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Hannah Gadsby & Husky see out the 2016 season

Hannah Gadsby – 6.30pm, Thur 27 Oct | $44+bf
Husky – 6.30pm, Thur 17 Nov | $43+bf

ARTBAR returns to the Gallery this October and November with two live acts from Australian performers who have garnered both national and international attention.

Comedian Hannah Gadsby, along with Melbourne-based folk group Husky, will be gracing the ARTBAR stage later this year with their respective comic wit and captivating vocals.

Hannah Gadsby, an award-winning Australian comedian, brings her delightful wordplay, sardonic humour and heartbreakingly funny and self-deprecating observations to ARTBAR on Thursday 27 October.

In early 2011, the self-confessed art lover appeared on-screen in Artscape, where she took her audience on a rollicking historical ride through the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection for its 150th anniversary.

In a similar fashion, visitors can take delight in Hannah’s thoughts on what makes an artwork an artwork, as she takes a closer look at a selection of works from our State Art Collection in celebration of the Gallery's Portrait Month.

Visitors can return to see Husky, folk-inspired cousins Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss, deliver their sweet and gentle harmonies to ARTBAR on Thursday 17 November. Opening for the duo is 18 year-old West Australian local Teischa Jones, who has a natural gift for instrumentation and powerfully rich vocals.

In special pre-show viewings, the stunning exhibitions on display, Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and “Unknown Land” will be open for visitors to walk through.

There will also be the opportunity to eat at Arthouse Dine, the Gallery’s new in-house dining experience, before the show starts.

Tickets on sale now


ARTBAR | Hannah Gadsby
Date: Thursday 27 October
Price: $44+bf
Time: Doors open 6.30pm | main performance 8pm
Exhibition: "Unknown Land" and Black Swan Prize for Portraiture

ARTBAR | Husky
Date: Thursday 17 November
Price: $43+bf
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, support act 7pm | main performance 8pm
Exhibition: "Unknown Land" and Screen Space - Christian Thompson's HEAT


Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and Portrait Month
In October, we celebrate the portrait as an art form, with a special focus on the works from the Sate Art Collection and the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. The Black Swan Prize is Australia’s third richest prize featuring the $50,000 Lester Group Prize, the new $10,000 Tony Fini Foundation Artist Prize and 2x Highly Commended $500 HU Kendall & Co Gift Vouchers. WA’s only portrait prize attracts hundreds of entries nationally each year.

“Unknown Land”
The first European explorers and colonists viewed Western Australia and its spectacular coast as “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. This exhibition of the earliest watercolours, paintings and drawings of WA superbly captures images of iconic locations still familiar, but now mostly transformed.

Further information

For more information, interviews and imagery please contact Tanya Sticca on 9492 6692 or email

Annual Sponsors

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303 MullenLowe, Singapore Airlines, Audi, Smartbots, Alex Hotel, Juniper Estate, Gage Roads Brewing Co.

Hannah Gadsby & Husky

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