A guided tour brings the Gallery to life

At AGWA, we’re lucky to have passionate Voluntary Gallery Guides who are dedicated to bringing the Gallery’s amazing and varied Collection to life through free guided tours.

There is nothing like a personal interaction to spark the imagination. Whether you’re a seasoned artistic traveller or apprentice explorer, our Voluntary Gallery Guides, offer that extra insight and revealing glimpse into the artwork, the era and the artist.

The Gallery Guides are at the heart of delivering AGWA’s artistic manifesto to see things differently. You can choose from a program of guided tours that run from short Art Snacks (lunch time tours) to longer thematic explorations of special exhibitions, as well as delving into key areas of the State Art Collection, such as Indigenous and Western Australian art.

Gallery Guides 40th Anniversary Celebration

Our Gallery Guides recently celebrated their 40th anniversary (1977-2017). There are 68 active guides who regularly present tours. Each new guide is trained for two years before they join the guided tour program that you can enjoy today. In October 2017, the Guides launched a publication and video celebrating this milestone.

PDF logo AGWA Gallery Guides 40th Anniversary Book (You will need Adobe PDF on your PC to view the publication.)


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AGWA’s Voluntary Gallery Guides
                                                                                                                                                      are generously supported by the
                                                                                                                                                 Art Gallery of WA’s Principal Partner




11am & 1pm


The unique story of Western Australian art

Join this tour with one of your guides to discover the unique story of Western Australian art.


11am & 1pm


Representing the Australian landscape

Explore AGWA's early works in the Collection including the iconic painting Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin.





Art Snacks

What’s new at AGWA
Spend your lunchbreak with one of our Voluntary Gallery Guides and discover something new – new artworks, new ideas or a new way of looking at the world.


AGWA Contemporary

Contemporary encounters await

Explore the expanding field of ideas and materials that artists have been working with from the 1970’s to the present.


AGWA MODERN 1920-1969

Australian Modernism and its influences

This guided tour takes a look at the turbulent transition period of modern art telling a fascinating story of European and Australian art and the people who made it.

Saturdays & Sundays



AGWA The Collection

Australian Identity
Discover the different ways artists depict experiences of Australia and view works that represent the personal, group and cultural experiences that make up who we are today.


ARTBubs | Ticketed

Parents with bubs, get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of our Gallery Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room. Prams/baby carriers and babies up to one year old welcome! Baby change facilities available.


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Niki de Saint Phalle Black Beauty (Nana Series) 1968


Special Subjects

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley    

Join one of our Gallery Guides on a tour that looks closely at works that communicate the artists' ideas about place, Country, identity and belonging.

16 February - 27 May 2019

Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley is the highly anticipated culmination of the Art Gallery of WA’s six-year Kimberley visual arts project.

This landmark exhibition showcasing the vibrant and contemporary creative talent of Kimberley artists opens with a cultural celebration on 9 February 2019.

New works from six Kimberley art centres and three independent artists will be presented alongside a selection of legacy works from art centre collections. Together with works from AGWA’s collection, the exhibition offers a rare experience of the land, artists and art of the Kimberley.


Garry Sibosado Aalingoon (Rainbow Serpent) 2018 (detail)


Sonia Kurarra at Danggu Geikie Gorge with artwork Noonkanbah Highway 2018 (detail)


Private Guided Tours

AGWA’s Gallery Guides are also available for private tours for small groups.

These can be tailored specifically to your interests and level of art knowledge.

Bookings essential.We do require more time for these tours, a minimum of four weeks’ notice is required

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Please note:
1. Advertised tours and talks may be subject to change without prior notice. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
2. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. Priority will be given to visitors who have booked online.
3. The Gallery is closed Tuesdays.
4. Please note that recording of tours and activities is not permitted.


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