At PICA we recognise that we are situated within the unceded lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our respects and offer our gratitude to Elders past and present, and to those emerging leaders in the community. We acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the importance of their care and continued connection to culture, community and Country.

Always was, always will be.

We are open today from 10am to 5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Term 2: Djeran/Makuru

Broaden students’ horizons in Term Two with time-based works spanning contemporary art, dance and performance. Through two live performances, learn about movement techniques, the importance of collaboration and the art of documenting the body in action. This program opens the discussion about body positivity, self-acceptance and healthy active lifestyles.

Sarah Aiken: Make Your Life Count

Inspire students with an ambitious new solo dance work that connects with Science and Technologies. In Make Your Life Count, choreographer and dancer Sarah Aiken grapples with the paradoxes of modern life by employing the body and technology. Shifting scale in a heartbeat – from the microscopic to the universal – this perspective-shifting work explores humanity, ecology, time and the universe. Q&A sessions with the artist provide insights for students into devising performances and the elements of dance, choreographic devices and principles of design. Discounted tickets are available for school groups. Students and educators can also register for free tickets as part of our pay-it-forward system to increase access for communities experiencing financial barriers.

Subjects: Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Earth and Environmental Science, Material Design and Technology.

Shelley Lasica: WHEN I AM NOT THERE

Question students about what it means ‘to perform’ and ‘to exhibit’ by engaging with a dynamic new work that sees eight dancers perform in constant dialogue with various objects throughout PICA’s central galleries during opening hours. WHEN I AM NOT THERE is a performance-exhibition by Naarm (Melbourne)-based artist Shelley Lasica, who has experimented with choreography and dance for over four decades. In this live work choreography, costumes, paintings, sculpture, videos, texts and soundscapes are presented from her archive of works. Often made in close collaboration with visual artists, composers, designers, architects and writers, Lasica’s work has been presented in varied contexts – from galleries and museums to theatres, outdoor spaces, nightclubs and sports halls. Explore the relationship between dance and space, and the ways choreography interacts with other artistic disciplines. Expose students to a new exhibition format that will spark conversations about interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. Additionally, the inclusive and diverse range of performers present in the work opens a discussion about body positivity, self-acceptance and healthy active lifestyles.

Subjects: Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Australian Art, Site-specific, Time-Based, Identity.

Student Workshops

12– 14 June & 19–21 June | 10am and 1pm
2 hours
$10 per head at PICA

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to link elements of dance, drama and visual art in a combined morning and afternoon program for schools across WA’s premier arts organisations, PICA and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

For a limited two-week period, students are invited to explore the different ways bodies are represented in contemporary art, with particular attention to portraiture and performance. Morning and afternoon sessions run in parallel across the two cultural institutions, providing extended-learning experiences focused on the body, identity and emotion.

The ways bodies interact with space and objects is explored in Shelley Lasica’s performance-exhibition WHEN I AM NOT THERE at PICA, which sees eight dancers interacting with paintings, sculptures, videos, texts and soundscapes in the gallery.

Students’ experiences of the work are built upon with two artist-led workshops focused on developing their knowledge across the arts in choreographing movement, devising performance and documenting the body in action. One workshop focuses on movement and is led by performers from STRUT Dance and the other explores the documentation of performance led by Jacqui Shelton, an artist, filmmaker and collaborator with Lasica.

Make the most of your excursion to PICA by connecting student learning to The West Australian Pulse exhibition at AGWA. This exhibition showcases a selection of works by Year 12 Visual Arts students, providing a window into the concerns of young people and casting a light on how representations of bodies relate to mental health, social pressures, gender and culture.

How to Book

Contact PICA’s Learning and Access Manager, Jenn Garland at