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.

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Guided Tours & Artist Talks

Boorloo Heritage Festival at PICA

Boorloo Heritage Festival at PICA

Go behind the scenes at PICA during the City of Perth’s Boorloo Heritage Festival to see an iconic heritage building located in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre. Originally opened in 1897 as the Government School (later Perth Boys’ School), the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) took up residence in 1991.

Located on Goologoolup, a chain of freshwater lakes and wetlands in the Northbridge area, this site has a rich past, having functioned as a technical college and the home of artist-run initiative Praxis.
As part of Boorloo Heritage Festival participate in a free painting workshop with artist J.D. Penangke where you’ll reimagine the Perth Cultural Centre precinct by painting and creating a map. Hear more about the history of the Cultural Centre site with Penangke and PICA’s archives with Lisa Liebetrau.

Commissioned by PICA to paint a mural for the building’s updated entrance artist J.D. Penangke’s artwork Yandilup titled after the Noongar name of the low-lying wetlands where PICA is located builds on Penangke’s extensive portfolio of murals and public art across Boorloo (Perth). 

In 2021, Lisa Liebetrau undertook an artist residency at PICA where she delved into the PICA archives. During her research, Liebetrau discovered a wealth of information, memories and images of the early activities of artist groups and organisations that helped establish PICA, including Praxis and Artist Regional Exchange (ARX). Liebetrau will use these archives to shed light on Perth’s art history, and how it has shaped and influenced the present day.


Saturday 27 April
Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm 
J.D. Penangke artist talk & activity: 1–2:30pm
Lisa Liebetrau artist talk: 3–4:30pm 

Sunday 28 April
Tours: 10am, 11am, 12pm 

About the Artist

J.D. Penangke is a Whadjuk, Ballardong, Arrernte woman from Boorloo (Perth). She has been a practising mural artist since 2016. In 2023, she undertook a glassblowing residency at Kost Boda, Sweden and learnt clay wheel and hand-building processes in Boorloo. She has completed several public art projects, embarked on many mural collaborations, and was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Indigenous Emerging Business Forum. In 2024, J.D. presented her first solo exhibition,Boybidi | Smoke Trails, at Blank Walls Studio, Boorloo.
J.D. are her initials (Jade Dolman) and Penangke is the skin name which was inherited from her father’s bloodline in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). J.D.’s Arrernte connection is through her grandmother, Sylvia Neale. On her mother’s side, J.D.’s grandfather, Cedric Jacobs, who was a proud Noongar elder and leader in the community. 

Lisa Liebetrau is an artist and Collections Officer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Curtin University. Lisa’s practice utilises public and private collections to inform artworks and contextualise the site in which they are exhibited. Liebetrau has completed residencies at Another Project Space, Fremantle Arts Centre and Cool Change Contemporary. Liebetrau’s solo exhibitions include A Temporary Arrangement (2017) at Smart Casual in Fremantle and Palatial Structure (2019) at Cool Change Contemporary. She presented her residency This is not a neutral space at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2021 and was commissioned by Pig Melon in 2022 to respond to Lawson Flats with her work, Votes for Women. More recently, Liebetrau exhibited with Shannon Lyons for TILT 2023 at Goolugatup Heathcote Gallery. The beautiful is useful, curated by Brent Harrison, explored the institutional history of the site as a mental health reception home and the lived experiences of its nurses and patients.  


Boorloo Heritage Festival is supported by the City of Perth.