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 galleries are open today 10am–3pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Hatched Open Day

Hatched Open Day

PICA celebrates the opening weekend of Hatched: National Graduate Show 2024 with a day of activities including a tactile tour presented by DADAA for blind and low-vision people, artist talks from Hatched artists Melissa Stannard, Vedika Rampal, Laura Ward and Michelle Yuan Fitz-Gerald and a panel discussion for emerging artists, students and creatives looking to gain practical advice and kickstart their arts career. 

Event Schedule

Tactile Tour


As part of PICA’s Hatched Open Day, PICA and DADAA present a free tactile tour of the Hatched: National Graduate Show 2024 exhibition for blind or low-vision people. 

Please contact to book, please note places are limited.

Artist Talks


Speakers: Melissa Stannard, Vedika Rampal, Laura Ward and Michelle Yuan Fitz-Gerald
Facilitator: Brent Harrison

Hear from four Hatched artists as they discuss their experiences exhibiting in Hatched with PICA’s Hatched Curatorial Fellow Brent Harrison.

Emerging Arts Forum: Side Hustle 


Speakers: JC, Jacky Cheng, Tarryn Gill
Facilitator: Annika Kristensen
Auslan Interpreted

Graduating from art school amidst a cost-of-living crisis can be intimidating and confusing, with questions of how to earn a living while maintaining an arts practice being a pressing concern for emerging artists. This forum brings together practising artists who have used their skills in creative and innovative ways to expand their practice and sources of income, including through teaching, exhibition installation, community arts practice, set building and construction. In sharing their experiences, the artists will provide valuable insight into how they have used the skills developed through their arts practice, both within and outside the arts industry. 

Hatched Happy Hour 


The day will wrap up with Hatched Happy Hour, a networking opportunity for artists and a chance to reflect on the topics of the day in the PICA Hub. All events are free to attend.

About the Artists

Artist Talks 

Yuwaalaraay/Gamillaraay woman Melissa Stannard is an interdisciplinary artist and poet, for whom storytelling and truth-telling is an integral part of her cultural heritage.  

Vedika Rampal’s interdisciplinary practice is interested in excavating pre-colonial histories and knowledge within the post-colonial present.  

Laura Ward’s work explores interpersonal themes of identity, personal relationships and the human body in response to their health conditions.  

Michelle Yuan Fitz-Gerald’s performance-driven practice uses her body to activate her sculptural works and installations, which refer to the Western canon and her Chinese heritage.

Emerging Arts Forum: Side Hustle 

JCcompleted an Honours degree in contemporary arts in 2010 and has developed an interdisciplinary practice that spans socially engaged practice, visual arts, live/performance art, and emerging and experimental practices. Their creative practice is concerned with investigating contemporary conceptions around gender, sexuality, desire and embodied identity, and building resilience in an increasingly precarious world. Over the last 37 years, as an out queer person involved in activism, they have witnessed, through queer cultural practices such as Pride parades, trajectories of change that they could not have imagined being possible when they were 19 and first coming out. Their abiding concern now, as we enter a period of dramatic social and environmental change, is that all that good work undertaken by queer elders/ancestors/peers is at risk of coming undone. They feel a responsibility to younger generations to provide them with nurture, hope and resilience. As an emerging queer elder, they feel a sense of responsibility to open up productive conversations about how we can navigate this unanticipated world. They are building pathways to this with the work they are doing in their queer community, and through their creative practice. 

Jacky Cheng was born in Malaysia of Chinese heritage and now resides in Yawuru Country, Rubibi (Broome), WA.  Her practice is fundamentally about identity and awareness through cultural activities and memories of home, Country, and relationships. Her significant concerns are about correlating and weaving narratives from existing native experiences whilst mapping the esoteric and social relationships of her origins and newfound home, environment, and social surroundings.  As a person of colour in a transcultural environment, her awareness is amplified through a diasporic lens. Influenced by this oscillation between two cultures, her work based itself on the subject of questioning perceptions of identity through a reflection on personal and shared experiences, the mobility of communities and local and global issues and at the same time taking the liberty to interrogate notions of ‘place and identity’, ’home’, ‘belonging’ and ‘in-between’ territories whilst nurturing her own identity and keeping her grandmother’s stories and teachings alive. Personal cultural histories of the most significant experiences are reflected, documented, and expressed using papers and fibres as the predominant mediums in her practice. She continues to learn about the stability and diversity of relationships in community ecology and channel that interdependence in her practice and which embodies her practice with intent and purpose. 

Tarryn Gill is a Boorloo / Perth, Western Australia-based multidisciplinary artist who works across sculpture, photography, video, drawing, theatre set and costume design and performance.
Through her solo and collaborative practices, she has exhibited works and undertaken residency projects across Australia, in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through art-making Tarryn seeks to create work that explores psychoanalytic ideas, bridging the conscious and unconscious, the personal and collective, the contemporary and ancient. Her theatrical aesthetics, materials and processes are informed by her 20-year background in dance and competitive callisthenics. She draws on these influences in her work as a way to assert the value of the feminine, the personal & the intuitive. 

Annika Kristensen is an experienced curator with a particular interest in commissioning new work by contemporary artists, art in the public domain, and broadening audiences for the arts. Most recently in the position of Visual Arts Curator at Perth Festival (2023 and 2024), Kristensen was previously Senior Curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne, where she worked with major international and Australian artists to commission new work and curate significant solo and group exhibitions. Kristensen was the Exhibition and Project Coordinator for the 19thBiennale of Sydney (2014) and the inaugural Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow for the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). She has also held positions at Frieze Art Fair, Artangel, Film and Video Umbrella, London; and The West Australian newspaper, Perth. Kristensen holds an MSc In Art History, Theory and Display from the University of Edinburgh, following undergraduate studies in Arts (Communication Studies) at the University of Western Australia. 



Hatched is made possible by the generosity of PICA’s Art 1000 Donors. Hatched is supported by our Major Exhibition Partners Minderoo Foundation and Grace Fine Art.