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PICA Building, 2017. Photo, OK Media

Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom, 2017, exhibition view. Photo, Bo Wong

Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom, 2017, exhibition view. Photo, Bo WongLaurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom, 2017, exhibition view. Photo, Bo Wong

01 Hatched After School Special. Image by Annie Harvey

Hatched After School Special, 2021. Image: Annie Harvey

A self portrait & please open hurry, Exhibition Opening, 2018. Photo, Ok Media

A self portrait & please open hurry, Exhibition Opening, 2018. Photo, Ok Media

Artist Bruno Booth, Practice & Process artist talks, 2020. Photo, Daniel James Grant

Artist Bruno Booth, Practice & Process artist talks, 2020. Photo, Daniel James Grant

05 Production Images Lé Nør [the rain]. Pictured Tim Watts_ Photos by Daniel Grant Photgrapher

Production Images Lé Nør [the rain]. Pictured Tim Watts_ Photos by Daniel Grant Photgrapher

Housed in an iconic heritage building in the heart of Perth, PICA is the place to experience the very best of local, Australian and international contemporary visual, performing and interdisciplinary art, all under one roof.

Over its 30-year history PICA has operated as both a producing and presenting organisation, delivering an annual program of changing exhibitions, seasons in contemporary dance, experimental theatre, new music and live art as well as a range of artist in residence programs.

PICA works with artists who are trail-blazers, exemplars, innovators and change-makers and often acts as a site for challenging and timely conversations.

Its programs are carefully crafted, ensuring connections are forged not only between artists and audiences but across art forms, cultures and geographies. For artists, audiences and other communities it serves, PICA is a source of inspiration, a resource, a meeting and gathering place, a provocateur and most importantly a partner in the realisation of big and new ideas.

History

“Housed in a large and striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, PICA is the city’s focal PICA was incorporated in 1989 but its emergence was preceded by the commitment and hard work undertaken over five years by its founders. Securing PICA’s eventual location, in what was originally the Perth Central School in the heart of the Cultural Centre was fundamental to that process.

The new organisation partly, ‘follow[ed] on from Praxis (Western Australia’s former Contemporary Art Space now amalgamated with PICA), which had a fifteen-year history of producing an important program of visual arts exhibitions, publications and special projects. Praxis had been a part of a network of contemporary art spaces across Australia, organisations which had their origins in the alternative spaces of the 1970s, and which at their best have been critical, challenging and provocative.

The intention of those people and groups involved in the development of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts was that it would provide a new forum for the analysis and presentation of critical and contemporary art practice. This practice would include the visual arts, music, dance and performance along with their contemporary and interdisciplinary variants but would be wider than any list of art forms… Fundamental to the concept of PICA was that culture was not an isolated province but intimately connected to the social, economic, psychological and political dimensions of contemporary life.’ 1

The late Noel Sheridan was the inaugural Director of PICA from 1989 -1993. In that time he put vision into action by delivering a dynamic program and overseeing the initial renovation of the building PICA still calls home. He was succeeded by Sarah Miller, who from 1993-2006 continued PICA’s development into one of the country’s most innovative, best known and loved contemporary arts venues in Australia. In 2006 PICA’s current Director Amy Barrett-Lennard was appointed. She continues to lead the evolution of PICA by responding to the changing needs and desires of artists and audiences, with the ultimate goal of forging an inclusive space that sits at the nexus of art, innovation and community.  

1. John Barrett-Lennard, ‘A spacious central location…’, catalogue essay for A spacious central location: installations for PICA and the Cultural Centre, (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1990), p.4

Team

Amy Barrett-Lennard
Director

Georgia Malone
General Manager

Ariane Katscherian
Producer: Performance & Audience Development

Georgia Siciliano
Events Coordinator

Sarah Wall
Curator

Olivia Nichols
Exhibitions & Residencies Manager

David Brazier
Exhibitions Production Coordinator

Miranda Johnson
Hatched Curatorial Fellow & Public Programs Manager

Rebecca Kais
Philanthropy Manager

Bella Snell
Development Coordinator

Jenn Garland
Learning, People & Culture Manager

Sian Murphy
Marketing Coordinator

Erin Lockyer
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Tim Meakins
Graphic Designer

Bryce Goddard
Operations Manager

Manda Campbell
Front of House Manager

Suzanne Fielding
Finance Officer

Board

Mark Clapham
Chairperson

Mark Clapham is the joint owner and licensee of Sheffield Property, a leading Perth based commercial property company specialising in the leasing and asset management of institutional grade commercial office assets and new office development precincts. Mark has over 27 years’ experience across Australia and London, providing strategic property advice to institutional property owners and wholesale private clients. He is also member of the Property Council of Australia.

He has a keen personal interest and professional involvement in contributing to the success of Perth’s new urban development areas and urban renewal precincts throughout the CBD and Metropolitan areas. He and his company have been responsible for the leasing of many of Perth’s major new developments such as Brookfield Place and Kings Square, Fremantle & Kings Square, Perth.

Mark has also been an avid supporter over the years of the various Arts & Cultural Festivals held in Perth.

Marco D’Orsogna
Deputy Chairperson

Marco D’Orsogna has been a Director of his family agri & food business D’Orsogna Ltd for over 25 years. D’Orsogna Ltd is one of the most successful and dynamic Australian-based Food Manufacturing businesses with a focus on quality Australian sourced and made traditional Italian small goods. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is actively involved in the Perth arts community as a donor across several disciplines of the arts.

