Shearers at work in a shed shearing rams
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Visual Arts: Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams

13 Feb – 28 Jul @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

AGWA is home for the next few months to one of Australia’s iconic colonial-era paintings. Tom Roberts’ Shearing the rams on loan from the National Gallery of Victoria until late July, in return for the loan of one of AGWA’s much-loved paintings, Droving into the light, which features in the NGV exhibition Hans and Nora Heysen: Two Generations of Australian Art.

Shearing the rams hangs alongside AGWA’s own Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin, and gives you a rare opportunity to see these two great nationalistic narrative paintings side-by-side. Both works take rural subject matter as the starting point for their images of Australian identity, but Roberts presents a positive vision of the pastoral industry, far removed from McCubbin’s image of a struggling pioneer.

Roberts based his painting on sketches made in a shearing shed in country New South Wales.  The close observation of details and atmospheric effects, together with the sense of this being a snapshot of a fleeting moment, gives the painting an aura of ‘truth’, which has helped to secure its popularity for many generations. It is a great example of Roberts’ statement that if art is “the perfect expression of one time and place, it becomes art for all time and of all places”.

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Tom Roberts Shearing the rams 1890. Oil on canvas on composition board, 122.4 x 183.3 cm; 170 x 230.4 x 9.5 cm (framed). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Felton Bequest, 1932.

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Calendar, March 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Emma Rose The Library

22 – 25 March @ Feld & Co ·
Presented by A.F.Batt x Tiny Spaces ·

This is a tactile exhibition; please touch the artworks.
The artworks are made from upcycled fabrics and hand-me-downs.
You may wear the artworks during the show. Flash Photography is allowed.


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Calendar, Film, March 19

Film: The Staging Post

20 March @ Bassendean Telethon Community Cinema (Bassendean BIC Reserve) ·
Presented by Town of Bassendean ·

As part of the Town of Bassendean’s recognition of being a Refugee Welcome Zone and our Harmony Week Celebrations, the Town of Bassendean Arts & Events together with Bassendean’s Telethon Community Cinemas are presenting a FREE screening of the Australian documentary The Staging Post. The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’ and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution.

A real-life, real-time, multi-platform documentary. The Staging Post is about friendship, connection and the power of community.

Gates open at 6:30 PM and the film screening begins at 7:45 PM.

We look forward to welcoming you then!

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Pictured: The Staging Post

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Calendar, March 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Silk Road Culture Tour – ‘Code of Love’

14 – 27 March @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by National Base for International Cultural Exchange and Research China (NBICER) and the International Institute of Cultural Studies – Shanghai ·

The Silk Road Culture Tour is an exhibition of cultural exchange, exploring a Chinese expression of femininity through contemporary traditional Chinese visual artworks.

The Silk Road was an ancient trade route connecting China and Europe and was significant in fostering cross-cultural exchange between the East and West. The exhibition has been presented internationally, with previous shows held in Malta, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Spain. Perth is the last city on the tour and the final change to witness this cultural exhibition.

Professor Chen Shenglai, head of the NBICER, founded the Shanghai International Arts Festival and is a research professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. For Chen, the exhibition is not only an activity for the international cultural exchange but an opportunity to gain a new perspective on Chinese feminine art:

“It highlights the peerless elegance of the Chinese female, with the more recently acquired sense of self-esteem, self -confidence, self-reliance and self-improvement. It is believed that this world tour  will be a new page in the history of Chinese feminine art.”

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Calendar, Festivals, Film, March 19

Film: Alliance Française French Film Festival Special Events

24 March @ Windsor Cinema ·
29 March @ Palace Raine Square ·
Presented by Alliance de Perth ·

The 2019 Alliance Française French Film Festival has kicked off in Perth. Check out the array of Special Events below this years festival has to offer. The festival is screening at Cinema Paradiso, Palace Raine Square, Luna SX, The Windsor & Camelot Outdoor Cinema until April 10.

