heritage of the country they know so well, and their relationship to it. Both utilise natural materials and work across a wide range of media.Running Deep includes examples of their work from the City of Fremantle Art Collection alongside a selection of both new and older work from the artist’s collections. The exhibition encompasses print making, artist books, sculpture, dyed and embroidered textiles and video.