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.

Weekends at PICA
Artist Talks

String Together activity, We hold you close, Katie West, 2022, photo: Sophie Minissale for Perth Festival

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Out of Bounds Artist Talks, 2022, photo: Olivia Senior

Robert Andrew Portrait by Agi Davis 1_LR

Image: Robert Andrew, Yawuru people, on the Country of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal peoples, 2022, image courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, the artist, photograph: Agi Davis


Elizabeth Willing, photo: Simon Woods

Join us for Weekends at PICA, a family-friendly morning filled with coffee, pastries, activities and conversation with Season One Bunuru artists Robert Andrew and Elizabeth Willing.

A descendant of the Yawuru people of the Broome region of the Kimberley, Robert Andrew will discuss his kinetic exhibition Held within a word, with highly regarded Noongar painter, weaver and sculptor Sharyn Egan.

Hear from Elizabeth Willing, the inaugural recipient of the Judy Wheeler Commission, and local artist Elizabeth Pedler as they discuss Willing’s new site-specific installation Roost, a sensory ode to food, hospitality and the architecture of PICA.

Artist Talks will be Auslan interpreted.


Welcome to Country: 11–11:15am
Artist Talks: 11:15am–12:15pm
Coffee & art activities in the PICA Hub: 12:15pm–onwards

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About the Artists

Robert Andrew Born in 1965 in Perth, Robert Andrew is a descendant of the Yawuru people, whose Country is the lands and waters of the Broome area in the Kimberley region, Western Australia. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art in 2012 at the Queensland College of Art (QCA), accepting his Fine Art Honours in 2013. He completed his doctorate in Visual Arts in 2019 and is currently undertaking a Post-Docoral Fellowship at QCA, Griffith University. Robert has exhibited widely throughout Australia including MONA, Hobart (solo exhibition) (2022); 23rd Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2022); TarraWarra Museum of Art, TarraWarra, Victoria (2021); ACCA, Melbourne, Victoria (2020 – 21); IMA Brisbane, Queensland (solo exhibition) (2019); Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2019); Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Victoria (2019); Museum of Brisbane, Queensland (2017); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016); Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland (2014). Robert Andrew is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Elizabeth Willing is a Brisbane-based visual artist whose works are performative and often participatory explorations of food and hosting. Primarily working in sculpture, installation, and performance, Willing’s work additionally takes the form of concept dinners, collaborative performances that use the dining table as stage for interactive designs and experiences. Willing has undertaken professional development mentorships in New York with Janine Antoni (2011), with the Experimental Food Society in London (2012) and then with Thomas Rentmeister in Berlin (2014). In 2019 she completed a Masters of Fine Art (research) at Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Willing was the recipient of the Australia Council Kunstlerhaus Bethanien one-year residency. Furthermore, Willing has undertaken residencies at Helsinki International Art Program HIAP (2015), New England Regional art Museum Armidale (2018), The Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide (2019), Museum of Brisbane (2020), and Metro Arts (2022). Exhibitions and concept meals have been held in Australia and overseas at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Trapholt Museum of Art and Design Denmark, Tinguely Museum Basel, and Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane. Elizabeth Willing is represented by Tolarno Galleries Melbourne.

Sharyn Egan is a highly regarded painter, weaver and sculptor. Frequently using ochres, resins and grasses, much of her artwork is a commentary on her life as a Nyoongar woman and the trauma, emotions and deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people of the Stolen Generations. Sharyn commenced her art career at the age of 37 when she enrolled in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. Since that time, she has been commissioned to produce numerous significant public artworks as well as exhibiting widely, including as an invited artist at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe. Sharyn has also worked as an art lecturer, curator and art facilitator in schools, community groups and health organisations. 

An artist interested in the range of participation possible in art, Elizabeth Pedler‘s practice spans from playful and interactive installations to collaborative relational aesthetics. Identity, food, and community involvement are areas of particular focus, and have led to significant artistic development in her recent arts practice, engaging with audiences through the sharing of experiences and storytelling. 


Held within a word presented in association with Perth Festival.



The Judy Wheeler Commission is supported by the Simpson Family.