Founded in Perth in 1895 with the purchase of the nucleus of an art collection by the Perth Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia was opened as part of the museum by Sir Alexander Onslow, administrator of the colony, on 31 July 1895. Today the Gallery is home to one of the State’s greatest assets, the State Art Collection.
The State Art Collection provides a rich array of compelling and powerful works of art, which inspire and challenge us all. The State Art Collection comprises over 16,500 works in a range of media including paintings, sculptures, craft and design, watercolours, drawings, photographs and prints. Indigenous art is a highlight, providing an extensive overview of traditional and contemporary art from Western Australia, the Central Desert and Arnhemland. The Collection also has pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the present and boasts works by Frederick McCubbin, John Longstaff, Julie Dowling, Auguste Rodin, Lucian Freud, Hans Heysen plus many other greatest artists.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia aims to be a focal point and a destination of excellence in the visual arts that contributes regionally, nationally and internationally to a dynamic living culture in Western Australia. A significant part of this overarching commitment includes the Gallery’s support of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery.
Open 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays, Christmas Day, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia is centrally located in the Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth. The Gallery is easily access via the Perth Central Train Station.
Admission is FREE, except for major exhibitions. Donations are always welcome.
Administration: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Phone: (08) 9492 6600