The University of Western Australia's Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is a dynamic space for exploring art and ideas.


A centre for art and ideas

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on Whadjuk Noongar land, and that the Whadjuk Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their value, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

The first purpose-built university art museum in Australia, LWAG opened on 18 July 1990. Since then it has been committed to critically engaging with different ideas.

Each year we strive to present an innovative and accessible program of exhibitions and events. Our exhibitions feature contemporary and historical art by local, national and international artists, and are accompanied by a dynamic series of events, including lectures, tours, symposia, workshops, film screenings, performances and more. Many exhibitions feature artwork drawn from the University’s collections, including the UWA Art Collection, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the Berndt Museum Collection.

Our program regularly connects to the expertise of University staff and students, sharing their research with the wider community. It also offers a range of opportunities for University staff and students to connect with the gallery, both inside and outside of the classroom. The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is a vibrant contributor to the State’s cultural life.


General enquirers Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery +61 8 6488 3707 [email protected] M001
Ambrosio, Justine Acting Associate Director, Manager, Education and Engagement +61 8 6488 3977 [email protected] M001
Branson, Lyle Installation Assistant +61 8 6488 2181 [email protected] M001
Brewin, Minette Venue Operations Coordinator +61 403 196 651 [email protected] M001
Hamersley, Kate Registrar (UWA Collections) +61 8 6488 3708 [email protected] M001
Kelly, Anthony Collections and Exhibitions Officers +61 8 6488 2181 [email protected] M001
Kinsella, Lee Curator, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art and Special Projects +61 8 6488 3709 [email protected] M001
Lally, Dr Janice Curator, Academic and Public Programs +61 8 6488 3718 [email protected] M001
McFarlane, Clare Visual Design and Communications Officer +61 8 6488 7806 [email protected] M001
Reid, Amy Visitor Experience Officer +61 8 6488 3707 [email protected] M001
Weston, Gemma Curator, The University of Western Australia Art Collection +61 8 6488 3715 [email protected] M001


The University of Western Australia Art Collection was first given exhibition space in 1973 when the undercroft of the University’s Winthrop Hall was converted into The Undercroft Gallery. It became a vibrant venue for the display of both contemporary and historical Australian and Western Australian art.

During the 1980s the University decided to raise funds for the construction of a purpose-built art museum. It would be the first in an Australian university and would provide museum quality storage facilities for the UWA Art Collection and dedicated exhibition space.

The building was constructed very largely with funds raised from alumni, public and corporate donations, and was designed by Western Australian architect Gus Ferguson. LWAG now houses the UWA Art Collection, the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art and the Berndt Museum Collection.


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Friends of Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

The Friends are an integral part of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and provide support for its activities, ranging from the acquisition of new works to providing artistic and technical facilities.

This support is achieved through memberships, donations and fundraising activities.

As a Friend of LWAG (FOLWAG), you will receive:

  • information about all LWAG exhibitions, public programs and events
  • invitations to openings, private viewings and floor talks, studio visits, art-themed parties and other social events planned to bring you closer to art and the artists, to meet people who share this interest, and most of all to have fun
  • discounts at the LWAG Shop
  • discounts to FOLWAG events

Membership of the Friends will make you part of a prestigious gallery in a distinguished university – it will give you the opportunity to share the delight, the work and the growth of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery with like-minded Friends.

For more information, contact FOLWAG President Antonia Naarstig at [email protected] or Membership Manager Jennifer Butement at [email protected] for details.

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