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Always was, always will be.

Our galleries are open today 12–5pm. 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

For the first time, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Art Gallery of Western Australia offers a joint creative learning program for schools.

Explore the body, movement and space in an exciting program of hands-on activities linking subjects in the Arts learning area of Dance, Drama, Media Arts and Visual Arts. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for interdisciplinary learning in two real-world gallery contexts with student workshops led by artists.

Morning and afternoon sessions across the two cultural institutions build on students’ gallery experiences of WHEN I AM NOT THERE at PICA and The West Australian Pulse 2024 and Forecast at AGWA.

12–14 June & 19–21 June | 10am-12pm & 1-3pm | Years 7 to 12

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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

WHEN I AM NOT THERE reflects on 40 years of Shelley Lasica’s choreographic practice, featuring dance, costume, painting, sculpture, video, text and sound. Eight dancers, including Lasica, perform live over two weeks in PICA’s gallery spaces in a dynamic performance-exhibition.

Expand on students’ experience of this unique presentation format through two artist-led workshops at PICA focused on the skills and processes used when making and responding to time-based art.

Workshop 1
Get students moving with dance artists Isabella Stone and Ella-Rose Trew of STRUT Dance to express meaning through movement.  
Duration: 45 mins 

Workshop 2
Learn about the art of documentation with Jacqui Shelton, an artist, curator and writer who has collaborated with Lasica. Covering different techniques and tools used to record time-based artwork, the workshop will have students experimenting with ways to document action.
Duration: 45 mins 

Session Information: AGWA

12–14 June & 19–21 June |1–3pm | Years 7 to 12
2 hours | 2 x 45 min workshops
$10 per head for 2 x workshops

Activity 1
Tour The West Australian Pulse with a Gallery Guide

The West Australian Pulse showcases a selection of works by the 2023 Year 12 Visual Arts graduates from schools across WA. Providing a window into the concerns of young people, the exhibition explores themes of mental health and social pressures, gender and culture, environmentalism and technology.

Activity 2
Explore movement, collaboration and experimental mark-making through contributing to participatory artworks  Disappearing Forests and Weather Patterns These meditative interactions make room for deep listening, attention and care at a time of rising eco-anxiety and climate grief.

Forecast is a place for feeling, inviting audiences of all ages and abilities to contemplate trees as family, and weather as borderless, at a time of increasing environmental crisis. Large collaborative photographic works by Ballardong Noongar woman Dianne Jones and Eva Fernández of Spanish heritage were developed in response to Staging Weather, an ongoing transdisciplinary project by Edith Cowan University’s Centre for People, Place & Planet. Through this exhibition, artist-scholar Dr Jo Pollitt, in partnership with the WA Bureau of Meteorology,  brings arts, science and education together towards deepening human relations with weather.