Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Perth and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Perth art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
Anyone that is interested can check out some of our other posts for cities around Australia right there.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Perth
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Perth you can go to:
- Art Gallery Of Western Australia at Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James St
- Gallery Central at 12 Aberdeen St
- Western Australian Museum at Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James St
- King Street Arts Centre at 357-365 Murray St
- Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at 35 Stirling Hwy
- Heathcote Museum & Gallery at 58 Duncraig Rd
- Gotham Studio at 57 James St
- Linton and Kay Gallery at 11 Old Aberdeen Pl
- Perth Institute Of Contemporary Arts at Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James St
The Art Gallery Of Western Australia was established in 1895 and is open from 10am to 5pm every day but Monday when they are closed located on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The main gallery opened in 1979 and is a one-of-a-kind modernist structure inspired by the pavilions and courtyards of Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology.
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is open from noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday at the University of Western Australia and is a vibrant venue for studying art and ideas. LWAG was Australia’s first purpose-built university art museum and has been devoted to critically interacting with many ideas since opening in 1990 and now includes seven public sites around the state as well as a Collections and Research Centre with over eight million artifacts.
The Perth Theatre Trust is the state’s primary performing arts organization with responsibility for the theatres under its control. Local, national, and international performing arts groups, performers, and artists both professional and amateur use the Trust’s venues which also host school and children’s concerts and activities.
For a cultural district in Applecross, Western Australia that overlooks the river head over to Goolugatup Heathcote where a modern art gallery, museum, restaurant, artist studios, public markets and events, and innovative small enterprises are all part of the historic site’s flourishing cultural and leisure activities.
Gotham initially opened its doors in 1987 on the first and second floors of the old NSW Bank Chambers and has been a symbol of independent Western Australian artistic endeavor putting working artists in the heart of the CBD for more than two decades. Hundreds of visual artists including many of the state’s most well-known have had studios in Gotham during the collective’s history.
Under the direction of Linton Partington and Gary Kay Linton & Kay Galleries represents a stable of excellent artists from around Australia including intriguing early career artists as well as mid- and late-career artists near you. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm every day but Sunday when they are closed and is known for its modern two- and three-dimensional artworks as well as Aboriginal works at their three locations in the metropolitan region and a fourth in Margaret River.
The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Australia’s premier centers for contemporary art development and display. PICA is the city’s focal point for people seeking to experience the finest of Australian and international visual, performance, and multidisciplinary art.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you have the need for new materials or supplies head to art stores in your area like:
- Oxlades Art Supplies Perth at 49 Guthrie St
- Picasso Art and Craft at 227 Belmont Ave
- The Butcher Shop at 276 William St
- Ed Art Supplies at 17 Hampden Rd
- Art Framers at 477 Beaufort St
Oxlades Art Supplies is a family-owned and managed art supply company that has been serving Queensland artists and institutions for a century through their retail locations, school art supplies business, and wholesale art supplies division.
Picasso Art & Crafts is an Australian-owned retailer that caters to a wide range of consumers with a diverse assortment of art, crafts, and other products that has three stores near you.
The Butcher Shop is a local art supply store that sells blank clothing and has over 1,000 spray paint colors.
One of Australia’s largest and oldest art businesses is Educational Art Supplies whose goods appeal to a wide range of young artists from toddlers learning to scribble with their first crayon to emerging experts.
Claremont Art Framers and Gallery as well as the brand new Mt Lawley Art Framers and Gallery are a couple of good art framers in your area. Custom picture framing, art framing, art materials, hanging systems, jerseys, object framing, and quality arts services are all available.
Shows & Events
There are some great local art shows, events, and festivals like:
- Perth Festival in February
- AWESOME Festival in October
- Art Upmarket in October
- Darlington Arts Festival in November
Perth Festival is a non-profit multi-arts festival that takes place every summer and features world-class performance, music, cinema, visual arts, and literary activities. As Australia’s longest-running arts event it has been celebrating on the banks of the Swan River for nearly 70 years and is ideally positioned to highlight the world’s oldest living culture by embracing rich indigenous traditions and contemporary artistic practice as it is based on Noongar Boodjar.
After their first try in 2018 The Art Upmarket came back and you can expect there to be over 80 of Perth’s most creative artists together under one roof at the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall undercroft for the market. Paintings, fine art photography, limited edition prints, sculptures, ornamental glass and ceramics, illustrations, and more may all be found on display in the gallery.
The Darlington Arts Festival is a non-profit run solely by volunteers and for more than 50 years it has been at the center of the Darlington and Hills communities and their annual festival which attracts 10,000-15,000 people each year and is one of Western Australia’s longest-running free arts festivals. There will be performers, artisan markets, entertainment, music, food, wine, and fun in addition to the beautiful art on display.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Art dealers and appraisers near you can be good places encounter new unique pieces or learn the value of something you already own:
GFL Fine Art is one of the leading fine art specialists and auction houses in your area. Local art auctions are conducted out of the Wilkinson Gallery at the Claremont Showgrounds for ease of access, ample space, and plenty of time to view.
Saltseum provides a range of services for private and corporate collectors who would like to lease artworks or develop an art collection based on their interests, environment, and budget.
On a sunny day try out one of these art walking tours:
Two Feet has great guided walking tours of the city which is at the heart of the company’s existence with a staff of high-calibre guides that serve visitors in a professional yet comfortable manner through their award-winning itineraries.
Oh Hey WA is a premier tour business delivering entertaining and educational guided walking tours that highlight and celebrate the city’s greatest features. They will take guests on a tour of the city’s streets and public areas discussing a variety of subjects such as the street art in your area along with history, architecture, nightlife, and new developments while also presenting interesting facts and tales.
