PICA’s ART1000 donors are invited to a swathe of intimate and exclusive events throughout the year, including VIP exhibition previews, post-show drinks and the all new ART HOUR, monthly after hours events that unpack the ideas, influences and processes that drive contemporary art. We look forward to hosting you for an HOUR (or two) of art conversations, revelations and explorations with artists, curators, writers, directors and other art aficionados over a glass of fine wine.

Be sure to save these dates in your diary!

– MAY -

VIP EXHIBITION PREVIEW of the Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016
Friday 13 May, 5:30pm | PICA Galleries

Join us for a preview of the Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016. Enjoy a drink with PICA staff and the best emerging artists from around the country, before the crowds arrive! This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hatched, one of PICA’s hallmark exhibitions and still the only national survey of its kind. The Schenberg Art Fellowship of $35,000 cash will be awarded to one outstanding Hatched artist during the official speeches immediately following this VIP event.

ART HOUR: What is a creative development?
Thursday 19 May, 6pm | PICA Performance Space

Go behind the scenes of the creative development process of PRVCY - a new performance work being developed by Sydney based artist Mark Haslam.

With PRVCY, Mark hopes to explore the public and private flow of information within contemporary urban and online environments. It will be an interdisciplinary project using elements of movement, live music and technology. Highly innovative and experimental, the work will feature detailed choreographic interaction between performers and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or drone) that gets broadcast live into the performance space. Guests will be treated to an insight into the development process of this exciting new work from the artists and creators themselves, followed by drinks and the opportunity to discuss the project with the creative team involved.

– JUNE -

ART HOUR: Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES
Thursday 16 June, 6pm | PICA Galleries

Join this year’s Hatched curator, artists and Exhibitions Assistant as they guide you through the dynamic landscape of emerging contemporary art practice from their varied perspectives. Hear how this complex exhibition came together from those on the ground and revel in an exclusive opportunity to purchase selected Hatched artworks.

– JULY -

Saturday 30 July, 7pm | PICA Galleries

This year’s PICA Salon Vernissage, the grand opening night of Radical Ecologies, a major group exhibition that features new commissions by twenty of Western Australia’s most exciting artists, will once again be the social highlight of Perth’s arts calendar. Enjoy an evening of radical splendor and surprise, while meeting new friends and adding new works to your art collection. Witness how our local artists explore and question the complex relationship between our bodies, the natural world and the animal kingdom. Sensorial and experimental, the artists propose alternative spaces to inhabit, creating genre-defying clubhouses where hierarchies dissolve and new landscapes emerge. They explore our continued tangled relationship with the landscape, create moments of bodily disconnection and unlock the secret lives of bees. Come to this year’s PICA Salon Vernissage and we’ll guarantee you’ll see the world afresh!

Renew your donation for 2016 and secure your tickets to the Vernissage by contacting PICA Development Manager Jo Malone at or 92286306


ART HOUR: Interspecies Hospitality with Mike Bianco and Pony Express
Thursday 25 August, 6pm | PICA Galleries

Delve into the artistic processes of Radical Ecologies artists Mike Bianco and Pony Express. Mike will provide an insight into his diverse interdisciplinary practice and how his work not only draws inspiration from, but literally employs the social and sexual behaviours of bees. Pony Express, an artistic collaboration between Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair, will speak about the ecosexual and environmental concerns underpinning their work, which expresses radical new ways of relating to the Earth and other species.


Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply & Gordon Bennett: Be Polite
Friday 16 September, 5:30pm | PICA Galleries

The Curtain Breathed Deeply is Sydney based artist Justene Williams’ first solo exhibition in Western Australia and features a series of newly commissioned video installations in a rich environment of pattern, colour and texture. This leading Australian artist, who recently partnered with the Sydney Chamber Opera for a live performance during the Sydney Biennale, draws from many sources including her personal experience of dance classes and time spent in her father’s wrecking yard; early twentieth century avante garde art and theatre; and contemporary pop culture.

Be Polite is an exhibition of largely unseen works on paper by one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists, Gordon Bennett (1955–2014). It features a selection of works on paper that comprise drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett’s drawing and script form the foundation of his practice.

ART HOUR: Gordon Bennett – in context
Thursday 29 September, 6pm | PICA’s West End Gallery

Curator and writer Glenn Iseger-Pilkington will guide you through the rich layers of history, Indigenous identity and politics behind the work of Gordon Bennett, one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists. Join Glenn over a glass of wine as he examines a selection of works featured in Gordon Bennett: Be Polite and places them within the broader context of contemporary Indigenous art.


ART HOUR: Meet the Puppet Masters
Thursday 13 October, 6pm | PICA Performance Space

The bond between a dog and its owner is heartbreakingly profound. But what happens when that owner dies? Meet the people pulling the strings behind The Last Great Hunt’s latest work, New Owner, and find out how they developed this heartfelt exploration of canine companionship through puppetry and live performance. New Owner is the latest work by collaborators Tim Watts and Arielle Gray. Both Tim and Arielle work as creators, performers and puppeteers as part of The Last Great Hunt, a collective of seven Perth-based theatre makers. Guests will have exclusive access to a behind the scenes insight into this exciting new work and an intimate Q&A session with the creators of this epic story.


Thursday 17 November, 7:30pm | PICA Performance Space

Project Xan is a documentary theatre work, which has been developed over several years by WA playwright and director Hellie Turner. Based upon the true story of Xan, a 12 year old girl (in 1981) who was plied with alcohol and subjected to a succession of violent and degenerate acts by three young men. This powerful work has been guided by mentor David Williams (version 1.0) and features Xan, 35 years later, as a live presence on stage.

Pip and Pop: Sweet Horror
Friday 11 November, 7.30pm | All PICA Gallery Spaces

Pip & Pop (aka Tanya Schultz) is obsessed with stories of paradise and wish-fulfillment described in Asian folk tales, mythologies and cinema. She channels these utopic visions into colour-saturated utopic environments of sculptures, prints, collage and digitally constructed wallpapers. This is the first major hometown solo exhibition for a Perth artist whose pleasure aesthetic has charged imaginations nationally and internationally for over a decade.

ART HOUR: Sugary Sweet Myths & More – 
An Evening with Pip & Pop
Thursday 24 November, 6pm | PICA

Get the behind the scenes low-down on Pip & Pop’s major new exhibition which features all new commissions and includes forays into video and kinetic work. Join an intimate private tour by this unique artist and hear first-hand about her enduring inspirations and expanded repertoire.