A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published January 29th 2012
It's nice to see local talent and artistic history being celebrated. This is one of the things that The Art Gallery of WA offers; along with a chance to enjoy work created by artists across Australia and even worldwide.
Situated in the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge, the gallery is free to enter (another good reason to visit), with a fee occurring only at the section that houses regularly updated exhibitions from around the world (I believe Contemporary Glass is being displayed currently). But if, like me, you are a poor student that begrudges spending any money; there is still a chance to see sculptures, modern art, aboriginal art, traditional and contemporary works and photographs and prints.
Boasting that their vision is "To be a world-class art museum" and "a valued destination, an asset to the State and the pride of its people"; the State Art Collection's 17,000 pieces were purchased with that in mind.
There are two floors of exhibits, divided into themed rooms, making it easy to find your way round if you are visiting to look at a specific piece or collection. A highlight for me was seeing Andy Warhol's picture of Marilyn Monroe.
There is an extensive collection of aboriginal art; a mixture of work created in WA and the Central Dessert, pieces depicting aboriginal history, and even some award-winning pieces in this particular wing of the gallery.