A century and a quarter is a milestone that doesn’t come around too often. So with this in mind, the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) has announced some exciting plans for its landmark 125th anniversary coming up in 2020.
The project, dubbed AGWAElevate2020, will see the development of the gallery’s currently unused rooftop for cultural and commercial purposes in time for its 125th anniversary. The new rooftop destination will deliver outdoor art displays – including work from some of the best artists in the world – a flexible cinema/performance space, a community gathering space and a signature restaurant.
As if this wasn’t enough already, the current staff carpark on Beaufort Street will be transformed into a garden space also dedicated to art displays. Both new spaces will welcome potential PIAF, Fringe World and other local art and cultural events. Other enhancements include an extension to the current café facing the Perth station, an external lift to the roof, and an improved and relocated Education and Guide Centre in the Beaufort Street wing.
In what is already becoming a thriving cultural hub, the Northbridge precinct can now add a revitalised AGWA to its ranks. And as we have seen with the massive success of Perth’s Fringe World and the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) earlier this year, public support for the creative arts has never been stronger in WA. Chris Prindiville