Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA)

A: Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James St, Northbridge, Perth, WA Australia

P: +61 8 9228 6300



Established in 1989, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) is one of Australia’s leading centres for the development and presentation of contemporary art. Housed in a large and striking heritage building in the heart of Perth, the gallery is a hub for people wishing to experience heavy-hitting Australian and international visual, performance and interdisciplinary art.

PICA is both a producing and presenting institution that runs a year-round program of changing exhibitions; seasons in contemporary dance, theatre and performance; artistic residencies; and interdisciplinary projects. The exhibition space itself is one of the largest of any Australian public gallery, and has become known for the leading role it plays in the presentation of significant new work.

The gallery’s key aim is to promote, support and present contemporary arts and to stimulate discussion around the arts and broader cultural issues. In many aspects of its operations, PICA might be understood as an incubator: providing resources, mentoring and support for both emerging and mature artists while promoting new and emerging ideas, forms and practices to the broader community.

Ongoing support is provided to emerging artists through its annual Hatched: National Graduate Show, $40,000 Dr Harold Schenberg Art Fellowship, and studio residency program.


  • Cafe
  • Free guided tours
  • Gallery shop
  • Historic building
  • Theatre & screening room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Workshops & classes


Art World Problems: Go West Young Man

Amidst factors contributing to the contemporary art scene revival happening in Perth right now, its advantage of proximity to thriving Asian art capitals will in one stroke solve the problem of its isolation from other Australian capital cities.

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts announces Exchange Program Artists

Their first exchange with Taiwan and Singapore sees four artists take up an international residency.

Nathan Beard: A Puzzlement

PICA present works by Nathan Beard.

Fernando do Campo: To companion a companion

To companion a companion is a playful exhibition of new work by Argentinean-Australian artist Fernando do Campo that proposes humans as the companion species to birds.

Inaugural Judy Wheeler Commission awarded to Elizabeth Willing

Brisbane based artist to complete first of ten annual commissions at PICA, Perth.

Hatched: National Graduate Show 2022 artists announced

The free exhibition runs from mid-May to mid-July, showcasing some of Australia’s most exciting tertiary art school graduate talent.

Salote Tawale wins again

Sydney artist takes out $20,000 fellowship care of The Sheila Foundation.