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PICA Open House & Panel Discussion

PICA Open House & Panel Discussion

Go behind the scenes at PICA during the City of Perth’s Boorloo Heritage Festival to see an iconic heritage building located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre.

Originally opened in 1897 as the Government School (later Perth Boys’ School), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) took up residence in 1991.

Located on Goologoolup, a chain of freshwater lakes and wetlands in the Northbridge area, this site has a rich past, having functioned as a technical college and the home of artist-run initiative Praxis.
As part of Boorloo Heritage Festival hear from artists J.D. Penangke and Lisa Liebetrau as they delve deeper into the history of the site and PICA’s archives. Commissioned by PICA to paint a mural for the building’s updated entrance artist J.D. Penangke’s artwork Yandilup titled after the Noongar name of the low-lying wetlands where PICA is located builds on Penangke’s extensive portfolio of murals and public art across Boorloo (Perth).

In 2021, Lisa Liebetrau undertook an artist residency at PICA where she delved into the PICA archives. During her research, Liebetrau discovered a wealth of information, memories and images of the early activities of artist groups and organisations that helped establish PICA, including Praxis and Artist Regional Exchange (ARX). Liebetrau will use these archives to shed light on Perth’s art history, and how it has shaped and influenced the present day.


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    Event Showings

    Sat 27 and Sun 28 Apr

    Tours: 10 - 11am, 11am - 12pm and 12 - 1pm
    Discussions: Sat 27 Apr | 1 - 2:30pm and 3 - 4:30pm

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    Free Ticketed event

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    PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

    51 James Street

    Northbridge WA 6003

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    Accessible toilets

    ACROD Parking

    Wheelchair access