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image: Ian Strange, FINAL ACT – Number Twelve (detail), 2013, archival digital print, documentation of site-specific intervention. Image courtesy the artist

Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020,  is the first ever large scale survey of the artist’s photographic and film work. It represents a comprehensive overview of the past 12 years of his thought provoking practice, featuring full suites of the most iconic photographic work as well as three rarely seen films that collectively explore the enigma of the suburban.

Strange, who was born in Western Australia, now lives and works between New York and Melbourne.  He is best known for community-based monumental site-specific suburban intervention projects and has worked with communities in the US and New Zealand in recent years to transform full-scale residential homes to reveal layers of experience and aspiration often hidden behind the conventional facades of normality of suburban life. The artist’s ambitious onsite transformations of full-scale residential homes resonate with the trauma and impact of natural disaster as well as unfulfilled dreams of communities living through profound financial despair on the fringes of an elusive suburban utopia.

image: Sandra Hill, Thin Veneer (detail), 2015, oil on board, 119 cm x 119cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mossenson Galleries.

The John Curtin Gallery and the 2020 Perth Festival was proud to present Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home), a powerful exhibition by acclaimed Bibbulmun artist Sandra Hill which included new work created especially for the Festival.

Sandra Hill’s work examines the spectre of Aboriginal cultural annihilation through her own lived experience as a Bibbulmun woman of the Stolen Generations. Mia Kurrum Maun (Far from Home), reveals the far-reaching and profound impact that government policies and widespread racial discrimination have had upon generations of Aboriginal women. Hill, who lives and works in the South West of Western Australia, uses a diverse range of media including painting, printmaking, installation, mixed-media collage and natural resins in her studio practice.

As a  proud Wadandi/Pibelmun woman, Sandra Hill is fiercely passionate about her culture and about Indigenous art of the South West. She is a strong advocate for Noongar culture, working throughout the community to ensure the injustices suffered by Aboriginal people of the past are never forgotten or able to reoccur. Through her art practice and curatorial work, Hill is an effective and respected mentor, working to preserve and promote the resilience of her culture.

Indigenous Acknowledgement

John Curtin Gallery acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the Bentley gallery is located, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation.




This significant addition to the Collection will help to expand our understanding of Nyoongar experience and identity, including the ongoing impacts of invasion and dispossession.


Ancestors Before the Journey of the Dreaming is an outstanding example of Shane Pickett’s work, created at the height of his artistic prowess. It is a deeply compelling and visually striking painting that beautifully articulates the resistance and resilience of Nyoongar people and their culture.

Jarrad Martyn, Range 1200mm x 1500mm
Shane Pickett, Ancestors Before the Journey of the Dreaming. 2008, acrylic on canvas 152cm x 121cm


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image: Pippin Drysdale, Flowering Time from the Confluence exhibition ,2018

The mission of the John Curtin Gallery is to bring to its audiences, both within Curtin University and well beyond, opportunities to experience and critically engage with the visual culture of our time.

With a view to exploring the infinite possibilities engendered by art, the exhibitions, events and public programs offered by the Gallery are a catalyst for thought, change and exchange.