Hello and welcome to this deep dive into the local Perth art scene. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be broken down in full detail.
We will begin by diving into the best Perth Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer. Once those are out of the way we will mention the best art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire. The top shows and events that are held throughout the year definitely deserve a shout out.
A great way to spend an afternoon can be to take an art walking tour or visiting the most creative statues and sculptures around town. Local art classes and lessons can be a fine way to improve your skills and whether you prefer group classes or private lessons we have a few to tell you about.
Renting an art studio near you can be a good way to get the ball rolling on your next project. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be discussed as things move forward.
Towards the end there will be a map so you can find out which spots are closest to your current area. If you are interested you can check out some of our other posts for cities around Australia.
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
- Paper Mountain at 267 William 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 and 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
- Outré Gallery at 260 William St
The Art Gallery Of Western Australia, which was established in 1895, is located on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre, and includes the former Police Courts. The main Gallery, which opened in 1979, is a one-of-a-kind modernist structure inspired by the pavilions and courtyards of Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology.
Paper Mountain is an arts cooperative based in Whadjuk Noongar Boodjar, devoted to fostering new artists, developing experimental creative methods, and presenting community projects. Studio rentals, a curated gallery program, co-working spaces, creative courses, and events are all available.
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia is a vibrant venue for studying art and ideas. LWAG, Australia’s first purpose-built university art museum, has been devoted to critically interacting with many ideas since opening in 1990. The Museum 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.
Goolugatup Heathcote is a cultural district in Applecross, Western Australia, that overlooks the river. 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, which initially opened its doors in 1987 on the first and second floors of the old NSW Bank Chambers, 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. The gallery is known for its modern two- and three-dimensional artworks, as well as Aboriginal works. The galleries are dedicated to displaying outstanding solo exhibits and well planned group shows, with 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.
The typical gallery’s norms are challenged by Outré Gallery who has been exhibiting solo and group exhibits by foreign and local artists with an emphasis on New Contemporary art for almost two decades. Outré Press publishes a range of beautifully designed art books and limited edition prints.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you have the need for new materials or supplies head to art stores near you like:
- Oxlades Art Supplies Perth at 49 Guthrie St
- Picasso Art and Craft at 227 Belmont Ave
- Jacksons Drawing Supplies at 96 Beaufort St
- 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. Oxlades serves a diverse customer 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. Jacksons Drawing Supplies sells a wide variety of items both retail and wholesale. Fine art, drawing supplies, technical drawing materials, ceramics, and craft supplies are among their specialties.
The Butcher Shop is a local art supply store that sells blank clothing and has over 1,000 spray paint colors. Educational Art Supplies is one of Australia’s largest and oldest art supply companies 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, the Festival has been celebrating on the banks of the Swan River for nearly 70 years. It 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.
The AWESOME Festival formed a three-year agreement with the city in 1998, which significantly altered the festival’s future direction and possibilities. As a result, the office and festival relocated to the CBD, and the festival rebranded as a Capital City Festival. In 1998, a unique cooperation between AWESOME, ArtsWA, and Healthway led in the creation of a new AWESOME initiative, the Creative Challenge, a year-round regional arts education program operating throughout Western Australia.
The Art Upmarket is back after a great opening in 2018. Over 80 of Perth’s most creative artists will be 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 in this gallery.
The Darlington Arts Festival is a non-profit run solely by volunteers. 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, 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 show.
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. The staff of high-calibre guides who serve visitors in a professional yet comfortable manner through their award-winning itineraries is at the core of all of their services.
Oh Hey WA is a premier tour business in your area 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 street art, 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, the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia who 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 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. The sculpture, which is on display at the William Street Landing, portrays 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, also known as the Harmony of Minerals, 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
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.
Perth Artist Workshops creates paints pouring technique for novices as well as expert artists who are searching for new and exciting painting techniques. Galleria Art Studio is a fantastic institution that offers high-quality art instruction in a peaceful and secure setting. All of their children’s teachers have worked with children before and also had the pleasure of entertaining visiting artists who have appreciated our vibrant studio environment. The ‘Drawing for Non-Drawers’ session at UWA Extension is currently held in this specially set-up studio.
Paint and Pinot is a social art workshop that combines painting and wine. The painting studio offers a one-of-a-kind experience as the city’s only paint and wine experience in a more private and casual setting, allowing everyone to get one-on-one assistance if needed. We want to stress again, 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. All lessons are held at Noranda’s purpose-built studio.
Studios For Rent Near You
Take your next project as far as it can go by renting studio space at:
- WASPS Creative Exchange at Stormont St
- The Art Space Collective at 80A Scarborough Beach Rd
- Bellevue Artspace at 25B Helen St
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 is located in the Darling Range foothills with views over the local park full of gigantic Gum trees and a front room brimming with beautiful paintings from the local art community. The Artspace Collective is a community space that brings together artists and creatives for sessions, exhibitions, and shared work spaces. 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
- Fantastic Framing at 27 Creaton 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 onto high-quality photographic paper, canvas, or acrylic utilizing the most up-to-date technology as experienced digital printing professionals. From the Como studio, providing a professional client picture framing service with a focus on quality and individualized service.
Angelo St Picture Framers & Gifts provides a variety of framing services including mirrors, beautiful wall art, souvenirs, and much more. They can also do high-quality picture printing and image reproduction.
Fantastic Framing will do professional canvas stretching, mirror and jersey framing, oil paintings, and bespoke picture frames at any of their locations. The Framing Factory is a one-stop shop that keeps your project on-site for the duration of the framing procedure. Throughout the process, your item will be treated with care.
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.
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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 the 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!