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.

Hoda Afshar, Bruno Booth, Helen Britton, Max Pam, Karrabing Film Collective, Bruce and Nicole Slatter, Valerie Sparks, Angela Tiatia, James Walker, Ian Williams

Refracted Reality

Refracted Reality
Curated by guest curator Anna Louise Richardson.
PICA is pleased to present the significant group show Refracted Reality, curated by Perth based curator and artist Anna Louise Richardson, as our annual PICA Salon exhibition. This year the PICA Salon offers a curated selection of responses to the window as a motif or metaphor, a physical barrier that speaks to broader concerns of duality and exchange. In this exhibition the artists’ works are the medium through which ideas pass and bend, echoing questions of privacy, representational fictions in a post-truth era and a renewed interest in both the intimacy and constrictions of interior space in the wake of mass self-isolation.
Refracted Reality will explore the work of ten artists and collaborations whose practices frame the complexities of human nature as a vivid spectacle of truths. The artists make visible the chaos of the urban domestic, digital landscapes and social upheaval, but also balance this with scenes of imaginary gardens, introspective interiors and the sublime landscape. Refracted Reality seeks to create a space of shelter, inviting the viewer into intimate environments and private rituals that create a mirage of perspectives which explore alternative realities.


Anna Louise Richardson is an interdisciplinary curator and artist based in Western Australia. Living and working on a cattle farm south of Perth, she contracts as an independent curator working with Australian art institutions, festivals and organisations. Richardson’s curatorial practice focuses on issues of regional and marginal identity as well as intergenerational communication. She is particularly interested in art practices concerned with place making, the archive and identity politics and is committed to working with different communities within the Australian social landscape to provide platforms and acknowledgment of diverse voices and experiences.
Message to patrons regarding COVID-19
Under Phase 4 restrictions in Western Australia, each occupied space within PICA has a maximum capacity of 1 person per 2 square metres – please follow staff instructions and observe relevant signage throughout the venue confirming capacity limits. During your visit, you might be asked to queue, wait or come back later if necessary. We thank you in advance for your co-operation and patience, and for being COVID safe and aware alongside PICA.