The City of Perth exhibition program includes art and social history exhibitions engaging audiences’ with contemporary and historical works of art and making the history of Perth a living history.

Coolbaroo Club and Coffee Pot Exhibition, 2010 - Opening Night

'The Coolbaroo Club and Coffee Pot' Exhibition at Perth Town Hall in 2010.

 

Learn more about the City's Art Collection or Social History and Memorabilia Collection here.

You are welcome to download our exhibition catalogues for educational and private use.

 

Past exhibitions:

2016        From Kings Park
2015/16   The Fabric of Wildflowers - The Art of Thelma Knox
2015        Sight, Site, Cite.
2015        Perth Dinghy Club Exhibition
2015        “…not for the glorification of war, but in loving memory of men who paid the supreme sacrifice.” Sir William Lathlain, November 1929.
2014/15   Hear Me Roar
2014        Perth City Council 1939 - 1945
2014        Nature as Marker
2014        Boom!
2014        True Fiction: The place between then and now
2013        Perth Water
2013        Moment Based Shapes
2013        Trevor Richard's Lighthouse
2013        50 Years: Council House 1963 - 2013
2012        City of Perth Photographic Commission: Juha Tolonen and Toni Wilkinson
2011        City of Perth Artwork Commission: Gregory Pryor
2011        1962: The City of Light and the Commonwealth Games
2010        The Coolbaroo Club and The Coffee Pot, two extraordinary places in 1950s Perth
2009        City of Perth Photographic Commissions: Max Pam and Simon Westlake
2009        Nightsoil, Hatpins and Health Inspectors, Cleaning up the City of Perth 1910- 1915
2009        Modern Visions of the City of Perth
2008        Perth City Council 1939-1945, WWll (see also: Current Exhibitions)
2005        Perspectives in Time

For further information contact the City of Perth History Centre at history.centre@cityofperth.wa.gov.au 
or the City of Perth Collections Officer - Arts at artcollection@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Previous Exhibitions

Previous Exhibition: From Kings Park

30 October 2015 - 29 January 2016
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays)

This display features works from the City of Perth Art Collection that show views of Perth from Kings Park and Mount Eliza.

Including works of art dating from 1839 through to contemporary practice we are able to consider how the city of Perth has been interpreted from this vantage point over time and how we view such images in retrospect.

Please read more about this exhibition: From Kings Park.pdf

You are welcome to download our exhibition catalogues for educational and private use.

Read about the City's Art Collection or Social History and Memorabilia Collection.

For more information about the City’s collections and exhibitions please contact the City of Perth Collections Officer - Arts at artcollection@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or the City of Perth History Centre at history.centre@cityofperth.wa.gov.au .

Previous Exhibition: The Fabric of Wildflowers - The Art of Thelma Knox

30 October 2015 - 29 January 2016
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays)

A retrospective exhibition drawn from Thelma Knox's personal collection, which has been preserved at her family home since her death in 2009.

Thelma Knox was a Perth artist whose work was inspired and informed by Western Australian wildflowers. She excelled at an art form she basically invented: making wildflowers from fabric.

Thelma was born in Subiaco in 1929 and grew up in Busselton. By the early 1950s Thelma was studying art at Perth Technical College and worked as a commercial artist at the publishing company of J Gibbney & Son, a powerhouse of printing and plate making in Western Australia. Gibbney’s stable of process engravers and graphic artists included Hal Missingham, Iris Francis and Robert Juniper. She married Ken Knox in 1952 and while raising a family, Thelma and her husband travelled throughout rural and remote Western Australia where she studied, sketched and painted the original flora. These field trips were critical to her art because she was determined that her fabric specimens should be botanically accurate in every respect. She perfected her craft and her 'wildflowers' became Thelma’s ‘signature’. Thelma also taught her skills to others and in 2006 the YWCA recognised her tireless work and generous commitment with the awarding of life membership.

The City of Perth would like to thank the family of Ken Knox for generously making this collection available for the public, curator Richard Goodwin, and the Wildflower Society of Western Australia.

Previous Exhibition: Sight, Site, Cite.

12 June - 11 September 2015
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Sight, Site, Cite presents works from the City of Perth Art Collection which reference public art throughout Perth. Including works by artists such as Erin Coates, Andrew Nicholls, Brian McKay, Sunfly Tjampitjin, and John Campbell we see how artists respond to, reflect upon or create small scale works to inform the development of public works of art and memorials. 

You can download full exhibition details here:  Sight Site Cite.pdf (986.42 KB)

Previous Exhibition: Perth Dinghy Club Exhibition

30 April 2015 – 6 August 2015
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

The City of Perth welcomes a small exhibition of memorabilia on loan from the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. The club was formed in June 1903 and its original clubhouse was built in 1905 and located on the Perth foreshore, Swan River, near Barrack Street jetty.

The old Jarrah weatherboard clubhouse was built out over the water on piles. Sadly the first clubhouse and most of the fleet was destroyed by fire on 19 September 1920. Another devastating fire occurred two years later. The club spirit was strong however and the premises were again rebuilt. During the racing season races were held on Saturdays, starting and finishing at ‘The Narrows’.

By the 1950s Perth Waters had silted up and in 1959 the Narrows Bridge was built, restricting sailing in the Perth Water area. Also a new type of lightweight racing dinghy lent itself to being rigged on land. To meet these challenges the club decided to move to Crawley Bay.

The new clubhouse in Crawley was officially opened in 1960. Today, the hundred year old club flourishes as the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club Inc. and sails a variety of classes from junior fleets through to the modern day International 14-footers.

