PICA

Perth Festival Art

March 3, 2017
Joh Akomfrah, Untitled, 2016, C-type print mounted on Dibond, Framed: 101.6 × 152.4 cm / 40 × 60 in
© Smoking Dogs Films;
Courtesy the Artist; Lisson Gallery, London

Back in the 1980s when Adelaide was Australia’s only notable arts festival, it featured a comprehensive visual arts program. Today there are festivals in every major city and in several minor ones, but the visual arts are marginal to proceedings. The exception to the rule is the Perth International Arts Festival. Long-term curator, Margaret Moore, … More


Perth Festival Art Exhibitions

March 4, 2016
Dani Marti, Prelude (Purple), 2015, corner cube reflectors, glass beads on aluminium frame. Image courtesy of the artist. GAGPROJECTS | Greenway Art Gallery, Adelaide; and ARC ONE GALLERY, Melbourne

It’s often said that the Perth art scene suffers by its isolation, but nowadays the pain doesn’t seem too intense. In the arts the high point of every year is the Perth International Arts Festival. Of all the festivals that take place in cities around the country, Perth has the best and most dynamic visual … More


Perth Festival Art 2015

March 7, 2015
Nalda Searles, Hirsute Vision, 2013. Eyeglasses with hair and blanket, salvaged woolen blanket, felted and stitched (eye glasses gifted by Ted Snell, artist’s own hair), 16x16x6cm. Photo by Bewley Shaylor.

Over the past few years the Perth Festival has established a reputation for an adventurous visual arts program. This is in contrast to most of the arts festivals around Australia, which are dominated by the performing arts. Even Adelaide, which has had a long-term commitment to the visual arts, has dispensed with its regular Artists’ … More


Perth Festival 2014

February 22, 2014
Ryota Kuwakubo, The Tenth Sentiment, 2010 © Ryota Kuwakubo (installation view), photo: Keizo Kioku, photo courtesy: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Japan.

On the sandy banks of the Swan River, Do Ho Suh’s Net-Work gleams in fierce sunlight. The piece is a tightly woven mesh made from thousands of tiny gold and silver figurines joined at the hands and feet. Draped across a metal frame it forms a walkway through which visitors can look at the sky … More