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 12–5pm. Our exhibitions are always free.

Open Studios & Artist Talks

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Grab a drink on us and see what our current resident artists Triskelion and Tomoko Yamada have been creating as part of PICA’s residency program. Facilitated by Emma Buswell, hear from Triskelion, an artist collective comprised of Andrew NichollsLouise Hamill, and Sion Prior, whose practice explores the paranormal, mysticism, religion and magick – borne out of their lifelong experiences with supernatural phenomena. Artist and designer Tomoko Yamada will be discussing her experimental installation  Common language of thread: “Flow Movement…”  in which fluorescent-coloured threads are used to weave a dialogue of her inner life.

Doors open | 5:30pm
Artist talks | 6pm
Galleries open 10am– 7:30pm

About the Artist

Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer & curator whose practice engages with the sentimental, camp, and other historically-marginalised aesthetics. Nicholls has exhibited and undertaken residencies across Australia, Southeast Asia, Italy, the UK and the US. He has been the recipient of two Creative Development Fellowships from the State Government, and undertaken commissions for organisations in Australia and the United States. He is represented in collections including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the City of Perth and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings. In 2018 his solo exhibition Hyperkulturemia was presented at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Sion Prior is an emerging artist and writer based in Perth, Western Australia. He previously undertook a solo residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2016 and was a finalist in the Midwest Art Prize in 2017. In 2019 he exhibited a solo show at Spectrum Project Space, and a collaboration with Andrew Nicholls at Cool Change Contemporary, featured in Art Almanac. In 2021 he was a finalist in the Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art. He is represented in the Curtin University and Saint Mary’s Cathedral collections.

Louise Hamill is an emerging artist from New Zealand based In Perth, Western Australia. Creating highly detailed nature-scapes informed by consciousness of nature and the environment at large, Hamill’s practice combines a personal spirituality with a love of decorative artefacts. Louise has exhibited in Melbourne, Wellington & Perth, including Melbourne International Fashion Week, Mikala Dwyer’s Monoclinic at Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, City of Perth Light Locker Project, City of Gosnells Whiteley Room, William Topp Gallery, with residencies at Midland Junction Art Centre in 2017 & 2018, Cool Change Contemporary in 2019.

Tomoko Yamada is an artist and designer based in Broome, Western Australia. Shifting focus from photography and graphic design to installation art, predominantly in fibre work, Yamada  communicates via “language of thread” to form a conceptual development into tangible sculptural and installation creations with performance facets. Inspired by diverse areas including culture, history, language, journeys, streetscenes, noise, experimental art and music, her organic creations remain ‘works in progress’ as she continues to play with the possibilities of her abstract musings; perhaps varying installation formats at a later showing. Tomoko Yamada’s current works; Bricolage (Live projection art performance, in collaborate with Vanessa Margetts, Corrugated Lines Festival, 2021, WA), Flow Movement (Installation & Performance, Chinatown Discovery Festival & Broome Fringe Festival, 2021, WA), Japanese in Broome (Public Art Design, Chinatown Revitalization Project Stage-2, 2020-2021, WA), Circular Sequence (Wangaratta Miniature Textile Art Finalist Exhibition, 2020, VIC).

Emma Buswell is an artist, curator and designer fascinated with systems of government, economies and culture, particularly in relation to constructs of place, identity and community. Her current work takes its inspiration from the matrilineal hand craft and knitting techniques passed down from her grandmother and mother, as well as a contemplative investigation into the nature of kitsch, ephemera and national identities. Buswell has run a variety of artist-run spaces across Perth and Fremantle and exhibited and curated exhibitions across Australia. Currently the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award Coordinator, Buswell was resident at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy in 2011 and participated in the 2015 Australia Council for the Arts Venice Biennale professional development program. In 2020, Buswell’s work was the focus of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and in 2021 she was an exhibiting artist as part of Perth Festival.


Supporters

PICA’s Studio Residency program is generously supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors.

PICA’s ongoing programs are primarily supported by an investment from the State of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in association with Lotterywest, assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. PICA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

PICA’s opening events, public programs, family and learning programs and studio residencies are supported by our Community Engagement Partner the City of Perth.