Experience WA through the eyes of the first European explorers and colonists.
The first European explorers and colonists viewed Western Australia and its spectacular coast as an “unknown land”.
Of course, it was no such thing – Aboriginal people had owned the land for thousands of years and were quickly in conflict with the imperialists.
Whatever their motives – colonist, invader, explorer, settler, adventurer – the Europeans were awestruck by the land we now call Western Australia – and the opportunities it presented. This exhibition of the earliest watercolours, paintings and drawings of WA superbly captures images of iconic locations still familiar, but now mostly transformed. These European artists were the first of many generations to be inspired by the landscape of WA.
The visions are stunning. But the real story, as revealed in the exhibition was much more complex.
Out near Balingup 1864
Oil on board, 33.5 x 55 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
This is an Art Gallery of WA event. Visit website
Dates and times
- 17 September 2016 - 30 January 2017
- Adult $12 | Concession/Student $8 | Family $30 | Children 5-17 $5 | Under 5 free
Art Gallery of WA
Perth Cultural Centre (Bounded by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street, William Street) Perth WA 6000