Andy Warhol, Robert Wilson and Jimmy Pike have provided just a taste of what's on offer at this year's WINTERarts season from 4 July at The University of Western Australia. They're joined by other must-see artists, musicians, films, speakers and authors taking part in the week-long festival of arts, culture and entertainment hosted by UWA.
The University's School of Music will present WA's own guitar specialist John Casey and his guitar ensemble in Portraits in Guitar, an evening exploring musical portraits set among The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery's, Beyond Likeness: contemporary portraits exhibition.
Also complementing this year's portraiture theme are exhibitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art by acclaimed indigenous artists Julie Dowling, Julie Dowling: Family and Friends, and from the University's Berndt Collection, Jimmy Pike's Artlines: You call it desert, we used to live there.
Cruthers curator Lee Kinsella will host a free early evening conversation with Julie Dowling in the Gallery, discussing her auto-ethnographic approach to portraiture.
Dr John Stanton, curatorial director of the Berndt Museum, will give a free lunchtime lecture on Jimmy Pike, and there will also be a special film screening of The Quest of Jimmy Pike at the Robert Street Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Gallery, where there will be a special evening viewing of the exhibition.
The Director of the University's world-renowned SymbioticA biological arts centre, Oron Catts, will present a lecture on biological portraits where you will have the opportunity to harvest your own personal flora of bacteria. It will be cultured in petri dishes for a week in the laboratory, with a viewing a week later.
At the University Club, Western Australian author Stephen Scourfield will host a soirée dinner and read from his novella The Luthier from his recent book Unaccountable Hours. The evening includes a three-course meal, fabulous wines and a live performance by the University's School of Music.
There are also practical workshops for aspiring artists, presented by UWA Extension.
A full program of events will also be on offer at the University's Albany campus, including lectures, art classes and a very special evening with guitarist Andrew Winton.
For more information and booking details, visit WINTERarts.
Caption: Frances Andrijich, Heath Ledger - Jacksue Gallery Perth 1999, 1999, archival metallic c-type print, image 60x60cm. Courtesy of Kate Ledger © Frances Andrijich
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