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Calendar, December 19, February 2020, January 2020, March 2020, Visual arts

Visual Arts: That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern

7 Dec – 9 Mar @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the anniversary of AGWA’s 1979 Brutalist building.

That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern showcases some of the Gallery’s best works from the decade that saw the opening of AGWA’s much longed-for new Gallery. This show demonstrates a hidden richness and complexity to how we think of the seventies, while also reflecting the building’s own place in the story of modernism, as a regional example of a late Brutalism that itself foregrounds materiality and the experience of place, light and landscape.

Full of surprises and rarely seen works, That Seventies Feeling…the Late Modern examines a transformative decade for Western Australia, the Gallery and the world at large.

Featuring artists Miriam Stannage, Virginia Cuppaidge, Mike Parr and Brian Blanchflower, hip new visions by Robert Rooney, Stephen Shore and Jenny Watson, and late work by modernists Howard Hodgkin, Fred Williams and Albert Tucker you’ll be transported back to the decade that shaped modern Australia.

More info
W: artgallery.wa.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/seventies-feelingthe-late-modern
E:  admin@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Pictured: David Aspden Brazil Series No 5 1971 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 165 x 445 cm  State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased 1977 © David Aspden 1971

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Calendar, December 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Art & Soul Christmas Concert

5 December @ Blue Gum Community Centre, Brentwood ·
Presented by Music Book Stories ·

Everyone is welcome to join us for our last concert in 2019, as we host an inclusive, accessible Christmas concert. We’d love you to come and share a cuppa, dance, sing, and have fun! This event is child-friendly and dementia-friendly.

Doors Open 10am, Concert Starts 10.15am.
Entry: $10 each. ($7 for advance bookings) Free for Children & accompanying Companion Card Carers. Light refreshments are included. Proudly supported by the City of Melville, Stockland Care grants & Forgotten Books.

Blue Gum Community Centre is at 33 Moolyeen Rd, Brentwood

More info
W: www.trybooking.com/BAJGI
E:  musicbookstories@gmail.com

Pictured: Art & Soul Christmas Concert 2018 with Singers from WA Chamber Choir

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Calendar, December 19, Featured, February 2020, January 2020, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: enigmas of the outback

29 Sep – 9 Feb @ Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix ·
Presented by the Artists ·

This exhibition is about the Australian outback as an enigmatic, mysterious, spirited and haunted terrain. The selection of photographic, paint and sculptural works reflect upon how the outback triggers the imagination in unsettling ways. It is at once darkly evocative and psychologically compelling; a journey through responses to the spirituality and mythology of the Australian landscape.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Jane Burton, Rebecca Dagnall, Eva Fernandez, David Downs Jarinyanu, Nigel Hewitt, Janet Laurence, Roslynd Piggott, Polexini Papapetrou, Brad Rimmer, Jacqui Stockdale, Monique Tippet, Paul Uhlmann, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Toni Wilkinson.


More info
W: http://www.holmesacourtgallery.com.au/article/enigmas-of-the-outback-29-september-2019-9-february-2020-vasse-felix
E: Laetitia.Wilson@heytesbury.com.au

Pictured: Brad Rimmer, Crows nest #11 Booralaming, 2017, archival inkjet photograph, Courtesy of Art Collective WA

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Calendar, December 19, Film, Music, Performing arts

Music, Film: The Snowman

22 December @ Dickinson Centre, Scotch College ·
Presented by Perth Symphony Orchestra ·

Perth Symphony brings the magic of Christmas alive with their performance of The Snowman, presented by AHG, and hosted by venue partner Scotch College, the Home of PSO.

This beautiful Academy Award-nominated film, based on Raymond Briggs’ famous book, depicts the story of the adventures of a young boy who builds a Snowman on the night before Christmas.

There are 2 performances of The Snowman at 2pm and 4pm, Sunday 22 December.
Scotch College is at 76 Shenton Road, Swanbourne.

More info
W: perthsymphony.com/
E:  info@perthsymphony.com

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Calendar, December 19, November 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Bang! Bang!

26 Nov – 14 Dec @ The Blue Room Theatre ·
Presented by Scott Elstermann & Shona Erskine ·

Murder, Melodrama and Wes Anderson.

Be swept into The Grand Budapest Hotel in a visually striking crime caper. Be fascinated by tales of true crime and love: gunshots at a ball, evil stepmothers, and town gossip.

Reconsider what you though you knew about contemporary dance with this theatrical double header

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August 19, Calendar, December 19, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Cosmopolitan

31 Aug – 7 Dec @ Lawrence Wilson Arts Gallery ·
Presented by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

The 1930s was a stimulating period in Australian art, defined by the effects of travel and the exchange of ideas, both artistic and political. ‘ Cosmopolitan: Art from the 1930s in the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art’ explores this vibrant and tumultuous decade in Australian art.

