This month we’re shining a big spotlight on the wonderful world of art. From exhibitions and galleries to the local artists you need to know about, we’ve got you covered.
And what better way to kick off than scouring Perth for the best exhibitions to catch in July?
Featuring just about every medium imaginable, this month is bringing a whole lot of incredible local and international art to Perth’s galleries.
Here are 15 amazing exhibitions to scope out this July.
2019 NAIDOC Exhibition At Zig Zag Gallery
Until 7 July
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. and this exhibition promotes all of us working together for a brighter future. Part of Kalamunda’s Makuru Arts Festival, the exhibition at the Zig Zag gallery will feature works from local Aboriginal artists. Be sure to head on over to Mason & Bird for lunch afterwards to make the most of the trek to the Hills.
Hatched National Graduate Show At PICA
Until 7 July
Responsible for launching the careers of many Australian artists, this year’s Hatched National Graduate Show includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, video, sound and installations from the up-and-comers in the contemporary art scene. Don’t miss it.
Trace Of Wreckage At Fremantle Arts Centre
Until 21 July
Described as “self-consciously sensual and fleshy”, Trace of A Wreckage collates works from Dai-Rong Lee, a Taiwanese artist. Part of the Asialink Exchange program, the ceramic sculptures in the collection are fascinating interpretations of the human form.
Christian Thompson: Ritual Intimacy At John Curtin Gallery
Until 21 July
July is the last month to catch the incredible works by Bidjara contemporary artist Christian Thompson. His collection incorporates photography, sculpture, sound, performance and video with themes of race, history and identity.
Papier Mâché For Beginners At Fremantle Arts Centre
Until 21 July
This small but sweet exhibition features the handmade papier mâché sculptures from Perth-born artist James Angus. His first solo exhibition in more than a decade, the works are accompanied by a book which you can pick up at the FAC.
Pulse Perspectives At Art Gallery Of WA
Until 22 July
With 46 pieces from 2018’s graduate visual arts students, Pulse Perspectives is an exploration into the kids who will shape the future. Covering political, environmental, family, cultural and gender themes, Pulse features mediums of textiles, photography, digital images, painting, drawing and sculptures.
Nikulinsky Naturally At Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Until 17 August
Perth botanical and wildlife artist Philippa Nikulinsky’s latest exhibition spans works from her almost 50-year career. Highlighting Western Australia’s flora and fauna, her art features illustrated banksias, eucalyptus, wildflowers and feathered creatures. You’re definitely going to want to hang one of these on your walls, and thankfully, you can.
Concrete E X P A N D E D At Holmes à Court Gallery
Until 22 September
Next time you’re southbound, make a pit stop at Vasse Felix for some vino tasting before making your way to the Holmes à Court Gallery. The current collection, Concrete E X P A N D E D focusses on design, colour, pattern and shape via concrete sculptures, wall-works and light sculptures.
Bugai At The Goods Shed
From 4 July
This solo exhibition showcasing work from acclaimed desert-born artist Bugai Whyoulter crosses cultures, generations and borders. And it’s set to be really beautiful. Head on down to The Goods Shed on opening night to meet and mingle with the artist.
Light Years At FLUX Gallery
6 July—3 August
Perth Centre for Photography is bringing a first-of-its-kind photography exhibition to Australia in the form of Light Years. Taking over the walls at Perth’s brand new pop-up FLUX Gallery, the collection features works from some of Australia’s most renowned photographers that are brought to life with a lightbox. Opening night is on 5 July from 6pm.
HyperVision At Midland Junction Arts Centre
6 July—10 August
Part of HyperFest, HyperVision is a youth showcase of two and three-dimensional pieces spanning traditional, experimental and film media. Culminating in a competition, the exhibition showcases just what today’s youth are capable of.
Phantom Islands At PS Art Space
Part of 10 Nights in Port, Phantom Islands is a spectacle of neon lights, original soundscapes, sand and plants. A group effort from visual artist Tom Mùllen, landscape designer Andrew Beck and sound artist Ned Beckley, PSAS will be transformed into three phantom islands. Get your buzz on with a coffee from Micro Lote after.
Resonance At Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
27 July—11 August
Carmela Corvaia’s latest collection of found materials was put together using felting, twining and stitching. Browse the exhibition post breakfast at Moore & Moore and you have yourself the perfect arty outing.
Other Suns: Cult Sci-Fi Cinema & Art At Fremantle Arts Centre
27 July—14 September
Part of Revelation Perth, Other Suns explores the lesser known elements of science fiction. Featuring artists from all over Australia and the world, your imagination is key in exploring the works which are revealed on screens, through sculpture and other mediums. Opening night is happening from 6.30pm on 26 July.
Trying To Find Comfort In An Uncomfortable Chair At PICA
27 July—6 October
Agatha Gothe Snape’s exhibition showcases select works from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art; AKA Australia’s only collection of women’s art available to the public. This poignant collection features works from Janet Dawson, Helen Eager, Michelle Nikou and more. Opening night is kicking off at 6.30pm on 26 July.
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Image credit: Gilber Franco