Taste of France – WINE CALLING – Sunday 24th March

The Windsor Cinema, Nedlands
Wine lovers alert! Savour some cheese with a glass of wine before the screening of the documentary that inspired the 2018 Festival hit Back To Burgundy. This sparkling documentary introduces us to a small but dedicated group of wine growers in the south of France, intent on developing natural methods of wine production. Over one year we follow these pioneers, from the harvest to the bottling, as they lead a rising global movement in the quest for taste and sustainability.

Event Details:
3.30pm: Reception with wine, cheese and live music
4.00pm: Wine Calling Screening

Tickets: Alliance Française de Perth membership, Luna Palace Privilege card and Concession holders $27.50 / Adults $31.50

To purchase tickets go to: or

Ladies Night – DUMPED- Friday 29th March

Palace Raine Square
Ladies, come along to the brand new Palace Raine Square and enjoy a glass of bubbles and nibbles before watching a brilliant comedy! Two wildly different sisters decide to take their recently ‘dumped’ 60 year-old mother, Françoise,  for a getaway on a beautiful tropical island. But when they plot to boost her morale by arranging for the suave
Thierry to court her, events swiftly spiral out of control.

Event Details:
6:00pm: Reception including sparkling wine, sweet treats, live jazz music, perfume samples and a chance to win two LED Power Boost facials at Endota Studio Raine Square.
6.45pm: Dumped Screening

Tickets: Alliance Française de Perth Membership & Palace Membership $26.00 / Non-members $30.00

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Visual Arts: Tom Malone Prize 2019

9 Mar – 13 May @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass art community. Glass is one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms in this country. It is a uniquely captivating medium, capable of almost endless transformation. Glass provides a perfect vehicle for the exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational, and Australian makers are some of the world leaders in the medium.

Each year, the Tom Malone Prize presents new works by many of Australia’s best glass artists. In 2019, the exhibition features the work of Lewis Batchelor (SA), Clare Belfrage (SA), Matthew Curtis (ACT), Liam Fleming (SA), Mark Eliott (NSW), Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello (ACT), Marc Leib (WA), Jeremy Lepisto (ACT), Nick Mount (SA), Stephen Skillitzi (SA), Anne Sorensen (WA), and Kayo Yokoyama (NSW).

The Tom Malone Prize has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists in this medium. Capturing some of the diversity in the approaches to glass in Australia, the Prize showcases key trends in glass art and the incredible skills of the makers. Now in its 17th year, the Tom Malone Prize continues with the support of Ms Sheryl Grimwood, AGWA Foundation Benefactor.

Tom Malone Prize 2019 will be on display at AGWA 9 March – 13 May 2019. The winner of the $15,000 acquisitive prize will be announced on 12 March 2019.

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Pictured: Lewis Batchelar Landscapes 2018 Blown glass, murrine, lathe worked and pumice finished 41 x 19 cm (tallest)
Photographer: Michael Haines

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April 19, Calendar, Lectures and Talks, March 19, May 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Talks: Friday Talks at LWAG

22 March, 5 April & 10 May @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·
Presented by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

Join us at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery for a lunchtime discussion on the latest
exhibitions and events. Hear from curators, artists and experts as they share their insights with us.

Starcraft and Cosmic Music
Friday 22 March 2019, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Medieval and early modern people were fascinated with the heavens. In an illustrated talk,  Emeritus Professor in English and Literary Studies at UWA, Andrew Lynch explores the nature of the early cosmos in religious, philosophical and scientific thought, and its influence on literature and the arts, with effects lasting until present day.

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Video Art in the Expanded Field
Friday 5 April 2019, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join Dr Laetitia Wilson to hear about contemporary developments in video art. Dr Wilson has taught art history courses on topics such as the evaluation of contemporary video practices and has curated numerous significant exhibitions in Perth.

Free event. Register:

From Boxes to the Walls
Friday 10 May 2019, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Learn more about the artworks featured in currently exhibition, Carrolup Revisted as Berndt Museum of Anthropology Collection Manager Natalie Hewlett shares details about what it takes to prepare artworks for an exhibition.

