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To experience the visual art of Perth and beyond be sure to take a stroll in the Art Gallery of Western Australia. located in the Perth Cultural Centre. Founded in 1895, the gallery has grown over the last 110 years and now occupies the old Police Court building on Beaufort Street. Named the Centenary Galleries, this new building was dedicated in 1995. The gallery is open daily (except Tuesday from 10am until 5pm. It is also closed on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and on ANZAC Day (25 April). Entry is free, however a fee may be payable for admission to some exhibitions. A donation is always welcome. During the school holidays there are usually art activities for the kids, a small fee may be payable.
The State Art Collection comprises over 17,000 art pieces including: painting, sculpture, craft and design, watercolours, drawings, photography and prints. There is a great collection of art from Western Australia (1829 to the present time), as well as Indigeneous arts, in particular the Central Desert and Arnhemland. There is also international pieces from renowed artists like Henry Moore and Rodin, and from Australian artists like Frederick McCubbin, Julie Dowling, Gordon Bennett, Hans Heysen, John Longstaff and Eugene von Guérard, A feature of the Gallery's program is a series of exhibitions called the Great Collections of the World. The next one, Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600 - 1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum, will open on 23 September, followed by a series of six exhibitions from New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The first of the MoMA exhibitions - Picasso to Warhol: 12 Modern Masters - will open in June 2012.
The Western Australian Museum is actually not a single museum, but rather is a collective of six branches that includes collections that are focused on the ecology, biogeography and evolution of life from the region, as well as the archeology, history and conservation of the Swan River Colony and nearby areas.
Perth is also home to the
Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), whose grounds in East Perth date back to 1893. This venue has played host to many state and national cricket matches, as well as other sports. There is even a WACA Museum that houses a collection of cricketing memorabilia, and tours of the ground are also available. Consult the Web site for schedules of matches and other events.
Perth is an ideal location to visit for fans of contemporary music. The city has a world renowned music scene, and the West Australian Music IndustryAssociation’s Web site can offer information on bands to see and where to go for the vibrant nightlife and maybe your chance to catch the next INXS.
Those interested in classical music will find it at the Perth Concert Hall, His Majesty's Theatre, Government House Ballroom, King's Park and UWA's Winthrop Hall to name just a few venues. West Australian Symphony Orchestra, with international guest artists including conductor Simone Young www.waso.com.au, West Australian Opera Company and West Australian Ballet Company perform seasonally throughout the year. As well as this, the Perth International Arts Festival runs from February to March each year. www.perthfestival.com.au
The recently built Perth Arena has meant more of the world's leading pop stars and musicians are now able to include Perth in their international tours. www.pertharena.com.au.