Situated in the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre, the Gallery houses the State Art Collection with works by renowned local and international artists from the 1800s to today. Immerse yourself in the Balancing Act gallery space displaying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Take a free guided tour or find something unique in the Gallery Shop to take home.
The Gallery was founded in 1895 and occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre including the former Perth Police Courts. The main Gallery opened in 1979 and is a unique modernist building inspired by the pavilions and courtyards of the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
The State Art Collection contains around 17,000 works of art, with about 10% on show in the gallery at any given time. The gallery contains historical and modern pieces on show, as well as an excellent collection of Indigenous art. A schedule of temporary exhibitions complements the collection displays, which are rotated on a regular basis.
As a visitor, you must be aware of the rules to be followed inside the gallery. Visitors are able to take personal photographs with hand-held equipment at the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s non-restricted public sections. It is not permissible to use tripods, flash, or other illumination. Images taken under this policy are not allowed to be duplicated, posted on personal websites, or used for commercial purposes.