The club has a fine collection of sailing memorabilia on display in their clubhouse. Items were donated by members over the years and collected by Rodney Smith.

The exhibition features a cap that belonged to Commodore Richard Paul Vincent (1908 – 1918). RP Vincent was also Mayor of Perth from 1909 until 1911.

There is also a full size 14 ft dinghy on display- the Joanne which has had an illustrious history, winning the 1979 World Championships.

For any additional information please contact Jo Darbyshire - Memorabilia Curator on 9461 3116.

Previous Exhibition: “…not for the glorification of war, but in loving memory of men who paid the supreme sacrifice.”
Sir William Lathlain, November 1929.

30 March 2015 – 5 June 2015
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

This quote from Sir William Lathlain (November 1929) references a new exhibition featuring images of mayors between 1914 and 1918. The display includes information relating to each mayor’s activities supporting the soldiers of World War I, information about the first dawn service in WA, and accompanying photographs of the State War Memorial taken in the 1930s.

You can download full exhibition details here:  not for the glorification of war.pdf (2.09 MB)

Previous Exhibition: Hear Me Roar

19 December 2014 – 25 March 2015
Council House Foyer 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

The City of Perth proudly presents a selection of works from its Art Collection that show women of Perth and refer to the roles of women in society. There are works on display by artists including Kevin Ballantine, Annette Bezor, Max Dupain, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Sandra Hill, Tony Jones and Ben Jones, and Toni Wilkinson, ranging from works that depict the day to day life of women to those that reference the use of feminine imagery to articulate public messages. 

You can download the full exhibition details here:  Works for Hear Me Roar A3 less S Hill.pdf (14.08 MB)

Previous Exhibition: Perth City Council 1939 - 1945

Council House Foyer, 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
12 September 2014 – 12 December 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday
Also opening for the 2014 Perth Heritage Days on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Accounts of World War II usually bring to mind conflicts on distant shores, but many people today may not realise that the City of Perth was on war alert as well.

Perth City Council built air-raid shelters for 25,000 people in the CBD and evacuation plans were in place to house civilians from coastal suburbs in the event of an air raid from the west.

This display shows a selection of interpretive display panels from the 2008 social history exhibition Perth City Council 1939 – 1945.

 Perth City Council 1939 - 1945 catalogue.pdf (2.76 MB)

 

Previous Exhibition: 1829 - 1929 West Australia's Centenary

Council House Foyer (west end), 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
June – December 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

An exhibition in the foyer of Council House explores how 1929 - Western Australia's Centenary year, was a significant year for the City of Perth. In July 1929 the Perth City Council received a special gift - A casket made of oak and a formal address of greeting and congratulations from the City and Royal Burgh of Perth, Scotland. This led to a reciprocal gift being sent to Scotland -  a gold State Centenary medal, presented in a casket designed and made by local artist James Linton and one of his students, Harold England.

Other special centenary events happened and various souvenirs were produced. For instance the Town Clerk W. E. Bold was the instigator of a tree planting project. 356 trees, one for each day of the year, were planted in the main avenue - the Boulevard - leading to the satellite suburbs of City Beach, Floreat Park and Wembley Downs, newly opened on the former Lime Kilns Estate.

1929 was also the year the keenly anticipated East-West air service for mail and passengers opened.

This will be on display until December 2014. Local Historian Glenn Burghall has provided invaluable research for this display.

 

Previous Exhibition: Nature as Marker

Council House Foyer, 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
13 June 2014 – 5 September 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

Note: All works City of Perth Art Collection. Images of George HAYNES Near Denmark 2011 and Jane MARTIN Bibra Lake Bush 2011 courtesy of the Mark Howlett Foundation, photography by Bo Wong.

The City of Perth proudly presents a selection of works from its Art Collection depicting some of Western Australia’s unique plants and animals. These works make reference to place through the specific locations that such life is found.

There are works on display by Tane Andrews, Portia Bennett, Stuart Elliott, Clare McFarlane, George Haynes, Jane Martin, Eileen Mayo, Andrew Nicholls, Holly Story and. Philip Ward-Dickson.

 

Previous Exhibition: Boom!

Council House Foyer (east end), 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
14 March 2014 – 6 June 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

The City of Perth proudly presents a selection of works from its Art Collection that reference the impact of a boom town mentality on Perth.

We see aspects of how a city responds to wealth generated through minerals extracted from the surrounding land and sea.

There are works on display by artists including Julie Dowling, Harry Hummerston, Max Pam, John Cullinane, Brad Rimmer, Patrizia Tonello, Simon Westlake, Toni Wilkinson and Juha Tolonen ranging from those with direct references to the mining industry to others that articulate the impact of mining both physically and philosophically.

 

Previous Exhibition: True Fiction - the place between then and now

Council House Foyer, 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
13 December 2013 – 7 March 2014, 9am to 5pm, Monday - Friday

Max Pam - Entertainment Centre 2009

The City of Perth proudly presents a selection of works from its Art Collection that reference contemporary and historical sites; some true depictions of place and others alluding to a possible reality describing an alternative interpretation of both site and history. These works articulate ideas of how we reinterpret memories relating to buildings we frequent. The purpose of a built space can change over time which in turn alters our recollection and its perceived importance.

True Fiction features works by seven contemporary artists including Tom Alberts, William Breen, Michael Doherty, Stuart Elliott, Tony Nathan, Max Pam and Garry Pumfrey.