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The John Curtin Gallery produces high quality publications which are available for purchase.

A moderate postage fee is charged in addition to purchase price for all postal orders. All prices listed include GST.

If you would like to purchase any of these publications please email with your request.

John Curtin Gallery catalogues


Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow
70 pages, full colour

This catalogue supports the exhibition Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow and celebrates the story of the Spinifex People. It features insightful essays by the curators - Ross Chadwick, John Cruthers and Carly Lane; author and anthropologist Scott Cane and author John Carty. It also features an interview with Louise Allerton, who was the Spinifex Arts Project Coordinator.

students: $10.00

U-Ram Choe
6 pages, full colour, fold out

This catalogue supports the Australian premiere of Korean artist U-Ram Choe.
The publication features an introduction by the curator, Chris Malcolm, as well as an essay by Dr Darren Jorgensen, School of Architecture Landscape and Visual Arts, University of Western Australia.

This catalogue has sold out. Please contact the Gallery for an online version.

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Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art
24 pages, full colour,

Curtin, Edith Cowan and Murdoch University Art Collections united to present this exhibition that showcased Australian Indigenous visual art practice. The catalogue features forewords by all three University's Vice-Chancellors; introductions by Chris Malcolm, Alan R Dodge and Simon Forrest, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin; and an essay by the three curators, Pauline Williams (Curtin), Mark Stewart (Murdoch) and Connie Petrillo (ECU).


Jesper Just
32 pages, full colour,

This catalogue supports the survey exhibition, JESPER JUST, a selection of five short films by the Danish-born, New York-based artist, as part of the 2011 Perth International Arts Festival.
The publication features an introduction by the curator, Chris Malcolm, as well as insightful essays by Robert Cook, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Art Gallery of WA and Gary Dufour, Chief Curator/Deputy Director, Art Gallery of WA.


art in the age of nanotechnology
44 pages, full colour

Part of the 2010 Perth International Arts Festival, art in the age of nanotechnology, brought together five projects from all over the world, which celebrated the collaboraton between scientists and artists.
This catalogue includes an extensive essay by Colin Milburn, Associate Professor of English at the University of Califonia, Davis as well as biographical and artwork details about each project.


cathy blanchflower
8 pages, full colour, fold out

This catalogue features an essay by Dr Phillip McNamara that discusses Blanchflowers use of colour shape and motion. The publication also includes an introduction by Gallery Director, Chris Malcolm as well as biographical details. This survey exhibition featured paintings untertaken over the last 17 years of the artists career.


Nalda Searles - Drifting in My Own Land
76 pages, full colour, produced by ART ON THE MOVE



Nalda Searles: a stitching of words
35 minute DVD, independantly produced

In this DVD, Searles discusses the evolution of her recent works developed and constructed from salvaged and saved textiles, plant fibres and other objects. It is a valubale resource for artists and students and compliments the exhibition and catalogue, Nalda Searles - Drifting in My Own Land.

To order a copy of this DVD please download an order form.


all proceeds go to the artist

GALLERY 98 - 08
88 pages, full colour

Through this publication, the John Curtin Gallery celebrates ten years of presenting international, national and local artists, profiling every exhibiton held over the years. The John Curtin Gallery is one of the largest university based galleries in Australia and this book is testimony to the gallery's dedication to professional and ambitious projects.


of art & music
6 pages, full colour, fold out

This exhibition catalogue features biographical information on exhibiting artists as well as an informative essay by curator, Chris Malcolm. of art & music presented as part of the 2009 Perth International Arts Festival program, highlights artists and musicians in various forms of collaboration.

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36 pages, full colour

Based on the history of the Buried Village in New Zealand and personal narratives of loss and grief, McMillan created an emotional viewing experience. lost featured large scale photgraphs and an installation that included a sound piece by artist Cat Hope.


Denise Green: Out West
36 pages, full colour

Denise Green is an Australian Artist who has been based in New York for a substantial proportion of her career. Denise Green: Out West showcased her work over the past 40 years to reveal the influences in her life.


Looking Out
36 pages, full colour

Looking Out featured Western Australian fashion designers who have made an impact on the international stage. An interesting and diverse range of designers were presented, including Alvin Fernandez (ae'lkemi), Aurelio Costarella, Lucas Bowers and Erica Wardle (ericaamerica) Mic Eaton (Material Boy) and Megan Salmon.


House of Tarvydas
36 pages, full colour

This exhibition was a survey of the influential fashion designer, Ruth Tarvydas' 40 year career. It featured garments from her very first production up until her most recent glamorous range as well as media coverage and archival photographs. House of Tarvydas ran from 22 Aug - 10 Oct 2008.


Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye, A Monash University Museum of Art publication
86 pages, full colour

Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye, 4 April - 30 May, 2008, is an exhibition that spans the artist's practise over the past decade and features photography, neon lighting and installation. The works in this exhibition speak of an unfolding or recovery of a lost history, a lost identity and a lost language.

A Monash University Museum of Art Touring Exhibition. Presenting partners: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and the John Curtin Gallery

students: $11.00

Matthew Ngui: Points of View
34 pages, full colour

The John Curtin Gallery presented Matthew Ngui: Points of View, 8 February - 20 March. Curated by Russell Storer from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition drew together Ngui's works from the past two decades.

Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contempoary Art, Sydney, Australia. Presented in partnership with the UWA Perth International Arts Festival 2008


Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site, book
174 pages, full colour, Fremantle Arts Centre Press

Although an urban artist Pippin Drysdale seeks out places that have a special character or resonance, like the Tanami Desert in central northern Western Australia or the Kimberley Region in the northwest of the State. Once absorbed, the colours, sounds, patterns and ambience of the site are carried back to the studio where she patiently re-creates their 'hum' and 'echo' in the delicate web of glazes etched into the surfaces of her elegantly shaped forms - lines of sight, of smell, taste and memory.


Pippin Drysdale: Lines of Site, exhibiton catalogue
34 pages, full colour

For the past quarter century Pippin Drysdale has been refining her forms, her materials and her language to create a unique body of work that is responsive to the landscapes of Australia. The exhibition Lines of Site 22 June - 10 August 2007, showcased works from private collections from the past fifteen years, as well as new site specific works.


Brian Blanchflower From the Generative Eye: Paintings 1990-2001
91 pages, full colour

This exhibition of large-scale works by Brian Blanchflower was testimony to his lifelong commitment to painting as a means of communicating effectively ideas that are intangible. Blanchflower investigated in his painting fundamental ideas such as existence and perception, producing works that are not mere images but feelings in transcendence. On show at the Gallery from 11 July - 14 September 2003, the majority of these works had not been seen in Perth before.


IMAGinING Antarctica
44 pages, full colour

IMAGinING Antarctica presents a new perspective on this powerful yet deeply fragile continent. It contrasts rarely seen original images from photographers and artists who accompanied the early expeditions, with recent artists on their own voyage of discovery and their visions of this extraordinary land. IMAGinING Antarctica, on show at the Gallery from 9 February - 30 March 2007, was developed in collaboration with John Stringer, Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, and the UWA Perth International Arts Festival.



64 pages, full colour

The theme for Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) 2007 was contextualised around concepts of 'stillness'. BEAP was looking at moving beyond a point in time, looking at defining a parallel to duration, a contemplative desire to comprehend a contemporary stillness. impermanence, 11 September - 7 December 2007, drew together significant works, exposing them to contemplation and discernment.

students: $11.00

20 pages, full colour

Chart, on show in the John Curtin Gallery in 2006, examined contemporary notions of mapping as a creative strategy to interrogate current issues in Australia.


Western Edge
28 pages, full colour

The exhibition Western Edge, on show in the John Curtin Gallery in 2006, explored the process of charting the Australian continent through a carefully selected collection of unique historical documents drawn from the collections of Jock Clough and Kerry Stokes.


David Sequeira: Eternal Rhythms
28 pages, full colour

David Sequeira: Eternal Rhythms Selected Works 1996-2006, at the John Curtin Gallery in 2006, highlighted the ways in which Sequeira interacts with his world to create his visual language.

students: $5.00

Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS
16 pages, full colour

The major retrospective Miriam Stannage: SENSATIONS was exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery as part of the 2006 UWA Perth International Arts Festival from 10 February - 13 April 2006.


Ben Joel: Instrumental
21 pages, full colour

The body of artworks presented in Instrumental, on show at the John Curtin Gallery from 16 September - 9 December 2005, showcased the artist's activities over the past two decades.


perceptual difference
18 pages, full colour

Perceptual Difference, curated by Chris Malcolm, brought together artists from around the world who explore the different ways in which we perceive this world. Utilising a wide range of technologies from Zoetropic devices to large experiential 3D virtual reality environments, the artists and their scientific collaborators in perceptual difference help us unravel the real from the virtual in a thought provoking celebration of our existence. On show in the Gallery from 10 September - 12 December 2004.

