WA’s New-Look Art Gallery has a reopening date – Here’s what to expect

After a year-long redevelopment, The Art Gallery of WA will be relaunched on Saturday, November 6 with a gallery-wide exhibition and the unveiling of its new 500-person indoor-outdoor rooftop space.

The view from here will be the largest exhibition ever organized by the Western Australian Art Gallery, featuring more than 230 artists and 361 works of art (including 111 specially commissioned works).

Exhibiting artists include Sarah Bahbah, the Los Angeles-based, WA-raised artist with over a million Instagram followers; Tim Meakins, whose giant 3D printed sculptures of “smiling lifters, posers and weights” offer a playful interpretation of modern fitness culture and will occupy AGWA’s new indoor rooftop gallery; and Bruno Booth, whose Adidas-wearing cats appear in unexpected places. In addition, artists Abdul Abdullah, Ngarralja Tommy May, Yok & Sheryo, Danielle Freakley, Tyrown Waigana, John Prince Siddon and Tarryn Gill.

The relaunch will also reveal the new AGWA building, including the new 500-person rooftop bar, gallery and sculpture promenade, featuring the centerpiece by artist Minang / Wardandi / Bibbulmun Christopher Pease, a work by 34 meters based on the light enveloping the roof wall.

A centerpiece of the exhibit will be Collective Ground, created from the AGWA Foundation’s $ 1.5 million artists’ stimulus package provided in response to the pandemic. The exhibit within the exhibit will feature some 60 works from over 120 Aboriginal art centers and Aboriginal artists from across Western Australia.

“The launch of the all-new AGWA is a major moment for the arts and artists of Western Australia,” AGWA Director Colin Walker said in a press release. “AGWA will be a champion of WA artists, and the reopening celebrates our local talent and our unique worldview from this special place.”

AGWA will reopen on November 6.


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