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troublemag | April 23, 2018

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Listing State WA

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000

Tom Malone Prize 2018
31 March – 28 May

Now in its sixteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event for contemporary Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entrant is awarded $15,000 while their work becomes a part of the WA State Art Collection. This year, and for the next four years, the Prize is supported by Art Gallery of Western Australian Foundation Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood.

The winner of the 2018 Tom Malone Prize, Tom Moore, was awarded this year’s honour for his work Pyrotechnic puffer fish.

Judge’s comments: “It is a remarkable breed that comes into being via a gamut of historical Italian references to the famed properties of glass that would shatter if touched with poison and more modern and contemporary surrealism.
We love it for its detail, its evidence of glass mastery, its straight-faced hilarity, dazzling technical spirit, and, above all, for seeming to come straight out of a dream as most of Tom’s creatures do. It really is like nothing we have seen before.”

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.

Year 12 Perspectives 2017
17 March – 16 July

Year 12 Perspectives showcases work by some of the best, brightest and most talented graduating high school artists in WA. In 2018, fifty-five works will be on display by students from across Western Australia. Works span a variety of subject matter and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital moving image, photography and textiles. Prominent themes in this year’s display include family, international politics and human impact on nature. When you visit the exhibition don’t forget to vote for your favourite work in the Act-Belong-Commit People’s Choice Award.

WA Now – Julie Dowling
3 February – 13 August

The exhibition takes a step back in time to a period (1993–2005) when First Nation Badimaya artist, Julie Dowling, was emerging 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.

Screen Space – Kimsooja
17 February – 21 May

Sewing into walking by Korean artist Kimsooja is a major highlight of the Gallery’s holdings of contemporary international art. The work is comprised of bundles of clothes and sewn cloth, a large-scale projection and a stack of three monitors.

This showing at AGWA twins with her solo presentation at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts for the Perth International Arts Festival.

A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence
24 February – 18 June | Ticketed

Leaving the city it’s called home for 500 years, this is the first and only time the Corsini collection will be showing in Australia. Featuring Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo – these works have survived the devastation of World War II and the great flood of Florence.

Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle 6160

Wed 28 Mar – Sun 20 May  
Sensual Nature

Sensual Nature is a sensory immersion into work derived from natural forms. The exhibition includes sculptural, tactile and seductive work inspired by nature, bringing to the fore organic forms that lurk beneath the conscious mind, wrapped in suppressed desires and fears.

Sensual Nature brings together twelve artists whose work simultaneously seduces and refuses through materialism, drawing on our need for nature while nonetheless always aestheticising it.

Sensual Nature is developed from an original idea by Lia McKnight and curated by Dr Ric Spencer.

Fri 6 Apr – Sun 20 May
Revealed Exhibition

The Revealed Exhibition features works by more than 80 of the best new and emerging WA Aboriginal artists, showcasing the diverse and vibrant state of contemporary Aboriginal art.

With paintings, prints, carvings, photography, textiles, video, weaving and more, this generous and enticing exhibition presents the work of artists from remote areas alongside those from regional centres and metropolitan Perth.

All works in the exhibition are for sale.

Sat 7 Apr | 10am–5pm | Free Entry
WA Aboriginal Art Market

Aboriginal art centres from across the state will be selling original, affordable works at the Revealed WA Aboriginal Art Market.

This once-a-year opportunity to buy works directly from emerging and established Aboriginal artists has become a firm favourite on the FAC calendar and definitely not to be missed. Bringing together artists from all over the state, with works starting from $50 and all profits from sales returning to the makers and art centres, this is a great chance purchase quality new works.

Browse a range of artworks including paintings, textiles, woven items, artefacts, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and more in the beautiful surrounds of FAC’s Front Garden.