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Writing the Collection
86 pages, full colour

Writing the Collection was a celebration of the significance of the Curtin University of Technology Art Collection within the history and development of the University. The exhibition was a collaboration involving the Curtin community, the John Curtin Gallery and, most importantly, the collection itself. The result of this collaboration was an exhibition drawn from the collection on show in the Gallery from 25 June - 8 August 2004 with accompanying texts that reflect and elaborate upon the works.


Su Baker: Serious Pleasure
65 pages, full colour

A graduate of the University, this catalogue formed part of the artist's submission for the award of Doctor of Creative Arts. It is at once an artifact and an integral part of the project and exhibition Mis-en-scene held at the John Curtin Gallery from 25 June - 8 August 2004.

students: $11.00

Tracey Moffatt

Held during the UWA Perth International Arts Festival from 6 February - 28 March 2004, this self titled major exhibition of work surveys the past 15 years of one of Australia's most internationally celebrated contemporary artists.

Gold coin donation

sacred ground beating heart: works by Judy Watson 1989-2003
80 pages, full colour

Watson is an Indigenous artist from North-West Queensland, specifically her Grandmother's land around Lawn Hill Gorge. The survey exhibition sacred ground beating ground, on show from 26 September - 9 November 2003, presented drawings, prints and paintings produced during the last fifteen years of consolidated work and showcased her considerable strengths as an image-maker and chronicler of the land.


55 pages, full colour

Mikromegas looked at the decorative pin a means of expression. 220 artists from around the world participated in the exhibition which was originally shown in Munich and then toured parts of Europe and Australia and was shown at the John Curtin Gallery from 11 July - 14 September 2003.


Outside Tokyo (ideas about space and time)

Outside Tokyo (ideas about space and time) was an exhibition of installation art by Western Australian contemporary artists responding to ideas in global circulation, on show from 2 May - 29 June 2003. Their engagement with these ideas were relevant to the artists particular location, background, generation and interaction with time and space.

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on writing: writing on 1994-2002
Narelle Jubelin: installation of works

This exhibition, on show from 27 September - 10 November 2002, brought together installation works by Australian contemporary artist Narelle Jubelin. Featuring works constructed in Madrid, Tokyo, Philadelphia and Chicago, the exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Jubelin's work produced in recent times.


Without Classification: Hazel Hawke

An exhibition that merged archival documents from prominent Australian Hazel Hawke's Canberra years with Australian poster art from the 1980s on show at the Gallery from 27 September - 10 November 2002.

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BEAP: The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002

The inaugural Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth was a groundbreaking event, which brought together an international program of exhibitions, conferences and symposia. This catalogue features all three major BEAP exhibitions, including Immersion, held at the John Curtin Gallery from 2 August - 15 September 2002.


Forest Radiance: Howard Taylor

A tribute to one of Western Australia's most renowned and best loved artists, Forest Radiance from 31 July - 9 September 2001 was an exhibition that brought together many of Taylor's painting and sculptural works from collections around Western Australia.

Gold coin donation

Woldendorp in the Pilbara

A photographic exhibition by photographer Richard Woldendorp, exploring the fantastical landscapes of the Pilbara, in Western Australia's northwest. On show at the Gallery during February 2001.

Gold Coin donation

Requiem: Dennis del Favero
42 pages, full colour

Requiem is a confronting video installation work by Australian artist Dennis del Favero. Exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery in 1999, the exhibition explored the convergence of discourses on war, gender and masculinity.


Water Medicine

Water Medicine, an exhibition which explores the various roles of water in the Australian cultural imaginary, was exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery in 1999 and subsequently completed a major regional tour of Australia.


Murranji: Robert MacPherson

This major survey exhibition by one of Australia's most highly regarded contemporary artists was exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery in 1998. Murranji consists of works on paper and installations which critically engage with the traditions of Australian landscape painting, and examine the inter-relationships of personal history, artistic identity and national culture.


Other publications Price

John Curtin Gallery Art Education Kit

A pack featuring large format images of works from the Curtin University of Technology Art Collection, and an accompanying booklet suggesting innovative and exciting ways to utilise these works in a classroom education environment, from kindergarten to Year 12.


John Curtin Gallery Greeting Card and Postcard Set

A set of six greeting cards and a set of twelve postcards featuring images of works from the Curtin University of Technology Art Collection. Artists include Miriam Stannage, Max Pam and Nalda Searles.


The Foulkes-Taylor Years

A catalogue examining the influence and history of David Foulkes-Taylor, one of Western Australia's most celebrated and influential furniture designers throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.