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Your guide to the new Art Gallery of WA

4 November 2021

On the eve of the reopening of the Art Gallery of WA, Director Colin Walker gives us a peek behind the scenes: what to expect, why there were delays and how the new-look gallery has put WA artists front and centre.

The transformation of the Art Gallery of WA includes over 100 new commissions plus a $10 million new rooftop bar area with an interior gallery, an outdoor sculpture walk, and a 34 metre contemporary Aboriginal art piece. Director Colin Walker talks us through what to expect as the Gallery reopens, and how the vision to make the building more welcoming has gone deeper than just bricks and mortar.

Interview with AGWA Director Colin Walker on 22 October 2021.

“We’ve got this moment where there will be a lot of attention on the gallery. Because of the rooftop bar there will be a section of the community that will be drawn to the gallery who probably haven’t really experienced the gallery before. We wanted to give them a real sense of the depth and range of talent we’ve got in the state.”

Read more about the AGWA re-opening in “Gallery revamp more than just bricks and mortar”.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia will reopen on 10am Saturday 6 November with a series of meet-the-artist talks and events. The rooftop bar will open from 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Pictured top: Colin Walker is the Director of the Art Gallery of WA. Photo supplied

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Rosalind Appleby

Rosalind Appleby is an arts journalist, author and speaker. She is co-editor of Seesaw Magazine, author of Women of Note, and has written for The West Australian, The Guardian, The Australian, Limelight magazine and Opera magazine. She loves the percussion instruments which can be found in the uber cool parks.

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