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.

Our foyer is open today 10am–5pm . Our exhibitions are always free.

Behind the Scenes Tour of PICA

Behind the Scenes Tour of PICA

Come 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.

Join our guided heritage tour through the building and delve into the archives presented in a new publication, while glimpsing behind the scenes of our exhibition and artist studio program.

The gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm, with guided tours running starting at 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm. No bookings required.


Image: Lisa Liebetrau, Imperceptibly the Present Slips into the Future, 2021, State Library of Western Australia Ephemera, Invitation to reunion at Perth Boys’ School, James Street 1969. Photo by Paul Sutherland.

This event is proudly brought to you by the City of Perth in partnership with major supporter Lotterywest, the State Government’s CBD Revitalisation Program and The Heritage Council of WA.