Although Sydney and Melbourne have been well renowned for their support of the arts, there are plenty of places to visit and discover your new favourite artists on the west coast. Perth may be one of the most isolated cities in the world, but it’s home to some of the finest art galleries in the country.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
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Founded in 1895, the Art Gallery of Western Australia offers visitors the opportunity to discover both historic and contemporary Australian artists. Part of the Perth Cultural Centre, and within close proximity to the Western Australian Museum and the State Library of WA, the gallery boasts many thought provoking artworks that celebrate Aussie artists through both the permanent gallery and exhibitions hosted. This gallery also boasts that it has ‘one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art.’ Wednesday to Monday 10AM – 5PM
The beautiful and light-filled space at the Gallows Gallery hosts artworks from a collection of artists curated by Kathryn Stafford. With new solo exhibitions on display every three weeks, Gallows features the incredible talent of carefully-selected Australian artists. Whether you are wanting to discover a new artist or seeking inspiration, it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring all this gallery has to offer. Tuesday to Friday 10AM – 4.30PM, Saturday 12PM – 5PM, Sunday 2PM – 5PM
Originally opened in Subiaco in the late 90s, the latest edition to Linton and Kay Galleries is housed on the second floor of the historic Old Perth Technical School in the CBD. The impressive collection of fine art from established and emerging Australian and international artists is perfectly complimented in one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Perth. Featuring a range of exhibitions, art services and events to attract art lovers far and wide, there is plenty on offer at this gallery.
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With galleries in both Melbourne and Perth, Outré Gallery breaks away from the typical gallery by showcasing contemporary international pop, modern folk, low brow, pop surrealism and underground art from artists across the world. Ever-changing and ever-expanding, the pint sized gallery in Perth features both original and limited edition prints. No visit to the gallery will ever be the same.
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Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) prides itself on being one of the leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. This institute is not only a contemporary visual arts venue, but also boasts the best in performing and hybrid arts. PICA aims to promote emerging ideas to the community by enticing ‘critical discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues.’ With free entry and a central location in the heart of Perth, this institute is ideal for anyone intrigued by contemporary art.