In the spirit of reconciliation, the John Curtin Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Opening spiel by Laurel Epson. Perth Festival this, Carrolup that, you know the drill.

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PERTH FESTIVAL 25 February – 8 May 2022

2022 marked the 25th Anniversary of the John Curtin Gallery’s relationship with the Perth Festival. Since first collaborating with the Perth Festival in 1998?  JCG has hosted some of the world’s best visual artists including Ragnar Kjartansson, John Akomfrah, Lisa Reihana, and U-Ram Choe.

In 2022 we were proud to host Acclaimed British filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien.

Julien’s film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. Featured in this groundbreaking exhibition will be two seminal works.

Ten Thousand Waves is a majestic multi-screen installation weaving together stories that link China’s ancient past and present, reflecting upon the enduring spectre of human trafficking in relation to the 2004 Morecambe Bay tragedy in northern England, where 23 illegal Chinese immigrants lost their life.

In its Australian premiere, Lessons of the Hour is a poetic meditation on the life of the visionary African American orator, philosopher and self-liberated slave, Frederick Douglass.

Cited as the most photographed American in the 19th Century, Douglass was intimately aware of the expressive power of images and articulated his groundbreaking vision of how picture-making and photography could offer powerful tools in the fight for social justice and equal human rights for all.