There are nearly 3,000 Indigenous works of art from across Australia held at the Gallery and each one of these works offers insights, small and large, into Indigenous art, life, culture and experience.

The first display is Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art. This exhibition includes art that deals with the beauty and importance of the land and environment to Aboriginal people, and touches on some of the practices and rituals that connect people to 'Country' – a word Aboriginal people use to describe the lands and places in Australia to which they have traditional ties.

The exhibition, however, illustrates more than people's love of Country. It also alerts us to the history and experiences of being an outsider in white Australian society.

Outside includes works of art by artists such as Shane Pickett, Lance (Tjyllyungoo) Chadd, Danie Mellor, Brenda L. Croft, Lena Nyadbi and Lin Onus, who, together, bring the idea of 'outside' inside for all of us to see. Paintings, photography, drawings, prints and sculpture fill the show.

Six Seasons conveys that AGWA aims to cover all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art (the name refers to the Noongar six seasons) and take a holistic view in step with the natural cycle which is at the heart of Indigenous culture.

The six strands rolling out from 2017:

  • Special exhibition – Everyone has a history – Part One: Plain Speak until 13 August 2017
  • New Indigenous art gallery Six Seasons Gallery – opening 29 July 2017 with the first display Outside: Matters of the heart in Indigenous art
  • AGWA Indigenous art collection online – from Spring 2017
  • Indigenous art Nano Gallery digital station – from late 2017
  • Kimberley research project – Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then and Now continues into its fifth year
  • WA State Art Collection Your Collection – continued representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the main AGWA galleries
Image: Danie Mellor Paradise Garden (Different Country, Same Story) 2012. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2012.


  • Today - Sunday 31 December
  • (Venue closed 25 December)

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This event is organised by Art Gallery of Western Australia


  • Free


Art Gallery of WA

Perth Cultural Centre (Bounded by Roe Street, Beaufort Street, Francis Street, William Street) Perth WA 6000

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