Sculptures & Statues
These statues and sculptures can also be fun to check out when the weather is nice:
- John Septimus Roe Statue at Adelaide Ter & Victoria Ave
- Ascalon at 1 Cathedral Ave
- Percy Buttons’ Aspiration at 637/641 Hay St
- Footsteps in Time Sculpture at 40 – 50 St Georges Ter
- First Contact Sculpture at Elizabeth Quay The Esplanade
- Ore Obelisk at Barrack St & St Georges Ter
The bronze monument honors John Septimus Roe who was the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia and died in the 1800’s.
The Chapter of St George’s Cathedral commissioned Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri to construct a modern sculpture on the theme of St George and the Dragon for the Cathedral grounds called Ascalon on June 15, 2009 following a 12-month submission and selection process.
Percy Button was a street performer who lived from 1892 to 1954 and celebrates the spirit of the street.
The local five Footsteps in Time bronze sculptures were commissioned by St Martins Properties to mark Western Australia’s 175th anniversary and to represent the business individuals who established the Central Business District.
Laurel Nannup’s First Contact is a magnificent five-meter-tall cast aluminum sculpture by the renowned indigenous artist that is on display at the William Street Landing protraying the arrival of European settlers in the area. The indigenous Noongar people thought that when the European boats came they were their forefathers returning from the sea.
The Ore Obelisk is also known as the Harmony of Minerals and is a symbol of the state’s growth between 1960 and 1970. The Minerals of Harmony Obelisk was constructed in 1971 to commemorate Western Australia’s millionth citizen.
Perth Art Classes
It doesn’t matter if you want private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults some of the best art schools in Perth are:
- Robertson Park Artists Studio at 176 Fitzgerald St
- Perth Artist Workshops at 46 Salesian Ct
- Galleria Art Studio at 2/6 Barnett Ct
- Paint & Pinot at 12 Elmhurst Way
- Children’s School of Contemporary Art at 58 Duncraig Rd
- Quirky Cactus Art School at 180 Hamersley Rd
- Noranda Art Studio at 3 Hewitt Cl
- The Art Space Collective at 80A Scarborough Beach Rd
Robertson Park Artists Studio is an art making place with occasional community courses, open spaces, and exhibitions that is operated by five visual artists. Halvorsen Hall which is located in the heart of magnificent inner city Robertson Park’s southern half houses the light-filled studio.
Paint pouring technique for novices as well as expert artists who are searching for new and exciting painting techniques can be found at Perth Artist Workshops.
Galleria Art Studio is a fantastic institution that offers high-quality art instruction in a peaceful and secure setting where all of the teachers have worked with children before and also have had the pleasure of entertaining visiting artists who have appreciated their vibrant studio environment. The ‘Drawing for Non-Drawers’ session at UWA Extension is currently held in this specially set-up studio.
A one-of-a-kind experience as the city’s only paint and wine experience in a more private and casual setting can be found at Paint and Pinot which allows everyone to get one-on-one assistance if needed. It should be noted these lessons will be more casual than most of the others on the list but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn something.
The Children’s School of Contemporary Art provides professional active artists with quality instruction for children.
Every child’s personality and inventiveness are reflected in unique and quirky pieces of art that represent their particular flair at Quirky Cactus who puts on inspirational painting workshops for budding artists.
Noranda can help you realize your entire potential by providing art courses in small groups in a safe and relaxing environment as all lessons are held at Noranda’s purpose-built studio.
The Art Space Collective is a quirky gallery that runs workshops for kids and adults that also hosts exhibitions.
Studios For Rent Near You
Take your next project as far as it can go by renting studio space at:
The Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, officially opened the Perth Creative Exchange to tenants in October 2019 and on February 26th, 2020. Wasps and Kinross Council collaborated on a £4.5 million initiative to transform the former St John’s School building into a new exciting home for artists, makers, creative sector professionals, and the general public.
The Bellevue Artspace in your area is located in the Darling Range foothills with views over the park full of gigantic gum trees and a front room brimming with beautiful paintings from the local art community.
Remember in our best galleries near you section we mentioned Paper Mountain and Goolugatup Heathcote both have studio space to rent.
For art framing services in Perth head to:
- Portfolio Picture Framers at 3/45 McCoy St
- White Frame at 128 Canning Hwy
- Angelo St Picture Framers & Gifts at 6c/67 Angelo St
- The Framing Factory at 7/4-10 Farrall Rd
- Art Forum and Framing Perth at 89 Main St
Portfolio Picture Framers specializes in transforming your favorite photographs and personal photo memories into pieces of art. As a family-run business they are delighted to provide factory direct rates on all bespoke picture framing services guaranteeing that their clients receive the finest quality picture frames at the most affordable costs.
At White Frame they can print your valuable pictures on high-quality photographic paper, canvas, or acrylics utilizing the most up-to-date technology as experienced digital printing professionals.
A variety of framing services including mirrors, beautiful wall art, souvenirs, and much more are available with Angelo St Picture Framers & Gifts who can also do high-quality picture printing and image reproduction.
The Framing Factory is a one-stop shop that keeps your project on-site for the duration of the framing procedure.
Professional custom framing for pictures, mirrors, art, and mementos is provided by Art Forum and Framing Perth who has a wide variety of wood, modern, rustic, classic, and museum-quality frames.
In the local art supply stores list we also mentioned that both Claremont Art Framers and the brand new Mt Lawley Art Framers are a couple of other solid options.
In case you might be interested we have also written posts on:
- Sydney Art Business Information
- Melbourne Art Business Information
- Brisbane Art Business Information
- Adelaide Art Business Information
Have Fun Enjoying The Perth Art Scene
We tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect on this page in the comments. Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Perth!