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.

Women in Art: Then & Now

Women in Art: Then & Now
An intergenerational discussion.

In response to Trying to Find Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair, leading female art makers and industry voices discuss the history of women’s art and the arrival into the present. Join us for this critical panel exploring where we have come from, where we are, and where we need to go.

PICA invites industry and community alike to engage in this interdisciplinary discussion. From forgotten artists to triumphs celebrated, seize the opportunity to prompt further discussion during our Q&A as we explore the question, “Have we come far enough?”.
This event is free but registration is required.
* Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been moved from 3 August to 31 August 2019. PICA apologises for any inconvenience this date change may cause.


Meet guest speakers 

Carla Adams
Carla Adams (b. 1984, Perth) graduated with an advanced diploma in contemporary artfrom Central TAFE in 2012, she went on to receive first-class honours from Curtin University in 2014. Adams has exhibited at MOANA, Turner Galleries, Bus Projects (Melbourne), FELTSpace (Adelaide), ARTBAR at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Verge Gallery (Sydney), Blindside (Melbourne), and her work was selected for the 2013 Hatched national graduate exhibition at PICA. She was a finalist in the 2017 Joondalup Invitation Art Award. Adams is a sessional academic at Curtin University and is Director of Smart Casual gallery. Her work is aligned with feminist sculptural and textile practices and investigates how women navigate digital dating platforms.
Sukhijit Kaur Khalsa
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer, & human rights reformer. Sukhjit is passionate about diversity and the importance of visibility in the performing arts and inherently merges her advocacy background with the arts. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations. Within a short period, Sukhjit has gone from performing at the Opera House for the Australian Poetry Slam in 2014 to performing on national television for Australia’s got talent. Most recently, she was a speaker for TedxUWA. She has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Missy Higgins and L-Fresh the Lion, and her performances and workshops have led her to tour the USA, Canada, UK and South East Asia, as well as across Australia. Sukhjit is currently co-commissioned to write and perform “Fully Sikh” with Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Black Swan State Theatre in Western Australia for their 2019 Season.
Marcelle Riley
I am a textile artist from Narrogin (WA). I love doing Eco dyeing (dyeing plants or leaves on fabric) which I incorporate into my doll making. My first doll Bibool Yok (Paperbark Girl) is my Story doll. I was born in Moora in 1970 and spent my early childhood growing up at Mogumber Mission (Was once the Moore River Settlement) all us kids played down by the Moore river amongst the Paperbark trees, so in 2014 I was given the chance to go back to Moora to do Doll making with the Ladies there by CAN and made my first doll Bibool Yok which I dyed from the Paperbark trees there.. I love travelling to different communities and doing Doll making, the dolls can be healing, yarning and story dolls. It is amazing how the dolls can bring out emotions and healing to all participants. My doll reconnects me to my place of birth, culture and language, she has been a healing journey for me..