The John Curtin Gallery is now closed.
Re-opening is currently postponed due to COVID-19 restictions in Perth Metropolitan area.
We will advise as soon as we know more.

An important Announcement from John Curtin Gallery about COVID-19

February 5  2021

Latest news on our Perth Festival exhibition postponement. We are still closed for at least another week!
But the good news is that we’ll be back in the Gallery on Monday putting the final touches on what will be an amazing show.
We will know more early next week and will update everyone as to when we can open to the public.

While it is disappointing to reschedule we look forward to seeing you soon at what will be an amazing exhibition.

We will keep you updated via this website and through our social media channels, so please, if you are not already, follow us on Facebook facebook.com/johncurtingallery and on Instagram instagram.com/johncurtingallery.

We encourage everyone to continue to follow the State Governments guidance over the next week.

Stay safe and well,

Chris Malcolm

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Opening in early February 2021 during the Gallery’s Bunuru season, the exhibition reflects the Festival’s theme of Bilya, the Noongar word for river, which also has the double meaning of holding the body in place and connects the past and future. Abdullah explores the different ways memory emerges from domestic spaces, often drawing on his personal memories of family life.

Everything Is True presents audiences with a blend of exquisite technical virtuosity, material intrigue and a palpable presence that can be both playful and terrifying. Filling the entire John Curtin Gallery, the 29 works featured in Everything Is True present an emotionally charged journey through the memories, dreamscapes, and spiritual imagination of one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists. Working mostly in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the built environment.

Koorliny Mia Whadjuk Boodja
(Carrolup Artworks Back Home)

The John Curtin Gallery presents an exhibition of Carrolup Artworks created by Aboriginal children of Australia’s Stolen Generations who were forcibly detained at the Carrolup Native Settlement near Katanning, Western Australia in the 1940’s.



The John Curtin Gallery and The Collectors Club of Western Australia have announced the selection of the 2020 John Stringer Prize finalists.  They are Eva Fernandez, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Madij Griffiths, Susan Roux, Curtis Taylor and Mark Tweedie.


The John Curtin Gallery congratulates WA artist Susan Roux, winner of the 2020 John Stringer Prize.

Susan’s work features alongside new work by five other contemporary artists, Eva Fernandez, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Griffiths Madij, Curtis Taylor and Mark Tweedie each nominated as competitive contenders for this year’s prestigious prize.

The works, now on display at the John Curtin Gallery, include photography, video, sculpture, textiles, drawing and painting.

The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection.

This year they were selected by an independent selection panel consisting of Janis Nedela Curatorial Department, the Kerry Stokes Collection, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Lead Consultant, Gee Consultancy and Jane King, Manager, John Curtin Gallery.

The Prize was established in memory of John Stringer, renowned Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection and advisor to The Collectors Club, who passed away in 2007. It honours John’s life and the legacy of his influence on and contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists. The Prize, which was conceived and facilitated by The Collectors Club, connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art scene.

Visit Susan’s website to see more of her artworks: susanrouxartist.com

The Exhibition runs until Sunday 13 December 2020.
The John Curtin Gallery is open Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm
and Sunday 12pm – 4pm.


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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.