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Art Gallery WA Media Release
Antony Gormley Big Pluck 2, 2016 and Big Yield 2015

AGWA signals renewal in 2017 with new initiatives and refreshment
of core Gallery experience

• New Permanent Indigenous Gallery: Six Seasons signals major
Indigenous commitment

• New contemporary strand Culture Juice launches with
The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures

• Major new acquisitions of entrance sculptures by
Sir Antony Gormley

• PIAF collaboration: Everyone has a history exhibition

• Return of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

• RENEW of WA State Art Collection Galleries

The Art Gallery of WA today announced its 2017 program with a major show on sneaker culture, a new permanent Indigenous gallery, two dramatic new sculptures in the Gallery’s entrance by Sir Antony Gormley and the return of the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, alongside a complete refresh of three Collection galleries and a PIAF collaboration.

Culture Juice puts contemporary culture in focus
“Renewal is our theme in 2017,” said AGWA Director Stefano Carboni. “Culture Juice, our new contemporary culture strand, gets off to a flying start with the SNEAKERHEADS season, the heart of which is the exclusive Australian presentation of the North American show The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Then we present Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures in collaboration with the WA Museum.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture has wide appeal and will show how the running shoe has become a world phenomenon and is now widely considered a cultural artefact. Approximately 150 amazing sneakers will be on display from May in this acclaimed exhibit from the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum.”

SNEAKERHEADS is an umbrella project which also includes a strong WA component including a special ‘WA Sneaker’ created by renowned designer Aurelio Costarella, and other celebrated local collections. (More information on fact sheet below).

“We are taking AGWA to the streets and bringing street culture to AGWA with SNEAKERHEADS,” says Carboni.

Six Seasons signals a major commitment to Indigenous art
Indigenous art is also a major priority with the launch of a permanent gallery in July and the release of the digitised collection as part of a new project with the working title Six Seasons, subject to further consultation with Aboriginal elders.

This year’s Perth International Arts Festival collaboration has an Indigenous focus. The start of a new major three-year strand giving artists’ stories a strong voice Everyone has a history, launches with Plain Speak, featuring 50 powerful works by Indigenous artists. (More information on fact sheet below).

An Australian coup: two new Gormleys
The Gallery itself is changing, with the dramatic appearance in the entrance of two outstanding sculptures by the internationally celebrated artist Sir Antony Gormley. Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield continue Gormley’s long-term fascination with the human form which will be familiar to WA audiences from his Lake Ballard installation Inside Australia. The new Rodgers Gormley Gallery marks a major donation by John Rodgers in memory of his late father, Kurt Rodgers, a past Art Gallery of WA board member.

Stefano Carboni said, “I am delighted that a new gallery, the Rodgers Gormley Gallery, will open at the very entrance of the main building to house two major new works by internationally renowned artist Antony Gormley recently acquired by AGWA.”

Black Swan Prize and Portrait Month return
Following its successful debut in AGWA’s Portrait Month, the popular Black Swan Prize for Portraiture returns to a bigger space in November 2017 as part of a new three-year commitment to portraiture.

Tina Wilson, Executive Director ARTrinsic Inc. said, "Following the overwhelming success of the 2016 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture at the Art Gallery of WA, we are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with AGWA for another three years. This partnership is one that will continue to grow, providing greater exposure for artists and opportunities for the public to enjoy the art of portraiture."

Other highlights: WA Focus, Tom Malone Prize, Year 12 Perspectives, Bill Henson
WA Focus and Screen Space will be delivering a new annual program, which will see the artworks of Nathan Beard and Gregory Pryor, through to digital works from Jesper Just and Richard Bell, go on display throughout the year.

AGWA is celebrating a couple of milestones in 2017 – 15 years of the prestigious, national glass award the Tom Malone Prize and 25 years of the hugely popular Year 12 Perspectives showcase. And the Gallery’s Guru Guides will be celebrating their 40th birthday.

Recent photographs by Bill Henson, selected by the artist, and encompassing themes including portraits, nudes, lush museum interiors and transcendent landscapes will go on display at AGWA from mid-September.

RENEW of the State Art Collection
From September, a refresh of the WA State Art Collection will see many works new to audiences and a new focus on key artists, art movements and Western Australian artists.

Stefano Carboni commented, “This Renew project is the first major rehang for many years and we are taking the opportunity to introduce many new and recent acquisitions and to draw from storage some key pieces that we know will be very popular with audiences old and new.

"With a stronger, more engaging focus on key artists, on WA and the weaving of different stories into the chronological display of the Collection, the WA State Art Collection will RENEW appreciation for Your Collection.” Stefano Carboni, AGWA Director declared.

New partnerships part of AGWA Renew
AGWA is transforming the experience of the building. A new green partnership AGWA Botanical sees the courtyard garden transformed into an urban farm growing produce for its own restaurant Arthouse Dine. The project is the initiative of the Perth not-for-profit organisation Green World Revolution.

AGWA SkyScreen is a planned collaboration with Community Cinemas for a new rooftop arts cinema operation in Summer 2017/18.

SNEAKERHEADS sees several new creative partnerships flower.
• With Curtin University whose students will design a special sneaker collection;
• A tie-in with the WA Department of Sport and Recreation and HBF Run for A Reason on community sport activation;
• With Fashion Council  WA on red carpet activations and WA Music Industry Association on a hip-hop collaboration.

READ THE FULL PROGRAM HERE

FACT SHEETS
Antony Gormley
Six Seasons
Culture Juice & SNEAKERHEADS
Heath Ledger



The Rise of Sneaker Culture organised by

     

The American Federation of Arts is the leader in travelling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organisation founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organising and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs. For more information about the AFA, visit www.amfedarts.org.

The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada, is an internationally acclaimed museum that boasts a collection of more than 13,000 artifacts spanning 4,500 years of history and actively supports a mandate to collect, research, exhibit and publish on the cultural, historical, and sociological value of footwear. For more information, visit www.batashoemuseum.com.


Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures presented in collaboration with the WA Museum



Plain Speak presented as part of the Perth International Arts Festival

Further information

For more information, interviews and imagery please contact Tanya Sticca on 9492 6692 or email tanya.sticca@artgallery.wa.gov.au

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Antony Gormley Big Pluck 2 2016. Mild steel bar, 281.0 x 81.0 x 48.0 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: Funds donated by John Rodgers to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, for permanent display and enjoyment by the public in recognition of the contribution by his father Kurt Rodgers to the Arts and the Gallery, of which he was a Board member from 1960 to 1970, 2016. © the artist. Photograph by Stephen White, London Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York. Antony Gormley Big Yield 2015. Mild steel bar, 219.0 x 111.0 x 99.0 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: Funds donated by John Rodgers to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, for permanent display and enjoyment by the public in recognition of the contribution by his father Kurt Rodgers to the Arts and the Gallery, of which he was a Board member from 1960 to 1970, 2016. © the artist. Photograph by Stephen White, London Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.

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