James Brown
Treasurer

A highly strategic and solution focussed tax, treasury and risk professional with over 20 years’ experience, equally comfortable in both the boardroom and the detail.

Amy Barrett-Lennard
Ex-Officio

Amy Barrett-Lennard has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006. As a dynamic leader, she has brought vision and vitality to a range of arts organisations across Australia and internationally. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Curator of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder, Western Australia; and Manager of the British Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Art History Major) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Post-war and Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, London.

As a regular contributor to the broader national and international arts and cultural communities, Amy has chaired and sat on numerous boards and panels, participated in forums and published texts on a diverse range of contemporary arts practices.

Amy has been President of (CAOA) Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (2009 – 2015), a board member of the Murdoch University Art Collection (2011 – 2017); Edith Cowan University’s CREATEC, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications (2009 – 2012); and the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA (2014 – 2020) and currently sits on the Governing Council of North Metropolitan TAFE.

Kelly Fliedner
Board Member

Kelly Fliedner is a writer, editor and curator with over 15 years experience working with arts organisations across Australia and Asia. She is interested in the convergence of critical and creative discourses surrounding contemporary art and has worked on many creative writing projects for organisations such as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, the Biennale of Sydney, and the Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. Kelly has worked with many of PICA’s peer organisations as both an administrator and creative practitioner, including as Program Curator and then Editor at West Space in Melbourne from 2009 until 2015. Kelly has received professional grants and awards from the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts and been a peer assessor for the National Association for the Visual Arts, Regional Arts Australia and the Australia Council. She is currently an Editor at Tura New Music where she is writing a history of the experimental music organisation, and is co-founder and editor of Semaphore, a publishing project about art from Western Australia.

Theo Kailis
Board Member

Theo Kailis is the Executive Director and shareholder of Austral Fisheries. Australia’s leading integrated, sustainable commercial fishing company. Theo’s family has produced high quality, sustainably caught seafood products for customers worldwide for 40 years. Theo has maintained a strong connection with the sea and in managing Austral Fisheries fleet of 15 vessels, ranging from toothfish in the south to prawns and tropical reef fish in the north. Proud of his Greek heritage, Theo believes arts and culture are essential and draws upon his experience studying, working and living in Greece, Spain and Sydney to nurture and develop contemporary art in his hometown. 

Carly Lane
Board Member

Carly Lane is a Murri woman from Queensland, Australia. She is an independent curator and a senior research officer at Culture and the Arts – DLGSC (Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries). She uses her research and curating to enable Aboriginal self-determination, equality, and social change. Three shows dear to her curatorial-heart include Balancing Act (2021), Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley (2019) and Everyone has a history: Plain Speak (2017) which she curated for the Art Gallery of Western Australia. DRS was particularly fun and important for its model of co-curation with Emilia Galatis and an alliance of Aboriginal curators from the Kimberley region. In 2012, she also guest curated the Second National Indigenous Art Triennial (National Gallery of Australia, 2012). Carly finds inspiration in political art and any art (really) where the artist speaks their political, social and cultural truth.

Ian Smyth
Board Member

Ian Smyth is the Development Director for Hesperia; a property development company recognising the uniqueness of our State and the need to evolve continually alongside our growing community. Ian oversees the delivery of Hesperia’s mixed-use and commercial built form projects. His role encompasses all aspects of property development from legal framework and project financing, through to community engagement, design development and construction delivery.

Previously with Fini Group and FJM Property, Ian has been involved in many award winning developments from Como the Treasury and the State Buildings through to Knutsford residential development in Fremantle. He understands the importance of the arts and culture in our lives and the need to have stakeholders front of mind when developing a concept. It is this perspective that drives his focus to delivering places of enduring value.

Melvin Yeo
Board Member

Melvin Yeo is a company director and corporate lawyer with 25 years’ experience. He has a global client base, and has also co-founded various international mineral exploration projects. Melvin’s experience incudes governance, strategic planning, legal affairs, capital raising, operational oversight and transaction negotiations. 

Melvin is a supporter of the arts and keen collector of contemporary works by Australian artists. He has previously served on the Murdoch University Art Collection board and was a co-founder and board member of Heritage Perth Inc.

FAQs

Are Assistance Dogs permitted at PICA?

In line with our legal obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, all accredited Assistance Dogs are able to accompany their handler into all venue at PICA.

Are Therapy Dogs permitted into the PICA venue?

Yes.

How do I volunteer?

There are times when PICA will be on the search for volunteers across our operations and program activities.

The best way to be informed of such opportunities is by subscribing to our e-newsletter. You will find information about upcoming exhibitions, employment and other engagement opportunities there.

How do I apply for work experience or an internship?

There are times when PICA will be on the search for work experience and internship opportunities across our operations and program activities.

To ensure these opportunities provide optimal benefits to PICA and the individual, we only have limited number of places.

The best way to be informed of such opportunities is by subscribing to our e-newsletter. You will find information about upcoming exhibitions, employment and other engagement opportunities there.

If you are part of a university or TAFE course and looking for an internship opportunity, then please email jobs@pica.org.au to express your interest.

Note this inbox is not frequently monitored, so ensure your request has adequate lead time.

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