Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete

Exhibition and Shows

21 Sep 2019 to 3 Feb 2020

AGWA 40 – Celebrating the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s 1979 Brutalist building anniversary.

Opened on 2 October 1979 by then Premier Charles Court, the new Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) building was a dramatic example of late Brutalist architecture designed by Polish-born Charles Sierakowski.

This exhibition opens out the many layers of the history of the building’s development featuring images of the building in construction and its early days, along with ephemera such as building models, plans, diagrams and drawings and early promotional brochures about the structure and its place in the Cultural Centre.

Special Event – A symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of the AGWA building and Perth’s early role in the architectural style in Australia followed by guided tours of the AGWA building, Perth Brutal: Dreaming in Concrete and the iconic brutalist Curtin University campus will be held on 2 October 2019. Please visit their website for more information.

AGWA 40 -2019 marks and celebrates the 40th year anniversary of the main Gallery building as AGWA presents a series of exhibitions and special events looking at the building.


Art & Culture Cafe Conference/Convention Facilities Family Friendly Free Wifi Non Smoking Parents Room Public Toilet Shop


Free Entry

Event Times

21 Sep 2019 to 3 Feb 2020

Daily Event


Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth Cultural Centre, Perth, 6000

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