AGWA Public Artwork Commission

Apparatus was engaged by The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) to plan and manage this significant new commission announcing the gallery within the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, the cultural heart of the state.

The artwork by an artist of international renown is a major element in the state government’s Perth Cultural Centre Masterplan and builds on the McGowan Government’s investment in AGWA improvements, the rooftop and gallery ground floor, the opening of the WA Museum Boola Bardip in 2020 and a multi-million dollar commitment to transform the Perth Cultural Centre (PCC) through the Perth City Deal.

The project vision is to build a bold and welcoming artwork that identifies the building and symbolises AGWA’s role and position within its urban, cultural, historical and environmental contexts. The new artwork will be viewed by over 4.5m visitors to the cultural centre and is expected to inspire and attract even more visitors from interstate and around the world.

Commissioned by AGWA, and funded by the State Government of Western Australia, this work will part of the State Art Collection held and managed by AGWA.

The Apparatus Team, including Heritage Architect Philip Griffith, Structural Engineer and Heritage Specialist Peter Baxendale and Art Consultant Malcolm McGregor is working with The Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Department of Sports Local Government and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), the Department of Finance, the Office of the Government Architect, the Arts and Culture Trust, the Heritage Council and Perth Cultural Centre stakeholders to implement the project.


  • Artist capacity building: how to conceptualise and design a 3D form; artwork design development and documentation; metal casting fabrication and installation; and design team collaboration.
  • A civic artwork by Noongar artists telling Noongar stories
  • Culturally sensitive public art commission that contributes to a cultural narrative in a major public realm redevelopment site.

Project Details


  • Perth Cultural Centre


  • 2022 - 2023
  • When assessing candidates for our multimillion dollar artwork commission, the decision was easy. Apparatus were by far the most experienced, with a proven track record. The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s project is high profile and politically sensitive, and we needed a consultant we could have the utmost confidence in. Helen’s reputation as an industry leader has been fully supported by the quality of her work.

  • Colin Walker
  • Director

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