1.00pm – 4.30pm Saturday 15 October 2022

Artists are smart and confident speakers – until someone:

– Asks them to give a speech

– Takes out a microphone to interview them

– Invites them to open an exhibition or event

– Wants them to explain their artwork.

Come, unwind, and learn terrific tips to become a great conversationalist and confident public speaker. There are so many great options to choose from.

The Alternative Art School 2022 with Paula Silbert

Five workshops for visual artists and makers of all ages and stages to spearhead their practice, adopt skills and self-sufficiency, and grow local communities.

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Full Fee: $550

Bursary Recipient: $165

What participants need to bring: a pen and a file or something firm to write on; arts business cards (optional); an example of artwork (no larger than A4 and at the participant’s risk).

What fully paid workshop participants will receive:

– Back-to-back visual arts management advice.

– Workbooks containing real solutions and tips authored (and practiced) by Paula Silbert. These workbooks are available to attendees only.

– Action-oriented, in-class assignments to plan key events and projects, and to network and learn from the best mentors, peers, leaders and arts organisations.

– Interaction and networking with a group of empathic artists and makers.

The Gentle Art of Speaking Confidently about your Art and Studio Practice with Paula Silbert. Supported by John Curtin Gallery, City of South Perth, Town of Victoria Park, Victoria Park Centre for the Arts


John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park WA 6101


Admission and Accessibility


City of South Perth

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts

Town of Victoria Park


7 October – 4 December 2022

The John Stringer Prize was inaugurated by The Collectors Club in 2015 in celebration of the memory of one of Australia’s most acclaimed art curators, the late John Stringer. A long-term friend and mentor to its members, he established The Collectors Club in Perth in 1996 to promote informed collecting and patronage of Western Australian art. The John Stringer Prize strives to continue his important legacy and since 2018, the John Curtin Gallery has been proud to present this annual exhibition celebrating artists making a major impact on contemporary practice in Western Australia.

Each year, a panel of three leading arts professionals are tasked with selecting six Western Australian-based contemporary artists whose practices they deem worthy of recognition. The panellists for this year’s prize were: Helen Carroll, Manager, Wesfarmers Arts; Jane Chambers, Revealed curator, Fremantle Art Centre and Sarah Wall, curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). The six artists are invited to produce a new artwork in any medium for inclusion in the exhibition. In the months leading up to the Prize, members of The Collectors Club visit each of the nominated artists’ studios and intimately come to know their work. Club members then vote at this exhibition by way of secret ballot to decide on the Prize recipient.

John Stringer Prize 2022 finalists are: Amanda Bell, Bruno Booth, Jacky Cheng, Guy Louden, Katie West and Holly Yoshida.

Recent Acquisitions

7 October – 4 December 2022

Following the success of our 50fifty Acquisition Initiative which ran from 2017-2020, the John Curtin Gallery has continued to acquire important works that reflect the world in which we live. This exhibition presents works acquired over the last two years that have not previously been on display at the gallery, covering painting, photography, mixed media, textiles, ceramics, video, drawing and print. Included are significant purchases and donations of artworks by leading contemporary artists such as James Angus, Brent Harris, Joan Ross, Christian Thompson and Aida Tomescu; as well as important Western Australian artists, recent Curtin Fine Art graduates, and significant First Nations artists, including a major Spinifex Women’s collaborative. We thank all our Donors who have made these acquisitions possible.



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