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Artist's impression of the Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop.

ADCO Constructions has been awarded the contract for the Elevate project, which will support 265 construction jobs.

Elevate, designed by Perth-based firm TAG Architects and Sydney firm fjmt, will feature:

  • an external lift and skybridge from the Perth Cultural Centre precinct to allow people access to the rooftop afterhours;
  • a 500-person rooftop venue, the largest in Perth, with exceptional views;
  • an open-air rooftop sculpture park featuring works from the State Art Collection;
  • a new internal gallery located on the roof; and
  • conservation labs being re-located from the roof to the basement and given better facilities for the conservation, preservation and preparation of works for the State Art Collection. 

AGWA has also commissioned for the State Art Collection an eye-catching 34-metre-long artwork, by leading Noongar artist Christopher Pease, which will wrap around one third of the rooftop wall.

It is anticipated the project will be completed by January 2021.

The project is part of the Art Gallery's broader strategic plan led by Director Colin Walker, who was appointed in March this year.

Other developments for AGWA announced today include:

  • the imminent appointment of an additional Indigenous Associate Curator to focus on Noongar art as part of a new curatorial structure that will also feature a curator of Western Australian art;
  • appointing WA born New-York based artist Ian Strange as Guest Artistic Director;
  • extending the tenure of the current Board Chairman, Janet Holmes à Court, for two years until 31 December, 2022; and
  • opening a new ground floor gallery dedicated to contemporary Aboriginal art reflecting its status as one of the most important art movements of our time. 

Read the Ministers' full media statement.

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023