• Art & Exhibitions
Watercolour painting of ships
10 Oct 2015 - 31 Jan 2016

Treasure Ships - Art in the Age of Spices

  • Perth Cultural Centre

This exhibition features the spectacular and exotic art produced for global markets from the 1500s to early 1800s; a period known as the 'Age of Spices'. 

Demand for spices spurred on the great voyages of exploration and the establishment of vast empires across Asia. Treasure Ships presents the stories of the spice markets, slave trade and shipwrecks, as well as illustrating the astonishing beauty of Chinese porcelain, known as ‘white gold’ and celebrating vibrant Indian textiles created for export around the world.

Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Tickets to the exhibition are now on sale.

The Art Gallery of WA has also produced a free Treasure Ships app available for download closer to the exhibition opening.

(Image credit: Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters c.1870 four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper 67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0cm Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth) 

This exhibition is presented by the Art Gallery of WA Visit website

Dates and times

  • 10 October 2015 - 31 January 2016


  • Various prices

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