Free event. Register:

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Pictured: Performer at Lit Live event held at LWAG. Credit: Kate Shelton

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Calendar, March 19, Music, Tours, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Culture Club 1 2019: Art Party

19 March @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·
Presented by UWA Cultural Precinct ·

Drinks / Music / Door Prizes / Art Activities / Tours
Bring your friends to LWAG’s Art Party to celebrate the new academic year. Newcomers as well as regular visitors are invited to explore the gallery and to tour the latest exhibitions, ‘Love, Displaced’ and ‘Carrolup Revisited: A Journey through the Southwest of Western Australia’ in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy a free sundowner, experiment with art activities, listen to live music and view the exhibitions.  Students are particularly welcome.

Tuesday 19 March – 7.30pm

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Calendar, March 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Family: Party in the Park

31 March @ Paul Hasluck Reserve, Dalkeith ·
Presented by City of Nedlands ·

Nedlands marks 60 years as a city in 2019 – and you’re invited to celebrate.
The free Party in the Park takes place from 4pm-7pm, 31 March, at Paul Hasluck Reserve with  live music from The Chameleon Brass Band and Little Belle, food trucks, kids’ activities and more.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said that while the official anniversary is in July, the event was being held a few months earlier to ensure good weather.

“On 1 July, 1959, Nedlands became the fourth city to be declared in Western Australia, after it was previously known as the Municipality of Nedlands and, before then, the Nedlands Road Board,” he said. “The first council meeting was held at 2.15pm at Dalkeith Hall with John Charles Smith becoming the first  Mayor of the City of Nedlands. The oath of allegiance was pledged in front of Deputy Premier Charles Court and Perth Lord Mayor Harry Howard. Since then, the City has grown and prospered, survived amalgamation attempts, retained its traditional character and become a thriving community of more than 21,000 residents. The City of Nedlands has been an integral part of the western suburbs for the past six decades – and that’s something that should be celebrated.”

The Chameleon Brass Band plays from 4.15pm-5.30pm with a sound based on the New Orleans re-birth style of  jazz, mixed with funk and hip hop. Incorporating second line drum rhythms with funky horn lines, the band has a vibe and energy that will radiate through the crowd.

From 5.45pm-7pm, Little Belle take to the stage – described as suave and sophisticated with a sassy edge,  the band is made up of six highly sought-after Perth musicians. Little Belle has performed at numerous corporate events including the Lexus Ball for Telethon, Polo in the City and Melbourne Cup at Ascot Racecourse with their range covering everything from acoustic to rock.

Paul Hasluck Reserve is on the Esplanade, Dalkeith, after the Nedlands Yacht Club.

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Pictured: Little Belle will perform at Party in the Park, the City of Nedlands’ 60th anniversary celebration.

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Calendar, Festivals, Film, March 19

Film: Australian Revelations: The Pretend One

25 March @ The Backlot Perth ·
Presented by Revelation Perth International Film Festival ·

Australian Revelations returns for 2019 with one of the undiscovered films of 2017.
The Pretend One has been described as “perfect in every aspect” by our friends at Cinema Australia and it’s easy to see why. Filled with great performances and plenty of heart, the film is a fantastic and idiosyncratic adult coming of age. Charlie and Hugo are aged in their 20s, live in a rural town in Central Queensland and have been best friends their whole lives. There’s just one thing – Hugo is Charlie’s imaginary friend.

The short film for our first Australian Revelations of the year is FILCH Short Film. A haphazard bank heist goes awry when the robbers get more than they bargained for.

About Australian Revelations:
The Revelation Film Festival and Breaking Banter proudly present a celebration of film – past, present and future – through a program of monthly screenings; Australian Revelations. The event is held at the fabulous  The Backlot Perth with drinks from DeVine Cellars and Otherside Brewing, cheese and international delights from Perth Gourmet Trader.

Doors open: 6:30pm
Event Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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Pictured: The Pretend One

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