Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is the oldest visual arts organisation in the state, having been founded in 1895. It occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Through the Collection, our associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions we offer visitors to the Gallery unique and exciting experiences of the historic and contemporary Australian artists, as well as bring the art of the world to Western Australia.

We place particular emphasis on the arts of Australia, and due to our geographic position, the Indian Ocean Rim. Our proximity and access to many of the most exciting cultures of the world adds immeasurably to programs, exhibitions, collections and events at the State Art Gallery.


The State Art Collection comprises over 16,500 works in a range of media including painting, sculpture, craft and design, watercolours, drawings, photography and prints.

Indigenous art is a highlight, providing a comprehensive overview of traditional and contemporary art from Western Australia, the Central Desert and Arnhemland. The Collection has pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian art, craft and design from 1829 to the present.