The exhibition comprises works by Australian artists; émigré and refugee artists recently arrived from Europe, such as Elise Blumann and Desiderius Orban; and itinerant travellers such as Ian Fairweather and Danila Vassilieff who spent time in Melbourne in the 1930s. Also included are six American prints gifted to the university in 1949, which can be viewed in concert with Australian prints of the same period.

Additional artists include Lina Bryans, Grace Crowley, James Gleeson, Nora Heysen, Frank Hinder and Ethel Spowers.

Join us for opening night: Fri 30 August, 6 – 8pm. Free event, RSVP via

More info
W:  lwag1950.eventbrite.com.au/?aff=seesaw
E:   lwag@uwa.edu.au

Pictured: 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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August 19, Calendar, December 19, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: HERE&NOW19: Material Culture

31 Aug – 7 Dec @ Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·
Presented by Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery ·

HERE&NOW19: Material Culture highlights the work of five contemporary Western Australian artists experimenting in innovative ways with textile materials. Curated by multidisciplinary artist Joanna Sulkowski, the exhibition challenges the perception of craft as a repetitive activity of making things by hand and offers a new perspective on the processes and materials-driven practice of a dynamic group of contemporary artists.

Commissioned to create new work for the exhibition, HERE&NOW19 features a range of  work, including wall-hanging textiles, large-scale installation and video by artists Ómra Caoimhe, Teelah George, Susan Roux, Holly Story and Marzena Topka.

Established by LWAG in 2012, the annual HERE&NOW series showcases some of the most exciting work by Western Australian artists. Each year, an emerging curator is appointed to organise the exhibition and offer fresh insight and perspective on contemporary art practice in WA.

Join us for opening night: Fri August 30, 6 – 8pm. Free event, RSVP via:  lwag1950.eventbrite.com.au/?aff=seesaw

More info
W: lwag1950.eventbrite.com.au/?aff=seesaw
E: lwag@uwa.edu.au


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

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Calendar, December 19, January 2020, November 19, October 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete

21 Sep  -17 Feb  @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the Art Gallery of WA’s 1979 Brutalist building anniversary.  2019 marks and celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the main Gallery building as AGWA presents a series of exhibitions and special events looking at the building.

Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of WA building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish born Charles Sierakowski.

The Perth Brutal exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days,  along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings, and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.

Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete is a free exhibition.

Symposium | Perth Brutal: AGWA, the Perth Cultural Centre and Brutalist Architecture in Australia.

9.15am – 5.45pm
$12 AGWA Members / $15 General

More info
W: artgallery.wa.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/perth-brutal-dreaming-concrete
E:  admin@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Pictured: Fritz Kos Art Gallery of Western Australia 1979. State Library of Western Australia. Sourced from the collections of the State Library of Western Australia and reproduced with the permission of the Library Board of Western Australia. (160419PD)

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August 19, Calendar, December 19, November 19, October 19, September 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern

17 Aug – 20 Jan 2020 @ Art Gallery of WA ·
Presented by Art Gallery of WA ·

Over the past 15 years, Eveline Kotai’s interest in material dissolution and regeneration has culminated in the practice and process of cutting up and reworking her own paintings into new works. Her unique technique of reconfiguring pre-existing works into new compositions via invisible thread, and onto new surfaces, echoes a world in perpetual motion, transition and continuation. Like a computer program trying to repair itself or a human mind trying to get to know itself, new paths are found, new solutions forged.

This method provides Kotai with, not only a never-ending source of new beginnings, but also an important meditative practice, a kind of breathing pattern, through the action of cutting and stitching her canvasses anew. The exhibition will include new and recent work with the variety of media including canvas reconstructions and paintings.

WA Now – Eveline Kotai: Breathing Pattern forms part of the WA Now series dedicated to showcasing work by practising WA artists. To complement the exhibition, AGWA is hosting a series of events including a free artist talk on Saturday 14 September.

More info
W: artgallery.wa.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/wa-now-eveline-kotai-breathing-pattern
E:  admin@artgallery.wa.gov.au

Pictured: Eveline Kotai Breathing Pattern #3 2019. Acrylic on ply, 120.7 x 270 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Art Collective WA.

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Calendar, December 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Eskimo Joe With WASO

1 December @ Kings Park ·
Presented by Mellen Events ·

Fresh from an exhilarating sold-out show where they performed their 2006 album,
‘BLACK FINGERNAILS, RED WINE’, in its entirety, Eskimo Joe have announced a huge show with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Kings Park & Botanic Garden on Sunday 1 December 2019.

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