Contemporary art provides a creative platform for audiences to interpret and debate the diversity of life and culture.
Murdoch University's Art Gallery showcases the most exciting developments in Australian contemporary art to our community through its exhibition program. Spanning 190 square metres, it presents regular exhibitions highlighting various themes and features of the collection.
Parliament House, Harvest Terrace, West Perth
February – July 2020
Presented in partnership between Murdoch University and the Parliament of Western Australia.
The 56 works on display reveal the very essence of the Murdoch collection which serves as a reflection of contemporary Australian culture. One that celebrates multi-cultural, modern day Australia, while acknowledging our history, our first peoples, our colonial past and the ongoing journey to define who we are, what we stand for, our spirit and national values. Many of the pieces challenge conventional thinking and invite conversation and discussion of our place as a nation. A narrative that mirrors the Murdoch mindset, with its rich history and tradition of encouraging the young to think differently, to challenge convention and established ways of thinking.
Book a guided tour on the Parliament House Art Tours website.
Image Credit: Danie Mellor, An Encounter With Establishment, 2009. Mixed media on paper.
Purnaya Ninganni Pangarri
yesterday - today - tomorrow
Purnaya Ninganni Pangarri: yesterday - today - tomorrow is an exhibition of Tiwi art featured in the Murdoch University Art Collection. This exhibition brings together a cross-generation of Tiwi artists, showcasing the evolution of Tiwi art from traditional to contemporary works over several decades.
Tiwi art and culture is unique to Bathurst and Melville Islands. Tiwi Islanders have practiced Jilimara (the art of body painting), Pukumani (funeral) and Kulama (initiation/yam) ceremonies for thousands of years with traditional forms of mark-making originally derived from creation stories.
A selection of exhibited artists includes: Kitty Kantilla, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Declan Apuatimi, Linus Warlapinni, Conrad Tipungwuti, Freda Warlapinni, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Marie Josette Orsto, Mary Magdalkene Tipungwuti and Timothy Cook.