An important Announcement from
John Curtin Gallery about COVID-19

A Message from Chris Malcolm, Director, John Curtin Gallery

For the safety of all our visitors and staff to limit the spread of COVID-19, the John Curtin Gallery has closed its doors until further notice.

While the Gallery is no longer open to the public, we recognise that at times like these the arts can play a key role in keeping us focused on what is important and we are working on a range of new ways to connect with our audiences and the art community for the duration of our closure.

Staff continue working on preparations for the remaining exhibitions in the 2020 program, to ensure we can deliver these as soon as the opportunity arises. The Gallery is fortunate to have scheduled a short close down period mid-year to undertake some essential maintenance, so we have some flexibility in rescheduling our exhibition dates for the rest of this year.

We are also working collaboratively across our sector, both with other University Art Museums, and with the wider Galleries and Museums sector, to identify projects we can bring forward and share with our audiences.

This is also a good time for our audiences to get to know our team and our Collection better. So you may  soon be seeing some other faces presenting stories and information over the next few months.

Finally, we plan to use this time effectively to support local WA artists and will be promoting and linking with our arts community in new and innovative ways. We will continue to create new content to stay digitally active and increase our online presence.

Staff at the Gallery wish you good health in the coming days and thank you for your continuing support during this extraordinary time.

In view of the acceleration of measures being implemented across the nation to minimise risk of public transmission of COVID-19, we join all cultural institutions in Western Australia by closing to the public, effective from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

This decision follows today’s directive from the Director General of the State’s Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, requesting all cultural institutions in the State to close effective immediately.

We look forward to returning to normal operations as soon as possible but in the meantime we would like to stay engaged with you and encourage you to visit our website or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

We value your support and appreciate how important Culture and the Arts are to a community’s sense of well being. In coming weeks Gallery staff will be working hard to create new online content to share with our audiences as a priority.

Thank you for your understanding and continuing support during this extraordinary time.

Chris Malcolm