About

Building-PICA

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

Tim Carter
Senior Producer

Sarah Wall
Curator

Simone Johnston
Exhibitions Coordinator

Bruno Booth
Installation Coordinator

Miranda Johnson
Hatched Curatorial Fellow & Engagement Programs Manager

Rebecca Kais
Philanthropy Manager

Ryan Sandilands
Communications Manager

Sian Murphy
Marketing Coordinator

Tim Meakins
Graphic Designer

Jenn Garland
Front of House Manager

Kate Gregory
Front of House Manager

Suzanne Fielding
Finance Officer

Board

Robyn Glindemann
Chair

Robyn Glindemann is a director of Lantegy Legal – a boutique law firm specialising in environmental and land access matters. She has over 20 years’ experience advising resources companies, financial institutions and government agencies in Australia and British Columbia and was named as a leading individual in Climate Change, Planning and Environment, Natural Resources Law, Water Law and Native Title Law in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia.  Thanks to the many educational events in PICA’s donor program, Robyn is a keen collector of Western Australian contemporary art. Robyn is excited about the current focus on the architectural and cultural development of Perth and the Perth Cultural Centre in particular and is passionate about promoting the vibrancy of Perth’s cultural life to locals and visitors alike.

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.

Susanna Castleden
Board Member

Susanna Castleden is an artist and Associate Professor at Curtin University. She completed a PhD at RMIT in 2014, and currently supervises creative practice HDR students working in drawing, printmaking, photography and sculptural practice. Susanna’s engagement with PICA is driven by her desire to continue to nurture and provide opportunities for emerging and early career artists. Through large-scale drawing and printmaking processes, Susanna’s own art practice considers mobility, mapping, distance and proximity, and often includes physical or durational elements. Susanna has received a number of awards including the Linden Prize (VIC); the Burnie Print Prize (TAS), Joondalup Prize (WA) and Bankwest Art Prize (WA). Susanna’s artworks are included in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of WA.

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.

Fiona De Garis
Board Member

Fiona de Garis is Executive Director at BREC: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, where she continues to explore the transformative potential of art to change lives and build communities. Fiona is skilled in facilitation of the creative process and has worked extensively across performance genres, with a strong focus on developing new Australian work. Passionate about capacity building and realising potential, she loves mentoring and providing development pathways for artists and arts workers. From 2008 to 2018 Fiona was Senior Producer at Performing Lines WA, where she nurtured independent West Australian artists and their projects. Previously Fiona enjoyed the diversity of fifteen years freelancing as an event, company, production and stage manager; working for many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations. A graduate of both UWA and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Fiona is currently Deputy Chair of CircuitWest and a member of the Bunbury Events Advisory Group

Mark Clapham
Board Member

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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