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Celebrating 50 years of innovation in art from the Curtin University Art Collection.

18 May - 9 July, 2017

A copy of the 50fifty List of Works can be downloaded here.


The John Curtin Gallery will present a vibrant exhibition of 50 significant artworks by 50 artists from the Curtin University art exhibition from 18 May through to 9 July.

50fifty is one of the highlights of Curtin University’s 50th anniversary celebrations and features a diverse range of art works grouped across five decades of Curtin’s history.  Local, national and international artists and Curtin University alumni who have contributed to the cultural life of the campus and the wider community since the Collection was established in 1968 are represented.

Artists include: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah; Brian Blanchflower; Marion Borgelt; Arthur Boyd; Revel Cooper; Brenda L Croft; Julie Dowling; Pippin Drysdale; Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont; John Firth-Smith; Guy Grey-Smith; Sandra Hill; Robert Juniper; Pantjiti Mary McLean and Nalda Searles; Akio Makigawa; Tracey Moffatt; Lloyd Rees; Deborah Paauwe; Christopher Pease; Ben Pushman; Miriam Stannage; Howard Taylor; Rover Thomas; Aida Tomescu and Anne Zahalka.

PIAF 2017
John Akomfrah
7 February – 30 April 2017


Leading British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah brings Perth two new major film installations – Vertigo Sea and Auto Da Fé.

Vertigo Sea is an immersive and poetic meditation on our relationship with the ocean and its role in the history of humankind. In a captivating film experience, sublime images of sea life segue into powerful footage of the whaling industry and migrants making dangerous sea crossings. Acclaimed as one of the standout works at the 2015 Venice Biennale, Vertigo Sea fuses archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources for a sweeping portrayal of the sea.

In its Australian premiere, Auto Da Fé is a fictional narrative that looks at migration over four centuries. Presented as a poetic period drama, this emotive film highlights the connections between religion, persecution and migration.

Images: © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery, London.



A Perth International Arts Festival event supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.