John Curtin Gallery is located on Nyungar boodjar in Perth, Western Australia.
We wish to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Whadjuk people and their Elders past and present.

John Curtin Gallery is located at Building 200a, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Western Australia.
OPENING HOURS : Monday – Friday 11am-5pm  Saturday ( 6 and 13 March only) 12-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Opening in early February 2021 during the Gallery’s Bunuru season, the exhibition reflects the Festival’s theme of Bilya, the Noongar word for river, which also has the double meaning of holding the body in place and connects the past and future. Abdullah explores the different ways memory emerges from domestic spaces, often drawing on his personal memories of family life.

Everything Is True presents audiences with a blend of exquisite technical virtuosity, material intrigue and a palpable presence that can be both playful and terrifying. Filling the entire John Curtin Gallery, the 29 works featured in Everything Is True present an emotionally charged journey through the memories, dreamscapes, and spiritual imagination of one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists. Working mostly in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the built environment.

Everything Is True

Abdul-Rahman gives us a rundown on what to expect at his Perth Festival 2021 exhibition Everything Is True

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Profile

Join Abdul-Rahman as he shows us around his workshop and talks about some of his inspirations.

Artist Voice: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah spoke to MCA Curator Anna Davis from his home on a rural cattle property in Western Australia (April 2020).

Artwork Labels

The Gallery is often quite dark so click here to view the artwork labels on your phone.


Please click on the images below to find out more about our extensive Public Program and Speaker Series.

Speaker Series
Prof. Jaya Dantas
Wednesday 24 March
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Speaker Series
Dr Marilyn Metta
Wednesday 31 March
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Kids Workshops
Olivia Colja
Friday 9 April
10:00am to 12:00pm

Curated Concerts
Australian Baroque
Sunday 11 April
3:00pm to 4:00pm


Kids Artist Talks
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Tuesday 13 April
10:00am to 11:00am

Artist Talks
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Wednesday 14 April
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Speaker Series
Thursday 15 April
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Workshop Series
Andrew Christie
Sunday 18 April
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Speaker Series
Prof. Reena Tiwari
Tuesday 20 April
3:00pm to 4:00pm

Speaker Series
Anna Haebich
Tuesday 20 April
10:00am to 11:00am



In an exciting new residency partnership with Australian Baroque, we present The Brush and the Bow, an innovative series of curated concerts paired with artworks and exhibitions. Guest presenters include Alan Dodge, the distinguished former Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and visionary musician and early keyboard player, Dr Geoffrey Lancaster.

First concert: Sunday, April 11th, 3pm. John Curtin Art Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley.

The John Curtin Gallery congratulates WA artist Susan Roux, winner of the 2020 John Stringer Prize.

Susan’s work features alongside new work by five other contemporary artists, Eva Fernandez, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Griffiths Madij, Curtis Taylor and Mark Tweedie each nominated as competitive contenders for this year’s prestigious prize.

The works, now on display at the John Curtin Gallery, include photography, video, sculpture, textiles, drawing and painting.

The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection.

This year they were selected by an independent selection panel consisting of Janis Nedela Curatorial Department, the Kerry Stokes Collection, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Lead Consultant, Gee Consultancy and Jane King, Manager, John Curtin Gallery.

The Prize was established in memory of John Stringer, renowned Curator of the Kerry Stokes Collection and advisor to The Collectors Club, who passed away in 2007. It honours John’s life and the legacy of his influence on and contribution to local visual arts and culture. In keeping with John’s passionate devotion to the arts, and his wish to see greater patronage of local talent, the Prize is intended to encourage and support Western Australian artists. The Prize, which was conceived and facilitated by The Collectors Club, connects locally based artists with collectors, thus contributing to the vibrancy and economic viability of the Western Australian art scene.

Visit Susan’s website to see more of her artworks:

The Exhibition runs until Sunday 13 December 2020.
The John Curtin Gallery is open Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm
and Sunday 12pm – 4pm.


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John Curtin Gallery acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which the Bentley gallery is located, the Wadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation.