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John Curtin Gallery

The John Curtin Gallery is currently closed for install, reopening 2 August, 2014.


Previous Exhibitions

Revel Cooper

Curated by Julian Goddard
16 May–6 July 2014 John Curtin Gallery

The John Curtin Gallery presents an exhibition examining the career of significant Noongar artist Revel Cooper. A child of the Stolen Generations, Cooper was sent to the Carrolup Native Settlement in the 1940s. Between 1946-1950, under the tutelage of Headmaster Noel White, Cooper began painting and along with his fellow students, achieved international critical acclaim. Cooper’s adult life was blighted by repeated incarceration, but he continued to make art and is acknowledged as being a formative influence on later generations of indigenous artists. Cooper not only produced many of his distinctive works in prison, he taught other inmates, some of whom went on to forge prominent artistic careers. Outside of prison, he is also known to have influenced the style of celebrated artist Lin Onus. Arguably one of the most under-acknowledged of the adult Carrolup artists, this exhibition explores Cooper’s role as a powerful storyteller and a significant political voice, speaking out against discrimination and injustice in an effort to preserve Noongar culture.

Image: Revel Cooper, Untitled, c 1949, pastel on paper, 183 x 247mm
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection.




Koolark Koort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
Great Southern Regional Tour, Western Australia

Selected works from The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork presented by the John Curtin Gallery

Albany Town Hall 24 May - 29 June, 2014

Public Program: Memories of Carrolup
Saturday 24 May 2014

Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–4pm
Albany Town Hall, 217 York Street, Albany, WA phone: (08) 9841 9208 | free admission

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University, Perth, Australia in May 2013 for educational and research purposes by Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA. This recently rediscovered collection of artwork by Aboriginal children from the Stolen Generations, was created between 1946 and 1950 at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Curtin University is honoured to have the opportunity to make this first step in their shared ambition with Colgate University to provide on going access to these artworks – especially to Noongar communities throughout the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Image: Anonymous, The Golden Road, c 1949, pastel on paper, 280 × 385mm, The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection



Perth International Arts Festival 2014

6 February - 17 April


Paramodelic - Graffiti, 2012, PARAMODEL, Tokyo Station Gallery
Photo: paramodel.




With vivid imagination and meticulous design skills, Paramodel create wondrously immersive environments out of mass produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks. Entire rooms become
fantastical landscapes. Since 2001 artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano have collaborated under the name of Paramodel and now in this Australian exclusive they incorporate elements locally sourced in Perth to create an extraordinary diorama especially for the Festival at the John Curtin Gallery.

BOOK NOW: Collaborate with Japanese arts duo Paramodel to create a new paramodelic-graffiti artwork


The Tenth Sentiment, 2010, Ryota Kuwakubo (installation view)
Photo: Keizo Kioku, photo courtesy: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Japan.



The Tenth Sentiment draws you into a world of wonder that emerges right before your eyes. Hiding nothing from our view, Ryota Kuwakubo fills a room with everyday artefacts, and then catches them in the headlights of a single model train. Seamlessly amplified and animated into expansive vistas, you are immersed in moving shadows. Kuwakubo's mesmeric installations have enthralled audiences around the globe. This is the first time The Tenth Sentiment has been exhibited in Australia.