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

Botanical illustration of mistletoe by Phillipa Nikulinsky

Nikulinsky Naturally

25 May -  17 August 2019

Philippa Nikulinsky AM is a Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist. Nikulinsky Naturally is a survey of her work from the 1970s to the present which provides a perspective on the unique qualities of her practice - focusing on the evolution of her working methodology and exploring the ways in which she continues to interrogate the botanical riches of the Western Australian landscape.

Image: Philippa Nikulinsky, Mistletoe Bird (detail), 2014, 68 x 100cm, watercolour and pencil on Arches hot press paper

Visit the Nikulinsky Naturally exhibition website


Silver vessels in copper, silver and dark metal shade by Philip Noakes

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver

25 May -  17 August 2019

Philip Noakes, one of the foremost silversmiths working and teaching in Australia, has dedicated much of the past few years to his passion for silversmithing. Focusing on form and enlivening his work with textures created by hammering, engraving and filing, he has produced a magnificent and varied collection of new hollowware and sculptural objects together with a small collection of jewellery reflecting the hollow forms.

This elegant body of work includes over 50 new vessels in sterling silver, Britannia silver, fine silver, heat flamed copper and various carat gold is the largest hollowware exhibition in Western Australia since the 1970s.

Philip Noakes: Sculptural Silver is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Image: A group of vessels by Philip Noakes completed in 2018, featuring the Crystal, Ocean and Satin Series

Visit the Sculptural Silver exhibition website


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

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