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.

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Drawing of Winthrop Hall and a duck, with the words Winthrop Hall Perth Australia April 2019

Clive Collender's Campus

July -  December 2019

Presented at the University Club of Western Australia

Clive Collender's Campus features a series of new drawings that bring to life the UWA campus. Presented in partnership with DADAA (Disability in the Arts Disadvantage in the Arts), Clive Collender's drawings were commissioned for the 2019 WINTERarts program.

Based in Perth, Collender has been drawing for over 50 years. His works have been in exhibited at LWAG (HERE&NOW13), Melbourne’s Alcaston Gallery (From The Outside, 2014) and Goldfields Arts Centre (Beyond The Western Edge, 2014). He has exhibited over 80 works at the Kunsthal Rotterdam with the Museum of Everything (2016) and one work in the Museum of Everything’s exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart (2017-18). He currently works in DADAA’s Paper Project studio for eight hours a week.

On view in the southern colonnade, ground floor, University Club of Western Australia. For visitor information, see the University Club of Western Australia website.  

Image: Clive Collender, Winthrop Hall (detail), 2019, pencil on paper, 15 x 21 cm, Courtesy of the artist

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

A bright blue hanging textile artwork by Teelah George.

HERE&NOW19: Material Culture

31 August — 7 December 2019

Established in 2012, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery's annual HERE&NOW exhibition series showcases some of the most exciting and innovative new work being produced in Western Australia.

Each year an emerging curator is appointed to produce an exhibition of contemporary works by Western Australian artists. Past HERE&NOW exhibitions have explored the expanding field of sculptural practice, new photography, artists with an Islamic heritage, contemporary ceramics and the legacy of Marcel Duchamp.

Curated by Joanna Sulkowski, HERE&NOW19 surveys the practice of artists working with fibre and textiles to express ideas relating to current social and political issues. It features newly commissioned work by artists Ómra Caoimhe, Teelah George, Susan Roux, Holly Story and Marzena Topka that showcases their use of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques.

Image: Teelah George, Blue Biro, 2018-2019, thread, linen and bronze, 220 x 190cm. Photograph by Thomas Rowe. © Courtesy of the artist.

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Linocut image of men working the harvest


Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art

31 August — 7 December 2019

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. The exhibition includes works by Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, Ian Fairweather, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder, Ethel Spowers and Danila Vassilieff.

Image: Ethel Spowers, Harvest, 1932, linocut, 19.3 x 29.1 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, University Senate Grant, 1982

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Self portrait of artist Tania Ferrier

The Artist and Her Work

25 May -  7 December 2019

Presented by the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art

Lady Sheila Cruthers took an immediate shine to women’s self-portraiture when she began collecting art in the mid-1970s.

This interest expanded into a collection strategy she referred to as ‘the artist and her work’ – Lady Cruthers would collect an artist’s work in addition to a self-portrait, with the two works often hung side by side in the family home. Now housed at the University of Western Australia, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art holds over 100 self-portraits, many collected as a result of this strategy.

The Artist and Her Work utilises this unusual juxtaposition to showcase the breadth and depth of women’s art practice, replicating the dense and vibrant hanging style of the collection’s original domestic context.

Image: Tania Ferrier, Self Portrait, 1985, oil on board, 41.5 x 54.5cm, CCWA 625, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, The University of Western Australia. (c) Courtesy of the artist

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A grid of painted circles and lines in brown, black and white

Out of the Boxes and into the Desert

13 July -  7 December 2019

Presented by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology

Out of the Boxes and into the Desert explores the Berndt Museum of Anthropology's collection of paintings from the Central Desert.

Following on from a recent storage collection project, the Berndt Museum seeks to provide access to works of art that have been inaccessible for decades. These works include stories of ancestral beings that travelled across country, through wormholes and into the stars.

Image: Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (1924-1998), Pintupi, Possum Dreaming at Tutanya, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 182 x 242.5 cm. Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection [1989/0029] © Estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Arts Agency Ltd

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