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Visual Story: How to access PICA and what to expect

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PICA in the Perth Cultural Centre, 2023, photo: Tristan McKenzie

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PICA view from James Street, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

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PICA facade, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

What is a visual story?

In this handy resource, you’ll find a step-by-step visual and written guide on how to visit PICA.

A visual story helps prepare you for your visit by showing what to expect upon arrival and what you might experience throughout the different spaces.

How to access the PICA building

There are two entrances to PICA. The main entrance is in the Perth Cultural Centre opposite the State Library car park.

Main entrance to PICA
PICA building entrance, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

You can enter through our wide wrought-iron front gates and then go through the automatic sliding glass doors. 

View of wrought-iron front gates and sliding glass door from behind
PICA entrance, 2022

Through the glass sliding doors is our entrance foyer.

Entrance foyer of PICA
PICA foyer entrance, photo: Dan McCabe

The lift is to your left and can take you down to the ground floor or up to the first floor. There are galleries and toilets on both floors.

Lift at the entrance foyer of PICA

Or you can take the steps down to the ground floor.

View of the entrance foyer steps from front desk
Entrance foyer, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

Entering via PICA Bar

After 11am, you can also enter the building through PICA Bar. Here, you’ll need to go down two steps or use the ramp to enter PICA Bar.

PICA Bar main entrance

If you use the ramp, it’ll take you here.

PICA Bar accessible entrance with ramp to the right
PICA Bar accessible entrance, 2023

Go through PICA Bar and then head through the double doors that open to the PICA Hub on the ground floor. Please note that the double doors are not automatic and are not always open due to noise or weather considerations.

Inside of PICA Bar facing double doors to PICA Hub
PICA Bar through to PICA, 2023

This is what the PICA Bar entrance looks like from the PICA side.

PICA Hub facing PICA Bar entrance
PICA Hub through to PICA Bar view from front desk, 2023

Ground Floor

On the ground floor, you’ll find our front desk.

Here, you can leave any large bags or other items and they’ll be stored safely behind the desk.

PICA front desk on the ground floor
Front Desk, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

Our gallery staff work at the front desk. They can answer questions about the exhibitions and how to access the galleries, toilets or other facilities.

You can also buy tickets to our performances here.

Staff member at front desk
Front desk, 2023, photo: Sophie Minissale

On the ground floor next to the front desk is the double-height Central Gallery with views to the floor above.

Central Gallery facing the floor above
Central Galleries, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

It is connected to two smaller open-plan exhibition spaces. 

Central Gallery facing the two smaller open-plan exhibition spaces with one exhibition space on the left and another on the right

The galleries may be light or dark, depending on the exhibition.

When they’re dark, the galleries can look like this:

Dark Central Gallery featuring Rosa Barba's Emanations
Central Galleries featuring: Rosa Barba, Emanations, installation view, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), 2023, image © the artist and PICA, photo: Dan McCabe

There are low padded vinyl benches throughout the building where you can sit and rest.

Two people sitting on bench in entrance foyer
PICA entrance foyer, 2023, photo: Sophie Minissale

PICA Hub – Ground Floor

The PICA Hub is our community space where you’ll find free artmaking activities. It’s located on the ground floor between the front desk and PICA Bar.

This is a place where you can sit, relax and make art for as long as you like.

View of PICA Hub
PICA Hub, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

Performance Space – Ground Floor

If you’ve come to see a performance or talk in the Performance Space, stay on the ground floor.

The entrance to the Performance Space is on your right when you enter the foyer, before the entrance to the Central Galleries and next to the front desk.

This is what the entrance looks like:

Entrance to the PICA Performance Space from PICA entrance foyer with door open and people entering
PICA entrance foyer, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

When you go inside the Performance Space, it may be a little dark but one of our team will be on hand to help if needed.

You can take the wheelchair lift or steps down to the performance seating.

Lift in Performance Space
Performance Space lift, 2023

This is what the steps look like.

Steps in the Performance Space
Performance Space steps, 2023

You can sit in any seat you like.

View of seats in the Performance Space from the stage
Performance Space, 2023, photo: Sophie Minissale

Getting to the first floor

To get to the first floor, you can take the lift or stairs from the ground floor.

Go past the front desk towards the PICA Hub. You’ll find the lift and stairs to your left.

Front desk on right facing PICA Hub directly ahead
Front desk with view to PICA Hub, 2023

Here is the lift.

Ground floor lift and stairs
Ground floor lift and stair access, 2023

And the entrance to the staircase.

Staircase entrance
Staircase, 2023, photo: Dan McCabe

The staircase wraps around the lift, like this:

Staircase wrapping around lift
Staircase, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

First Floor

Once you arrive on the first floor, you’ll find the West End Gallery on your right past the spiral staircase.

View of the lift and stairs from the first floor facing West End Gallery
View of the lift and stairs from the first floor, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

The West End Gallery is one large open space. It may be light or dark, depending on the exhibition.

One of the gallery team will be roaming the first floor and can answer any questions you might have.

West End Gallery featuring Sancintya Mohini Simpson's exhibition am / amma / ma maram
West End Gallery featuring: Sancintya Mohini Simpson, ām / ammā / mā maram, installation view, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), 2023, image © the artist and PICA, photo: Dan McCabe

As you exit the stairs and the lift, the Screen Space will be on your left. Here, you can watch video works.

You can also access the mezzanine balcony from here.

View of Screen Space from stair exit
View to the Screen Space, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

The mezzanine balcony overlooks the Central Galleries on the ground floor.

This is what the mezzanine balcony looks like:

Mezzanine balcony
Mezzanine balcony, 2021, photo: Dan Grant

Toilets – First Floor

There are toilets, including accessible toilets, available on the first floor and ground floor. There are baby change facilities in the first floor toilets.

The first floor toilets are at the end of the balcony, on the same side as the lift and Screen Space.

Mezzanine balcony facing view to first floor toilets
Mezzanine balcony with view to first floor toilets, 2023

This is what the first floor toilets and baby change facilities look like.

Doors to the different first floor toilets and baby change facilities

Toilets – Ground Floor

The ground floor toilets and accessible toilet are located in PICA Bar, which opens daily at 11am. You can enter PICA Bar through the double doors in the PICA Hub.

The double doors are not automatic and are not always open due to noise or weather considerations. Our team at the front desk can help you access the ground floor toilets in PICA Bar if the double doors are closed.

The toilets are down the corridor in PICA Bar, pictured here:

Corridor to ground floor toilets in PICA Bar
PICA Bar toilets, 2023

Need more information?

If you have any feedback on PICA’s visual story or questions about access to PICA, please contact us at (08) 9228 6300 or info@pica.org.au.

You can also find more access information about our facilities, including various dimensions, on our visit page.