Art from the streets of New Delhi, Mowanjum in the Kimberley and suburban Perth
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Bharti Kher, Warrior with Cloak and Shield


Passion, politics and personalities in 2016 exhibition calendar

In 2016, visitors to the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery will witness some of the gallery’s most exciting artwork yet.
In the first six months alone, visitors to LWAG will experience the passionate work of UK-born Indian artist Bharti Kher in her first solo exhibition in Australia, have an inside look at being Gen Y and Muslim in modern Australia, see never-before-seen Indigenous art, and much more.
The program continues LWAG’s strong focus on showcasing Western Australia’s best emerging and established artists and bringing varied and innovative work from around the world to Perth audiences.
Throughout 2016 the gallery will present a series of exhibitions that look at where cultures collide and coalesce, from the streets of New Delhi, to Mowanjum in the Kimberley and suburban Perth. This will build on the success of the 2015 program, which included the well-received Yirrkala Drawings and Elise Blumann: An Émigré Artist in Western Australia, 1938–1948, where a strong public reaction to Blumann’s outsider look at the WA landscape led to the exhibition becoming one of the most popular in the gallery’s history.
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Bharti Kher: In Her Own Language
18 February - 16 April 2016
In her first solo exhibition in Australia, internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher offers a window into her richly textured practice.
Born in the UK to Indian parents, Bharti Kher moved to live in India after completing art school. She has resided in New Delhi since; creating artwork that explores themes of culture, mythology and narrative. Her distinctive signature application of saris, bindis (the forehead decoration worn by women throughout South Asia) and figurative sculptures will be on display in a selected exhibition as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.
18 February - 9 April 2016
Through the intertwining of fibre, feather, paper, recycled blankets, string, seeds and other materials, interwoven brings to life a series of items created by generations of culturally distinctive makers from Aboriginal Australia, Papua New Guinea and Asian settings. Everything on display is sourced from the Berndt Museum’s extensive collection, and will include many works never before seen by the public.
30 April - 16 July 2016
This is HERE&NOW for 2016, where we shine a spotlight on young and emerging artists as presented by an emerging curator. Come and see nine contemporary artists whose otherwise diverse work is tied together by their experiences of being young and Muslim in Australia, reflecting lives spent dealing with a post-9/11 construction of Muslim identity.
Julie Gough: Collisions
30 April - 16 July 2016
Julie Gough is an acclaimed artist, writer and curator, participating in over 120 exhibitions since 1994. Collisions features works by Gough that examine points of contact between Australian indigenous heritage and colonial history, often drawing from her and her family’s experiences as Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
Mowaljarlai Vision and Voice
23 April - 9 July 2016
Honouring the life and legacy of lawman, philosopher, artist, activist, storyteller, bush professor, and statesman, David Mowaljarlai.
Miriam Stannage: Survey 2006 - 2016
30 July to 24 September 2016
Presenting recent and previously unseen work by senior contemporary Australian artist Miriam Stannage, this exhibition will showcase Stannage’s characteristically wry observations of life and testify to her ongoing experimentation and innovation across a range of media.
Saltwater Mapping
30 July to 10 December 2016
Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia, this exhibition considers how two very different but both ocean-orientated peoples – Hartog’s newly arrived Dutch and the Aboriginal peoples who have inhabited the western coast for tens of thousands of years - mapped and memorised the sky, sea and land. Includes art and artefacts from the Kerry Stokes Collection.
Char Soo
8 October to 10 December 2016
A four screen video projection that transports the viewer into the middle of an Iranian bazaar. Filming simultaneously in all four directions, Iranian-born artist Hossein Valamanesh has captured a moment in the everyday life of his birhplace.
Kelly Doley: Things Learnt About Feminism
8 October to 10 December 2016
Ninety-five hand-painted posters about feminism from contemporary Australian artist Kelly Doley. Presented by the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.

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For further information, interviews and images, please contact:
John McCarten
UWA Cultural Precinct
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

M  0403 900 193
P  +61 8 6488 7888

The Cultural Precinct is the University of Western Australia’s cultural hub, supporting the music, theatre, exhibition programs and broader arts and cultural events that take place throughout the year.
Conceived as a ‘park with buildings’, UWA is arguably one of the most beautiful campuses in Australia. Sited throughout its heritage-listed gardens are many sculptures, murals and notable buildings, including the Octagon & Dolphin theatres, the Sunken Garden, Somerville Auditorium and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. This fusion of culture, nature and learning provides visitors with an experience unique in Western Australia.

Image: Bharti Kher, Warrior with Cloak and Shield (detail) 2008, Resin, steel, banana leaf, thread, fabric, 241x170x196cm
Cultural Precinct
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Berndt Museum 
Cruthers Collection of Women's Art
Dr Harold Schenberg Arts Centre
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009

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