Cultural Precinct

Exhibitions at The University of Western Australia

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Exhibitions are held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Berndt Museum, Cullity Gallery, and SymbioticA.

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

Image of sphere made of very tiny colourful metal objects

Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature

10 February - 21 April 2018

Take a closer look – things aren’t always quite what they seem.

A suspended sphere hovering above comes to life under UV light to celebrate the rhythmic beauty of nature. A field of miniature plants resembles a bush fire-ravaged landscape, only to reveal new life.

These two breathtaking installations are the centrepiece of Human Nature, an exhibition by prominent Yemen-born, London-based artist Zadok Ben-David that brings optimism and a touch of magic to issues such as our relationship with nature and our views of life and death.

Presented as part of Perth Festival supported by Perth Festival Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight, 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne. 

Berndt Museum


In Light of Shadows

10 February - 7 July 2018

Notions of light and shadow occupy a space within different socio-cultural imaginings and understandings of particular realities – including ideas of knowledge, mortality, morality, power and memory.

The human response to light and shadow - both as metaphor and as practice – is intertwined with different perceptions of luminosity (or lack thereof) that reveal and conceal various experiences of the world. This exhibition explores cross-cultural understandings and material expressions to present light and shadow as existing in harmony with one another rather than in opposition.

Focusing on the Berndt Museum’s Asian Collection, In Light of Shadows encourages audiences to question the meaning of light and/or darkness in relation to other cultures and within themselves.

Image: Kalighat, Hari-Hara (detail), 1880-1890, Calcutta, India, watercolour and silver pigment on paper. RM & CH Berndt Estate, Berndt Museum [1963/0055].

Cruthers Collection of Women's Art

Painting of Monotora Myristica by Ellis Rowan


10 February - 21 April 2018

Flowers carry a multitude of meanings and uses: they can represent love, honour or death, are used as decoration or medicine, are maligned by art historians for their ‘useless beauty’, and celebrated in science for their role in sustaining ecosystems. Often, flowers are aligned with women or with femininity, connections that colour the ways in which we value, understand, and construct our world.

Taking inspiration from Zadok Ben-David’s Human Nature, this exhibition presents a bouquet of works drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art in which flowers and floral motifs are documented, celebrated, mused upon or deconstructed.

An immersive sound commission from Western Australian artist and musician Mei Saraswati augments the exhibition.

Exhibitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art are supported by SHEILA A foundation for women in visual art.  

Image: Ellis Rowan, Monotora Myristica (detail), n.d., gouache on cream paper, 61 x 40.5cm, CCWA 759, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, The University of Western Australia.