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Art Gallery WA Media Release
Frederick Garling, View across the coastal plain

Art Gallery robot welcomes
sci-fi visitors in dancing style

National Science Week 2016 at AGWA

Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 August 2016 | FREE

Aggie, AGWA's engagement robot will be extending her popular role as a tour guide for families by welcoming families of ROBOTS to the Gallery as an exciting part of National Science Week in the Perth Cultural Centre.

'It's all part of showing the links young people make between creativity and technology,' says AGWA's Director of Engagement, Chris Travers.

After a guest session at the Women in Technology tent, Aggie will welcome robots to the Gallery for an artistic 'dance off' against the backdrop of William Kentridge's Shadow quartet 2003-2004 sculptures.

These special guests are the contestants from the recent Robo-Cup Junior Dance competition. Robo-Cup Junior is a state wide competition that integrates Science, Technology and the Arts. Participants program their robots to dance to music and are encouraged to decorate their entries and to motorise robot limb movements, to give their robots real personality.

Perth Science Festival Robo-Hero Competition
To celebrate Drones, Droids and Robots for National Science Week, 450 primary student teams from across Western Australia have designed and built model robots that can help their communities! On display in the Imagination Room at AGWA are the entries from the Perth Metropolitan area that received the highest number of People’s Choice Votes at the Perth Science Festival 2016.

Come in and take a look at the fantastic efforts of local students, exploring the world of science, technology, engineering, math and design. On display from 15 to 22 August 2016.

A wide variety of dynamic robots are now for sale in the Art Gallery Shop and they will be joining in the celebrations in a fusion of art and technology.

Art with Aggie
Aggie gives monthly guided tours and art workshops at AGWA which are booked fully in advance.
11am, guided tour | 1pm, art class Saturday 27 August
Let Aggie take you on a guided tour of Your Collection. The theme of this tour is pattern. At 1pm on the same Saturday, Aggie also hosts an art class for children in AGWA’s Imagination Room. This art activity with Aggie focuses on shapes and pattern. Her tour is free, the art class is by gold coin donation.

Visit Aggie's webpage for details.

Aggie is part of an innovative partnership with Australia’s leading distributor of intelligent and interactive humanoid robots Smartbots.

Further information

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

Annual Sponsors

Principal Partner

Wesfarmers logo

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

Aggie, AGWA's engagement robot.

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