Western Australia is blessed with one of the country’s most vibrant art scenes. Of course there is Sculpture by the Sea and Perth Festival, but beyond the fleeting glory of festivals and outdoor exhibitions, galleries throughout Perth host a slew of seriously impressive art exhibitions from both local and international artists.

Here – in chronological order – are the best art exhibitions to see in Perth this year.

Revealed

Focused on emerging Aboriginal artists from Western Australia, this annual show has been running since 2008. This year’s exhibition features 42 upcoming artists who exemplify the depth of talent in WA. For the first time since the show began in 2008 it’s being run by the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub Western Australia (AACHWA), which will help facilitate artist talks and opportunities to ethically purchase contemporary Aboriginal art.
Revealed runs until August 4 at Fremantle Arts Centre.

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Look, look.

Korean-American artist Anna Park is celebrated for her large black and white drawings that dissect contemporary life and womanhood. Her Art Gallery of Western Australia exhibition marks her debut international show. Park’s visual language borrows from her favourite childhood TV shows, mid-century pop art and comic book styles; she juxtaposes popular images of femininity with her personal experience and darkly humorous textual non-sequiturs. Her cutting commentary on modern beauty standards, internet culture and femininity is displayed in her signature contrasting shades.
Look, look. runs until September 8 at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Time by Rone

Melbourne street artist Rone has gained recognition and critical acclaim for his large-scale murals and instalments in abandoned spaces. His latest show, Time, sold out its Melbourne run and is sure to be similarly popular in Perth. Time brings a sombre collection of hauntingly vintage spaces and captivating wall murals to the forefront. Blending scale and media, the exhibition is a unique effort to peer back at times past and shroud yourself in eerie nostalgia.
Time runs July 1 to September 30 at Centenary Galleries, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Tickets are available online.

The West Australian Pulse

Be the first to see the big names of tomorrow at this showcase of works from year 12 visual arts graduates from 36 Western Australian schools. Across 60 works, the talented teens explore themes of mental health, social pressure, gender and the modern world that they and their peers experience.
The West Australian Pulse runs until October 6 at Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Hatched

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts’ annual graduate show displays work from artists across 21 Australian art schools and universities. It’s a platform where the next generation of artists introduce their work to a national audience. Now in its 33rd year, the show features 22 artists working with media including installation, video, painting, photography and experimental forms.
Hatched runs August 3 to October 13 at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

L’ombre de ton ombre

What can chatbots reveal about our own consciousness and desires? Sydney-born artist Paul Knight has been examining this question since he began researching machine learning in 2018. This multimedia exhibition explores intimacy, delving into the artist’s relationship with his partner with a photographic series and a chatbot that has been fed an archive of their text messages. L’ombre de ton ombre, which translates from French to “the shadow of your shadow”, is Knight’s first solo exhibition in Western Australia.
L'ombre de ton ombre runs October 26 to January 19, 2025 at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.